Sunday, 5 June 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 8, Volumes 6 & 7 - Book Reviews

Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Retreat (Season 8, volume 6)
Author: Josh Whedon and others
Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: March 2010
Format: E-Book - PDF
Pages: 140
Genre: Paranormal/Graphic Novel
Source: Arc from NetGalley




Buffy Season Eight Volume 6 showcases the first failure of the Slayer legion. Vampires have solid footing at the top of the totem and Slayers have been crushed to the bottom - in short, no one likes Buffy anymore... least of all this season's mysterious Big Bad, Twilight, who is hot on her magical trail! Now that it's the world against Slayers, Buffy must find a way to return the status quo to... status quo - and keep her girls alive long enough to do it! Enter Oz, the only person/werewolf Buffy knows who is down with the suppression of magic, and can take the Slayer army off of Twilight's magic-specific radar. With Oz's assistance the Slayers and Wiccans try to become "normal" through meditation and hard labor - although, not everyone sees the advantage of being magicless, namely, Willow, Giles, and Andrew. And they could be right; after all, is a peaceful life for a Slayer even possible? (Goodreads Synopsis)


Having found volume five a bit silly, I was happy to see the story get back on track in volume six. Finally we get some more plot development without a lot of on the side nonsense. I like the progress made in the story and I feel involved and back into it again.






Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Twilight (Season 8, volume 7)
Author: Josh Whedon and others
Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: October 2010
Format: E-Book - PDF
Pages: 140
Genre: Paranormal/Graphic Novel
Source: Arc from NetGalley



Buffy Summers and her Slayer army have suffered heavy losses throughout Season Eight and faced scores of threats new and old, but the one mystery connecting it all has been the identity of the Big Bad Twilight!
In this penultimate volume of Season Eight, New York Times bestselling novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer (The Book of Lies, Identity Crisis) joins series artist Georges Jeanty in beginning the buildup to the season finale in the story line that finally reveals the identity of Twilight! In the aftermath of the battle with Twilight's army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies, and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army's recent ordeals. Adding to the mayhem is the unexpected return of Angel, in his Season Eight debut!
This volume also features two stories from series creator and executive producer Joss Whedon! In the Willow one-shot, Whedon and Fray artist Karl Moline reveal for the first time what Buffy's witchy best friend was up to between Seasons Seven and Eight, with a mind-blowing cameo by a frequently requested character. And in "Turbulence," Joss spotlights the complicated relationship between Buffy and Xander with a conversation that changes it forever.
(Goodreads Synopsis)



This volume continues the story well with the true identity of Twilight finally revealed and Buffy and Angel reunited. This has been the most risque installment so far with my partner asking if I was reading something kinky as he passed by. Again they stuck well to the plot and built in some new information as we head into the season finale. My favourite vampire made an appearance on the last page and I am keen to see how it will all end.

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