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July 14 2010

(SPOILER) Buffy S8 #37 solicitation. The Dark Horse site has been updated with the official solicitation for this issue. Spoilers abound!

Yay! It doesn't look like Buffy and Spike are going to have to join forces to defeat Angel-bot and I'm very happy, that storyline is so played out =) Seriously, though. I like this new twist that something else is afoot and it's Spike who brings the info. Kind of a nice flip on Angel bringing Buffy the trinket in Chosen.
What is this Hell's mouth they speak of?
So, Angel was just a puppet after all?
Only 6 more weeks til it's out right? Cause any more and I might just spontaneously combust! So glad Angel doesn't have to die(again), maybe they can all be friends after this? Or maybe the dream Buffy had in the first arc was a prophecy...I'm not sure how I'd feel about that.
Spike and Buffy are finally reunited (*sigh*)

The sigh made me laugh. But the Spuffy fan in me is dancing with happiness. :2party:

and lucky him-he's discovered the source of all her problems, and it's not Angel.

#36 is gonna be either so good or so bad. I'm really hoping for a good explanation.

Now Buffy must revisit the place where love was indiscriminate, the Scoobies were formed, and Hell's mouth was closed for good.

Sunnydale!!! :hug: The Long Way Home, I love how the title of the first arc is also about the whole season.
I really don't know what to make of that *sigh*.
Egads I'm bitter and suspicious!
My first thought of the *sigh* was,'now we don't have to keep being asked when Spike is showing up and whether Buffy knows or knew he was back.'lol

I think we know why this arc was originally titled,"Sunnydale" now.

[ edited by Buffyfantic on 2010-07-14 16:25 ]
Well, I hated the entire 'Twilight' arc besides the first issue or two and thought it was almost the worst thing I ever read. It's a close second behind 'Breaking Dawn' ( of the Twilight series). I thought 'Retreat' was horrible besides the first 1 or 2 issues, and thought most of 'Predators and Prey' was useless. So, at this point, I have almost no hope and a kind of simmering hatred towards the season. That said, I can't help but be interested and hopeful as to where Joss takes the story. I'm hoping he can somewhat redeem the drivel of the last few years as I thought the first four arcs ranged from alright to very good. 'No Future For You' being the high point, IMO.

Interesting summary here, and the cover has obviously already been discussed. So, what I'me wondering is... Is this a physical journey home, or is it some kind of mental, or magic, or time travel-type journey?

Also, is the "Spike and Buffy are finally reunited (*sigh*)" supposed to be interpreted as (YAY! Happy sigh of reunion! Good for them!) or (Yes! We fans have been waiting FOREVER for this!) or (Crap, now my favorite couple is threatened!) or (*sigh* Great, now we have to deal with more wars over pairings). And yes, I am aware that I am way over-thinking this, but that's what happens when I only get small tidbits of information during a 4 month hiatus. I go insane.

It really seems like it's impossible for me not to ramble on Whedonesque. I suppose it's partly that I'm crazy passionate abut all things Whedon, partly that I've always kind of rambled, and partly because I'm new here so I've never typed most of these opinions before like most of you probably have. Ah well, bye for now!

Oh, on a side note, since Anca mentioned it, I guess Angel was just some kind of muppet who had the universe's hand up his muppet bottom. I find the 'Twilight' reveal even more anti-climatic because of this. I also find the fact that they seem to think Angel is redeemed from it already laughable. I hope Joss doesn't think that way.
"Oh, on a side note, since Anca mentioned it, I guess Angel was just some kind of muppet who had the universe's hand up his muppet bottom."

Bwahahaha!
Kailee, you just put me in a good mood. Thanks. :)
IMO,Joss has never delivered a bad season finale of Buffy so I'm looking forward to this.His Buffy penned finales have always been among my favorites even though they usually are emotionally tearing.

I'm hoping Comic Con next week has some stuff such as more preview pages for issue 36 or maybe the covers for issue 38.Plus season 9 news.
We haven't seen Jo's cover for #37 yet, have we?

EDIT: We have too. Never mind!

[ edited by Matt7325 on 2010-07-14 16:20 ]
The "sigh" in the solicitation could be interpreted at least two ways. Me, I'm interpreting it as a sigh of disappointment.

I like the idea of returning to Sunnydale, but is it the crater they're returning to, or the past, or a fantasy/dream Sunnydale? Hmmm...
Riker that's a really good question, what's left for them to return to? Unless someone rebuilt the town while they were away...hmmm?
Could Spike's ship be a inter-dimensional transport that will take Buffy to a alternate or past Sunnydale?
It really seems like it's impossible for me not to ramble on Whedonesque.


