Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #26

Writer: Jane Espenson Artist: Georges Jeanty Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 1, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 2
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"Buffy" Season 8 takes an exciting turn with issue #26! Team Buffy has become all about "sneaky" in a world where Slayers are now feared and hated, and vampires would rank at the top of a popularity poll. All hands are on deck as Scotland's brand-newest Slayer headquarters comes under attack; but when things get more than a little fried, Buffy has to punt. There are yaks. Series artist Georges Jeanty, writer Jane Espenson, and executive producer Joss Whedon present Buffy on the defensive in "Retreat." Jane Espenson, acclaimed television writer ("Buffy", "Battlestar Galactica"), returns to Season 8, bringing more radical revelations and more¦ more

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jul 4, 2009

    During her talk with Giles, Buffy seems to have an epiphany. I have no idea at what it hints, but I'm sure it's going to be damn good. With this issue, Whedon takes control of his characters and directs them to the future spelled out by his long game. Espenson re-establishes herself as one of the top Buffy writers, and Georges Jeanty, Any Owens, and Michelle Madsen create an exciting visual narrative with points of drama and comedy shared among a wicked number of cast members. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Chris Partin Jul 2, 2009

    I’ve admitted I’m the casual reader and fan when it comes to Buffy, but I think I’m going to have to come back next issue just to see how things play out now that Oz is back in the picture. Espenson, Jeanty, Owens, Madsen, Betancourt, and everyone else involved in this issue should be proud. This is a really good issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 6, 2009

    Thisserieswas created to actas the equivalent of a television season, and as such, we're at the point where things look very dark and we know they're gonna get darker before the dawn... It's interesting to see Oz back, though I wish it hadn't been spoilered in Previews months in advance. (Granted, given the name of the website where this is seeing print, I suppose I have very little room to complain.) This issue is one of those transitional episodes, where we are brought up to speed on "The Story So Far," some complications thrown in, and the next phase set up, and in that it succeeds well. The art is Georges Jeanty doing his usual superlative job, with likenesses that are clear enough without being overly static and photo-referenced. Jane Espenson will have you in the "I Can't Believe It's Not Joss Whedon" frame of mind, and overall it's a nicely handled issue. There are some plotting/pacing issues for me (the coincidental timing of everyone's arrival, and what feels Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 7, 2009

    "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" has definitely gone through a slight rough patch as of late, but I'm starting to feel like the light is finally at the end of the tunnel. For writers who can potentially pull the book back up to its former glory, Espenson's on the list. With a nice cliffhanger to the next installment, I'm actually feeling a little excited again about this book. Read Full Review

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