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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of Your Life

(Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  8,847 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Willow and Buffy head to New York City to unlock the secrets of Buffy's mysterious scythe, when something goes terribly awry. Buffy is propelled into a dystopian future where there's only one Slayer -- Fray, the title character of Joss Whedon's 2001 series, the first comic he ever wrote. Their uneasy alliance falls apart, leading to the death of a major character from the ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published May 6th 2009 by Dark Horse Books (first published 2009)
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Kennedy is back! Yeah.

This is centered on time traveling and I hate when shows start messing with time. It is usually bad writing and does little for the plot. Buffy jumps to the future and has to fight more slayers and people wanting to kill her. Whatever.

It's an ok issue, but I didn't care for this bit of the story. I do like the last issue where she wakes up in season one and is living her life. She realizes it's easier a little than before and it's still not easy. She sees her mom again and
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2.5 stars actually. But I’m rounding up because even if disappointing, it wasn’t bad. Not near. But I’m so excited reading this series that I was expecting bright fireworks and I got an amateur bonfire with little sparks here and there.

The ironic thing of all this it’s that this volume is about one of my favorite things ever: time travel and some things are super interesting. BUT it felt rushed and for that reason it wasn’t enough, I needed more because something was missing and the essence of
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
WrensReads Review:

Well, Buffy time-travels... a big-bad we have seen before is the big bad in the future... a huge deal happens...

Also we meet the last living slayer in that time:

...and she doesn't really know Buffy all that well either. She was pretty upset there were no books about her in the future. Come on Buffy, you were famous for your time.

Anyway, I loved this volume. It reminded me a lot of the later seasons of Buffy plus a little Doctor Who.

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Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
The only reason I'm giving this 2 stars is because I love Moline (apparently most people don't? How can you not like Karl Moline's work? It's so bright and pretty!) and I love Melaka. If the volume didn't have those 2 elements, I'd give this zero stars. It was that bad. As a whole though, this story made no sense. I DID NOT GET IT. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Color me stupid, but I just realized while reading this fourth volume that the evil group Buffy has been facing in the comics is called 'Twilight'.


Since Stephanie Meyer shamelessly ripped off countless ideas and concepts from Joss Whedon, I gotta assume that the man is taking a not-so subtle dig at She-Who-Writes-Sparkly-Vampires.

Whedon has been continuing the adventures of Buffy and her friends from where the finale of the series left off. And while it's been interesting, Whedon's comic
Jun 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I may need to reread this volume again to see if I missed something, but it seems to me that Whedon totally dropped the ball on this episode of BUFFY SEASON 8. What should have been an awesome story -- Buffy's crossover into the world of Whedon's first comic work, FRAY -- is poorly executed, poorly explained, and nonsensical plotwise.

The overall goal of the story seems to show a dark future for Willow and a foreboding sense that the Slayer Army will ultimately fade away. But there's no tension
The action in this one was the best! Time travel! Evil Willow! Dawn's a centaur! Moral complexity! A flashback to high school! A great nod to one of my favourite episodes Band Candy! But damnit could Kennedy be more annoying? When is Willow going to dump her??
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of the main storyline, but the last issue (with the back-to-the-sophmore-year dream squence and cute cartoony art style) was just adorable. It made me realize how much i missed first few seasons of the show!
This was very interesting. We got to see Dark Willow again when Buffy traveled to the future.
I'm very sad to say that it sucked. Just sucked. I waited a long time for this and was really excited for it. I enjoyed the first 3 volumes of the series. But I spent the vast majority of this book being completely confused. I'm sure that if I had read the Fray stories it would have made a bit more sense. As it was, it wasn't until I looked at the back cover that I realized that this was a crossover between the 2 series. Which might have been cool as a stand-alone story, but as the last quarter ...more
These "Season Eight" trade paperbacks/episodes are entertaining and capture a little of the old feel of the series, but so far they've all been good but not great. In book four, Buffy goes to the future and meets Fray, the sole surviving Slayer. In the grand tradition of every time traveling superhero comic book story ever, the two of them have to fight each other. Also, we meet Dark Willow (again). Normally I'd say this entire subplot seemed a little bit pointless, though entertaining, but Whed ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one left me with my jaw hitting the floor (even though I kind of saw coming who was the scheming bastard). I am still very surprised and WANT ALL THE ANSWERS (which I guess I will get once I pick up Fray... which I am definitely going to do.) Joss Whedon will make a comic book reader out of me yet!

I really didn't think I'd ever see Melaka in another comic. So I'm more than thrilled that Moline came back to add her into another story arc. And let me say, it was done really, really well. But I don't want to spoil a lot of things, so here's my list of things to look forward to in this volume:

-Melaka and her whole world once again prove to be amazing. Harth is still
May 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
What in the world is going on with Buffy Summers? I don't know what is going on, but this story was extremely disjointed and strange. There were some funny parts I'll admit. Once again we see a character not grieving for someone they really care about who has died. Once again we have time traveling that doesn't really effect the story. Once again we have Xander and Dawn sharing dirty jokes and making me feel extremely uncomfortable. Just a bunch of redone stories that don't excite me reworked he ...more
$5 to anyone who can explain the plot of this one to me, thanks.
Helena Summers
Actual rating: 3.5.

I don't have much to say about this one. It was entertaining and I'm really intrigued about what happened in the future. I also liked that last issue where Buffy dreamt she was back in season 1 and had a vintage artstyle. It didn't add anything to the story, sure, but it was funny and nostalgic. But, overall, it was kinda... meh and a bit rushed.
Lisa MH
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Favorite Quotes:
Melaka Fray, “I fig we stake some lush haunt, lurks come out, we skin 'em for stories. Yeah?”
Buffy, “Does any part of that sentence involve me beating something up?”

