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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight
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Publication date March 14, 2007
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Includes Original Comics 40
Creative Team
Written by Joss Whedon
Brian K. Vaughan
Drew Goddard
Jeph Loeb
Jane Espenson
Steven S. DeKnight
Drew Z. Greenberg
Jim Krueger
Doug Petrie
Brad Meltzer
Penciller(s) Georges Jeanty
Paul Lee
Cliff Richards
Karl Moline
Eric Wight
Inker(s) Andy Owens
Colorist(s) Dave Stewart
Michelle Madsen
Lee Loughridge
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight was a comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, it was a canonical continuation of the seventh and final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was published under the banner of meta-series Season Eight.

Premise

Buffy and Xander now lead command-central, which is situated at a citadel in Scotland. At their disposal are a wide array of psychics, seers, witches, and Slayers, along with a vast amount of technology. There are 1,800 Slayers worldwide according to Buffy, almost 500 of whom are working with the Scoobies, separated into 10 squads. Squads include Andrew's in Southern Italy, Giles' in England, Vi's in New York City, Robin's in Cleveland, Ohio and another led by Rona in another U.S. state. For Buffy's protection and because her name is feared worldwide, two decoys are put in place: one partying in Rome with The Immortal and one on a mission in demonic underground caverns.

In the wake of Sunnydale's destruction, elements within the United States government view them as an army akin to terrorist cells and characterize Buffy as a "charismatic, uncompromising and completely destructive" leader. General Voll, a member of a mystically aware Initiative-like government project, describes fear of their resources, power and ideology. The government has teamed with Sunnydale survivor/powerful witch Amy Madison and Season 6 villain Warren Mears, both of whom seek revenge in a Big Bad role, which is new for Amy. Simultaneously, an evil British socialite Slayer called Lady Genevieve Savidge plots to usurp Buffy's place in the Slayer hierarchy, and a shrewd cabal of Japanese vampires scheme to reverse the global activation of Potential Slayers in "Chosen". The appearances of these villains so far appear connected to "Twilight", the enigmatic Big Bad of the season, a masked person who plans to destroy all of the Slayers and bring an end to the era of magic.

A subplot involves the repercussions of Dawn's college relationship with a boy named Kenny (described as a "thricewise"), whom she cheated on, losing her virginity to his roommate Nick. Consequently, Dawn has been “cursed” with mystical transformations: first into a giant and later a centaur; her friends are unable to reverse them. Among the core group, Buffy is for a time romantically drawn to a female Slayer named Satsu, and Xander to Slayer Renee; Willow's relationship with the core group is more estranged, while she protectively withholds Kennedy from her friends. Giles and Buffy, at odds, have momentarily fallen from speaking terms with one another. Giles now works with Faith, in trying to prevent more Slayers from going rogue. Along with these new obstacles, Harmony exposes vampires to the world at large, causing pop cultural love for vampires and animosity towards Slayers.

Continuity

The events took place after "Chosen", "The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart, Part Six", and "Stranger Things", but before "Freefall, Part One" and "Live Through This, Part One".

(Determining the exact timing is difficult. It took place at least a year and a half after "Chosen"[1] placing it at its earliest in the latter half of 2004. In issue #23, Andrew made references to Heath Ledger's death, indicating it took place after 2008, though in the same issue Buffy referred to having known Xander for only eight years, rather than at least 11).


Appearances

The number of appearances for recurring characters below have not yet been determined and so they appear in alphabetical order.

Publications

The series included 40 issues, which were later collected in several paperback and hardcover collections.

