Buffy the Vampire Slayer: On Your Own (Season 9, #2)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: On Your Own (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #2)

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With the Scooby gang on the skids, Buffy finds herself increasingly alone. When faced with some tough decisions grounded in “real world” problems (i.e., not the slaying of pesky demons), Buffy is determined to make her own choices, but that doesn’t mean she won't need a little handholding along the way. Cue Spike, compelled to stand by his best friend in her moment of need...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 5th 2012 by Dark Horse
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Cyna
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Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
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Sesana
Well, that was weird. This volume went directly from a really well-done and actually fairly moving story about Buffy finding herself pregnant to robot!Buffy. Seriously. I have to say that the pregnancy subplot was really great. I loved how it was handled, how Buffy tracked down Robin and was very thoughtful about the impact her choices would have on her own life and on the life of her unborn baby. Possibly the best thing that's been in Buffyverse comics to date. And then suddenly it turns out sh...more
Emily
These are always more entertaining when Andrew's part of the plot, even if he does seem to have the abilities of a super-scientist. The plot went from serious to silly very quickly, but it all still had the essence of Buffy and was enjoyable to read. The flashbacks with Nikki were a nice addition.

I have to say, I was interested in where Chambliss was going with the plot at the beginning, (view spoiler)...more
Steph
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Guillermo Osorio
Buffy a robot? Again? Really? The whole pregnancy was completely unnecesary. They need to fix up Andrew's hair.
Jeff Raymond
I went into this hating the beginning of this arc. Just loathing it to the point where I didn't pick it up for two days.

The final four or five issues in this arc, though? Some of my favorite stories in the comic series since the canon transfer. Completely out of left field, and I absolutely loved it.

It's continually surprising how good the storytelling still is in these arcs overall. Glad to see it continuing.
Lori Redman
HYFR!

This is the first volume of Buffy since the series started that I LOVED. Season 8 was over the top, ridiculous and absurd. The first volume in Season 9 was penciled so poorly I couldn't imagine it being redeemed.

In this volume, Buffy has to come to terms with her newfound pregnancy. Now, granted, I already knew how this was going to end (I looked up the pregnancy/abortion scandal a few months ago) so I didn't have too much room to be disappointed.

But let me tell you why this is the best vol...more
Stephanie
Season 9 is shaping up to be an excellent addition to the Buffyverse canon!

After the catastrophic conclusion to season 8, a new brand of monster has evolved in the world. Even though the zompires need some serious slayage, and demons are finding ways back into this dimension, Buffy is faced with a choice that will change her life forever, regardless of the whole Chosen-One gig. With appearances by the ever sassy and newly dependable Spike, comic relief Andrew, and some of the old standby Scoobie...more
Olivia
Jan 16, 2013 Olivia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I just wish Buffy would give in to Poor Spike. Like seriously.
Nicole Fergusson
Buffy has always been best when she and Scoobies are in the midst of the rest of humanity. I realised while reading this book (while reading the interactions with Dowling specifically) that that was what season 8 was missing, in a castle, in the middle of nowhere, with only other Slayers for company.

No more! This series is in the middle of the big city, and I don't know what I liked more: the Spike and Dowling going slaying together, the flashbacks of Nikki and Crowley (her Watcher) going slayin...more
Fran
This the the TPB that contains the controversial storyline (issues #6-#10) - (view spoiler) - which I thought was rather messily done overall, so this isn't my favourite collection. On the whole, I've found Season 9's sister-story in Angel & Faith to be of a higher quality and much more consistent with its storytelling. However, this volume also includes the super fun Buffy/Alien FCBD story, which I found rather...more
Krista
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Alex

Upgraded this from 4 to 5 stars as I've thought about it and decided that it probably was quite special. Not gonna re-write the review though as a blog post should be forthcoming anyway!

