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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 5: The Core (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) Paperback – 18 Mar 2014
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About the Author
Joss Whedon was born in New York City in 1964. He started out as a staff writer for the 1990s sitcom Roseanne and worked on films, including Toy Story. In 1992 he penned the script for a film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and when the TV version starring Sarah Michelle Gellar took off in 1997, Whedon had his big break--with its female action heroine, Buffy, became a huge hit. Whedon wrote hundreds of episodes for Buffy and its spin-off Angel, and was nominated for Emmy and Hugo awards for his work. Whedon has come to enjoy a cult following. The author lives in Santa Monica, California.Georges Jeanty is a comic book illustrator and penciller. Born in Brooklyn, Jeanty graduated from Dade University. He is known for his work the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity comic books. Jeanty has been nominated for an Eisner Award.
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This is my first Buffy comic book, and I was very impressed by the quality of the story, scripting and artwork. I have not seen any Buffy comics before - though I am a great reader of `graphic novels', as my local library calls them - and I have not watched any TV episodes since the finale of Angel back whenever. Basically, the characters looked like their TV counterparts - which many film and TV tie-ins fail to achieve; they spoke like their counterparts; and they behaved like their counterparts. Therefore, they WERE their TV counterparts come back to life to me; the only difference being that there seemed to be more logic to the way magic and mysticism worked in the comic-book world than I remember from the TV series - but they have had a long time to work it out properly. I am off to the library for more.
THE SPOILER ZONE
Anyway, this also happened to be the season finale, and the team has to fight its way into a vault - the Core - where the Council of Watchers keeps the remaining sources of magic power, and which doubles as the prison for ancient evil creatures imprisoned since the dawn of time. There are two entrances to the Core, and the baddies, who also want to get in, have planted a traitor in the ranks of the goodies, so, while the goodies have to fight their way in through one entrance they sneak in round the back. What happens down there is all in keeping with the spirit of the original TV series, though it would be advantageous to have read the previous issues to fully understand the motivations of the various characters. However, most people get what they deserve, while some get more than they deserve... which didn't always happen on the TV show. Maybe Mr Whedon has mellowed over the years, or he was too busy with the Avengers.
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