Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Volume 1
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Volume 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Library Editions #1)

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This deluxe, oversized hardcover edition contains the first two arcs of Season 8, plus two one-shots, and a sketch book section with art by series artist, Georges Jeanty.

After the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers--newly legion--have gotten organized, but it's not long before new and old enemies begin popping up. Buffy, Xander, Willow, and a very different Dawn are...more
Hardcover, Library Edition, 304 pages
Published May 30th 2012 by Dark Horse (first published March 14th 2007)
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Jessi
Originally posted at Otherwhere.co

"You know people underestimate the value of a good ramble." - Buffy

WARNING: Fan girl attack.

The second Dark Horse announced this book, I knew I needed it on my shelf. Yes, of course, I have every cover for every comic in this entire series. At one point I was mercilessly in the clutches of Ebay hunting down various retail variants and additional first run copies. That shite is addicting. Thankfully unlike some comic companies *cough* IDW *cough* they usually onl...more
Jessica
Even though Season 8 takes place a few years after Season 7 ends (Dawn is college-aged), the mood and wit of the tv show is perfectly translated onto the page. The comic version of Buffy is even allowed to be even more over-the-top because it isn't constrained by things like budget or limited CGI technology; Joss Whedon was able to make Buffy more supernatural, and it really works.

At first, trying to catch up with the legion of slayers was difficult. They were more high-tech and organized than t...more
Nadine
Just like the show itself, some of these "episodes" were great, some fell a bit flat, but the overall result is freaking fantastic!! My rating: JUST AS GOOD AS THE SHOW!

The story is confusing, but that's probably because Volume 1 is not the entire "season." (This is why I'm giving it a 4 instead of a 5.) I constantly felt like I was missing something, maybe coming into the story in the middle instead of the beginning. Part of this is because I've been away from Buffy and away from comics for a...more
Melody
Being less than a comic book/graphic novel reader (as in, never), I feel almost a bit uncomfortable rating Buffy Season 8. However, I'm going to anyway.

Even if you're not a comic book/graphic novel reader (like I said, I wasn't), these are worth a go! I came to BtVS a bit late (about ten years late), and so after watching the entire series in a less than 3 month timespan, I was dying for more. This is the only comic book continuation I've read so far, but I can definitely say I'll be purchasing...more
Andromeda M31
I'd just re-watched the entirety of Buffy the Vampire thanks to Netflix, and season 7 left me wanting more. I had avoided the comic continuation, as everyone I knew who had read it was disappointed. But then Dark Horse came out with these beautiful library editions, and I had to have it.

The book contains the first two major story arcs, issues 1 through 10, re-introducing familiar faces and setting new threads leading to the Big Bad of the season. The characters are drawn well enough to be recog...more
Karen
I haven't read the library edition version-I ordered all of the comics separately and read them, but I am sure that this book that compiles the whole season is amazing. As a true Buffy fan, you can't miss what happens after season 7 ends (where the television series stops.) I may not have loved every decision that Joss and the crew made during this very experimental season of Buffy, but I truly was intrigued and captivated by the many twists and turns, and I had to find out what would happen nex...more
Eva Natsumi
I'd heard this wasn't very good/strayed from the Buffy verse. I completely disagree. I thought this was awesome. It had the same witty and dramatic repartee as the series. It further developed the characters. The art and design was really unique and well done. The story was a true Buffy original. I loved the commentary from the artist and collection of covers and sketches at the end as well. I can't wait to read the next volume!
Rashid Karmustaji
You have to read this book. It's thoughtfully written and provides a substantial amount of closure for the fans. I was flabbergasted by how I was mesmerized by its beauty and content. This is a must have.
Penny
I've never really read comics, but I've loved this! I've loved Buffy for a long time and only recently discovered that Joss wrote a season 8 and it's awesome :)
Jessica Kok
I am not fluent in the comic genre, not in the least. However, I do find any storyline particularly compelling when it is able to cross mediums and still maintain its value. In the case of Buffy, we have seen the transition from mislead film, to successful television series and now to intriguing comics that continue the story in new epic proportions. What amazes me is the resilience of Joss's characters and how we never lose their essence. In the midst of every strange and monstrous thing that t...more
Beth Flint
Season 7 of the TV series left me wanting more. I resisted reading the comics (or graphic novels as I am often corrected by my partner) as I have not enjoyed this format of literature/art before. My need to re-enter the world of Buffy resulted in my giving them I try and I don't regret it!
Firstly, they are beautiful to look at. The characters are drawn beautifully and their expressins are as they would be as portrayed by the actors. The storyline is a bit far fetched (I am aware the TV series w...more
Elizabeth Barone
I'm ashamed to admit that I was super late to the Buffy comics, even though I faithfully watched the TV show. I didn't really have a reason for not reading them. I just never got around to it. I started hunting down the issues for Season Eight about a year ago, and it was like trying to find a sliver in Jabba the Hut. I was hesitant to buy the trade paperbacks because I'm perpetually broke and felt that they were quite expensive for only a few issues.

