For Buffy fans who felt that when the show ended there was still more to be said about the Buffyverse, writer and creator Joss Whedon thankfully has turned to something else he does just as well as TV: comic books. With the first trade of what is officially being called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight” now out, it is clear that there is still much to be told by Whedon about Buffy and her friends.
Little time has passed since the town of Sunnydale was turned into a giant crater. While there was originally one Chosen One, there is now a veritable army of “slayerettes” in training to be as good as the real thing. There are also two doppelgangers of Buffy, one in Rome and one literally underground in a different world, each intended to distract any enemies from the real Buffy. But at the same time there’s a secret government group – not the Initiative – which feels that the world isn’t safe when there’s such a powerful slayer on the loose, and with some help from some of Buffy’s old enemies, they intend to put an end to her once and for all. There’s also a strange symbol that keeps showing up, indicating something much larger and more sinister going on.
Long Way Home features some beautiful artwork, giving life to characters that many fans thought were done with; the trade also has full pages of the alternate covers from the first five issues. It’s the introduction to what looks to be a long series in the continuing story of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Originally written on December 6th, 2007 ©Alex C. Telander.