The Long Way Home, Pt. 3 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by Joss Whedon, etc.

This series of comics just started coming out and takes place after Buffy the show ended. So Sunnydale has been destroyed and then what? I read parts I and II a couple weeks ago and just picked up III today. It’s immensely satisfying to basically have the show continuing-written by Joss so it’s ok in this Buffy fan’s book. However, because they are serialized comics you can read each installment in 5 to 10 minutes and are left with a cliffhanger. Argh! So this one continued along–you definitely need to read in order and let’s hope they publish a paperback bound of all the issues so you can just read it as one big graphic novel-with Willow coming in to battle Amy. Alas, she gets captured by whoever has hired Amy. And who is that? Well the final page is a revolting skinless creature bent on getting Willow. I’m thinking it’s whats-his-name. Jonathan. I guess I’ll find out in a month! As far as the other Buffy characters go, I really like how Xander is portrayed. Matured, one eyed, but still funny and smart-assy. He really does seem as I would imagine him to be one year after the Sunnydale destruction. Dawn on the other hand? Well, I still wish she hadn’t survived. Another pleasant visitor from Sunnydale’s past would be Ethan Raynes! He pops up in a brief appearance in Buffy’s dreamworld. Dreamworlds and magical fighting action sequences are a bit difficult for me to follow in the comic format-it’s not always clear what’s going on-, but all in all I highly recommend these.

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