Buffy: Season Eight

You’re daft, man. Buffy ended after seven seasons.

The television show ended after seven seasons but the Buffy: Season Eight comic picked up where it left off. We are left with a whole slew of empowered slayers and evil is on the ropes. I’ll only include very minor spoilers so if you don’t want to read anything about the ongoing adventures of the Scooby gang, then maybe skip this post.

Joss apparently had more Buffy story to tell, and is still actively telling it. The comics, at this point, are currently up to season ten. Joss wastes no time getting into a Buffy story that could never be told on television from a scale perspective alone. The comic opens with Buffy and a squad of slayers looking more Initiative Assault Team than anything we witnessed in season seven.

They seem to be very well funded, heavily militarized, and Xander slips into a leadership role as a would be Nick Fury, deploying squads of slayers all over the globe. If we learned anything from Buffy though it is that power unearned is dangerous. It isn’t long before the scales tip and the world seemingly goes mad. Vampires are now the endangered species and the slayers are looked upon as terrorists. It’s almost X-Men-esque in that humanity is fearful of these new powerful women. To complicate matters, some of these slayers have their own ideas of what to do with the power.

Much of season eight revolves around a new big bad named Twilight. In the balancing of good and evil, it seems as those Twilight is made the equal to Buffy who finds herself growing stronger too.

The story continues to grow in scope and scale until it’s almost ridiculous. It never overstays its welcome though, at least it didn’t to this Buffy fan. I do wonder if maybe Joss thought that the comic was going to get struck down early so it became a literal race to bring every character that we saw in the show into the pages of the comics. It was nice to be reaquainted with some of them and one particular return in particular had me thinking… “What? Seriously? You’re kidding. Why?” That particular person though faces a particularly disgusting end when season eight wraps with a HUGE conclusion that changes much of what we thought we knew about the Buffy-verse.

If I have one gripe, it’s only because continuing the show means that decisions needs to continue to be made about which characters live, leave or die. This season has a major death that is surprisingly mostly glossed over. It’s mentioned from time to time, as of season nine, but it doesn’t have the major impact that you would expect. I’m still only about 1/3 of the way through season nine, but maybe this changes. As of right now though, the death feels unnecessary and without purpose.

That complaint aside, if you ever found yourself longing for more adventures in Sunnydale, or maybe some other non-Hellmouth locale with a certain slayer and her buddies, then look no further.

I picked up the hardcover library editions from Amazon and man are they ever pretty and well put together.

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