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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Remaining Sunlight [Paperback]

Andi Watson , Joe Bennett , Rick Ketcham
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1 April 1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
It's tough saving the world from a plague of vampires and other evil forces, especially when you have high school and a social life to consider too. Buffy Summers is about to discover just how tough, as the holiday season throws up all manner of surprises...most of them dead. Be it Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, there's no rest for the wicked -- literally. Good thing Buffy's on hand to see that they at least get their heads down...once they're no longer attached to their bodies, that is. Girl power meets ghoul power in this second chilling volume of Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 2nd Impression edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840230789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840230789
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A good read, but note that it has already appeared in both the comic books, and in the Official Buffy Magazine (UK)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The graphic novel with bite :) 17 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This has to be the better of the two buffy graphic novels. This GN contains the first three stories, from the first three issues of the fantastic U.S Buffy comic book. So since that comic is only available on import in this country, this is a must for all who call themselves "Buffy fans". Buy it immediatly, if not sooner :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great load of comic strips. 21 Aug 1999
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This comic book was great because it had the Buffy stories and the cartoons both at the same time. Some of the drawrings of Buffy and the scooby gang were good but some of them looked nothing like them. This book is quite gory I thought compared to the T.V series. I loved this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The artwork isn't incredible but it is an important trade 22 Dec 2001
By Homa Woodrum - Published on
This trade collects issues 1-3 of the Buffy comic series. The artwork is rather messy and seems hurried at times but the characters look fairly like they should (allthough no one seems to be able to capture Buffy as well as they should). The first issue is "Wu-Tang Fang" where Xander takes martial arts classes to be a better help in the Scooby gang. If there's one thing the comics get right its the friendly banter between the characters. I don't know why the vampires are all green skinned though. Next is "Halloween" where we meet Slke the vampire for the first time (she's important in later issues and trades). Willow and her mom have an argument about Oz and she leaves the house in the dark of the night only to be picked up by Selke and her friends. Buffy stakes Selke and her friends but somehow Selke survives. The issue finishes off with poor Xander dealing with a candy overdose. :) Then we have "Cold Turkey" (the comics love to have these holiday themes, I guess) where Buffy must shop for thanksgiving AND fight a vampire. Lastly there is a short story called "MacGuffins" which is rather pointless and about some test Giles sends Buffy in the form of annoying little creatures. Good for the serious collector who doesn't have the original appearance of the story. The writing is almost always good and that makes up for the artwork. It is really hard to capture characters that we already know every aspect of so thumbs up for the attempt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Holidays - Hellmouth Style. 31 Aug 2002
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on
Many of us tend to write off the BTVS comic series as simple spin-offs of the television show. The truth is that they are a creative force of their own and are composed of their own original stories. Of course, the comic style is far more action oriented than either the Buffy novels or even the show itself, but these are quite good and deserve some attention. For those people who do not have ready access to the comics themselves, these graphic books are a convenient way to experience this side of Buffy without the embarrassment of having a comic book fall out of your briefcase.
'The Remaining Sunlight' is a collection of the first three Buffy tales to appear in the comic series and an extra tale (possible from an issue of Dark Horse Presents). The tales are based in the Fall of the third season. Much of the early artwork in this series comes from the pencil and pen of Joe Bennett and Rick Ketcham, who together have a very crisp and balanced style. Add in the writing of Andi Watson and you have a attractive combination.
Wu-Tang Fang - Buffy and the gang run into some kung fu vampires on the way to the Bronze and are threatened by a shadowy figure in a straw hat. A vampire is eating the black belts of Sunnydale.
Halloween - On the night before Halloween Willow vanishes. Could some party vamps have picked her up for an appetizer?
Cold Turkey - Buffy has to do Thanksgiving shopping and a vengeful fang-face decides that stuffed slayer is the perfect holiday dinner.
MacGuffins - Buffy gets a present from Giles - a test in the shape of two troublemaking green critters (this story is by J.L. Van Meter with pencilwork by Luke Ross).
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3.0 out of 5 stars It gets better 22 Mar 2007
By Tom Knapp - Published on
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Everything has to start somewhere. Unfortunately for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic-book series, it started here.

"The Remaining Sunlight," written by Andi Watson, is the first collection from the Dark Horse series featuring everyone's favorite Calfornia slayer. Unfortunately, Watson -- who I already know did better work further along in the series -- had not yet hit her stride with this book. The dialogue fizzles, sounding little like the characters we know and love from TV. Pacing is awkward and plots are dull. And the action scenes, which look so effortless on the small screen, are uninspired and unexciting.

