Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight is a comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics from 2007 to 2011. The series serves as a canonical [2] Continuation of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer , and follows the events of that show’s final televised season . [3] It was produced by Joss Whedon , who wrote or co-wrote three of the series arcs and several one-shot stories. The series was followed by Season Nine in 2011.

The series was originally supposed to consist of 25 issues, [4] but eventually expanded to a 40-issue run. The series also has a handful of spin-off titles, including Tales of the Vampires follow-up and one-shots focusing on Willow and Riley. [5]

The success of the series prompted IDW Publishing and Joss Whedon to publish a competitor continuation of the Angel television series, titled Angel: After the Fall , and a Spikecomic book series, which bridges some aspects of continuity between After the Fall and Season Eight . [6] A motion comic version of the series debuted in 2010. [7]


A year after the end of the television series, Buffy and Xander now lead command-central, which is located at a citadel in Scotland . In their disposal are a wide array of psychics, seers, witches, and slayers , [8] along with a large amount of technology, revealed to the result of Buffy robbing to Swiss bank to acquire the funds. [9] There are 1,800 Slayers worldwide according to Buffy, almost 500 of which are working with Scoobies , separated into 10 squads. Squads include Andrew’s in Southern Italy , [10] Giles ‘ in England, [11] Vi ‘s in New York City , [12] Robin ‘ s in Cleveland, Ohio , [13] and another led by Rona in Chicago, Illinois . [14] For Buffy’s protection and cause of death, two decoys are put in place: onepartying in Rome and one on a mission in demonic underground caverns. [15] Buffy now relies heavily on Willow , whose character bow sees her under the tutelage of a powerful demon called Vasuki Saga. [9] [16]Under Vasuki Saga, Willow’s power has grown phenomenally; for example, she can now fly and cast an extremely complicated and large-scale spells. [8]

In the wake of Sunnydale’s destruction, elements within the US government view the expanded Slayers and the Scooby Gang as international terrorists and characterize Buffy as a “charismatic, uncompromising and completely destructive” leader. General Voll, a member of a mystically aware Initiative- like government project, describes fear of their resources, power, and ideology. [8] The government has teamed with Sunnydale survivor / powerful witch Amy Madison and Season 6 villain Warren Mears in the hopes of bringing Buffy down. [10] Simultaneously, an evil British socialite Slayer calledLady Genevieve Savidge plots to usurp Buffy’s place in the Slayer hierarchy, [13] and a shrewd cabal of Japanese vampires scheme to reverse the global activation of Potential Slayers in “Chosen”. [17] The appearances of these villains are connected to ” Twilight “, the enigmatic Big Bad of the season, a masked person who views the enlarged ranks of Slayers as a threat to humanity and wants to destroy them, and all magic on Earth. [14] It’s more like Amy and Warren, Buffy’s ex-boyfriend Riley Finn is also loyal to Twilight, [18] though Riley turns out to have been Buffy’sdouble agent . [19]

Halfway through the season, vampire ditzy Harmony Kendall rises to fame as a TV star reality and ushers in a new pro-vampire, anti-Slayer world order. [20] The various Slayer squads (including Faith) reconvene in retreat from their enemy. Because Twilight can now track their group of friends, Buffy and her friends relocate to Tibet to learn from Oz how to suppress magical natures for witches and Slayers alike. Giles and Buffy are both concerned with the extent to which they rely on Willow; [21]Buffy’s fears are part of the future (a crossover with the Whedon Fray miniseries ) where she was forced to kill a future Dark Willow. [18] Following the fray with Twilight, in which many Slayers were killed, Twilight.

