Sunday, 22 May 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 8 Graphic Novels - Volumes 1 & 2 - Book Reviews

Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Long Way Home (Season 8, volume 1)
Author: Josh Whedon and others

Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: October 2007
Format: E-Book - PDF
Pages: 140
Genre: Paranormal/Graphic Novel
Source: Arc from NetGalley



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. (Goodreads Synopsis)



I think I am correct in saying that this is the first graphic novel I have ever read. It's not a genre I have ever paid much attention too before, but the lure of Buffy brought me in.

On the whole, I enjoyed this first installment in season eight. There are a number of things in the plot that left me a little baffled, but I am working on the assumption that all will become clear as the season progresses.

The dialogue and characters are all there and they feel familiar and correct. I found the scenes jumped a bit, but I think that is just the fact I am not particularly used to the style of graphic novels as opposed to general fiction. Really, the graphic novel is more like a television show or film, with scenes cutting and changing quickly.

I enjoyed the illustrations. They were enough like the characters that you always knew who was who, but I loved some of the more realistic artwork displayed in between parts more.

I am keen to read on and find out who the Big Bad is and what will happen next. This is a must for any Buffy fans who want to know what happened to the characters after the end of the television show.






Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - No Future For You (Season 8, volume 2)
Author: Josh Whedon and others

Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: June 2008
Format: E-Book - PDF
Pages: 140
Genre: Paranormal/Graphic Novel
Source: Arc from NetGalley

 

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. (Goodreads Synopsis)



With this second installment in the season eight graphic novels, the action really goes up a notch.

Some of the odd elements in the plot from volume one are slowly starting to be explained, as I had hoped they would be, and the storyline is becoming more cohesive through that. With this second volume, I am getting a clearer picture of what is happening and what is at stake.

It is great to see Faith back, and I like the way her character is progressing. We are also getting some glimpses into the inner thoughts and feelings of the other characters too, giving the story some depth.

Again the illustrations are good. I would still prefer they were all done in the more realistic style of some of the other cover images interspersed throughout the book. But I think that is just me living up to my preference for realism in art and I realise that the slightly cartoon approach is more the norm for graphic novels.

I am still deeply into the story and keen to find out what will happen next.

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