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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus, Vol. 2 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,830 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Scott Allie is the editor.
This second volume of our Buffy omnibus series collects many of the best Buffy comics to see print. As we follow the newly-chosen slayer from Los Angeles to Sunnydale and through her parents' divorce - with Dawn in tow - the souled vampire Angel makes his first appearance and the not-so-souled Spike and Drusilla cleave a bloody path towards the We
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2007 by Dark Horse Books
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The second omnibus collection of the old Dark Horse Buffy series is strictly mediocre. In fact, I'd rate about half the stories at 2 or 2.5 stars. They're just filler to continue the Buffy franchise. Even in the introduction, the editor admits that DH didn't pay much attention to continuity or have consistent quality (which is true of both the writing and the art).

However, the first story arc - a tale of Buffy and Dawn and their mother moving to Sunnydale following their parents' divorce, and be
I feel the need to truly explain why this book exceeded my expectations. Yes, like other reviews have stated, most of these stories are fillers. They are not needed to make the Buffyverse go round. And to be honest, after reading Angels We Have Seen On High, I was convinced that these people must be 100% right in their reviews.

In my opinion, they are 100% wrong.

Enter: A STAKE TO THE HEART. I mean, goddamn, the artwork is fucking glorious. I cannot contain the excitement I felt with every passing
Volume 2 is nowhere near as good as Volume 1 of the Omnibus. Not only did they make the bizarre choice of skipping around to comics from Seasons 2 and 3 in addition to pre-season 1 stuff (when Volume 1 was all pre-series, and I do enjoy a nice chronological order).

There are 7 comics in this omnibus. Quick reviews of all:

1. Angels We Have Seen On High: The art on this one is quirky, but I kinda liked it. Plot was ok, and the writers make the narrative choice to include Dawn in this pre-series com
Arie ☂
This collection was a little all over the place. It takes some pretty significant jumps from season to season, and a certain character's "evil" status changes depending on the issue.

There's a nice explanation about why this occurs in the introduction of Volume 3 (trying to write a comic to fit in with the canon of the show while it's still airing is quite difficult), but the flow still ends up a little messy. The art styles also vary wildly, which probably doesn't help. The pre-season one story
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 26, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Buffy diehards only
Disappointing follow-up to the first volume. A lot of the art turned me off, looking like generic superhero stuff. I especially hate it when the characters look interchangeable, as in the last story, The Dust Waltz. Willow should be distinguishable from Cordelia. I did enjoy Ring of Fire, as I do anything that highlights Giles. Mmm, Giles!
Feb 27, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2015
The Buffy comics don't seem accessible to Buffy newcomers. They often reference particular events, and the characters aren't given much of an introduction.

I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first Omnibus. It has some lovely classic Spike and Drusilla history, but it also has a very weird comics about (view spoiler)
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This collection was hit and miss for me, but overall not terrible. I felt there were some moments when I didn't think the characters connected at all and that was probably my biggest let down. I mean I've never seen Buffy lift weights at the pool or make a game of swatting flies blindfolded, MacGuffins I call you out. There were also some pitfalls in the art, although I must admit I enjoyed the variety (Angels We Have Seen on High, beautiful colors). My favorite was probably A Steak to the Heart ...more
Dan Wilson
Jul 11, 2015 Dan Wilson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
Not quite canonical, but pretty close. This volume assembles comics by various authors and artists published by Dark Horse Comics between 1998 and 2003. This omnibus series assembles its contents not in the order in which they were published, but in order of the chronology of the TV show on which these comics are based and inspired. This volume's stories take place in a time range starting before the show's first season, which aired in 1997, and continuing through early season 3. As with the fir ...more
No. Just no. This volume was all over the place and some of these stories were just plain bad. I was going to rate this 2.5 stars but I just can't rate it that high after averaging everything out. I'm bummed :(
Isa Lot
Jul 22, 2015 Isa Lot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cada vez mejora mas. La verdad es que me ha atrapado mucho mas que el anterior. Las aventuras eran fantásticas y mucho mas interesantes.
A mix of 3- and 4-star stories. I'm probably giving them an extra star because I have a history with the characters, so keep that in mind.

Angels We Have Seen on High
Very cute, very short, very cool story taking place before Season 1, before Buffy moves from LA to Sunnydale.

A Stake to the Heart
An ok story of Angel watching over Buffy right after she moves to Sunnydale.

A fun story - but this one jumps to after Season 1.

The Queen of Hearts
Spike and Dru - right before Season 2, on thei
I was not nearly as impressed as I thought I would be. The first omnibus was so much better. I had expected this to flow in chronological order, but it skipped around and was almost confusing. I wasn't a fan to say the least.
The first story with Buffy, Joyce and Dawn was great and made sense. I really liked Spike and Dru's stories as well, but skipping ahead to evil Angelus having killed Jenny and then him being good again facing off against Lilth was strange and random. It made absolutley no se
Jesus Flores
Buffy omnibus vol2
First one- Angels We Have Seen On High was funny, very cartoonish drawings that are in synch with the funny pace of this short story of Buffy and Dawn going to a Carnival. 5
A stake to Heart – Before moving and still on the new son her parents splitting Buffy has to face several demons of bad feelings (deceit, guilt, abandonment, trepidation), some are really interesting like abandonment and the sense of emptiness it shows, guilt is well staged but the ending seems silly, on the
Oct 12, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Home is where the Hellmouth is!

