Comic Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight, Vol. 8: Last Gleaming

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Trade Paperback
Season Eight, Volume 8: Last Gleaming
Written by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Scott Allie
Art by Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline
Dark Horse Comics
Release date: June 1, 2011

The end is near! In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Vol. 8: Last Gleaming, Buffy, her army of vampire slayers, and the original Scooby gang face the biggest challenge of their lives. With an onslaught of demons coming to destroy the world, Buffy and her team must defeat the demonic threat while also facing the biggest betrayal in Buffy’s history as a vampire slayer.

I’ve been a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer throughout its entire 7-season television run. When creator Joss Whedon decided to continue the series in the comic book medium, I was really excited. I read most of the season 8 run, but felt that it was stretched out a bit too long. When Whedon said that Season 8 was ending with Issue #40, I wanted to see how it was going to end. I’m glad that I caught up with Season 8, because this volume is a nice wrap up that leaves a huge plot to be fleshed out in the upcoming Season 9 series.

Volume 8: Last Gleaming definitely had a lot of thrills and surprises. I finished it in one sitting. I was pretty shocked by the death of a major character and the betrayal by another main character. It was nice to see old characters return and the consequential bombshell of the end of Season 8 that makes me definitely look forward to what’s going to happen in Season 9.

Writers Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, and Scott Allie are very familiar with Buffy and the other cast of characters. Whedon and Espenson especially are familiar since they wrote on the television series. Artists Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline have fantastic art. Both artists make the cast of characters look exactly like their television counterpart while bringing their own unique flair to the comic book page.

Overall, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Vol. 8: Last Gleaming is a definite must-read if you are or were a fan of the television series. It’s interesting to see what situation Buffy and her team have gotten themselves into and how they resolved that situation. Vol. 8 is a great read and now I’m patiently waiting to see what Season 9 brings.

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