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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You, Part II

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 11th 2007 11:01AM
buffy season 8 issue 7(S08I07) This issue starts out with the longest - and perhaps first - foray into flashback territory for this "season." I guess I could have gone through my well overplayed DVDs and checked the referred-to episode for accuracy, but it seemed pretty dead-on to me.

Y'know, I love Giles and all, and I especially appreciate that he's a presence in this series, but I'm not really digging how cookie-cutter he seems, particularly in these last two issues. Is it just me or does he drink tea and clean his spectacles way too (stereotypically) often?

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You, Part I

by Keith McDuffee, posted Sep 19th 2007 11:01AM
buffy season 8 comic cover faith(S08I06) Even though this isse wasn't written by Joss, the capable hands of Brian K. Vaughan pulled off what I think feels very true to the Buffyverse. Faith was always one of my favorite characters from Buffy and Angel, and it's great to see her back again. And scenes with Giles? Even better.

It's been so long since I'd watched the last couple of seasons of Buffy that I completely forgot that Principal Wood had a thing with Faith. Here we see that Wood is fully involved in the big baddiness of the world, and he and Faith are still quite a thing.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Chain

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 2nd 2007 10:47AM
buffy season 8(S08I05) It seems the readers have spoken ... written ... voted, and I will continue to review the "episodes" of Buffy season 8. I agree with some of the sentiments left in the comments, though. While this is meant to be a canonical continuation of the TV series, it's not a TV series. This is a comic, and it feels like one. It can't replace the direction and the acting we saw on the small screen, and I don't believe it was ever meant to.

When one of your friends heads off to a faraway land and sends you a letter every week, it's not the same as them being there with you, but it sure is comforting to have them around, so-to-speak. It's like that, only not as desperate sounding.

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Should I keep reviewing Buffy season 8?

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 31st 2007 9:53AM
Buffy season 8Some of you may not know this already, but the latest issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 comic hit stores last week, when originally it was slated to come out, I believe, this week. As I was picking up my copy, I got to wondering if the TV Squad readers even cared to have me continue to review them, especially with the news that there will be a season 9 comic.

So, once again I'm going to take advantage of the use of polls and leave it up to you. While I'm definitely going to keep buying and reading these books, do you want me to continue to review them here for you? I'll check the results of the poll (after the jump) later this week and decide.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, Part 4

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 7th 2007 9:22AM
buffy season 8 issue 4(S08I04) And thus ends the first arc of the new season of Buffy. This issue was a bit all over the place. Some sections seemed to jump a bit too much, particularly in the first half of the book, though you could almost get the feeling that it wouldn't be done much differently had this been actually on television.

I will say this much for the series, though -- the "big bad" of the season is something of brilliance. Well played, Mr. Whedon.

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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.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, Part 1 (season premiere)

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 16th 2007 9:29AM
buffy season 8(S08I01) Fans of Buffy have waited a long time for something like this. It's not a new television season and it's not a movie, but when you think about it this could be the best way for it to return. You don't have ugly casting problems and the special effects budget isn't a concern at all. In fact, you can just kill off a major character in spectacular fashion and not worry that you just ruined an actor's livelihood.

If you haven't gone out and picked up this first issue of what's been blessed bu Joss Whedon as Buffy the Vampire Slayer season eight, you might not want to read on, as there will be spoilers. Or if you're just cheap or too lazy to pick it up, you can come too.

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