Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1: Freefall

{4.5/5} “This is what I’m talking about, Buffy. You don’t realize how the destruction of the seed affected everyone. You only think about how it affected you. All the Slayers, even the demons with magical mojo. You all got to keep your power because it was inside of you. But everyone else got cut off from what made them tick. For me, it was magic. For that demon, his home.”

Magic is gone from the world, with some exceptions. It seemed at the time like Buffy had to get rid of it, but now people — and others — are upset about it. Someone is after Buffy, as usual — but it’s not always the ugliest looking demon who’s the bad guy. Since Willow is no longer a witch she’s become a computer programmer. Xander and Dawn advised Buffy to cooperate with the police when she ran into some trouble, but of course she didn’t listen to them. And Spike will continue to try to help Buffy, no matter what.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a movie (good but not great) and then it was a TV show (7 seasons of brilliance) and now it’s a comic book. The current Buffy comic books (packaged into graphic novels every few months) take place after the TV series. There was a whole set known as season 8. Freefall is the first of season 9, and was just published in July.

The stories were written by Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Andrew Chambliss (the TV show Once Upon a Time), and Jane Espenson (the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer). They were illustrated by Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines, Karl Moline, and Andy Owens.

I’m not sure if I’ll review all the graphic novels individually — I’m more likely to review the set as a whole — but I’ll review this one because I just read it. You’ll be a bit lost if you haven’t read season 8 — I highly recommend you go and do that if you haven’t. I enjoyed it a lot — the characters are in a new situation but they felt like the characters we know. The artwork is quite good — the characters look like themselves a fair amount of the time, and new characters are all recognizable as well. The first time I read a graphic novel I tend to read a bit faster than perhaps I should, not giving enough time to the illustrations — but as I page through it now I see some very nice individual panels. The biggest surprise comes in the very last panel.

Books that take place after the series is over have a tendency to be better than books that take place during the series — this is true for Star Trek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and possibly others). If a story takes place during the series, you have to end up basically where you started — nothing really earth-shattering can occur. Whereas after the series dramatic changes can happen to the characters — they can even die.

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