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4 Sep 2007 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus (Book 2)
This second volume of our Buffy omnibus series collects many of the best Buffy comics to see print. As we follow the newly-chosen slayer from Los Angeles to Sunnydale and through her parents' divorce - with Dawn in tow - the souled vampire Angel makes his first appearance and the not-so-souled Spike and Drusilla cleave a bloody path towards the West Coast. This collection includes the critically acclaimed graphic novel Ring of Fire and the miniseries A Stake to the Heart, and reflects the Season One to Season Three timeline of the cult-hit TV series. A fitting companion to Joss Whedon's comics-based relaunch of the show.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (4 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078263
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS and THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN, among many others. He has co-written three lavishly illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, the first of which, BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE, was the launching pad for the Eisner-nominated comic book series, BALTIMORE. As an editor, he has worked on the anthologies THE NEW DEAD, THE MONSTER'S CORNER, and 21ST CENTURY DEAD, among others, and has also written and co-written video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich and engaging 31 Jan 2009
By AVW
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The price of this book would almost be worth paying for the first three stories alone. The expertise of X-Men writers Fabian Nicieza and Scott Lobdell really do justice to the first, very short story, juxtaposing humour and adventure, along with Angel's earlier low-key involvement with Buffy's life.

But it is the second story, 'A Stake to the Heart' which is the stand-out one of the book. Filling in gaps left by the television series - Giles arriving in Sunnydale, Hank leaving the Summers girls, Buffy slowly waking up to her calling, Angel trying to help and messing up - the demons throughout this mini-series are both subtle and horrifying in a way TV would find it difficult to accomplish. Nicieza knows the strength of a comic, the advantage it has over other mediums, and he uses it to the max, right down to Dawn's presence, like a memory, both present and not. Yet for all the heartfelt trauma and darkness in these pages, there is humour as well, like a really good episode.

The third story, 'MacGuffins', is short and very funny, some welcome relief after the previous. If it had been an episode Jane Espenson would probably have written it.

The art throughout is very high quality, with the exception of the last story (Willow and Cordelia are almost indistinguishable, it's that bad). Brian Horton deserves special mention with his beautiful (or disturbing) covers and sections of 'A Stake to the Heart'. His paintings often appear to be like classical art. His cover of the book is extraordinary - Angelus monstrous and overwhelming, and Buffy with a translucent grace and calm, the two in an unusual balletic motion.

There are two Spike and Drusilla stories, which I wouldn't rate quite as highly as some.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A damn fine read 13 May 2014
By Owen
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This volume was great, it starts off well and instantly grabs your attention and goes into a flowing storyline. It does still have the problem of some missed events but again sums them up nicely and turns it around
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Buffy omnibus one was good, but it featured a mixed bag of stories all okay but none were of the standard presented here. The comic expands nicely on the buffy mythos and actually keeps the feel of the series in which they are set. The shorter stories aren't great but they are short and aimple but the larger stories really feel like part of the TV show. The story of Buffy's parents divorce is excellent and is surpassed by Ring of fire a story set within series two when Angel was evil.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment this was 31 Aug 2010
By Rachel E. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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What a disappointment this was, especially compared with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 1. In this volume, the stories were weak and mostly completely uninteresting, the humor was almost nonexistent, and the characters were sometimes written out of character. Plus, some of the art was odd, some was kinda ugly, and some was just terrible. I wasn't confused by the jumping around--or skipping ahead--in the timeline, since it was explained in the introduction by Scott Allie, but I can't say it helped matters.

The first story, "Angels We Have Seen On High", although very different, seems, in comparison to others in this volume, to be one of the best stories. It's a very short (and kinda cute?) story about Dawn and Buffy from when they still in LA. The art is very different from the other stories, more like a cartoon than a comic book, but it's interesting to see some variety once in a while.

The next story is "A Stake to the Heart", which for me was the biggest disappointment of the whole collection, mostly because it actually seemed to be trying to be something interesting and deep, but it failed so miserably. In this story, Buffy has to fight the Summers family's inner demons that have been accidentally manifested. The reason for and means of the accident are stupid, and the efforts to undo it are both stupid and pointless. Although the threat seems big at first, these demons' powers and the consequences of them winning are confusing, and the culmination of each fight is honestly boring. On the other hand, the art in this story is the best in this entire volume.

After that we get another short story, "MacGuffins", which may have been amusing, but could have starred any original character--there was nothing really of Buffy's personality or life. It added nothing to the Buffyverse, it wasn't meaningful, it wasn't anything special at all. To top it off, Buffy is drawn with a Barbie doll-like body.

The next story, "Queen of Hearts", managed to be pretty uninteresting despite starring Spike, as he and Dru run into some trouble--or go looking for it--on a casino boat. I was one of the fans of the show mentioned in Scott Allie's introduction who didn't like (he said "hated") the art--I felt everything looked ugly except for ladies and their clothing--but at least it was interesting looking.

"Ring of Fire" is the next story, and the best in this volume, for what that's worth. It takes place during the second season of the show, and in it Buffy and the gang (plus or minus a few) face off against Spike, Dru, and Angelus. It's the most interesting and most like the show. Again, all males and most of the backgrounds look ugly, but the ladies look lovely.

Another Spike story, "Paint the Town Red", is next. This one is much more interesting than the first one about him and Dru, and focuses more on him, as he decides to become lord of a small town in Turkey. The art is the same as the last two.