A subplot involves the repercussions of Dawn ‘s college relationship with a boy named Kenny, who’ s cheated on, losing her virginity to his roommate. [9] Consequently, Dawn has-been cursed with mystical transformations: first into a giant, [8] Then a centaur, [12] and was finally living up to doll she apologizes to Kenny and breaks the spell. [22] Among the core group, Slayer named Satsu , and Xander to Slayer Renee ; [17] Willow’s relationship with the core group is more estranged, while she protectively withholds Kennedyfrom her friends. [9] Kennedy is unaware of the sexual aspect of Willow’s relationship with Vasuki Saga. [18] Giles and Buffy, at odds, stop talking with one another. Giles works with Faith to prevent more Slayers from going rogue. [23] Although Buffy comes to feel that it is only Xander, and it is really up to him that he truly loves Dawn, [24] she and Angel succumb to their desires for one another on their reunion, [25] though the extent to which they have been in control of their actions is uncertain. [26]

In the ‘penultimate arc’ series, Twilight is revealed to be Buffy’s lover trainer, Angel . Angel attempts to explain that his person was used to unify the anti-slayer movement, thus limiting the potential destruction they could have caused independently. [25] His secondary goal was to push Buffy’s development so that the two of them could reunite romantically and ascend to a higher plane of existence, itself called Twilight. [27] However, whatever magical effect was made to wane after the earth. At the last moment, Buffy ‘s other love, Spikearrives in a futuristic ship to announce he has a solution to the problem at hand. [26] In the final arc, ” Last GleamingTwilight’s power, a mysical “seed” buried beneath Sunnydale Giles plans to destroy it, but Twilight possesses Angel and compels him to kill Giles by snapping his neck Distraught, Buffy smashes The Seed Shepherd’s Thought Is Treated But Their Own Powers, Subsequently, Willow Breaks Up With Kennedy and Faith Inheritance Giles’ Estate and Attempts to Begin Angel’s A pariah in the community of Slayers and train witches, Buffy moves to San Francisco where she lives as a houseguest at Dawn and Xander’s apartment, and resumes her train duties as Slayer: patrolling at night for vampires.

Writers and story arcs

Joss Whedon reserves as “executive producer” for the series across every issue, giving His other writers notes on characterization, continuity and his overall concept in mind as he Would overseeing When Buffy as a television series. Whedon wrote the first story arc (” The Long Way Home “, # 1-4), the fourth (” Time of Your Life “, # 16-19), the final story arc (” Last Gleaming “, # 36-40 ), and several intermediate one-shot stories ( # 5 , # 10 , # 11 , “Willow”, and # 31). Comic and television writer Brian K. Vaughan became the first guest writer on the series, writing the second story arc “(# 6-9) While Vaughan was not a “Buffyverse” staff member, he was a fan of both series (particularly the character of Faith) and Joss Whedon himself was a fan of Vaughan’s Marvel Comics series Runaways , on which he Vaughan wrote “No Future for You.” Former Buffy and Angel writer Drew Goddard wrote the series “Third Bow,” Wolves at the Gate “(# 12-15) .Goddard first became a Buffy writer in its final season, starting with the episode ” Selfless ” and finishing with the Angel episode ” The Girl in Question”Qui Itself obliquely hints at the life of Buffy post-season seven. Goddard Went there to Become a Writer for the movie Cloverfield and acclaimed American dramas Lost and Alias (all working Alongside producer JJ Abrams ) while aussi penning the story” Antique ” for canonical Buffy comic book Tales of the Vampires , which he references in “Wolves at the Gate”.

Film, comics and television writer-producer Jeph Loeb wrote issue # 20 of the series ( ” After These Messages … We’ll Be Right Back! “. Loeb HAD beens Previously Involved in the design with Whedon of Buffy the Animated Series , qui never came to be. Following Loeb are Buffyverse alumni Jane Espenson , Doug Petrie , [28] Drew Z. Greenberg , and Steven S. DeKnight as well as comic book writer Jim Krueger , Who wrote Each year end entre issues # 21 and # 25 (” Predators and Prey “), which is a single bow from a number of different perspectives.Harmony (# 21, Espenson), Satsu / Kennedy (# 22, DeKnight), Buffy / Andrew (# 23, Greenberg), Giles / Faith (# 24, Krueger) and a Xander / Dawn issue will also reveal more about Twilight (# 25, Petrie) [29] Jane Espenson returned for a five-issue arc involving the character of Oz for issues # 26-30, titled ” Retreat ” [30] and also wrote about Riley. Joss Whedon returned to write two one-shots, “Willow: Goddesses and Monsters” and issue # 31, “Turbulence”. Brad Meltzer ,Season Eight , ” Twilight “, which is issues # 32-35. Whedon himself resumes authorship for the final five issues (# 36-40, “Last Gleaming”) of the series, bringing Season Eight to an end. [31]

