Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #18

Reviewed By David O’ Leary


Story by:  Joss Whedon
Art by: Karl Moline & Andy Owens
Colours by: Michelle Madsen
Letters by: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy
Cover by: Jo Chen
Publisher: Dark Horse
Cover Price: $2.99
Cover Date: September 2008


“Time of Your Life Part 3”


It has been the bones of eleven years since Buffy The Vampire Slayer first aired in 1997 and 16 years since the Buffy movie. We are 18 episodes (issues) into season 8 and if anything with the amount of history there, it is not exactly friendly to new comers to this book. The core audience of young adults were only young kids when these first aired and with so much reference to the past in the book it could be easy to get lost if you are a newbie. But luckily it was never Whedon’s intent to cater to new readers to a huge extent and we are all the better for it.


Whedon is writing this book like his life depended on it. This issue spends a lot of time in the Fray-verse and it is an idea that probably would never have been touched on in the television series. Whedon’s wit and strength shines through in this issue at the prospect of shared ‘screen time’ with his two big time slayers. The shift in morals in Buffy is particularly interesting in that she is letting bystanders get injured and even killed in the pursuit of reaching her goal. Even Fray’s off centre grammar is easy to get over very quickly. Back in the here and now, Xander and Dawn’s meeting with the forest creatures is a perfect example of Whedon’s humour shinging through. I knew Xander was the comic relief to a huge degree in the television series but he is on a whole new level in this series so far, his Dracula encounter being one of the huge highlights of the series. I would like to see the Fray-verse expanded on somehow as I think that this is the first foray into time travel in the property’s history.


Whedon is joined by Karl Moline formerly of Route 666 from CrossGen in 2002 and the Fray mini series and he does an admirable job. His action scenes are  don’t know how long he will be on the book for but its cool to see the this timeline again. Michelle Madsen add the colours in this issue and she catches the eye with bright yellows out front and deep purples in the background.


Anytime you have Whedon on his book you are guaranteed a great read. Likewise with IDW and Angel, Dark Horse has a winner in this licensed property. Though Dark Horse has been the more enjoyable read of the two. A final date has been set for this to finish and as each issue leads inevitably to the finale, many fans, myself included, hope that we can have a season nine. We want it!


Rating the Issue

Story: Overall 9
Concept – 8 out of 10
Plot – 9 out of 10
Dialogue – 9 out of 10

Art: Overall 7.66
Style – 8 out of 10

Storytelling – 7 out of 10
Color/Tones – 8 out of 10

Importance: Overall 8.33
To the Title – 9 out of 10
To the Company – 8 out of 10
To the Medium – 8 out of 10


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Reviewer Bio


Name: David O' Leary
email: idwfan@yahoo.co.uk


Been reading comics: for about 12 years now.


Review Bio: I am a 26-year-old Hotel Manager from the west coast of the Republic of Ireland and think this is a great way to talk to others about this cool medium. I am a husband to one wife and father to one girl (so far).


Favorites: ONI's Whiteout, Vertigo's Scalped and Garth Ennis Preacher and Punisher in Trades. In comic form I am reading a lot of Marvel and a bit of IDW, Dark Horse & WildStorm among others.


Website: sorry, I don’t have one!


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