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Really good - Buffy is a journey
on 8 April 2013
I finished reading Buffy Season 8 today. I've read both positive and negative comments on it but personally I have really enjoyed it. The whole of Season 8 is collected in four of these books - this is the end of the season and after the comic part, there is a message from Joss Whedon where he explains the Season, how it happened, how the tv to comic book journey was a learning curve etc... and what the future direction will be.
For me, the main issue that I've heard others talk about with Season 8 is the fact that it is more cosmic than the tv seasons and isn't as personal. It is more cosmic and it does go a bit off course (I wouldn't have known but the producers have admitted it). At times it does get pretty out there even for Buffy but the characters still have heart and it really does come around and end very well and personally with a clear view on where the stories will head in Season 9. I think the season was not originally meant to be as long as it is (it ended up being 40 issues plus a couple of one-offs) and again, the producers have recognised this (Season 9 is going to be more focused with 25 issues plus mini series). I know the producers wanted to make Buffy bigger with the freedom of comic books and without the effects budgets but take it with a pinch of salt and it is still very enjoyable and great to see loved characters carrying on. What they do makes sense. You can hear the actors voices when you read the words. The characters are still the ones we loved before on the tv. They do change but they always have in the Buffy-verse and at the end of it, they are still the characters we love, struggling and making decisions, experimenting and getting by as best they can. We don't always love what they do but controversy was always part of the show.
Something I have always loved about Buffy is that it isn't afraid to be bold and change. Season 4 and The Initiative was a struggle for some fans at the time but when I re-watch it I really appreciate it as a season. It has some truly classic moments and for me Buffy Season 8 is similar in that it was a new beginning based on the huge events of Season 7 and what they set off. Season 9 won't change that Season 8 has happened but Season 7 has been dealt with without being forgotten and the future looks to be a positive direction. Season 9 has already received great reviews for being more personalised again and less cosmic. It's approaching the last story-arc and still doing well - Don't let anything you've heard about Season 8 put you off!
You can tell by now I've loved Season 8. It has serious and comedic moments (the same as the show). I've always considered that Seasons 1, 4 and 7 (especially) of Buffy were kind of new starts and this is no different. Every season brought something new. I wouldn't recommend anyone to start and stop Season 8 without finishing it - It is a journey. However, it does end well and makes me want to read more.
The books themselves are absolutely lovely. Oversized, hardbacks on very high quality paper with great colour throughout. I will read them again and again. There are scenes from the stories over places like the contents section which show how much thought has been put into the books. There is a ribbon bookmark which matches the colour scheme (as with Volumes 1-3). The books are especially well presented - when you remove the jackets, each book has a main character on the front and other art on the back. The covers for each issue are shown as you read through the books and at the end of each book there are alternate covers and notes on sketches/artwork.
I totally recommend these. There are very worthwhile and seem made to last. I hope you enjoy.