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February 19 2007

(SPOILER) Forever Geek reviews Buffy #1. Much praise for the first part of "The Long Way Home" arc. Though the reviewer points out that "It's a very good start, but it is just that... a START". And there's another early review (with a previously unseen panel from the comic book) over at TV Squad.

"It's a very good start, but it is just that... a START".

Channels Spaced... "Skip to the end". :oP
Heh, I hope not too many folks are expecting a first issue that'll feel like a really good and full season premiere. We're getting maybe half an episode's worth of dialogue and action, at best. Maybe a bit more if you consider that there're thought bubbles in this. We never heard characters' narrative thoughts in the Buffyverse with the exception of "Harm's Way", sung out loud in "Once More, With Feeling", and am I forgetting any? In "Earshot" the thoughts were more immediate and reactionary so I don't really count that one as comparable to comic book thought bubbles.

I guess I just hope folks haven't set their expectations unreasonably high for immediate satsifaction after so long a wait for new Buffyverse material. It's just the first issue. I'd wait for the trades if I could stand it, plus recommend many other folks wait to read it that way as well except that I wouldn't wanna hurt the sales. The success of this book is important to sustain the life of the franchise (assuming those reading this want more. I never asked for more Buffy--with the exception of a big screen film or two to end it for good--but I'm dying for the concluding arcs that were meant for Angel and was really hoping Joss would do more Fray even before he announced he planned to).

[ edited by Kris on 2007-02-19 13:34 ]
As I understand it, it's the start of Joss's first four-issue story, so I'll count it as the pre-credits and first act.

(We heard Angelus's voiceover in Passion, by the by.)
Yeah, I think 1 issue = 1 act is a good way to look at it.
Also I think Angel does not speak a word in the Angel episode "Redefinition" but we hear his thoughts throughout ("Let them fight the good fight. Someone has to fight the war.")
And Angel becomes the demon he feared. Take a second to think about that.
I'm out of here, goodnight all.
I hate it when characters in comics don't look ANYTHING like their on-screen counterparts...and I hate it EVEN MORE when the characters are obviously traced from screenshots of the actual shows (I'm looking at YOU IDW)...

I could kiss this guy! But then smack him, cuz it's no fair that us regular schmoes are still waiting to read the comic...
I have a review up at TV Squad today, as well as another scene from the book (that I don't think has been released yet).
We heard Dawns thoughts in Real Me, when she is writing her diary.
Hhaha, Gudlyf, those panels are great. That character working with (what appears to be) the government to take down Buffy is so interesting. Wonder who the "boyfriend" is...?
Thanks for that Gudlyf, I've added your link to the subject line. Mmmm boyfriend? I love a mystery.
A lot of cheese? Are they talking about Amy?
I wonder, does she wear the cheese, or does the cheese wear her?
I'm not reading any reviews of the episodes because I want to be a virgin to this process. I have no expectations other than if Joss and his chosen writing staff and artists did it, it will be a quality read and experience. I know it's not the same genre, but the last time I did anything like this was when Stephen King's The Green Mile came out in serial form. I so looked forward to the installments, and in some ways that made the novel a much richer experience. It will be interesting to see if the same thing happens with S8 Buffy.
We heard Willow's thoughts when she was communicating telepathically...oh, never mind!
We are quite the disfunctional family. Reminds me of home.
WHISTLER: Bottom line is, even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are. You'll see what I mean.

I don't suppose this voiceover counts as a thought bubble. Were these words that Whistler would have said to Angel when he recruited him? Because that seems kind of sad if Whistler had said this hoping that Angel would become this great warrior for good, and then when Whistler returns a few years later the big nutcase is trying to end the world.
I thought that Whistler was saying that to Buffy in Becoming Part 1. I haven't seen it for a while so I'm not certain, but I think that was heard over part of the scene where Buffy runs to the library and finds Kendra's body. I assumed that it was what he told her when they met in Giles' house.

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