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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Vol 6 and 7.

by Jennifer Muirhead (follow)
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Buffy Season 8, Buffy Retreat, Buffy comics

In this, the sixth volume of Buffy Season 8, Retreat, the slayers retreat from the conflict with the current "big bad", the mysterious masked villain "Twilight" who wants to rid the world of magic. They discover that Twilight is using magic to track them from one hiding place to the next so Buffy comes up with a radical solution. In order to hide, the slayers and witches need to voluntarily give up their powers. Learning to live without magic isn't easy, so they seek help from an old friend who has also had to learn to control his magical nature- Willow's ex boyfriend, the werewolf, Oz.

The plot gets moving a bit more in this volume, with a major battle and mysterious transfers of power and there is a romantic subplot which will probably be divisive among fans since it sees two major characters finally getting together. We also find out the the answer to important questions like how knowing that Buffy will kill Willow in the future will affect their relationship now, and whether or not torpedoes work on land.

In Volume 7: Twilight, Twilight's true identity is finally revealed, and it's dumb. I suppose the series jumped the shark quite a while ago, but now it's jumping a whole pool full of sharks with laser beams on their heads. Buffy has superpowers (different superpowers from before, and more of them), Angel is back (not a spoiler, he's on the cover) and a new danger threatens to destroy the entire world. Again. Demons, pocket universes, space sex... It feels a bit like watching a car crash in slow motion. I will read Volume 8 to see how they wrap this up but I'm not overly hopeful it will redeem all the silliness.

All the Buffy Season 8 comics are available for Kindle as well as in trade paperback, though with the paper version you get to see the art in colour, which is worthwhile because it's decent.

Volume 7 also includes a stand-alone Willow story which should whet the reader's appitite for Willow's spinoff comic, Willow: Wonderland.

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