December 28th, 2018

Buffy s8

Buffy Reviewed: Season 12, Issue 01


Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Season 12, Issue 01

"One Year Later"

Story: Joss Whedon, Christos Gage; Script: Christos Gage; Pencils: Georges Jeanty; Inks: Karl Story; Colors: Dan Jackson;
Lettering: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft's] Jimmy Betancourt

Cover: Stephanie Hans

Blurb: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been saving the world from the forces of darkness since she was a teenager. Alongside vampire-with-a-soul Spike; her best friends, Wiccan Willow Rosenberg and normal guy Xander Harris; her sister Dawn; and her mentor Giles, Buffy has found nothing they can't face together.

Four years ago, Buffy journeyed to the future to team up with Slayer Melaka Fray against Fray's vampire twin brother, Harth. Fray thought Buffy's knowledge of the future would change history, erasing her world... but it didn't.

A year has passed since rogue government forces tried to enslave magical beings and steal their powers. While humanity knows the supernatural exists, it has returned to the shadows. And there have been other changes...

My Notes: So. Buffy the Vampire Slayer comes to an end for Dark Horse Comics. I'm very sad to see it end on a 4-issue short arc. Especially, since I don't keep up with the comic news, so didn't know this was all coming. At first, I'll admit to y'all at being quite annoyed by the year forward shift from the end of last season. I don't even know what year Buffy is actually in. I'm sure I could figure it out, but I'm also equally sure someone somewhere has already posted a BTVS Timeline which includes the comics.

I was also quite annoyed - and still am, but less so - at the changes wrought. It felt like the book was trying to return a close-to-status-quo world to Buffy and her friends. Since this is the wrap up, now I understand it a bit more... but not really. I like when status quo isn't god. But this arc was not badly done, so I'm more-or-less happy by the end of Issue 4.

But then we have BOOM!Buffy returning next year. This series will follow Buffy anew, but with a starting point of 2019. I'm less than thrilled. Much less than.

I have no desire to go back to the beginning and start all over. HOWEVER, I've already gotten the first few issues on order from "Things From Another World", and I'm willing to get at least the first season before I throw down my toys and stomp home. So, yes, despite my temper tantrum/winter blues rant earlier that I would LOVE if everyone pretended didn't happen, I will be posting at least Boom!BTVS [yes, that is how I'm going to TAG those reviews] season one & then we'll see.

But - this is about Buffy S12, so let's get on with it....

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