Finally, there's "The Dust Waltz", the worst story of the collection (which is different from being the most disappointing). This takes place sometime during the run of the show, but I'm not sure when, because at some points it seems like Xander and Cordelia are going out, and at others they despise each other--and I couldn't even tell if it was pre-going out together despising, or post-going out together despising. Even worse, I couldn't tell if it was Cordelia or Willow without going back and checking what each girl was wearing. Buffy looks different from them only because she's blonde, and the special guest character has differently shaped hair (the other females in the story are supernatural, and distinct in their extreme sexiness or ugliness). Nobody looks the way they should, or acts the way they should, the story is pretty stupid, and the continuity in both story and art is a mess.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you need more Buffy, get this! 10 May 2008
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
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Following Buffy from her parents' decision to get a divorce, moving to Sunnydale and even into the evil Angel era, this excellent collection of tales of the Slayer will help to keep your thirst for Buffy to a manageable level. The art in this one is uneven - the first story is done in a very unusual manner - that is, in a very cartoonish manner - and it was rather a shock. I ended up rather liking it, but I think this is an issue that will definitely be a polarizing one: people will either love it or hate it and froth about it. :-) However, I liked the story it told and I especially liked how Angel was lurking all over the place in the story. Some of the stories were rather fun, such as Maguffins (McGuffins? MacGuffins? - I can't remember how it is spelled now and I'm too lazy to go check!) - taking place in the summer between Season 1 and Season 2, two mischievous imps are sent to Buffy as a "test." As they destroy her father's house, she must figure out how to stop them. We also get a rather ... interesting story with Dawn, set at the same time that Buffy is in Las Vegas - a case of mistaken identities leaves Dawn with a Djinn that causes no end of troubles.

The addition of Dawn into these stories is one that Joss Whedon says he thought long and hard about, and one which is also likely to be a polarizing force among fans. He said he finally decided to go with having her there because although she wasn't REALLY there, Buffy REMEMBERED here being there ... plus it gave him a chance to have the artists and authors writing these stories come up with some fun ones, such as the story just mentioned above.

All told, an excellent addition to the Buffymorbilia of a true Buffyaholic. Don't miss it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DARK HORSE KEEPING BUFFY ROLLING! 9 Nov 2007
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
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When Dark Horse Comics began publishing in 1986, they took a strategic path far different than most of the other independent publishers of the day. Dark Horse was clever enough to go after licensed properties that already had a built-in fan following. Titles such as Aliens, Predator, Terminator, and the many Star Wars titles gave them a huge leg up on their competition. That's why they are still around over twenty years later while companies like Eclipes, First, Comico, and Malibu are but distant memories. Another property which has proven to be enormously popular for Dark Horse has been Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This is the second omnibus edition of slayer tales and reprints several issues from the Buffy comic as well as various trades/graphic novels into this 320 page tome. The stories are set at various points in Buffy's career although they are all set in during season three of the TV series or earlier. In fact the first story, "A Stake through the Heart" predates Buffy's move to Sunnydale although after the destruction of the gym at her old school. In this tale writer Fabian Nicieza makes the controversial move of retconning Dawn into the Buffyverse before her actual creation. Buffy and Dawn are dealing with their parent's separation and their eventual move. Buffy is already feeling guilt over her parent's marriage troubles and Angel makes things worse by accidentally releasing malignancy demons to torment her.

"McGuffins" is a short story from Dark Horse Comics Presents. Giles sends Buffy a "present" as a test...a pair of nasty little gremlin-like creatures who run amok in her house. Buffy cannot win this one with her fists. She'll have to use her wits to defeat the little pests.

Two of the stories are Spike and Dru adventures and don't even feature Buffy at all...kinda strange since she's the title star but oh well..."Queen of Hearts" finds Spike and Dru gambling on a riverboat and discovering their host is a demon who leeches the luck off his customers. The pair have a bad breakup in "Paint the Town Red" as Spike nearly destroys Dru. He takes a break from her, heading off to Turkey but Dru isn't going to let him go so easily.

"Ring of Fire" takes place during Season Two when Angel is going though his evil period. He, Dru, and the wheelchair-bound Spike have found a set of ancient Samurai armor that belonged to a demon named Kelgor. They plan to use the armor to raise the demon and Buffy, Kendra and the rest of the Scoobys have to stop them.

Finally in "Dust Waltz" two ancient demons, Lillith and Lamia come to Sunnydale for an ancient Hellmouth ritual called the Dust Waltz where each chooses a champion to battle to the death. Since Buffy has killed Lillith's champion, she is forced to fight in his place.

There isn't a standout story in the book but there are no stinkers either. "Stake through the Heart" is probably the weakest as it is a slower moving, depressing story that seems out of place with the tone of the stories from early in Buffy's career. It reads more like a story from Season Six. The Spike and Dru stories are quite fun as the pair is basically off just carousing and having a good time. The art is strong throughout although I was never particularly fond of regular series artist Cliff Richards. I much preferred the lighter style of Luke Ross on "McGuffins" and Hector Gomez on "Dust Waltz." The Dark Horse Omnibus editions are a bit more expensive than those from Marvel and DC, but they have the advantage of being in full color.

REVIEWED BY TIM JANSON
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Buffy please 21 Sep 2007
By Hugs_Trees - Published on Amazon.com
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I very much enjoyed both volumes of this graphic novel and would recommend it to anyone needing a Buffy fix. The dialog was great. The stories were good. I just wish that the interior artwork was even half as good as the cover art. That was the only reason that I did't go with the five star rating.
5.0 out of 5 stars Att: Buffy Fans.......March Out And Buy This ASAP! 16 Aug 2013
By Honest Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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Where to start? Why not start at the beginning..before Buffy came to Sunnydale. And why not add stories not included in the series, the events in-between the episodes, so-to-speak. Why not include events after the series ended? This collection has it all. It starts at the beginning, fills in much need details, and continues after the series has ended. This is the much needed fix for desperate Buffy fans and a must have for the Buffy collection! You will not be disappointed! My only advice is to take it slow and not read the volumes back-to-back. Take your time and relish them. After all, there's not much more Buffy afer this! :(
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