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September 18 2011

(SPOILER) A roundup of reviews for Buffy Season 9 #1. Comic Book Resources gave the issue 4 1/2 stars out of 5 saying "Joss Whedon has managed the impossible yet again, somehow reinventing and reinvigorating these beloved characters". Comics Bulletin awarded it 4 out of 5 bullets, "A slow start is just what this title needed". EW.com thought that "watching Buffy act like a normal twentysomething screw-up is adorable". Newsarama went with "Season Nine of Buffy is off to an amazing and hilarious start" and IGN said it was "surprisingly entertaining and even downright humorous at times".

As ever if you've come across any good reviews or want to promote your own review, do please them link to them in the comments.

Thanks Simon. I enjoyed these, and I hadn't seen any of them. I pretty much thought all these reviewers made a lot of sense. Except one reviewer described Buffy as being thirty. We aren't supposed to think she is thirty are we? Anyone?
If time had passed in, uhm, real time then she'd be 30, right? However, I think in 'season time' she's mid-20s I do believe.
I hope so. Honestly, ideally I'll be enjoying Buffy's story when I am 90. I don't want her to be an old lady slayer. Or maybe I do. Might be interesting.

[ edited by Xane on 2011-09-18 20:24 ]
She's definitely supposed to be in her 20s.
Obviously some time (time for bank robbery and getting a Scottish castle fitted out with high tech military/magical gear) went by after the TV show ended at the end of Season 7 and before the comic book began at the beginning of Season 8, but surely not even a whole year... right? Did Joss ever spell it out? We know that Dawn had time to get into Berkeley and giant-sized, but how long does that take? LOL

I guess my deal is: I don't mind if SMG and the other actors get to be a lot older than the characters they used to play, because I don't really envision them playing those characters again. OTOH if Firefly could return (or Serenity 2 was made) then I would have no problem with jumping forward a number of years so that the characters were being joined at the same age the actors are now. I would rather see Nathan Fillion playing a 50 year old Mal than to see the part recast!

[ edited by embers on 2011-09-18 21:49 ]
Can't wait for these to be available in a digital format! I'll buy them as soon as they are. Impatiently waiting until then.
embers, it's specifically said in Season Eight #1 that it's been 18 months since Sunnydale's destruction.
I just went back and finished reading Season 8 so season 9 would make more sense. I can't believe Giles is dead. And no one seems to care.
Geeks of Doom have a nice review
http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2011/09/14/comic-review-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-season-9-1/

Buffy feels again like Buffy
http://insidepulse.com/2011/09/18/review-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-season-nine-1-by-joss-whedon-and-georges-jeanty/

And Ifanboy selected Freefall #1 for their best of the week in panels
http://ifanboy.com/articles/the-best-of-the-week-in-panels-09-14-2011/

[ edited by anca on 2011-09-19 07:48 ]
Squishy, are you not reading Angel & Faith? That's all the Season Eight fallout. Nine is starting anew, but I think there's definitely some deeper stuff there concerning Buffy's loss of Giles, so hopefully it'll be depressing all round.
Thanks, Jaymii, I have not yet read A & F, and I probably should. But I still feel that killing off Giles was sort of a cheap move, from a narrative perspective. Maybe I just think that S8 was not strong enough to justify killing off a character who is arguably the most important character that they have ever killed (except Buffy, of course). It's sort of the same way I felt when they killed off Anya in S7. Her death really didn't have much narrative significance, so it was really a disservice to the character. In Giles's case, it almost felt like they realized S8 wasn't really working, so they just killed him as a way of generating some dramatic impact in a story that was dragging and unfocused, even though there was no significant narrative justification for the killing. (Contrast, Giles's death, for example, with Angel's in S2 or Buffy's in S5.) In any event, while I thought S8 was disappointing, I'm trying to remain optimistic for S9, and I've heard good things about A & F.
I agree. It's hard to think of season 8 as the characters we know. It's this little, experimental and kinda interesting blip (for lack of a better word) in the canon where I find it really strange to think that the things actually happened. I liked lots of moments in 8, but I don't think you're wrong in your analysis. (Though the reasons for his death, the lack of needing an major exposition-y character in a comic, I agree with.) That said, I don't have a problem with the Anya loss. I found that terrific in show, and it's the one death that pains me the most still because of the (probably intentional) lack of grief the story has given us.

But, yeah - read A&F as soon as possible. It's sublime. :)
Squishy: I think Giels's detah might be far enough back by now that they're all back in "normal mode."

A disappointing and dreary season ending moves on to a disappointing and dreary new beginning. About what I expected.

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