Dark Horse Presents has also been offered several short, canonical side stories to the mix. “Harmony Bites” by Espenson and Moline is a fictional episode of Harmony Kendall ‘s television series, tying into issue # 21. “Vampy Cat Play Friend” is a fictional commercial television tying in with issue # 22, written by Steven S. DeKnight and illustrated by Camilla d’Errico. Joss Whedon teamed up with Jo Chen to produce “Always Darkest”, a depiction of Buffy’s awful nightmares, and Espenson teamed up with Moline again to produce “Harmony Comes to the Nation”, a fictional interview for The Colbert Reportwhere Harmony lays out her ambitions, both tying in with Jane Espenson’s “Retreat” bow. Jackie Kessler wrote “Tales of the Vampires: Carpe Noctem”, a two-part ministry with the previously unseen characters Ash and Cyn, about the consequences of Harmony Kendall’s television series from a vampire’s point of view.



title Issue # Release date
” The Long Way Home, Part I “ 1 March 14, 2007
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy Summers leads a squad of Slayers in Scotland with the help of her friend Xander Harris and her sister-turned-giant Dawn . Meanwhile, a government installation investigates the demolished town of Sunnydale .
” The Long Way Home, Part II” 2 April 4, 2007
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Georges Jeanty
The government recruits Amy Madison and their operative to dispatch Buffy. She travels to Scotland, an army of zombies on the castle, and binds Buffy in a sleep that can only be broken by a true love’s kiss.
” The Long Way Home, Part III “ 3 May 2, 2007
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Still bound in a sleep, Buffy explores her dreamspace with Ethan Rayne . Willow Rosenberg comes to the Slayers’ aid in a battle against Amy and her army of zombies.
” The Long Way Home, Part IV “ 4 June 6, 2007
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Amy kidnaps Willow and presents her to a skinless Warren Mears . Buffy and Satsu to Willow’s Rescue. A general government warns Buffy of “Twilight”, the end of magic.
” The Chain “ 5 July 25, 2007
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Paul Lee
A young woman reveals how she went from being a high school student to being Buffy’s decoy.
” No Future for You, Part I “ 6 September 5, 2007
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Penciller: Georges Jeanty
In Cleveland, Rupert Giles Recruited Faith to Assassinate Lady Genevieve Savidge : a rogue Slayer who threatens to destroy the world. Meanwhile, in Scotland, Buffy admits to Xander her worry of “Twilight”.
” No Future for You, Part II “ 7 October 3, 2007
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Faith Infiltrators Lady Genevieve Savidge’s estate only to discover an amicable connection with her. Willow Dawn questions on her newly giant stature.
” No Future for You, Part III “ 8 November 7, 2007
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Faith finds herself torn when Lady Genevieve reveals her plan to kill Buffy. Matters get worse, when Genevieve’s mentor Roden kidnaps Buffy and her face to face with Faith.
” No Future for You, Part IV “ 9 December 5, 2007
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Faith and Lady Genevieve engages in battle to death. Buffy and Giles’ relationship is further strained when she questions Faith’s mission. Meanwhile, a mysterious character named Twilight meets with a US government agent to discuss events with Faith and Genevieve.
” Anywhere but Here “ 10 January 2, 2008
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Cliff Richards
A Minder Named Robin Welcomes Buffy and Willow to Tichajt who has been here, present, and future, revealing kept secrets between the best friends. Dawn embarrassingly reveals to Xander that she did not sleep with her boyfriend like most suspicious, but instead slept with her college roommate.
” A Beautiful Sunset “ 11 February 6, 2008
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy invites Satsu to dust a group of vampires at a graveyard. There, Buffy declares to her that she knows Satsu planted the true love’s kiss on her when she was bound in sleep. Suddenly, Twilight attacks both of the girls and introduces to Buffy Slayers.