The second volume in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus is a bit of a mixed bag. Featuring diverse artwork from several distinctive artists, this a weird collection, chronologically speaking: we start out with two pre-season One stories, then it’s on to a few Spike and Dru tales; the next times we meet Buffy, it’s Seasons Two and Three, with Angel vacillating between good and evil. With all this jumping around, it can prove difficult at times to place the stories
This collection I found myself less drawn to for a number of reasons. Because the first Omnibus takes place before cannon Buffy, these was no sense of ‘well when did this happen?’, ‘what season are we in?’ which was nice because it didn’t conflict with the show we, the loyal fans, are already familiar with.

The stories that take place in this second collection also felt more unlikely, with the Scooby Gang fighting ancient forces I found unlikely would emigrate to Sunnydale… How exactly did an an
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', is a show that is near and dear to my heart. I grew up watching it, and have become to attached to the "Buffyverse" that even I still don't want to believe that show is over. That being said, when Dark Horse announced that they would be compiling all the original Buffy comics into volumes, and putting them in order from before Buffy came to Sunnydale, and leading up to the season nine comics, I was sold. You really don't have to say much to get me to buy anything that ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Alexa rated it liked it
So....I really am having a hard time reviewing this because I am such a HUGE fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I mean, I have an entire shelf dedicated to her), but this volume is quite a disappointment. First of all, the assortment of stories is really strange. The timeline is a bit disjointed because the Omnibus starts sometime before season one with the story "Angels We Have seen on High" and then it ends somewhere ambiguously at the end of season two or three with "Dust Waltz."

Secondly, the d
Liz { nvl.tea }
I'm going to be upfront and mention that probably any and all Buffy and/or Angel graphic novels are going to be totally biased on my part. I kind of have a borderline unhealthy obsession with yeah. I'll still try to be critical, but they're pretty much all going to be five star ratings from me. ;)

As in my "Charmed" graphic novel reviews, I'll be breaking these down by issue. I don't discuss too much of storyline because I like to stay mostly spoiler free. ;) I really just go over my i
What a disappointment this was, especially compared with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 1. In this volume, the stories were weak and mostly completely uninteresting, the humor was almost nonexistent, and the characters were sometimes written out of character. Plus, some of the art was odd, some was kinda ugly, and some was just terrible. I wasn't confused by the jumping around--or skipping ahead--in the timeline, since it was explained in the introduction by Scott Allie, but I can't say i ...more
I enjoyed this collection for the most part. The last few comics were kind of terrible. Dru in the Paint the Town Red seemed to be written completely wrong. The entire cast seemed weird in The Dust Waltz. They didn't look like the characters and some of the dialogue was off. The first 2 comics with Dawn were interesting. Without spoiling it, I really liked how they drew Dawn in a few of those panels
Avi Hannah
One of the things that bothers me most in the world is when collections are organized along the timeline of the subject matter, and not chronologically in regards to when it was made. This book goes from a Buffy Origins story, set between the movie and the first season, to stories in the second and third seasons. But the Origins part was actually written when the seventh season was airing, and it feels weird to me to jump like that. So that bothered me. I really liked that part of it though. It ...more
Adam Ross
An odd collection with not a lot going for it. Enjoyable enough, I suppose, but most of the comics here represent the issues at the beginning of the run, around Buffy season 2, and as such they often lack the feel of the show. The bulk of the volume is taken up with a long series about Buffy dealing with the depression brought on by her parents divorce - manifested, of course, by happiness-sucking demons, and by the series "Ring of Fire," easily the best in the volume, which brought the best of ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These interstitial stories are really a treat.

Note: Other reviews mention that these stories may be a little out of order? I hope the Omnibuses don't jump around, part of my enjoyment is being able to relax and know I'm reading the story through it's own chronology. Omnibus #3 will tell!
May 13, 2010 Marcel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bvts-forever
Capturing events from prior to season one through season three, we see Buffy find a new normal after her first experiences as a slayer, and her move from L.A. to Sunnydale, CA. The most interesting story is "A Stake Through The Heart," a mini-series chronicling the difficulty experienced by the Summers women through Joyce's divorce. With her newfound slayer strength, Buffy resists temptation for revenge, and the sad desperation which takes hold of her through several romantic relationships in th ...more
Second collection of old Buffy comics. Some were great (A Stake to the Heart, Ring of Fire), some were not (The Queen of Hearts, The Dust Waltz). Overall a good read for Buffy fanatics.
because I am a sucker.

MacGuffins was completely unnecessary. As was the Dust Waltz. It was hard to read them both, because the forced "teenage" conversations were contrived and ill-timed, trying way too hard to be hip or quick like the show. Dust Waltz was also drawn to make each female look alike, all with enormous breasts and barbie waists. Xander with his shirt ripped off (a la romance paperback cover) was both hysterical and disheartening.

"A Stake to the Heart" was incredible, however. I gu
I'm a junkie for this kind of media tie-in stuff. Hell, I used to read the episode novelizations of Buffy back in the day!
Curtis Schofield
Volume 2 - more Buffy - please note - this volume will be challenging to follow at points unless you are aware of the story line in the Buffy saga - it doesn't fit in so well as part of the previous volume - rather instead you are treated to many different writers taking a stab at the slayer space. These are drawn in a variety of ways and generally fun and original art pieces to themselves - mosly the stories are vinettes - tantalizers betweeen the episodes of the tv series - read all at once it ...more
Jemiah Jefferson
Aug 12, 2014 Jemiah Jefferson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Includes early Buffy comics published by Dark Horse - all good, chewy, and great fun for Buffy fans.
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