Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #20

Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: Georges Jeanty Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: December 17, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
6.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Acclaimed comic-book writer Jeph Loeb (_Batman: The Long Halloween_) was set to executive produce, alongside Joss Whedon and animator Eric Wight, the proposed _Buffy_ animated TV series. While "Buffy" fans won't be viewing that show anytime soon, Loeb, Wight, and Whedon offer the next best thing a comic inspired by the animated series! Jeph Loeb and Eric Wight take the reins on _Buffy_ Season 8 with this very special one-shot joining series artist Georges Jeanty, in a twisted tale picking up from the time-traveling Buffy/Fray crossover. 2008 Eisner Award winner for Best New Series. Executive produced by series creator Joss Whedon.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Dec 21, 2008

    Seeing Buffy rendered in this style makes one even more disappointed that an animated series never surfaced. The caricatures, the vivid colors by Lee Louridge, the frenzy of motion--such as Buffy's constant cheerleader twirl of stakes--make this issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer memorable. Its a necessary purchase for any fan of the show or the comic book series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 31, 2008

    This is an entertaining issue from a couple of viewpoints, as Georges Jeanty returns to Buffy for the framing sequence, delivering a detailed and photo-realistic Buffy and Xander before handing off to Eric Wight, Ethan Beavers and Adam Van Wyk, who deliver an animated Buffy tale that really manages to show what such a series might have been like. All the characters are still recognizable, even Principal Snyder ("Maybe he'll get eaten by a giant worm," sez Buffy. Heh.) and the action sequences are pretty amazing. The only real failing of the art is that it's NOT animation, that is, it doesn't give us the motion, but it's still amazingly detailed and awesome. Jeph Loeb (of Heroes and Long Halloween fame) delivers a Whedon-esque script, right down the Buffy-Angel dynamic, and brings a tear to your eye with Buffy's realization that her mom is calling her to wake up. The seamless transition between dream and reality is handled well, and the overall effect is both wistful and hopef Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Daniel Crown Dec 17, 2008

    In the end, from a conceptual level, Loeb proves that an animated Buffy series could have worked fairly well with its universal accessibility and whimsical presentation. Yet even so, with Buffy #20, what should have served as an ill-fated pilot is instead relegated to an awkward piece of transitional filler, burying a lot of hard work into a hackneyed story that ultimately proves forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jon Judy Dec 21, 2008

    Well never know if Loeb and Company might have been able to turn out a terrific Buffy cartoon, but we do know they can turn out a mediocre Buffy comic book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Dec 27, 2008

    I would have loved to see this concept expanded, to see this long awaited slice of Buffynalia given the same attention that other mystifyingly fan favorite episodes have been given for years now. Instead, we see what could have been something great stuffed into a message that decidedly is not. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Dec 21, 2008

    Jeph Loeb and Eric Wight join regular series illustrator Georges Jeanty to present a single-issue fill-in story that picks up from the time-traveling Buffy/Fray crossover. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Dec 21, 2008

    Of course, if you're a fan of the goofier elements of Buffy's early seasons--and if you also read and enjoy all-ages comics--then this will probably be right up your alley. It's just not up mine. Read Full Review

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