When I found out these hardcover volumes were...more
Tyler Dykema
Essential reading for any Buffy fan. On the back of the jacket one of the reviews says something along the lines of "probably as good as the TV show." They weren't kidding.

Volume 1 was perfect and I can't wait to pick up the rest of Season 8 and now 9. The writing is great. You can tell Joss has his hands all over this thing. The witty dialogue mirrors the shows' and any fan will easily recognize each character's personality after a single panel. The script is again, something you'd expect to se...more
Stella
A lot of people are down on the plots for season 8, and I get that. Half the time I'm not entirely sure what's going on. (Comics are decidedly not my medium of choice.) But Buffy was never really about the plots for me anyway - it was about Joss Whedon's beautiful characters messing with my heart. I particularly liked the Faith arc in this one - where I was fully cognizant of what was happening and... I can describe my emotions only with this face--> ;~;
John Lee
This was definitely a weird thing to get used to, after having spent a few months watching the entire series. However, after reading this first volume, I'm just happy that this series is continuing. The dialogue is very standard Buffy, which is great, and the art is fantastic, if a little hard to distinguish all of the characters. There's certainly a lot of action in these comics, which is to be expected, but it also makes reading the comic a bit slower, because so many things are happening all...more
Dana
A good start to season 8, though I have a few concerns.

One being that Buffy doesn't seem quite like the Buffy I came to know for 7 years. She's been through an awful lot, and in the end she turned her hometown into a crater. So then why does she seem so much like a teenager (a la season 1 Buffy) in season 8? I'm not sure, but it just doesn't feel like the writing is totally solid, yet. I'm looking forward to reading volume 2 though. I feel as though Xander's character is spot-on, as is Dawn's an...more
Tabitha
I love all things BVS so, so much. I can't believe how long it took me to get around to starting Season 8. I am so happy the creators are taking full advantage of the non-existent budgetary restrictions to push the stories as far as they can possibly go.
Beautiful art (both the comics and the gorgeous covers), and as always wonderful writing from Vaughn and Whedon.
Ann Rufo
So when Buffy was in its heydey I worked at Borders and I was often up at cash/wrap with another woman who was also a big fan. We would talk about how in comparison to so much of the crap on TV, Buffy was a character that we could, oddly enough, actually relate to. She worried about school, a job, family, her future, and creepy guys. So did we. It was a better time. I don't have cable now, but I can still tell there's a lot of crap on, and a lot of reality tv with horrific displays of how a woma...more
Jdetrick
It took me a short time reading this volume to really get into it, but the more I read the more it felt like the tv series used to. The art is good, although likenesses are always tricky (with some better than others), but it's the writing here that really sings. I was ready for the show to end when it did, but I find that I'm enjoying its continuation in the comics,
Paul
My first foray into comic books was a successful one. As a huge Buffy fan, I've been wanting to start reading the comics for awhile now. I was scared that it would ruin what the series in a way. My fears were unfounded because I really enjoyed this first volume of season 8. Can't wait until I start the next volume, already have it waiting for me ordered at the comic store.
Dusty Craine
Aug 28, 2013 Dusty Craine rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Buffy
Buffy was one of my favorite shows and who isn't bummed when their favorite show leaves the air. Especially given the fact that it was on for seven seasons. You get sort of attached. I've known Joss has been a part of the eight and ninth seasons for a while but I never got around to checking it out until now. I'm glad I did. The comics are a great continuation of the show. I can actually hear the words as if the actor was delivering them. Some of the illustrations are spot on and others are sket...more
Matt
Season 8 does feel like another season of Buffy with the exception that things are a little more "out there" due to a lack of budget constraints. Continuing on from the series, it fits though at first it was a little hard to adjust to the new world. But the way the story deals with that by also having the characters talk about adjusting helps to make it feel less strange.

