World wide cult phenomenon Buffy the Vampire Slayer returns with Season Eight - only in comics! Series creator Joss Whedon once again takes up writing duties for this official sequel to the show, running the comics as he ran seven seasons of Buffy on TV. This opening story introduces a mysterious threat known as "Twilight" and plunges Buffy and the gang into their biggest adventure - without the limitations of a small-screen budget.
Without limitations indeed! The beginning of The Long Way Home has Buffy and slayers dropping out of the sky all geared up, with Xander back at base (in Scotland!) - surrounded by computers and big screens, linked to the action via satellite! Oh my! I had to pause for a second to let it sink in...but I liked what I saw!
The Long Way Home is really fast paced, introducing new slayers, new - and old - villains, and touching base with all of our beloved original characters. It's also a little confusing trying to piece together what's happening - but that's only to be expected of vol. 1 of any comic series! It fell right back into familiar Buffy territory though - drama between Buffy and Dawn, Xander still keeping the peace, Willow wowing us with her power, Giles passing along advice...and being eternally exasperated, Andrew...well, he's Andrew. All topped off with the one liners and witty comebacks we've grown to love and expect! Oh, how I have missed the gang!
I was a little surprised to see Amy back, but it works. I was much more surprised by who she brought with her - but I'll leave you to enjoy that little "W.T.F?!" moment. It both makes me shudder and look forward to the upcoming confrontations. The new threat, ""Twilight", was minimally touched on, but enough so that I'm definitely intrigued to see where we go from here.
I most enjoyed the little tidbits linking it to the series, and Angel. The bit about the Immortal? Had me cracking up laughing! And a look-see into Buffy's dreams was interesting, especially the one involving her, Angel and Spike. Um, yes please, can I have more? Trust me, there was plenty more that had me snorting or giggling.
I don't know much about art, so I'm not all that qualified to comment significantly on the art of The Long Way Home other than to say that I like it. For me, it's raw and real, which suits the ultimate feel of Buffy as a whole, and this plot. The characters aren't exactly the actors we're used to seeing, and I liked that as this is new and original, despite being an extension of the series.
All in all, a fantastic start to the series, and I'm so glad I have the next comics to continue reading! If you're a fan of the original series, you'll enjoy the comics.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Published Date: October 2007
Thanks to Dark Horse Comics and NetGalley.