Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #16

Writer: Joss Whedon Artist: Karl Moline Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 2, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
7.3Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

On a hot tip, Buffy and Willow head to Manhattan hoping to unlock the secrets of Buffy's mysterious scythe, but something goes terribly awry when Buffy suddenly finds herself transported to an unknown world and into the path of future Slayer Fray.

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jon Judy Jul 6, 2008

    And the worst thing I can say about this comic book? It's got some scene transitions that are a little awkward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Jul 6, 2008

    This is one of the best issues of the series so far, I'd say. Thanks, Joss. You're the greatest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Ben Berger Jul 9, 2008

    This is essential reading for any self-respecting fan of Buffy, Whedon, or a similar genre. It's a really good jumping off point for new readers because it's the start of the next wave of the season eight story (but you should read the first two trade paperbacks if you can). And while it definitely helps to have a working knowledge of Buffy or to have read the rest of season eight, Whedon does a great job of making it accessible. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jul 7, 2008

    It's a more-than-solid first issue for Whedon and the Season 8 cast, but coming from this series, would you expect any less? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Jul 6, 2008

    Overall this comic is terrific. Whedon again exhibits great skill and respect for the characters he has created and has been directing since he was a college student, and the artwork by Karl Moline, who was the original artist on the Fray mini series and has returned for this story arc--while not as accurate as Georges Jeanty's when it comes to rendering the cast--is still pretty solid and expressive. Go get it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jul 6, 2008

    Buffy is a bit overwhelmed by her sudden visit to 200 years from now, but at least she's wearing a hot dress. I get the feeling, as both Slayers are fighting with the same scythe, they'll work things out sooner rather than later. Merging Joss's TV phenomenon with his first comic book hit is an inevitable idea; I'm sure next month will be more about surprises than nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Daniel Crown Jul 2, 2008

    If by some weird happenstance you're a Buffy fan and have yet to read Fray, you've been missing out, and now you have an excuse to go out and purchase one of the most entertaining Buffy-verse stories of all time. It provided a different take on some of the prevalent themes from the television show, and I for one, cannot wait to see how Whedon weaves these two wholly different universes into one unified playground. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kyle Garret Sep 25, 2008

    This may seem an overly negative review; Im brushing past the good stuff, like the scenes between Xander and Dawn (particularly when the castle is attacked), Buffy meeting Gunther, and much of the dialogue (but not all). I just keep waiting for the weaknesses of this book to iron out. I keep waiting for Whedon to realize that hes not writing the show anymore, hes writing a comic, and that adjustments need to be made. Hes managed to do that here and there, but by this point Im expecting more. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 23, 2008

    For those of you keeping track at home, that actually means this issue ends BEFORE it began, moments before the Slayers fight off the building. I like that. Karl Moline rocks the art this issue, with a Buffy that looks more like Sarah Michelle Gellar than even Georges Jeanty, while Joss Whedon returns to the story with a vengeance, even though the interim arcs didn't suffer for clever dialogue and tight plotting. This issue sets up a "Who'd Win?" that BtVS fans have been quietly wondering about for a while, though, as the experienced comic veteran, I'll wager they have a short fight due to misunderstanding before combining forces to take out the real threat. Either way, I am really looking forward to things to come, and I think that Kennedy's return to the main storyline is a welcome addition. Even when it disappoints, this book doesn't hit many false notes, and this particular issue does the equivalent of nailing the solo from "Knights of Cydonia" on Hard... BuffyThe Vam Read Full Review

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