Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1

Writer: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 14, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Season 8 ended with a bang when Buffy cut the world off from the hell dimensions and all supernatural influence. Great, right? Except Buffy has left her best friend, Willow, powerless, and ended the long line of vampire slayers, leaving her hated by the hundreds of girls who recently stood behind her. Newly relocated to San Francisco, Buffy can count on a fresh start, and focus on what she's good at--slaying.

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Maria Selke Sep 13, 2011

    Overall, I loved this first taste of season 9. As a huge Buffy fan, but one who only recently discovered the Dark Horse continuation of her tale, I'm excited that I got myself caught up with season 8 in time to jump on board for this season. My biggest complaint – having to wait for the next one! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Sep 14, 2011

    Joss Whedon has managed the impossible yet again, somehow reinventing and reinvigorating these beloved characters and putting them on entirely new paths and adventures. I cannot wait to see where he's taking us this time, although I cannot pretend that I desperately hope that one of those places will be one where Buffy and Spike get together. Hey, I said I struggled to keep the balance between critic and fan, I didn't say I succeeded. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Troy-Jeffrey Allen Oct 10, 2012

    While specific media outlets have caught on to the news of the first gay male slayer (albeit, "slayer" in name only), when compared to Marvel and DC in recent months, publisher Dark Horse hasn't used the angle in an exploitative manner (it wasn't even acknowledged it in the advance Previews description). Intentional or otherwise, the move to not use sexual preference as a sales boost proves that progression doesn't have to be a competition of "me first," but a unique opportunity to show that anyone can be the chosen one. And, really...isn't that what our obsession with superpowers is all about? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 19, 2011

    The first issue centers around Buffy's hangover from the first party for all her pals and new roomies at her new apartment. We get flashes of the party from Buffy's hazy memory (some of which she'd just as soon forget). The comic is filled with great dialogue and it actually feels like the characters we remember from Buffy's better days are back in force once again. It's only a first issue, but it's a damn good. Best of the week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Sep 6, 2011

    Face it - if you are a Buffy fan, you're probably going to pick this issue up regardless of what any review has to say. And I agree, this issue should be picked up if only to see what happens "after." There are several moments that work on the humor level, some character growth that happens with time, and the beginnings of this season's Big Bad. The issue has a few places that stumble, but overall this is a good read. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 earns 3.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 6, 2011

    However Season 9 ends up, I can’t help but feel the concept and idea of Buffy The Vampire Slayer is faltering. For one, the dialog and whole vibe of the series is extremely 90s; it doesn’t feel as if Buffy ever moved forward. One the flipside the story arcs have gone completely over the deep end. The freedom of being in print has opened up Buffy and her gang to things that are new and exciting but often lose the quiet and cool nature of the original idea. I’m sure many are just in love with the idea that Buffy lives and for them Season 9-1 will be a good time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 14, 2011

    It'll be interesting to see how well that quality holds over the long-term. Whedon is credited as the sole writer for this issue, but he'll generally be co-writing the series with Andrew Chambliss. Will the quality of the writing hold steady once this new arrangement begins? That's the $64,000 question right now. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBuzz - David O'Leary Sep 13, 2011

    When Buffy goes on sale later this month it will be a welcome return of the book to hardcore fans. For the casual reader it unfortunately comes across as a little better than average comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    fivexfive Feb 17, 2014

    The art in this issue was a major let down. It was really inconsistent and the characters just looked...weird. The writing was decent, but not as solid as the previous season. Not a terrible issue, but just not leaving a lot to be excited for. the end was a pretty funny, but still felt kind of like filler.

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