” Wolves at the Gate, Part I “ 12 March 5, 2008
Writer: Drew Goddard Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Just when Xander, Renee , Andrew , Willow, and Dawn all walk in on the Buffy and Satsu naked in bed, a group of Japanese vampires breaches the castle walls and successfully steal the Scythe. In need of assistance to defeat the vampires, Xander seeks an old friend, Dracula .
” Wolves at the Gate, Part II “ 13 April 2, 2008
Writer: Drew Goddard Penciller: Georges Jeanty
When confronted by Xander about the Japanese vampires, Dracula realizes the group has stolen his unique powers, and commits to help out of pride. Meanwhile, Buffy is preparing an all-out assault against the vampires, who have been spotted in Tokyo by the slayer Aiko. The vampires Aiko’s surveillance and set an ambush: the female vampire Kumiko uses the Scythe to magically revert Aiko into a regular, helpless girl, and the vampire leader Toru then kills her.
” Wolves at the Gate, Part III “ 14 May 7, 2008
Writer: Drew Goddard Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy and her team arrives in Japan to find Aiko’s corpse strung up with a welcome message written in her blood. They meet up with Xander, Renee, and Dracula, who teaches Willow to spell the desolidifying vampires. With Giant Dawn as a distraction, the team assaults the vampires ‘air, only to discover that it’ s a trap as Toru appears behind them and impales Renee on the scythe.
” Wolves at the Gate, Part IV “ 15 June 4, 2008
Writer: Drew Goddard Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Dracula sends Willow to perform the spell to destroy the vampires’ special powers. No longer invincible, the Slayers charge and attack all of the vampires. Dawn is confronted by a mecha version of herself.
” Time of Your Life, Part I “ 16 July 2, 2008
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Karl Moline
When Buffy and Willow get together with Kennedy and Vi to unlock the secrets of the Scythe, Buffy finds herself transported into the future of Slayer Melaka Fray . In Scotland, Dawn transforms into a centaur and the castle is hit by a rocket by Amy and Warren.
” Time of Your Life, Part II “ 17 August 6, 2008
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Karl Moline
After a shaky introduction, Buffy and Fray must join forces in order to discover the purpose of their meeting. Elsewhere in Haddyn, Fray’s twin vampire brother Harth has teamed up with dark willow to affect time.
” Time of Your Life, Part III “ 18 September 3, 2008
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Karl Moline
Xander and Dawn escape from the siege and enter the forest, only to encounter mystical tree creatures. In the future, Dark Willow Fray convinces to immobilize Buffy in order to save the world.
” Time of Your Life, Part IV “ 19 November 26, 2008
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Karl Moline
When a portal opens between the timelines, Buffy rushes to get back to the present. However, Dark Willow and Fray will make sure she does otherwise. Meanwhile, Riley Finn shows allegiance to Twilight.
” After These Messages … We’ll Be Right Back! “ 20 December 17, 2008
Writer: Jeph Loeb Penciller: Georges Jeanty, Eric Wight
Buffy wakes up and finds herself back in her 16-year-old bodysuit, conflicted with her Slayer duties when Cordelia Chase hosts a house party.
” Harmonic Divergence “ 21 January 7, 2009
Writer: Jane Espenson Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Harmony sets a contract with MTV to produce a reality television show, presenting vampires as helpless victims.
” Swell “ 22 February 4, 2009
Writer: Steven S. DeKnight Penciller: Georges Jeanty
When they are sent to Japan to evaluate Satsu’s efforts as a team leader, they are taken by surprise fury creatures who want to do nothing more than destroy Buffy.
” Predators and Prey “ 23 March 4, 2009
Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy and Andrew take a trip to the slayer Simone while the rest of the world still hastens to the slayer population.
” Safe “ 24 April 1, 2009
Writer: Jim Krueger Penciller: Cliff Richards
Faith and Giles encounter a runaway Slayer named Courtney. The three investigate The Slayer Sanctuary and its tie to the town of Hanselstadt.
” Living Doll “ 25 May 6, 2009
