Monday 30 May 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Time of Your Life (Season 8, volume 4) by Joss Whedon - Book Review

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Time Of Your Life (Season 8, Vol. 4)
Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Time of Your life (Season 8, volume 4)
Author: Joss Whedon and others
Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: June 2009
Format: E-Book - PDF
Pages: 138
Genre: Paranormal/Graphic Novel
Source: Arc from NetGalley

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 TV series, while back in the twenty-first century, the Scotland base falls prey to a mystical bomb courtesy of the Biggest Bad - Twilight! (Goodreads Synopsis)

I was unable to read the third volume due to an error in the document/download making the pages blank. I therefore came to the fourth volume needing to get back into the story and trying to catch up on what I had missed.
I found it hard at first as clearly some events had taken place in the third volume that had led to the situation at the start of the fourth. There were a couple of new characters involved and I had to work out who was who and what was going on.
At the half way point, I felt I was just about back on track with what was happening, but by this point I also felt I was anticipating what was happening too much. It was far to easy to work out who the mystery 'bad guy' was and so there was no tension. I would have liked them to have kept more hidden so that the reveal was more of a surprise. In addition certain parts of this volume, such as Buffy's dream, felt a bit like filler and I couldn't see the point of them except for fluffing the story out a bit while nothing else was happening.
I'm still finding the storyline interesting overall though and I am looking forward to continuing on to volume five to see what will happen next.

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