Issues

Cover Issues Release Date
BuffyS8-01 "The Long Way Home, Part One" 1 March 14, 2007
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Buffy Summers leads a squad of Slayers in Scotland with the help of her friend Xander Harris and her sister-turned-giant Dawn. Meanwhile, a government installation investigates the demolished town of Sunnydale.
BuffyS8-02 "The Long Way Home, Part Two" 2 April 4, 2007
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
The government recruits Amy Madison as their operative to dispatch Buffy. She travels to Scotland, unleashes an army of zombies on the castle, and binds Buffy in a sleep that can only be broken by a true love's kiss.
BuffyS8-03 "The Long Way Home, Part Three" 3 May 2, 2007
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Still bound in a sleep, Buffy explores her dreamspace with Ethan Rayne. Willow Rosenberg comes to the Slayers' aid in a battle against Amy and her army of zombies.
BuffyS8-04 "The Long Way Home, Part Four" 4 June 6, 2007
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Amy kidnaps Willow and presents her to a skinless Warren Mears. Xander and some practicing witches attempt to create a portal to send Buffy and Satsu to Willow's rescue. A U.S. government general warns Buffy of "Twilight": the end of magic.
BuffyS8-05 "The Chain" 5 July 25, 2007
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Paul Lee
A young woman reveals how she went from being a high school student to being Buffy’s decoy.
BuffyS8-06 "No Future for You, Part One" 6 September 5, 2007
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Georges Jeanty
In Cleveland, Rupert Giles recruits Faith to assassinate Lady Genevieve Savidge: a rogue Slayer who threatens to destroy the world. Meanwhile in Scotland, Buffy admits to Xander her worry of "Twilight".
BuffyS8-07 "No Future for You, Part Two" 7 October 3, 2007
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Georges Jeanty
Faith infiltrates Lady Genevieve Savidge's estate only to discover an amicable connection with her. Willow questions Dawn on her newly giant stature.
BuffyS8-08 "No Future for You, Part Three" 8 November 7, 2007
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Georges Jeanty
Faith finds herself torn when Lady Genevieve reveals her plan to kill Buffy. Matters get worse, when Genevieve's mentor Roden kidnaps Buffy and brings her face to face with Faith.
BuffyS8-09 "No Future for You, Part Four" 9 December 5, 2007
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Georges Jeanty
Faith and Lady Genevieve engage in battle to the death. Buffy and Giles' relationship is further strained when she questions him about Faith's mission. Meanwhile, a mysterious character named Twilight meets with a U.S. government agent to discuss the events with Faith and Genevieve.
BuffyS8-10 "Anywhere but Here" 10 January 2, 2008
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Cliff Richards
A Minder named Robin welcomes Buffy and Willow to Tichajt who presents to them the past, present and future, revealing kept secrets between the best friends. Dawn embarrassingly reveals to Xander that she did not sleep with her boyfriend like most suspect: she slept with his college roommate.
BuffyS8-11 "A Beautiful Sunset" 11 February 6, 2008
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Buffy invites Satsu to dust a group of vampires at a graveyard. There, Buffy declares to her that she knows Satsu planted the true love's kiss on her when she was bound in sleep. Suddenly, Twilight attacks both of the girls and introduces to Buffy his malicious plan to destroy all of the Slayers.
BuffyS8-12 "Wolves at the Gate, Part One" 12 March 5, 2008
Written by: Drew Goddard Artist: Georges Jeanty
Just when Xander, Renee, Andrew, Willow and Dawn all walk in on Buffy and Satsu naked in bed, a group of Japanese vampires breach the castle walls and successfully steal the Scythe. In need for assistance to defeat the vampires, Xander seeks an old friend: Dracula.
BuffyS8-13 "Wolves at the Gate, Part Two" 13 April 2, 2008
Written by: Drew Goddard Artist: Georges Jeanty
When confronted by Xander about the Japanese vampires, Dracula realizes the group has stolen his unique powers, and commits to help out of pride. Meanwhile, Buffy is preparing an all-out assault against the vampires, who have been spotted in Tokyo by the slayer Aiko. The vampires spot Aiko's surveillance and set an ambush: the female vampire Kumiko uses the Scythe to magically revert Aiko into a regular, helpless girl, and the vampire leader Toru then kills her.
