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February 5, 2010

Princess Powerful Attacks: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #32

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During Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7, The First Evil waged war against Buffy and her friends.  At the height of the battle, Buffy recovered an ancient weapon for Slayers called the Scythe.  Willow unlocked the power of the Scythe and activated the basic powers of a Slayer for all Potential Slayers around the world. Their power would activate once they had become of age.

In 2007, Buffy the Vampire Slayer continued its story in comic book form.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 takes place a year and a half after the events of the episode “Chosen” from Season 7.

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Buffy and her friends lead a squad of Slayers, seers, and witches in Scotland.  The Slayer army are newly activated Slayers from all over the world, with 50 girls separated into 10 squads working with the Scoobies.  The destruction of Sunnydale turned Buffy into a target toward other villains.  As it turns out, these villains after her appear to be connected to a mysterious masked man named Twilight.  Twilight wants to destroy all of the Slayers and bring an end to the era of magic.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #32 starts an exciting adventure for the Scoobies and their army of Slayers.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #32 (Cover)

Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8
Brad Meltzer
Georges Jeanty
Andy Owens
Michelle Madsen
Richard Starkings & Albert Deschesne
Jo Chen (Cover A), and Georges Jeanty (Cover B)
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date:
February 3, 2010

Side Notes: Buffy the Vampire the Slayer: Season 8 was initially supposed to be 25 issues, but later the series was increased to have 50 comics or more.  This comic book series prompted IDW Publishing and Joss Whedon to continue the Angel series in comic books.

“Faster than a speeding — you know.  More powerful than a — yeah, one of those.  Able to leap tall . . . castles in a single bound. Still working on that x-ray-vision thing.  In the aftermath of the battle with Twilight’s army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army’s recent ordeals.  Series artist Georges Jeanty, acclaimed novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer (The Book of LiesIdentity Crisis), and executive producer Joss Whedon begin the buildup to Season Eight’s climax in the storyline that finally reveals the identity of Twilight! *Eisner Award-winning series. *The storyline revealing Twilight’s true identity!” -Dark Horse Comics synopsis for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #32

This issue was amazing.  It felt like the writing was the most interesting out of all the story arcs I’ve read in previous issues.  The comedic moments were humorous and I could relate to some of the jokes.

“Is it weird that I think Xander’s hotter in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 than in any previous seasons?”

The artwork for the comic book was consistent with previous issues, and panels were used to their full advantage.  I have grown accustomed to the casts’ character designs in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8.  Although Cover A was beautifully drawn, it didn’t match up with previous issue coves painted by Jo Chen.  Also, it reminded me of Cover A for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #29, but taken from a different angle.  I’m not sure if it was done on purpose, but it was added to a list of questions I had after reading the comic book.  Cover B was drawn in tribute to Action Comics #1, which first introduced Superman.  I found the normal people featured on the cover to be very interesting.  They reminded me of people who worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I made up a game of picking which person was modeled after whoever contributed to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I’m excited as to where Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 will take us.  Joss Whedon always manages to keep us on the edge of our seats, no matter which of his works we read or watch.

I suggest anyone who’s familiar with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series to read Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8.  This series has a complex, yet invigorating time line.  It’s very exciting as to which direction the series will go next.

Princess Powerful



  1. I liked the last couple of seasons of the show and had to grab this when it started but somewhere along the way I lost interest in the story as it started to lag. I might have to start again because I’m still interested in the characters and whats going on.

  2. Princess Powerful

    It’s totally worth getting the Twilight arc, just to find out who the heck that Big Bad is! Lol.

  3. I never got into Buffy.

    : (

  4. Brad Meltzer makes EVERYTHING better 🙂

  5. Billy

    SMG was really hot on this show but wouldn’t keep my attention in book form. lol

  6. Princess Powerful

    Billy, I think it’s SMG’s hair flipping. I have not seen her do that ONCE in Season 8. XD

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