Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight continues where the TV show left off, and it continues with storylines and plot elements that would have looked stupidly ridiculous on live-action television, such as a giant Dawn early in the series and a flying Buffy later on. This is Buffy without the budgetary restrictions, but it works just fine in comic book form because the characters all sound like themselves and act true to form under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon. And artist Karl Moline does a superb job translating the actors into cartoons.
One of the stronger storylines begins in #16, and it benefits from reintroducing us to characters and a setting created specifically for comic books.
Buffy time-travels to the future and meets Fray, who was the protagonist of Whedon’s spinoff miniseries of the same name. With this being only part one, we just get a taste of how these two leading ladies will interact, and it’s already spot-on.
This series isn’t an essential continuation of the TV show, but it scratches the itch for us diehard fans. (Though I still haven’t gotten around to reading Season Nine. One of these days.)
Writer: Joss Whedon
Penciler: Karl Moline
Inker: Andy Owens
Cover: Jo Chen
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Buffy the Vampire Slayer vol. 4: Time of Your Life (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 13 and up