BuffyS8-14 "Wolves at the Gate, Part Three" 14 May 7, 2008
Written by: Drew Goddard Artist: Georges Jeanty
Buffy and her team arrive in Japan to find Aiko's corpse strung up with a welcome message written in her blood. They meet up with Xander, Renee, and Dracula, who teaches Willow a spell to contain the desolidifying vampires. With Giant Dawn as a distraction, the team assaults the vampires' lair, only to discover that it's a trap as Toru appears behind them and impales Renee on the scythe.
Btvs15 "Wolves at the Gate, Part Four" 15 June 4, 2008
Written by: Drew Goddard Artist: Georges Jeanty
Dracula sends Willow to perform the spell to destroy the vampires' special powers. No longer invincible, the Slayers charge and attack all of the vampires. Dawn is confronted by a version of herself.
BuffyS8-16 "Time of Your Life, Part One" 16 July 2, 2008
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Karl Moline
When Buffy and Willow reunite with Kennedy and Vi to unlock the secrets of the Scythe, Buffy finds herself transported into the future of Slayer Melaka Fray. In Scotland, Dawn transforms into a centaur and the castle is hit by a rocket sent by Amy and Warren.
BuffyS8-17 "Time of Your Life, Part Two" 17 August 6, 2008
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Karl Moline
After a shaky introduction, Buffy and Fray must join forces in order to discover the purpose of their meeting. Elsewhere in Haddyn, Fray's twin brother vampire Harth has teamed up with Dark Willow to affect time.
BuffyS8-18 "Time of Your Life, Part Three" 18 September 3, 2008
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Karl Moline
Xander and Dawn escape from the siege and enter deep in the forest, only to then encounter mystical tree creatures. In the future, Dark Willow convinces Fray to immobilize Buffy in order to save the world.
BuffyS8-19 "Time of Your Life, Part Four" 19 November 26, 2008
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Karl Moline
When a portal temporarily opens between the timelines, Buffy rushes to get back to the present. However, Dark Willow and Fray will make sure she does otherwise. Meanwhile in the present, Riley Finn shows allegiance to Twilight.
BuffyS8-20 "After These Messages ... We'll Be Right Back!" 20 December 17, 2008
Written by: Jeph Loeb Artist: Georges Jeanty and Eric Wight
Buffy wakes up and finds herself back in her 16 year old body, conflicted with her Slayer duties when Cordelia Chase hosts a house party.
Buffy21a "Harmonic Divergence" 21 January 7, 2009
Written by: Jane Espenson Artist: Georges Jeanty
Harmony sets a contract with MTV to produce a reality television show, presenting vampires as helpless victims.
Buffy22v1 "Swell" 22 February 4, 2009
Written by: Steven S. DeKnight Artist: Georges Jeanty
When Kennedy is sent to Japan to evaluate Satsu's efforts as team leader, they are taken by surprise by some fierce furry creatures who want to do nothing more than destroy Buffy.
BuffyS8-23a "Predators and Prey" 23 March 4, 2009
Written by: Drew Z. Greenberg Artist: Georges Jeanty
Buffy and Andrew embark on a trip to take down the rogue slayer Simone whilst the rest of the world still feels hatred toward the slayer population.
BuffyS8x24 "Safe" 24 April 1, 2009
Written by: Jim Krueger Artist: Cliff Richards
Faith and Giles encounter a runaway Slayer named Courtney. The three investigate The Slayer Sanctuary and its tie to the town of Hanselstadt.
Buffy25a "Living Doll" 25 May 6, 2009
Written by: Doug Petrie Artist: Georges Jeanty
Buffy, ever busy saving the world, will finally have to take action regarding her little sis when Dawn's mysterious disappearance makes it a priority.
Buffy26a "Retreat, Part One" 26 July 1, 2009
Written by: Jane Espenson Artist: Georges Jeanty
Old friends such as Faith, Andrew and Satsu are forced to return to Buffy's HQ, who are much the same as them under siege from Twilight's forces, humans and demons. Defenses fall as the Scottish castle comes under attack. The group learns Twilight is able to track them through their use of magic, forcing the team to retreat to Tibet to learn how to suppress magic from Oz.
Buffy27a "Retreat, Part Two" 27 August 5, 2009
Written by: Jane Espenson Artist: Georges Jeanty
