It’s war, and there will be casualties not soon forgotten as Buffy faces her most fearsome enemy.
Buffy creator Joss Whedon and series artist Georges Jeanty join forces for the most emotional issue to date as they approach the finale of Season Eight.

* The penultimate issue!

* Written by Joss Whedon!

Writer: Joss Whedon, Scott Allie
Artist: Georges Jeanty
Inker: Andy Ownes
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Georges Jeanty

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  1. I hope I understand what’s going on in this issue. I’m glad there’s only one more left.

  2. Ugh, I thought this season was over. Two more issues? Why did I think it was over?

  3. Last month I thought “great only two to go”, but know there’s only two to go. When will it end! I am a huge Buffy fan but this arc is so confusing and hard to follow.

    I’m sad to say based on the season as a whole I won’t be getting season 9. I remember Whedon’s first arc, and BKV’s arc in the first year was great. What happened?!

  4. This has been a slog. I’m either not getting the issues and trade waiting or completely avoiding Season 9.

  5. When I saw this on the list for this week’s releases I got the same feeling as when I see a jury summons in the mail. I might not even bother with the last two issues.

  6. I feel like I’m just being nice by picking these last two issues up

  7. @RoiVamire

    Lol – I know what you mean. Any other series with this dip in quality I’d have dropped by now. It’s sad because I’ve just finished Dollhouse and don’t know where to go to find good Whedon anymore.

  8. @Zeppo I still have the last 3 episodes of season one and all of the second season of Dollhouse to go. I feel like Ron with the Flash. This is my Flash.

  9. Yeah… I stopped picking this up last month.  I don’t miss it at all, and I’m a HUGE Buffy/Angel fan.

  10. I will tell you this. If this isn’t the “most emotional issue to date” as the solicitiation promises I am going to put this issue in an envelope along with a stern letter to Dark Horse letting them know that i will not be buying buffy anymore or their upcoming Angel series. And it won’t be because I’m trimming my pull list, or switching to trades or even because i just need the extra cash. It will be because this book sucks and has sucked for the entirety of the last year.

  11. @Roi

    I don’t think Dollhouse is as strong as Firefly, but by the end I was wishing it would have had it’s full life. It was good but felt rushed. There was one episode on season two that felt like it had all the ideas for season 3 in it. It was packed!

    Honestly though even if this ends on a high, I’d struggle to commit to any more Buffy or Angel (and I loved the Angel series). I did pick up Sepherd’s Tale at a con this weekend and it was great. Why no more Firefly?

  12. So sad, this is the book that brought me back to the weekly comic reading fold. I think I’m going to wait till con season and see if I can find these last two issues in a closeout bin. If I can’t I don’t think I’ll be all that sad.

  13. Wow this book is still a mess. I only have to buy one more issue to finish the run.

  14. You people are terrible.  This issue is great, as the rest of this arc has been.  I can’t believe anyone calls Buffy hard to follow.  Maybe if this was your first comic I could see it, but…

  15. I’ve enjoyed many of the issues and much of the overall story, but this book is *often* hard to follow.

  16. I was completely lost until the very end of this book, but once the thing happened and I got it, this was pretty good

  17. I think my problem with this is that everything in this arc has been filler/leadup to this. I still have no idea what Spike is doing or why we’re here. This will probably read quite good in trade, but…. Yeah.

    Worst part? I’m still going to do season nine.

    And the death in this issue was kind of a big deal.

  18. I haven’t read this issue yet but I finally figured out why this whole season has felt so off. Joss Whedon is clearly a guy who understands that there is a difference between comics and TV writing but the problem is that, as it stands right now, he has had to sacrifice what made the series great, even as he took advantage of the comic book medium. In the series, he always used the plots and story arcs as a way of exploring his characters and various themes that he wanted to tackle. The problem with season 8 is that plot has become king as he and his team of writers have allowed the “limitless budget” to overtake them. Season 8 has been much about big ideas than characterisation and theme – and that’s a big problem as Whedon’s strengths lie decidedly in the latter and not in the former.

    I am hoping that season 9 will at least try to fix these problems.

  19. @Ilash  That’s a good analysis, I think I agree with you!

  20. Boy, am I glad that this is almost over.  So much good work in the first half of the series, so much bad work in the second half.  I really miss the days of the Faith story arc and the Japanese vampire arc.

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