"The Remaining Sunlight" begins with "Wu-Tang Fang," in which Xander strives to learn martial arts just as a martial-arts devoted vampire comes to Sunnydale looking for worthy opponents. "Halloween," which introduces the villain Selke, is another tired look at the holiday when vampires sleep in -- in this case, with Willow and a few other people in the basement for snacks. In "Cold Turkey," Buffy tries to go shopping for a Thanksgiving feast while Selke seeks her revenge. "MacGuffins," a bonus tale by J.L. Van Meter, is a pointless attempt at being cute, in which Giles sends Buffy a pair of annoying gremlins to test her problem-solving abilities.

Plots are developed and resolved far too quickly to generate much interest. Fortunately, I peeked ahead and can assure you the series does get better.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough art, but good writing 11 July 2014
By J. Binkerd - Published on
The Remaining Sunlight is the first collection of the actual ongoing Dark Horse series. The previous stuff I’ve reviewed so far has either been one-shots, mini-series, standalone graphic novels, or the “Year One” arc they did at the end of the run just before cancelling the book. I’m trying to go in chronological order, or as close as possible given the information at hand, so that would be why this wasn’t the first review I did in the series. As for where to find these aside from this particular collection, the main issues here are included in the Buffy Omnibus Vol. III, while MacGuffins is included in Vol. II.

The first three issues of the ongoing series (collected here) were all written by Andi Watson and penciled by Joe Bennet. Wu-Tang Fang (issue #1) opens the series as an ancient Chinese vampire comes to Sunnydale in search of a worthy opponent. Meanwhile, Xander begins taking karate lessons because he’s tired of being pushed around by bullies and bloodsuckers. Given the relationships still in place here and the lack of Faith (not to mention the publication date), I’m sticking this tale in the increasingly-populated gap between Buffy S03E02: Dead Man’s Party and Buffy S03E03: Faith, Hope & Trick. Plus, if we assume Stinger happens just before this tale, it lends extra meaning to Buffy’s comment about bullies messing with Xander. Then Halloween (issue #2) has come again, and this time the bloodsuckers are staying true to character and staying in for a movie marathon. Unfortunately, they grabbed Willow first to serve as their snack break when the time comes. Based on broadcast dates, this falls between Buffy S03E04: Beauty And The Beasts and Buffy S03E05: Homecoming. Faith is still nowhere to be seen, but oh well. In due time Thanksgiving comes along in Cold Turkey (issue #3) as Buffy is stalked by a vampire with a grudge…and has to deal with last-minute grocery shoppers to boot! Given the broadcast schedule, this is set between Buffy S03E07: Revelations and Buffy S03E08: Lover’s Walk. The writing for these is every bit as excellent as you would expect, and everyone most certainly sounds like themselves. The art….well, Buffy looks right, and Giles is mostly ok, but I’m increasingly of the opinion that there are few artists who can get Xander to look right. I mean, this was better than some I’ve seen, but still not Dark Horse good. Oz, Willow, and Cordelia fared slightly better, but Principal Snyder didn’t look at all right, at least in his first appearance–if I didn’t know better, I’d say he was away and someone else was filling in for him. Seeing Xander dressed as Gary Oldman’s version of Dracula for Halloween, valentine-hair and all, somewhat made up for this though. The art did improve each issue though, and the vampires actually watching the 1992 Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie? I literally laughed out loud when I realized what was showing. I think Joe Bennett was actually just about to find his groove for the look of the supporting cast, but for whatever reason he was replaced after these three issues.

As a bonus, this volume includes the story MacGuffins from Dark Horse Presents Annual ’98, written by Jen Van Meter and penciled by Luke Ross, set during Buffy’s summer vacation between the first two seasons. Buffy thinks she has a pest problem with the house flies infesting her dad’s apartment, but she hasn’t seen anything yet…. A fun, short little story with stronger art than most of this early Buffy material can boast. I enjoyed it.

CONTENT: Mild profanity. Vampire violence, a bit bloody at times. No real sexual content aside from a couple scantily-clad vampire vixens. As I’ve mentioned before, Buffyverse vampires could be considered a bit occultic since they are partially demons.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Addition for the Buffy Fan 24 Mar 2008
By Jennifer Wardrip - Published on
I didn't realize this was a comic, and not a paperback book, when I ordered it, but it was still pretty entertaining. For fans of the show who also like comics/graphic novels, you'll really like this one!
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