Monday, August 15, 2011

REVIEW: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Road Home

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, Vol. 1)The Long Road Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 #1)
by Joss Whedon, Andy Owens, Georges Jeanty
Paperback: Graphic Novel, 136 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics (December 1, 2010)
Age Range: Young Adult
BUY: Amazon / B&N
My Copy: Borrowed from the hubby (bought at local B&N)

Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers - newly legion - have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the "Buffy" decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own. Buffy creator Joss Whedon brings Buffy back to Dark Horse in this direct follow-up to season seven of the smash-hit TV series. The bestselling and critically acclaimed issues #1-5 are collected here for the first time, as are their covers by Jo Chen and Georges Jeanty.


I love Buffy and have all the seasons on DVD. I got my husband hooked on the show back in 2001. So I was not surprised when he brought home the Graphic Novel, The Long Road Home. It took me a few weeks to sit down and read it and I'm glad I did.

The Long Road Home picks up after the end of Season 7 (tears up). We get to see all the main characters of the Scooby Gang, Willow, Xander, Giles and of course Buffy.

****SPOILER if you have not seen all the last season of Buffy ****

If you are a Buffy fan then you know that in the last couple of episodes, Willow works her voodoo and activates all the potential slayers. There are around 1500+ slayers and about 500 working with Buffy and the gang.

As the story unfolds we meet some old Sunnydale citizens that are long thought moved on or dead.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight # 4, The Long Way Home part 4
If you also watched Angel (Buffy spin-off) then you will remember the mention of Buffy living it up in Rome. We get the real story on that in this Volume 1 of Season 8.

The characters and story are just like watching the show. If you love Whedon's snarky kind of humor you will love this Graphic Novel.

My husband as ordered all the volumes and most of them have come in the mail by now. So we will be fighting each other on who gets to read Volume 2 first.

I highly recommend The Long Way Home to any Buffy fan. I am sure you will love it, like I did. Stay tuned for more reviews in the series.

Next Volume in the series:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You (Season 8, Vol. 2)No Future For You (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 #2)
by Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jeanty

Eisner award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) tackles Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight with "No Future for You." When a rogue debutant Slayer begins to use her power for evil, Giles is forced to recruit the rebellious Faith, who isn't exactly known for her good deeds. Giles offers Faith a clean slate if she can stop this snooty Slayer from wreaking total havoc - that is, if Buffy doesn't beat her to it. Georges Jeanty (The American Way) remains at the top of his game as series artist, and Whedon stays on as "Executive Producer" in this direct follow-up to Season Seven of the smash-hit TV series.


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