Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming Season 8, volume 8Paperback Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)
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- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 257mm x 10mm | 454g
- Publication date: 14 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: Milwaukie
- ISBN 10: 1595826106
- ISBN 13: 9781595826107
- Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
- Sales rank: 14,159
The season finale is here! At long last, the Big Bad stands revealed--Angel is back, and it's tearing the Scoobies apart, testing the limits of their friendship. But Twilight's unmasking is only the beginning, and Buffy must still face the ultimate betrayal. Series creator Joss Whedon writes the final story arc of Buffy Season 8, taking his greatest characters to places only he can! Teamed with series artist Georges Jeanty, Joss reunites the dysfunctional gang of Buffy, Angel, and Spike, in the thick of it together for the first time since Season 3, and gives the Scoobies their gravest challenge ever, defending reality itself from the onslaught of demons. It's the biggest Buffy finale ever! - Collects Buffy Season 8 #36-#40. - This volume also includes the spy-thriller Riley one-shot by Buffy series writer Jane Espenson and artist Karl Moline.
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By Sophia Grey 11 Jul 2011
While nothing (in my opinion) can compare to the TV show, Dark Horse has made the best of the situation in transferring the viewer's interest over to a different format. While I didn't quite buy some of the more outlandish elements of the plot, and subsequently expanded universe, the great art and the "official-ness" of the whole enterprise won me over. For those who crave more Buffy-canon, it's a definate buy.
By Nicola Markus 07 Jun 2011
And thus the season ends. I found this a fairly satisfactory ending, especially with regards to the Buffy/Spike storyline, but there were so many loose ends, answers not given etc. I assume they may be saving this information for a future graphic novel season, but I had hoped for more closure.
Regarding the season overall, I am both pleased and disappointed. I am pleased that I now know what happened when the TV show finished, but there were quite a few elements in these graphic novels that I wasn't so impressed with. On TV, despite being a fantasy show, the story always felt real, whereas some of the things that happened in these graphic novels were farfetched and ridiculous. Some aspects of the plot seemed to be pure sensationalism and were out of character in my opinion. Some volumes were good and the story worked well in them, but in other instalments the story seemed to drop out completely and we were left with irrelevant filler.
That said, I might be intrigued enough to read on if future books are released, but this is not going to be to everyone's taste. This is definitely only for die-hard Buffy fans. If you were someone who was content with the ending of season seven, I wouldn't recommend giving this a try as it may disappoint.
I received this as a free e-book ARC from NetGalley.