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Tales of the Vampires

(Buffy: Tales)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,569 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Tales of the Vampires presents stories ranging from medieval times to the Depression to today, all intricately woven around Joss Whedon's central story about a group of young Watchers in training. Not to be missed is Buffy's rematch with Dracula and Angel's ongoing battle with his own demons. Wrapped in a haunting cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, these diverse tales ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 14th 2004 by Dark Horse Books (first published November 2004)
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I’ve mentioned my fondness for anthologies before, right? Good, no need to retread that. I mentioned that I like how they free writers to explore background characters and the worlds created by popular franchises? Ok, no need to say that again either. Did I mention how I enjoy the wide variety of artistic styles in a comic anthology? I did? Oh. Well, looks like this introduction is almost entirely redundant then....In that case, without further ado, let me introduce Tales Of The Vampires. As wit ...more
Avid Reader and Geek Girl
I only liked the ones with Spike or Angel
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Tales of the Vampire:

I like how the overall series is set up - i.e. an ancient vampire telling potential Watchers stories about vampires. However, when you read it and work out the dates and the plot twist at the end, doesn't actually match up with the stories. However this is kind of explaned but I am not sure I found it overly satsifactory. Also can I just say the though that this is the way the COuncil trains children to become Watchers is rather brutal but makes sense in the way we see the C
Sarah Goodwin
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really love this collection, the only thing that lets it down is the Dracula story, and maybe the Angel one as well (I am not a fan of Angel particularly) the rest are all interesting and well told stories.
Kori ☾
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lot of the stories were a kind of meh. But I'll read anything that is part of the Buffyverse though. It would have been better without the Angel story too. If you can find this discounted somewhere then grab it up. My review and rating is biased because I am a huge Buffy fan.
Nom Chompsky
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
Wish this were longer. Great frame (and payoff), nice varied artwork, and stories on the bad guy side that we aren’t privy to often enough. A nice weird peripheral Buffy piece.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Hit or miss. It's fine as a collection of vampire stories, but it doesn't add much to the Buffyverse.
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Jenny GB
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice assortment of vampire stories, but it's not as good as the Tales of the Slayer.
Gonzalo Urrutia
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-buffyverse
Bloody excellent.
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Between a three and a four. Loved the early tales, the latter tales lagged for me.
Matthew Lloyd
Related reviews: Tales of the Slayers

Tales of the Vampires is a curious beast. It is difficult to address without comparing it to Tales of the Slayers, although it is generally quite different. It has a much greater sense of overall purpose, stands on its own fairly well, and is linked together by the overarching story of a group of young Watchers listening to tales about vampires from an actual vampire. Unlike Slayers not every writer has an obvious connection to the television series Buffy t
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror, vampire
Featuring stories taking place in the Buffy universe with various writers and artists, of which I'm not a fan nor a follower, " Tales of the Vampires" may come off as a mixed bag at first, but there is a whole lot here to admire.

This graphic novel anthology of a dozen original vampire tales is loosely joined by a framing story in which a group of youngsters listens to a shackled monster. Illustrated in a wide range of gorgeously executed styles, the tales vary in both length and age appropriate
May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Dracula said what, and when was that?
Have you ever thought that you read a book and when someone is talking about it--like major plot elements, concepts, themes, or characters you have absolutely no memory of them? That was my experience recently when i, in one of my Buffyobsessession throes was checking out some of the slayer timeline sites and saw some references to a story in the grapic novel Tales of the Vampires by Joss Whedon, Ben Edlund, Jane Espenson, Brett Matthews, and Drew Goddard
Sam Quixote
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
"Tales of the Vampires" is a collection of short comics about... that's right, wombats! Actually its vampires. But there's a twist and it is that each story takes a different look at the vampire, usually giving them human characteristics such as love, sacrifice, suffering, and humour.

I liked the atmospheric "Dust Bowl" story for the setting of a remote farmhouse and wandering vampires and the "Jack" story set in Victorian London casting a new light on the Jack the Ripper mystery. Fans of Joss Wh
J-Lynn Van Pelt
Oct 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Buffy fans, fans of monster comics
You don't have to know the lore of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to appreciate this interesting look at Vampires. But, for avid Buffy fans there are plenty of inside references to keep you interested. Tales of the Vampires is a collection of fascinating vignettes about various vampires told through very different art forms. Some stories are dark and mysterious, some moving flashbacks of our favorite soul-filled vampires, and even one goofy riddle. The individual stories are tied together under the pr ...more
Matt Smith
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
As an anthology, this does a fun job of playing with Buffy lore and exploring different little twists and nuggets on vampires.

