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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Volume 1: Long Way Home [Paperback]

Georges Jeanty , Andy Owens , Jo Chen , Joss Whedon
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13 Nov 2007
Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers - newly legion - have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the "Buffy" decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own. Buffy creator Joss Whedon brings Buffy back to Dark Horse in this direct follow-up to season seven of the smash-hit TV series. The bestselling and critically acclaimed issues #1-5 are collected here for the first time, as are their covers by Jo Chen and Georges Jeanty.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (13 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078225
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not disastrous, but a little disappointing. 2 Jan 2008
By RosieP
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Whilst I'm happy to see the revival of one of my all time favourite TV shows in any form, I'm afraid I can't wholly endorse this comic book incarnation. One of the strengths of the original series was that it rarely ventured outside the small town of Sunnydale, which put an intense focus on the extraordinary events it depicted and provided an intimate setting for us to get to know, identify with and care for the central characters.

The broadening of the franchise onto a world stage with multiple slayers may make for some spectacular "episodes", but it also sheds a good deal of its old warmth and shifts it into more conventional superhero territory, to the extent that at one point Willow literally flies in to the action. The old meeting places in the high school library, the magic shop and the Summers residence have been supplanted by a high tech headquarters replete with giant TV screens and movie style military trappings, and for me it is a far from satisfying substitute. It's as if Buffy has set up her own version of the Initiative.

Maybe Joss Whedon's long term plan has to do with Buffy and the Scoobies breaking loose from the unwieldy monster of an organisation they've created and finding places to belong elsewhere, as the subtitle Long Way Home implies. I certainly hope so, but at the moment it's too early to tell for sure and for me this has been a faltering start to the journey.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 20 Nov 2007
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The Long Way Home collects the first 5 issues of the new series of Buffy comics, continuing where the television series ended. If you're a Buffy fan that misses the show but you think comic books are silly: still buy this anyway. It's not expensive and if you don't like it you don't need to buy the next one, but chances are you'll be converted.

The individual comics that you won't find on Amazon are released on a monthly schedule. Issue 10 is coming in January 2008 and the series is currently planned to run a few more years. Joss Whedon is back writing the characters he created, along with several of his trusted writer friends. Issues keep selling out and going back to print - it's that good.

Ok, story. The TV show ended with the collapse of Sunnydale and several hundred girls around the world receiving slayer-strength. We now join the Buffy gang at their new base of operations in Scotland, which is also home to many of the newly activated slayers. They saved the world but there are still demons out there, and not every slayer is on the side of good. Worse, an army is after Buffy, seeing her as the leader of a terrorist group. Is she ready to fight human beings?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy...but on a whole new level 28 May 2010
This comic collection contains the first five comics of Buffy season 8. For all Buffy fans who wanted to know what happened after the dramatic season 7 TV finale, this is a must read!

I know that some Buffy fans have had a hard time making the transition from TV series to comic, but honestly I can tell you that it is worth taking the time to get in to it. You just have to remember a few things. If Joss wanted to just continue with the TV series, he probably could have. It's not like with Angel where it got cancelled, Buffy the TV series had a natural, brilliant ending. The idea of the comic, as far as I can see, is to take Buffy to new places.

I think it does that quite nicely. The opening line of the comic sets the tone pretty well... "The thing about changing the world...once you've done it, everthing's different". Well, I'm paraphrasing, but that's about this. In this season, Buffy and the gang are dealing with the fact that there are now tonnes of slayers, and not everyone is using their powers for good. Plus, they seem to have attracted the not-so-friendly attention of some powerful enemies.

The reader is thrown straight into the action, and there are some slightly confusing cut scenes, but you soon find out that Buffy is working personally with about 500 slayers at a castle in Scotland, Dawn is a giant (!), Xander is getting his military-guy/ watcher mojo on and various other favourite faces (Willow, Giles) are off and about doing different things. Clearly a lot of things have happened since the last season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Despite having watched every episode of BTVS, I was always more of a fan of Angel, and so took a long time to get round to giving this first volume of Buffy Season Eight a try. What changed my mind was that one day I found about the official season six of Angel - After The Fall - and found out just how much better an experience "official cannon" was. BTVS8 is a bit lighter in tone than ATF, which you'd expect as being reflective of the differences between the two shows, but it translates to "comics" well.

If you're initially hesitant like I was, I can perhaps see why. Angel: After The Fall: After the Fall: After the Fall v. 1 (Angel (IDW Publishing)) was an essential purchase as the story arc of Angel was cut off by its cancellation and the opportunity to see it officially concluded was too good for fans to miss. By contrast, Buffy ended naturally - and as all Buffyverse fans know, you can't bring something back from a natural death and it still be quite right. Well that's what you might assume, and I did too until I read this first volume. It's different certainly, but it allows the writers to a lot of new things. The most important thing they have to do, of course, is start off on a new story arc. I've read one volume out of the four I've just bought, so I can only comment on the first one, but I think it's going at a reasonable pace. It's too early for the "villain of the year" to appear yet in anything other than name - "Twilight" - but finding out what happened to the main (and a few minor) characters in the intervening year or so since the destruction of Sunnydale, and where they are now, was a lot of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gone, but not forgotten.
I bought this as a gift for my partner who was interested in getting into some graphic novels. For avid fans of the Buffy series I would highly recommend. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dagrau
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
For a fan such as me, the comic was a bit disappointing because the story didn't seem to follow well enough. It's supposed to be season 8, but I didn't feel like it was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura82
5.0 out of 5 stars Back from the dead again
The story running through Dark Horse Comics' Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 issues #1-5 is collected as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Volume 1: Long Way Home. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Mice Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars loved the series hated the book
After trying to read this book/comic i found that i not only did it not correspond with the series but was badly written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. J. Garrity
4.0 out of 5 stars The story continues... for better or worse
"What are we going to do now Buffy?" says Dawn, as Buffy stares out onto the highway and smiles. The perfect ending you might say. Read more
Published 4 months ago by docyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Buffy continues...
If you wanted the series to continue then read these. Joss Whedon does not disappoint. Excellent story telling and great art.
Published 6 months ago by Bethany
3.0 out of 5 stars buffy is losing her pernash
ive got a few buffy comics but must admit their better when spike is in them but you cant beat the series espesally angel which i was in a couple of nude sceens
Published 7 months ago by karen davey
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I would have loved this to be made in to a Tv season but this will have to do, however after reading the first volume I know they will be just as good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Josh Saxon
5.0 out of 5 stars Where tv fails comics prevail
Loved the tv series, glad it got an end but sad when it did. Thankfully we continue the story in comic form. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shinigami Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
As a fan I loved the tv series and I loved the comic book as well. Joss Whedon is a genius!!
Published 12 months ago by G La Bella
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