Writer: Doug Petrie Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Dawn’s mysterious disappearance makes it a priority.
” Retreat, Part I “ 26 July 1, 2009
Writer: Jane Espenson Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Old friends such as Faith, Andrew, and Satsu are forced to return to Buffy’s HQ, who are much the same as they are from Twilight’s forces, humans and demons. Defenses fall as the Scottish castle comes under attack. The group learns Twilight is able to track them through their magic, forcing the team to retreat to Oz to learn how to suppress magic from Oz .
” Retreat, Part II “ 27 August 5, 2009
Writer: Jane Espenson Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Upon arriving in Tibet, the group is filled with Sunnydale. Also, Twilight uses all the secrets to locate the Slayers since they mysteriously vanished from his radar.
” Retreat, Part III “ 28 September 2, 2009
Writer: Jane Espenson Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy and her group of Slayers use hard labor and meditation to suppress their inheritance in Twilight. Meanwhile, Andrew uses his videoclaim to seek out and expose himself.
” Retreat, Part IV “ 29 October 7, 2009
Writer: Jane Espenson Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Having been discovered by Twilight and his army, the Slayer Organization is preparing to do battle with humans in order to survive to another day.
” Retreat, Part V “ 30 November 4, 2009
Writer: Jane Espenson Penciller: Georges Jeanty
The epic battle between the Slayers and Twilight’s armies comes to a halt when three giant Goddesses rise from the ground and rain destruction on them.
” Turbulence “ 31 January 13, 2010
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy admits her attraction to Xander and reveals her inexplicably inherited superpowers that can defeat the Goddesses.
” Twilight, Chapter One: Buffy Has F # © $ ing Superpowers “ 32 February 3, 2010
Writer: Brad Meltzer Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy and Xander test the limits of her new superpowers; Willow suspects they originate from the dead Slayers.
” Twilight, Chapter Two: The Master Plan “ 33 March 3, 2010
Writer: Brad Meltzer Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy discovers that Twilight is in fact her ex-boyfriend, Angel . Giles begins to explain the prophecy.
” Twilight, Chapter Three: Them © F #% ing (Learn the True History of the Universe) “ 34 April 7, 2010
Writer: Brad Meltzer Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Giles explains that the Slayer and the vampire are a part of a prophecy about the formation of a new dimension. Meanwhile, Buffy and Angel find themselves having sex and awaking in just such a place.
” Twilight, The Final Chapter: The Power of Love “ 35 May 5, 2010
Writer: Brad Meltzer Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Buffy and Angel choose to return to Earth to help their friends in the old world is invaded by extra-dimensional demons.
” Last Gleaming, Part I “ 36 September 1, 2010
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Georges Jeanty
The revelation that Angel is Twilight breeds dissension among Buffy and allies, just as Spike returns
” Last Gleaming, Part II “ 37 October 6, 2010
Writer: Joss Whedon and Scott Allie Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Spike informs Buffy in the realm of Twilight realm, she must break the source of magic-a seedbed deep in Sunnydale.
” Last Gleaming, Part III “ 38 November 3, 2010
Writer: Joss Whedon and Scott Allie Penciller: Georges Jeanty
As Slayers all over the world engage in a battle against demon armies from other dimensions, Buffy and a select few get a hold of the Seed.
” Last Gleaming, Part IV “ 39 December 1, 2010
Writer: Joss Whedon and Scott Allie Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Angel stops Giles is trying to destroy the Seed by snapping his neck. Mortified, Buffy breaks it and collapses into the world, including Willow’s abilities.
” Last Gleaming, Part V “ 40 January 19, 2011
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Months after the battle, Buffy is waitressing in San Francisco, living at Xander and Dawn’s apartment. Simone kills the General Military and hunts for Buffy next.