Tree person-thing, “Let us show these abominations the forest's rage!”
Xander, “Followed quickly by the forest's denial, bargaining, and then short, painful acceptance.”

I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as the previous three. I can't connect to a lot of shows or books that jump into the near future (flying car
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, buffy-angel, 2009
This fourth volume of Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic collects # 16–20 of the title and returns to four issue story arc plus a single issue story format. It also sees the return of Whedon himself on the writing on the four issue arc (i.e. The Time of Your Life) in collaboration with Karl Moline, with whom he apparently did the Fray: Future Slayer mini series (which I, unfortunately haven't read).

The story is good and offers a crossover with the aforementioned Fray. But once
James DeSantis
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Good thing I took the advice of others and read Fray before jumping in to it. So, advice for new readers, read Frey!

So what's it about? Well buffy and crew are trying to hunt down some mystical blah blah, you know same old, but Willow by accident sends Buffy in to the future. Wait? Is it? Or is it all planned! With getting deeper understanding of Frey's world, on top of what may happen to Willow in the future, new enemies coming out, and old ones plotting, everything is getting bigger and grand
This was a decidedly average addition to the series for me. It felt a lot like Whedon and the other writers went "HEY. What about if we try and get more readers for Fray by merging it into the Buffy comics?!", and they set about building an entire volume based on that. It really didn't work for me. I didn't care about Fray, I didn't care about why Willow was still alive in 200+ years time, I didn't care that Buffy somehow got magically teleported to the future to meet Fray, I just flat out didn' ...more
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
In a Sentence: Time of Your Life takes Buffy on a trip to the future and takes a deeper look at the character of Willow.

My Thoughts

As much as I love Buffy and Xander, Willow has to be my all-time favorite Buffy character. Which is why Time of Your Life is probably my favorite Buffy comic so far in the series, even though I'm usually not much of a fan of the whole "trip to the future" idea for a plot line.

In Buffy's trip to the future, she encounters Willow, and Willow's not exactly the same
Michael Cairns
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This series goes from strength to strength and is a worthwhile addition to the Buffy canon.
To begin, a brief outline. Following the ending of Buffy on TV, Joss Whedon did a whole bunch of different things, including writing a comic called Fray, a futuristic take on the slayer. In this, the fourth volume of collected comics from season 8, Buffy gets sent through a portal and winds up in the future, first fighting against, then fighting with Melaka Fray, said future slayer.
It’s rare that the mag
Dani Shuping
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Buffy and Willow head to NYC to find out the story behind the scythe's power and what it can really do. And Dawn has now shrunk down to normal size, kinda of. Down to centaur size at least. But as soon as Buffy and Willow are gone the missiles hit the land and the castle is destroyed and alien shapes come out to play. Meanwhile Buffy has been sucked into the future, having exchanged places with a demon. And she must battle her way back to the present against an old friend.

Remember how at least o
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic, vampires, tv-movie
This is another solid entry in the Season 8 trades. After a rough start that had more to do with my expectations than with the quality of the work, I've found my footing with Buffy Season 8 and am enjoying the ride.

The main arc in this book is a crossover with Fray, the slayer from a futuristic Manhattan. At first, the storyline justification for this felt like a flimsy excuse to get the two Buffyverse characters together, but a surprise appearance by a notorious Big Bad makes me suspect that th
Camille Rivera
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-1-12
This graphic novel is about Buffy and her group of friends as they try to save the world. In this particular edition, Buffy has been transported to the future and meets the Buffy of that time. As the two Buffys work together (most of the time) and Buffy's friends in the past try to help, they discover that a dark witch is the one behind the time warping and attacks of vampires in the future.

Because this story was all about time warp, it often jumped around past, present, and future which made i
Fugo Feedback
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Buffystas amantes del comic en general.
Recommended to Fugo by: Sus autores y sus bajísimos precios.
¡Menos mal que me leí Frey hace tiempo! Esa vieja miniserie es casi imprescindible para todo el que quiera disfrutar al máximo esta brillante saga. Pese a lo espoilero de la portada, me deparó varias sorpresas, pero no están en ellas el disfrute del tomo, sino en cómo sigue enriqueciendo el universo post-tv de Buffy y cómo termina de canonizar la mini anterior de Whedon. Interesantes interpretaciones, reinterpretaciones, pistas camufladas, ¡hasta el capítulo de Loeb está bueno!
No será el mejor d
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This episode in season 8 of buffy is written by Whedon again. It is also a crossover with his Fray graphic novel. It has been a long time since I read the Fay graphic novel, so I was a bit unclear on all those characters.

The good thing about this book is that Whedon is the master in the sort of dialogue used in the Buffy tv series. The downside is that the storyflow is a bit chaotic. Something I don't really get with his tv shows but have seen show up in some of his comics.

In this trade there is
Jun 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I loved the Buffy tv show, it might be my favorite series of all time. What made the show so amazing though was NOT the vampires or supernatural plots, it was instead the growth and depth of the characters and their quirky relationships with each other in that context. The problem with Season 8 is that NONE of that translates to the comic book form. The comics focus mostly on huge epic monster battles and shallow or sensational "gotcha moments" with very little in the way of real or convincing c ...more
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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)'

Other books in the series

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 (8 books)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, Volume 1)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You (Season 8, Volume 2)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate (Season 8, Volume 3)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey (Season 8, Volume 5)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat (Season 8, Volume 6)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight (Season 8, Volume 7)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming (Season 8, Volume 8)
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