Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, Volume 1)

This starts after the destruction of the Hellmouth, and the Slayers are organized. Buffy has relocated to Scotland.

Dawn is a giant.
Xander is Buffy’s lead military expert and Watcher and has a patch over one eye (so people say he’s like Nick Fury now).
Willow has been traveling and working on her magic, but she returns to help her friends.
Slayers: there are 1800 now, and 500 of them are working with Buffy in 10 squads.

Twilight is the new villain that targets Slayers.

Faith is off handling a different job.
Giles recruits Faith in England.

➽ “The Long Way Home” Part One
Read this a long time ago and didn’t take notes on this one. But note that the rest of my review will contain spoilers for each issue as I’m recapping them so I can remember what happened as I read the series.

➽ “The Long Way Home” Part Two
Buffy is kissing Xander, then his head falls off and she falls out a window… only to be caught by some green monster, and next thing you know another blond girl has a knife to Buffy’s throat (it’s Amy, but it’s really hard to distinguish between her and Buffy). Buffy’s pants have all of a sudden disappeared, I suppose because men and their lustiness are what write comics.

Also, apparently some government wants Buffy dead and is okay with blowing her up.

➽ “The Long Way Home” Part Three
This starts off with Buffy in a dream world, and on the second page of this you get to see Buffy dreaming of herself in bed with Spike and Angel. Buffy is woken up by true love’s kiss, but of course we don’t get to see who kissed her. Willow returns after being gone for a year. She won’t say where she’s been, but she does say she’s still with Kennedy and they’re taking things slow (oh, and Kennedy died for a month). Then Willow falls into a trap, and it turns out Amy is working with Warren.

➽ “The Long Way Home” Part Four
In which Warren is still apparently alive because of course he is, and in comics you can apparently jump the shark all the time and nothing matters. Apparently, Amy saved him. And besides that, I had no clue what was going on in this one at all. I had to continually refer back to the wikipedia page. Also, there are so many blond characters I sometimes can’t even tell which one is Buffy so the drawings must not be that good either. Super confusing and honestly it just gave me a headache.

➽ “The Chain” 
Buffy isn’t in this story at all, and it’s another one where I would have had no clue what’s going on had I not read the wikipedia page beforehand. It shows how slayers are chosen and revolves around someone who is chosen to be a decoy for Buffy and go underground to try and defeat the demon Yamanh.

Overall, I agree with what another reviewer said about this collection: “But the big problem is Whedon’s usually brilliant balance between plot and character-development seems off. I think his excitement over using the ‘unlimited budget’ of the comic book medium (allowing him to stage huge set-pieces he never could on TV) causes the relationships to take a back seat. The story with the most emotional resonance is the fifth one, which features none of the main characters.

Also, the thing that made the Buffy series great was the friction between the demands of real-life and the demands of super-hero duty. Here, the characters simply ARE super-heroes, and there’s only a bit of real-life stuff happening on the side to relate to. “(https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…)

Also, apparently they clarify some stuff that was said about Buffy in Angel season 5, but I have no clue what that could be. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…

Overall, I just couldn’t relate to any of the characters, and found myself forcing to read this.Whereas I looked forward to reading one issue from the Archie comic every night, this was a chore to read and half the time I had absolutely no clue what was going on.

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