Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #18

Writer: Joss Whedon Artist: Karl Moline Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 3, 2008 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 2
8.2Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

A powerful enemy from Buffy's past confronts the Slayer and Fray in the future, having allied with Fray's greatest foe. Meanwhile, Dawn's gone through another bizarre change.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Sep 7, 2008

    Until Doctor Who returned, Buffy the Vampire Slayer could be considered the best series on television. I have no hesitation in saying that right now Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the best comic book series on the racks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 12, 2008

    This is an interesting issue, filled with twists and turns that I wasn't expecting (the vampires in the water was a particularly breath-taking swerve) and ending on a pretty shocking cliff-hanger overall. I suspect that next issue will wrap everything up, and I hope that it gives us some explanation of what's going on with Willow... Still, Joss Whedon does here what Joss Whedon does best, with crisp dialogue, and characters that have their own agendas, even within the bounds of the story. Karl Moline's art works perfectly with this style, giving us nice contrasts between the shiny aspects of the future, it's dark underbelly, and the woods of Scotland. The questions of "Who is Twilight?," "What's up with Dawn?," "What is happening with Willow?" aren't the main focus, but none of them are allowed to fade away while the main character has her big crossover, something I really liked. This issue didn't really hit any false notes for me, giving me all the value my three bucks could Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Ben Berger Sep 9, 2008

    Each issue of Season Eight just makes me wish the show was still on. I'm sure certain things would need to be cut if it was being filmed, but the world Whedon has created is just too rich to ignore. His style is specific, and that might be part of the problem that the masses don't get it. So sadly, for those of us who do get it, we have to wait and hope someday that Joss will be as greatly appreciated as he deserves. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Daniel Crown Sep 3, 2008

    Keeping things short and sweet, Whedon and Moline continue to make the Buffy/Fray crossover a memorable affair. The story loiters a bit during scenes involving Willow as she casts herself into the magical plain (again), but even these pages are forgivable as they help to weave the web of subterfuge and deceit which will likely pave the way for the story's dues ex machina, somewhere in the next issue. All in all, another successful outing in a string of good issues from a reliable and solid series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Sep 7, 2008

    One more conversation, as Buffy and Melaka's sister find themselves kindred spirits (a real cop and a cop for demons), before Melaka gets the drop on Buffy. Which was probably a really bonehead move, but a great cliffhanger in Joss's completely entertaining merging of his two Slayer franchises. Amidst all the other danglers, the lack of closure and information might be more frustrating, but we know this series, at least, tends to come out on time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Sep 7, 2008

    Final word: This was a typical Whedon penned comic that's par for the course for this series. This comic knows how a story should be paced, and it's organically being developed. It's a refreshing pace from a lot of the books that are being written for the trade or decompressed to death. Read Full Review

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