Of course, as with all anthologies, this lives and dies on the strength of the pieces and certain pieces come out better than others because comparison is inevitable. The Drew Goddard Dracula story was fun (of course, it's the one with Buffy in it). The Christmas time rhyming game was not so much (and it's the one that's most based around "WHAT A TWISSSSSST ISN'T THIS TW
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2010
This is more of a mixed bag than Tales of the Slayers, but it has a nice frame story and has more guest appearances by show characters. There are some great vampire stories, some touching, some funny, some clever, some creepy. One of the strengths of both collections is the different artists. Even when the writing isn't as strong—and most of the stories are written by Mutant Enemy alumni, so it's generally pretty strong—it's neat to see different artists' takes on Slayers and vampires. I'd defin ...more
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Buffy Fan
This was an interesting Buffy Graphic Novel, written very differently from the rest I’ve seen so far. It is a bunch of short vampire stories all pieced together into one larger story. Very interesting! I actually had a bit of a hard time putting it down at night as I wanted to see what was going to happen next. My favourites of the many stories was the one of Spike and Dru (of course, who can resist them), and then the overall story of the watcher children in training. A few of the others had so ...more
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was lucky and found all five issues wrapped up for the price of £5, which is a far more appealing price than the £10.99 tag I saw on the TPB.

I guess this was quite average, mocking on the idea of tales from the cript with the intro story scored out by Joss each week and 3 other tales of vampires lives, past and present. It's nice to see some familiar faces from the show but you're left with the feeling of fanfic-itus. Thank God it was only a 5 part mini series, and only £5.

For fans only.

Jonathan Coulombe
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Like Tales of the Slayers, this book consists of several short comic stories spread over different eras. Like the other Tales, I would have preferred a long story (or several longer ones), but here, we get at least some form of bridge between every tales in the form of a Vampire teaching young watchers in training. This helps us continue from one story to the other. The individual stories, nonetheless, are a bit lacking.

In terms of artwork, it is way better than Tales of the Slayer (and more con
Ryan Mishap
Jan 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I almost always enjoy it when the point of view is turned around from the hero to the beasties--the beasties are always more complex and interesting than most heroes (although that isn't always true with good work), especially monsters that have been portrayed as one sided. The neat thing about this book is the frame enclosing the stories: young slayers are taken to a chained vampire by the Watchers and made to listen to his tales of vampires past who fought Slayers. There's a little something ...more
Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants
This graphic novel is a compilation of different artist and writers telling tales about vampires. I have to say it was not the best in the world. I really liked Fray, but this one was a little boring. I did really like the different artists, but I thought the stories could have been a little better. If anything, read this for the story that reads like The Night Before Christmas - I liked that one.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't know if I'm getting the hang of graphic novels, or if this one was just better than the Tales of the Slayers. I really enjoyed this one. I do tend to like/identify with the villains over the heroes in most stories. Joss Whedon always pushes the envelope on the black/white duality of evil and this was no exception.

As a bonus, I just started the second season of BVS with the coming of Spike a Dru. The GN led right into that episode.
May 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This sucked. And I don't just mean the content (sorry, irresistible vampire joke!). There were a couple brief moments but not nearly enough to make this worth having been published. I genuinely wish I'd never read it so I could still have the anticipation of knowing it existed without knowing how bad it was. The larger story that bridges the smaller tales is decent but, again, still nothing spectacular. I'll just say that I'm glad these folks got better with time.
Kevin Fanning
May 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Not super engaging. My reaction to the Spike & Dru story: Really? That's the story they decided to tell? A couple of the stories even had cymbal-crash endings.

They could have really made hay with a collection of stories not about the vampires, but about the lives of people who were close to vampires, or whose lives were affected by vampires, but for the most part that sure didn't happen here.
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
"I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan and I've seen all of Angel and Buffy, so I may have a different experience of this graphic novel than someone who is unfamiliar with Whedon's version of vampires or his sense of humor. Those who are will, I think, enjoy this version of it. Buffy and Angel make appearances, but the focus is on new vampire stories. Some are better than other, and I particularly enjoyed the one called "Dames." Recommended."
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great exploration of the history of notorious vampires and the Watchers' Council, this collection of stories adds new layers to the Buffy mythos. We see a father vampire look after his son, a crazed religious vampire meet an even crazier foe, Angel's struggle with his inner demon, a western take on vampire lore, and even a look at the events that led Spike and Dru to California. Overall, a fantastic collection!
Aspasía Bissas
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Buffy/comic/vampire fans
Shelves: favorites
This is a series of comics based in the Buffyverse and collected into one volume. The comics are well-written, the artwork is great, and the overall story arc is compelling; however, the Spike and Drusilla story alone are worth getting this book for. You don't need to be a Buffy fan, but it helps.
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Ok, I liked this one SO MUCH BETTER than Tales of the Slayers. I mean, really, what isn't to like? The shifting styles and stories were interesting, but satisfying, there was one based on Lord of the Rings, and lots of familiar characters that I actually miss quite a bit. Definitely worthy of five stars.
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Joss Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon) is an American screenwriter, executive producer, film and television director, comic book writer, occasional composer, and actor, and the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-creator of Bellwether Pictures.

He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)', 'Angel (1999–2004)', 'Firefly (2002)'

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