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This isn't the trailblazing story it could have been. Apparently women's right to choose what they do with their bodies is a hot button issue in the States so Chambliss - probably wisely - shut down the abortion topic as quickly as it was raised.(the rest of the world scratch their heads and sigh a little) The...more
Sarah
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Buffy second season as a graphic novel continues with this collection. Picking up after last volume's positive pregnancy test, Buffy must decide whether or not she is fit to bring a child into this magic-less world. Things take a turn for the sci-fi when Buffy literally loses a limb - forcing both Slayer and Spike to seek out Andrew. Simone gets worked further into the fray, while Dawn and Xander continue to get dragged back into monster-fighting as back-up to homicide detective Dowling. As a wh...more
Lauren
This volume had some entertaining moments, and a few decent character moments, which is what elevates it to three stars. In general the volume is perplexing, and includes some bizarre plot decisions. (view spoiler)...more
Nicole
I got this copy from NetGalley and I will admit to not having read the earlier issues of Buffy. I used to read them when I was younger and before the series shifted to being entirely in comic. I decided to request this because I always ask my sister what is going on in the series, and she usually does a good job of filling me in on the blanks since she reads them.

I won't lie and say that I wasn't totally lost in this comic, but I was able to piece together enough to from what I already knew. I r...more
Chance Lee
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Sara
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Pure Textuality
When I was in the throws of my Buffy addiction back in the day, I read a lot of Buffy novels and I loved them. While perusing the available titles on NetGalley, I spotted the familiar faces of Buffy and Spike on the cover of this graphic novel and I couldn’t pass it up. As much as I loved the Angel/Buffy story line, I LOVED SPUFFY. So I gave it a shot.

The unfortunate side of picking up a graphic novel that is set up in volumes like a comic book is that they are not one-off stories. Which means I...more
Sonatajessica
Here I sit and read and start to believe that season 9 is actually better, it has substance, it takes time with the characters and the issues they are facing, as a reader I can really experience emotions while reading a comic... and then bam, plot twist, because no one would see this coming and therefor it is a great idea, isn't it? Nooooooo, no no no. Everything they might have tried to do writing this edition is going down the toilet, all for a "funny" twist. And then Spike and those space bug...more
Kaisersoze
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Cathy
This really didn't work for me. The story was disjointed, the two parts had nothing to do with each other. The part with Buffy and Spike had potential but it was overly simplified and ended up feeling like a repeat of stories we've seen many times before. And I couldn't believe when Buffy said that she keeps forgetting about Dawn, she's just the girl that she died for, no one important. Plus the art was hideous. It was horribly distracting. It would have been awful to see those really crude face...more
Nicola
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Emily
Buffy meets Dollhouse meets Ringer = WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
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The twists and turns of this issue were definitely fun, but so many of them were packed into such a short timeframe that they began to just melt my brain after a while. A certain plotpoint also put a stop in a lot of good character moments...if you've read this one, you'll know what I mean.

I don't know if it's the lack of a really clear "big bad" yet for this season or the lack of magic, but this issue has me a bit weary for where this arc...more
Aubrey
I still struggle with the art a bit, where sometimes you have to do a double take to see who it is. Kind of ambiguous at times. It's Buffy and backed by Whedon so, nevertheless I enjoyed it. And hello, combining my favorite show (Buffy) and my favorite movie (Aliens) at the end kind of gets my props. It was good, not as slam, bam, thank you ma'am as I wanted but I can't be too greedy- they are continuing my favorite tv storyline after all.
Meg
I enjoyed volume two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season nine, however it was not the best. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed! I thought they did a nice job continuing the story from where volume one of the season Free fall ended. However, I found this volume to be a bit slow, I know it's working towards something good, but right now I'm cautious as to where it is exactly going. I want to know what's so urgent that made Buffy quit her job, but at the same time I'm not dying to get the...more
Greg
This arc is really quite good. It is one thing to bring in old fan favorite characters but it is something special when you use them well, which these comics often do. Nikki Wood is an awesome character but her use here was incredible! I really liked everything about this volume and if the season continues this way I'm going to but really depressed when it's over.
Bill Mazzola
People seem upset at the way the "controversial storyline" (as if abortion is a new thing) was handled - I didn't really have a problem with that. Buffy's never been very PC and has always been much better at handling her slayer life as opposed to her real life, so I felt like she handled it much like Buffy would. I don't think you should sacrifice 9 seasons of character just so you don't piss off some people. If anything, the lesbian arc from s8 (which people LOVED) seemed more out if character...more
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Andrew Chambliss is an American television writer and producer. He is well known for working on series such as Dollhouse, The Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.
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