And while there were a few moments where I felt like this incarnation of these characters had strayed a little far from what I...more
Hayley Knighten
Amazing! I read this in comic book form but seeing the artwork on these giant pags is astonishing. I sat down and read the book again today and noticed so many little extras in the background from Dr. Who to Fray. Also, this looks great on the shelf and the cover without the dust jacket is just as beautiful--I love it when they do that! The stories themselves, read like a new season of Buffy with a much bigger budget. All the great dialogue and character exploration is there. I love that while t...more
Erin
I have been a diehard Buffy fan for many years and a huge fan of Joss's writing. This book is not only true to the Buffy characters, but the artwork is true to their expressions and the look of each person. Just because the show has concluded does not mean that Buffy's journey has ended, and these comics capture what season 8 could have been like. My only criticism is that Buffy probably would have gone on a major vacation after destroying Sunnydale; I don't imagine she would have created a slay...more
Michelle
I'd already read The Long Way Home and No Future for You, which makes up a large portion of this volume, but I re-read them here to remind myself of the story. I really like the art in these graphic novels. The story-telling isn't very linear, so it can be confusing, but if you pay attention you can figure it out. The character dialogue is right out of the show--you can almost hear the original actors' voices. Various plot lines get started in this first volume, it will be interesting to see wha...more
Brianna
So I am a huge fan of Buffy the vampire slayer show and I've watched it so many times i can't count. As for this book it picks up right where the show comes back and some characters that come back I love now and hated then and some I still hate. So here's the thing it's got 10 (i think) of the comics all in one and throughout these different stories of different people come into eachother. All the characters are just like the show and this is just as great. If you loved the show you'll love this...more
April
I loved the Buffy TV show when I was a teenager, and I hated to see it end. These comics pick up where the show left off, and penned by Whedon, they fall right in line with what one would expect from a Buffy novelization. The artwork is spot on and the story lines are interesting. So much has changed since Buffy used her slayer powers to activate all the potential slayers, and the graphic novel brings us a return to some familiar faces as well as an introduction to a new Big Bad.
pianogal
Man, if I'dve known they were going to do this, I wouldn't have messed around with all the comic books (which I never took the time to read). I guess I'm just a book girl. :)

When I finally did sit down, these are pretty cool. I really liked the brief Faith arc and almost always wish there was more of her. She's such a great anti-hero. I'm glad she and Gyles are teaming up.

Can't wait to start the next volume...maybe I'll sell my comics and use the money to purchase these instead.
JSA Lowe
Fun to see everyone again, weird to see them in two dimensions, reassuring to hear them all sounding Whedonesque, alarming to see them doing things you could never see in the series (e.g. Willow flying), exciting to think of where it's going to go, worrying to think of where it could go, ...all in all it may be more anxiety-provoking than it's worth, but of course I can't stop now.
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