title Release date
“Tales of the Vampires: The Thrill” June 3, 2009
Writer: Becky Cloonan Penciller: Vasilis Lolos
In a small town in New Hampshire, a young man named Jacques craves the high and the easy escape from the monotony of his life that this “bloodletting” provides. A mysterious character named May appears, who can help Jacob leave those high-school days behind, unless his friend Alexia does not stop her first.
“Willow: Goddesses and Monsters” December 23, 2009
Writer: Joss Whedon Penciller: Karl Moline
Following the demise of Sunnydale, Willow went on a walkabout where she puts on a very sultry, extremely powerful snake lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.
“Riley: Commitment through Distance, Virtue through Sin” August 18, 2010
Writer: Jane Espenson Penciller: Karl Moline
In the midst of the battle, Buffy’s train flame, the demon-fighting soldier Riley Finn, seemingly in league with Twilight, was revealed as a double agent working for the Slayer army. Now Espenson and artist Karl Moline (Fray, Willow) The secrets of Riley’s recruitment by Buffy, his infiltration of Twilight’s inner circle, and what’s become of him and his superspy wife, Sam.

Trade paperbacks

The issues were collected together into trade paperbacks :

# title Publisher year ISBN Reprints
1 The Long Way Home Dark Horse Comics October 24, 2007 ISBN  1593078226
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2 No Future for You Dark Horse Comics May 21, 2008 ISBN  159307963X
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3 Wolves at the Gate Dark Horse Comics November 11, 2008 ISBN  1595821651
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4 Time of Your Life Dark Horse Comics May 6, 2009 ISBN  1595823107
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5 Predators and Prey Dark Horse Comics September 30, 2009 ISBN  1595823425
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6 Retreat Dark Horse Comics February 25, 2010 ISBN  1595824154
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7 Twilight Dark Horse Comics October 6, 2010 ISBN  1595825584
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8 Last Gleaming Dark Horse Comics June 1, 2011 ISBN  1595826106
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Note: The full title of all volumes listed here start with ” Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight: “.


Library editions

The series has been collected under the title of “Buffy The Slayer Season Eight Library Edition Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, each containing ten issues and extra features. [34]

title Release Date Publisher Writers Contains
Volume 1 May 30, 2012 Dark Horse Comics Joss Whedon and Brian K. Vaughan Season 8 issues 1-10, “Always Darkest”, covers gallery, sketches gallery.
Volume 2 September 12, 2012 Dark Horse Comics Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard , and Jeph Loeb Season 8 issues 11-20, Willow: Goddesses and Monsters, covers gallery, sketches gallery.
Volume 3 January 8, 2013 Dark Horse Comics Jane Espenson , Steven S. DeKnight , Drew Z. Greenberg , Jim Krueger , andDoug Petrie Season 8 issues 21-30, covers gallery, sketches gallery.
Volume 4 March 20, 2013 Dark Horse Comics Joss Whedon, Brad Meltzer and Scott Allie Season 8 issues 31-40, Riley: Commitment through Distance, Virtue through Sin, covers gallery, sketches gallery.