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I had to laugh at the banner on the bottom of the page: "Twilight has Buffy in retreat." When I read it, I was thinking of the novel, not the character, and it made no sense to at all. Twilight the series does not come close to having Buffy in retreat. So there.
Alternate? ooh, not sure if I like more time travel/alternate dimension kinda stuff. I know it hasn't been utilised that much in the Buffyverse, but it's not my buzz, although I loved the Fray arc, so maybe I'm jumping to conclusions. Also, it might just not happen! But if it does i'm sure joss will make it awesome!!
Also, is the "Spike and Buffy are finally reunited (*sigh*)" supposed to be interpreted as (YAY! Happy sigh of reunion! Good for them!) or (Yes! We fans have been waiting FOREVER for this!) or (Crap, now my favorite couple is threatened!) or (*sigh* Great, now we have to deal with more wars over pairings).

All of the above. That's why the sigh is so great.
Spike and Buffy are finally reunited (*sigh*) and lucky him-he's discovered the source of all her problems, and it's not Angel.


No, he's not the source, he's just a symptom. Kinda like how a virus gives you a fever, which can lead to fever-dreams of space frakking. ;-)

I'm intrigued by going back to Sunnydale--though I'm wondering what issues will be dealt with there (and will the return somehow be literal? Metaphysical?).

Now Buffy must revisit the place where love was indiscriminate


That's a very interesting word choice after all the destined 'n forever love of Twilight. "Haphazard" and "random" weren't the messages being spun by The Universe as told by Giles and Willow.
"Haphazard" and "random" weren't the messages being spun by The Universe as told by Giles and Willow.


True. Sounds like a bit chaotic to me. And we all know who the faithful, degenerate son of chaos is?
What was indiscriminate about love in Sunnydale? I'm confused. Really.
How funny if Ethan finally ran a successful scam. The Trickster actually succeeding in his malevolence, rather than played for laughs and so easily foiled.
I knew it! We've been in Buffy's dreamscape ever since #3!
What was indiscriminate about love in Sunnydale?


I take to mean that the couples in Sunnydale fell in love purely they were attracted to each other not because the Universe dictated it. The free will of humanity vs the concept of higher powers interfering in the ways of man. Which has been a recurring theme in Buffy and Angel.

How funny if Ethan finally ran a successful scam.


I'd love to see if Ethan faked his own death.
Love the *sigh* - it's a reader response sigh - read it how you want to read it, that way we're all happy. For me, it's a good sigh. A long time coming sigh. Am happy.

Love the suggestion that Ethan is behind it all. He was my early pick for Twilight so it would be very cool if he was involved afterall.

Waiting is hard.
None of this makes any sense, really.
Thanks, Simon. "Indiscriminate" is kind of a funny word to use, as it has unrelated connotations, but I think you are right. And it's not as if I can come up with a better single word for the idea. "Where love was not a puppet show?", perhaps, per Kailee? Or something. Maybe.
Dana5140, expecting sense-making? Surely that way lies madness.
Dana, so far. So far it doesn't make any sense. Cautiously optimistic that Joss will explain heaps (not optimistic enough to expect it all to be explained to satisfaction though, even a couple of the TV seasons had myth-arc/leaving-viewer-out-of-the-loop problems with plot, however minor they mostly were).

If Angel is just completely mindfucked, well...that seems a bit of a copout, I was fine with him potentially having gone dark(er). Was prepared to give Brian over at IDW's stories a shot to see how he's planning on tying in to Season 8. If it's just to explain a brainwash though, meh...I know that'd be the easiest and potentially the cleanest explanation, but it'd also be the laziest and most frequently been-there-done-that.

Would love to see Ethan involved, but maybe partnered with Angel or involved in a different capacity ? Then again, not a huge fan of Buffyverse resurrections outside of Buffy's own two (so far).
I was just reading the synopsis on TFAW -- and it says

Joss Whedon writes the series finale!

so does that mean this is the end? No Season 9?
That's probably a typo.
Yea, season 9's been confirmed long enough that I can't imagine they'd back out of it. Especially without letting us know by now.
I think "series" means "the series 'season eight,'" which will indeed end.

This description makes me happy. As others have pointed out, the *sigh* is a total reader-response thing--it means whatever you want it to mean. I think 'the source of all her problems' isn't meant to be taken literally, but I am interested in what it means. ("You're not the source of me," says Buffy to the First Slayer.) And back to Sunnydale again! ("Well, I wanted to go back home....")

I'm pretty excited.
In T.V. terms it's a season finale since we know there is going to be a season 9 but in comic book terms,"Last Gleaming" is a series finale.Season 9 will most likely start with a brand new first issue(Buffy The Vampire Season 9 #1).It's a comon practice in comic books.Companies do it because a relaunch of a series sells better when they can slap on a #1 on the cover.It's more attractive to new readers making it seem easier as a jumping on point.A new beginning.

[ edited by Buffyfantic on 2010-07-15 17:42 ]
Looks like the new Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the Buffy season 8 motion comic. I'm sure it will end up as a feature on their website.
Simon,I just saw that.Are sure it's about the motion comic and not about the last arc of season 8 or talk of season 9?
Ah,thanks.I had only seen the cover.
got it! - thanks Buffyfantic. :D I was hoping thats how they meant it.

Simon- There is also a blurb about the Motion comic in this weeks Entertainment weekly (Green lantern cover) First episode is going to be available July 19th on ITunes.

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