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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, Part 3

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 3rd 2007 4:15PM
buffy season 8 cover 3(S08I03) It's pretty clear, when you're reading through these comics, that the budget that would be involved to make this a season of television would be through the roof. A gianormous Dawn, an army of thousands of undead and Willow's intense spells, all set in a castle in Scotland which is outfitted with a bunch of technology. Thank God for a medium that lets creativity go completely wild without budget worries.

If I've got one criticism for these books I'd have to say it's how the characters are drawn on the pages. The cover images (as you can see here to the right) are amazingly detailed and truly capture what we remember of the characters, but the inside pages have a bit to be desired.

That said, it's a minor point to complain about. In the end it's the writing that makes these stories and the characters come alive. Once again the writing is much better than the first issue of the series. The dialog is very much what one would expect to hear on the television series, including, once again, some great quotes.

Ethan Rayne is actually one of my favorite characters from the Buffyverse. He has been used very little in the series, though his background with Giles makes him all the more interesting. Things of his past are only hinted at. Once upon a time I had a story in mind for what I'd picture for The Ripper pilot, the spin-off we were supposed to see for Giles (is that dead or what?). We'd open with Ethan in a military prison in the Arizona desert, and he's being interrogated by an unseen person. The person asks him where things all began for his magic, and Ethan takes us back to when he met Giles, issuing the beginning of the show. Anyway, I'm digressing way too much.

Ethan's appearance is a strange one, though. Is it really him or is it really just a part of her dream world? I don't think anyone thought of Ethan for a minute when we saw the mysterious cloaked mad reach out for Buffy -- how could you?

What someone did predict was who Amy's boyfriend is -- a flayed Warren! I'm not sure if you knew something the rest of us didn't, but bravo on that guess (if it was one). I remember reading that comment and thinking it made a lot of sense, and so here he is. But is he alive by his own abilities or did Amy bring him back? Is it because he was killed by magical means, just as Willow mentions of Kennedy's "death"?

Oh, and I have to mention my total brain fart when referring to Andrew as a straight guy in my last review. I had totally forgotten his behavior in previous episodes (with Spike, in particular), and this issue almost comes right out and says he's not really interested in girls (I mean, a game of strip poker with a bunch of hot slayers is not fun?) Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The dream sequence with Buffy in bed with both Spike and Angel was hilarious, and it was a great way to tease the hell out of fans into not knowing who Buffy prefers to be with. I wonder if this is the "minimal" involvement Angel and Spike are going to have in the series.

rating 6I'll give this issue a 6 on the TV Squad 7 scale. One more issue left in this first "episode" of the series, then we're off to see what Faith has been up to.

Quote of the issue:

Xander: 'One attack by the undead and Renee has to take a nap. "Oh, I'm all run through with a broadsword. I have to lie around and heal..." Back in my day, which was about a week and a half ago, we took our lumps and we got back up and we cried like babies and quit and put on weight.'

(Buffy the Vampire Slayer - S08E03) How do you rate this issue?
1 - Worst5 (2.0%)
25 (2.0%)
33 (1.2%)
46 (2.4%)
519 (7.7%)
671 (28.9%)
7 - Best137 (55.7%)

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Thanks for the kudos about my guess that Warren was Amy's boyfriend. How exciting! I was thinking that from the beginning, when the government guy wondered how he stayed alive like that. Also there was the connection from the last season when Amy caused Willow to turn into Warren. I thought it was obvious, therefore I must be wrong!

May 10 2007 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kimberlee Hicks

I agree completely about Spike and Buffy being a perfect match. Her love with Angel was real, but it's that first love thing everyone goes through. Spike was her equal, and he fought for it. She'll always love Angel, but Spike... they were going somewhere Season 7. Of course, in the Buffyverse, no one's happiness lasts, but in my perfect world, they would.

May 06 2007 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ethan Rayne?!?!?! Ugh. Didn't see that comming in a million years. While I did think that it couldn't be Spike (a lot of other people though it was), I would have guessed pretty much anyone other than Ethan. And the Warren thing! I actually was wondering why Joss never brought Warren back, seeing as most of the other people who have died have come back at one point or another. Except Tara. Which I'm still waiting for.

May 05 2007 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In the finale we see Buffy send Angel away to cuddle up with Spike and tell him that she loves him - something that she obviously felt for a long time. Watch "First Date" - in the end she rejected Robin too because he's not Spike. I'm not saying that Buffy doesn't love Angel, a part of her always will, but I can't stand it when Buffy's love for Spike gets dismissed like that. That's the most real love she's ever had. They suit each other. And should have ended up together. It's sad that just when they were finally getting it right, Spike had to go play the hero and give up his life to save the world and stuff. But that's the way Joss does things. No happy endings. :(

May 05 2007 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Too bad they aren't given this comic away during Free Comic Book Day on Saturday.


May 04 2007 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

pls pls email me the torrent or link to site that carries this item, i cant buy it where i am living, and importing is very difficult due to censorship laws.


May 03 2007 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the finale made it pretty clear who Buffy would prefer to be with. It's Angel. Personally, I never really knew why people were confused about that. And I don't understand Joss' need to "play both sides."

May 03 2007 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They'd better explain that thricewise thing before they move on here...

How the hell is Warren still alive, even on this show? Skinless? *shudder*

May 03 2007 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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