Motion comics

Fox Home Entertainment produced motion comics based on the first 19 issues of Season Eight . The first motion is released on Amazon Video on Demand and iTunes on July 19, 2010, with new motion comics being released every Monday. [7] The Region-1 Blu-ray and DVD of the motion comic series was released on January 4, 2011, and includes limited edition Jo Chen packaging and a collectible reprint of Dark Horse Comic’s first book in the series. [35] The Region-2 DVD was released on October 3, 2011. [36]


Initial reaction to Season Eight positive, despite the switch in medium leading to comparison between the television series and the comic. Mathew Springer of the comic book described the series as “very good … and slightly strange.” He’s praised Whedon’s writing in the opening issue, claiming, “The humor, pop culture references, and spot-on quirky characterizations are all on vibrating display,” and looked forward to the direction of the book was going in. However, there is a lot of room for this, but there is something to be done about it just because it’s a comic book and not on television. ” [37]Mark Stoddard of the Comix Nexus also approached the series “with some trepidation, unsure of the fact that it would be more important than the reality of the story. [38] TV Squad ‘s Keith McDuffee Expressed That reading Buffy as a comic book after-seeing it on television for seven years Was strange, [39] order the new size Was a good thing Because, “You do not-have ugly casting problems and the special effects budget is not a concern at all. ” [40] In a later review, he reaffirmed this opinion, stating, “Thank God for a way that allows creativity to go wild without budget worries.” [41]

Georges Jeanty’s artwork received praise for being dynamic and true to the characters, rather than trying to appear photo-realistic. According to Mathew Springer, “It’s all about comic book characters in their own right.” [37] Mark Stoddard complimented Whedon’s choice of Jeanty for the book, saying, “His layouts and storytelling are clear, he handles the action sequences rather well, and the character likenesses are excellent, retaining a sense of artistic individuality, rather than simply generating gold portraits rehashing television stills. ” [38]However, Keith McDuffee criticized Johnny’s work, feeling, “The cover images … are amazingly detailed and truly capture what we remember from the characters, but the inside pages have a bit to be desired.” [41] Richard George of IGN described Johnny’s work as bringing “a mixture of real life practicality and zany cartoons,” “But do not expect the art inside” both styles have their place. ” [42]

Reaction from original cast

Multiple cast members have commented on the appearances of the characters they originated for the TV series in the Season 8 comics.

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar , who portrayed Buffy, was first informed about Buffy’s lesbian experiences by Seth Green , who played Oz , in an on-camera interview, and expressed surprise and approval of the development. [43]
  • Nicholas Brendon , who portrayed Xander, mentioned the events of issue # 12 in the Paley Center for Media Buffy cast reunion held March 20, 2008, to the obvious surprise of James Marsters and Sarah Michelle Gellar , [44]later commenting, “He’s looking good, rocking the eye patch in charge of 500 chicks.What is the one thing that Xander would be completely blown away about – being in charge of 500 slayers. [45]
  • Anthony Stewart Head , who played Rupert Giles, said, “I’ve seen bits of it and I’d like to see it because it’s so cool.” It’s Joss – and I love Joss’s writing. but I must get the whole season and check it out. ” [46]
  • Elizabeth Anne Allen , who portrayed Amy, described the series as “awesome,” saying, “[Season Six / Seven] was fun …. but I really loved Amy in Season 8. She is much darker.” [47]


Group year Award Work result
Diamond Comic Distributors 2007 Comic Book of the Year, under $ 3.00 Issue # 1 Won
Diamond Comic Distributors 2007 Licensed Comic of the Year Issue # 1 Won [48]
Eisner Award 2008 Best Continuing Series Nominated
Eisner Award 2008 Best New Series Won [49]
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2008 Best Book Nominated [50]
Diamond Comic Distributors 2008 Licensed Comic Book of the Year Issue # 12 Won [50]
GLAAD Media Awards 20th Annual 2009 Outstanding Comic Book ” Wolves at the Gate “ Won [51]
Wizard Magazine Fan Awards 2009 (# 211 Platinum Edition) 2009 Favorite Licensed Comic Favorite Heroine Buffy Summers Won
Wizard Magazine 2009 Top 100 Graphic Novels of the Wizard Era Magazine “Wolves at the Gate” Placed # 67


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