Upon arriving in Tibet, the group is filled in on what has happened to Oz since season 4 when he departed Sunnydale. Also, Twilight uses every technological and mystical way to locate the Slayers since they mysteriously vanished from his radar.
Buffy28a "Retreat, Part Three" 28 September 2, 2009
Written by: Jane Espenson Artist: Georges Jeanty
Buffy and her group of Slayers use hard labor and meditation to suppress their inherent magic in order to remain hidden from Twilight. Meanwhile, Andrew uses his videocamera to seek out and expose a spy amongst them-but it may be too late.
Buffy29a "Retreat, Part Four" 29 October 7, 2009
Written by: Jane Espenson Artist: Georges Jeanty
Having been discovered by Twilight and his army, the Slayer Organization prepare to do battle with human weapons in order to survive to fight another day.
Buffy30a "Retreat, Part Five" 30 November 4, 2009
Written by: Jane Espenson Artist: Georges Jeanty
The epic battle between the Slayers and Twilight's army rages in the Tibetan mountains. Without their magic, how will the Slayers hope to be victorious?
Buffy31a "Turbulence" 31 January 13, 2010
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Without powers the Slayers are unable to keep up the fight against missile fire, grenade launchers, and tanks. It would seem that all is lost, and Buffy—all alone—must make her last stand on a battlefield covered in the bodies of friends and foes.
Buffy32a "Twilight, Part One" 32 February 3, 2010
Written by: Brad Meltzer Artist: Georges Jeanty
Faster than a speeding—you know. More powerful than a—yeah, one of those. Able to leap tall... castles in a single bound. Still working on that x-ray-vision thing. In the aftermath of battle with Twilight's army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army's recent ordeals.
Buffy33a "Twilight, Part Two" 33 March 3, 2010
Written by: Brad Meltzer Artist: Georges Jeanty
The Slayer army has suffered heavy losses throughout Season Eight and faced all kinds of threats new and old, but the one mystery connecting it all has been the identity of the Big Bad: Twilight. In this issue, Buffy finally confronts Twilight one on one, setting the stage for Twilight’s unmasking in Buffy #34
Btvs34 "Twilight, Part Three" 34 April 7, 2010
Written by: Brad Meltzer Artist: Georges Jeanty
Twilight has been unmasked! Buildings fall, oceans churn, and the earth moves as titans come together in a bizarre twist! We also see some intense passions.
BuffySeason8 35 "Twilight, Part Four" 35 May 5, 2010
Written by: Brad Meltzer Artist: Georges Jeanty
The conclusion of the "Twilight" story arc.
1273163629 "Last Gleaming, Part One" 36 September 1, 2010
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
The Big Bad-Twilight finally stands revealed, and it's tearing the Scoobies apart, testing the limits of their friendship. Seems like a perfect time for Spike to come back. Joss Whedon writes the final five issues of Buffy Season 8, taking his greatest characters to places only he can take them! Teamed with series artist Georges Jeanty, Joss counts down to the biggest Buffy final ever-and it starts right here!
500x buffy2 37 fc fnl classified 01 "Last Gleaming, Part Two" 37 October 6, 2010
Written by: Joss Whedon and Scott Allie Artist: Georges Jeanty
Spike and Buffy are finally reunited (*sigh*) and lucky him-he's discovered the source of all her problems, and it's not Angel. Now Buffy must revisit the place where love was indiscriminate, the Scoobies were formed, and Hell's mouth was closed for good. Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty launch readers into the finale of Buffy Season Eight, promising more adventure, twists, and turns. Bonds are tested, lives altered, and oh!-the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
38.1 "Last Gleaming, Part Three" 38 November 3, 2010
Written by: Joss Whedon and Scott Allie Artist: Georges Jeanty
While Super Buffy is fighting side by side with Spike in Sunnydale, Angel is on the other side of the world fighting demons of his own. As Twilight he was given a clear mission in regard to Buffy—help her reach the next plane, together create a new world, and end all suffering. But Buffy doesn't play by the rules, and this "higher plane" and a lifetime of happiness with Angel wasn't gonna cut it—not if she had to sacrifice her family to keep it. And now Angel has to answer for his failings as Twilight—willingly or not. Back in Sunnydale everyone is fighting for their lives against a horde of demons, and someone close to Buffy joins forces with a villain from the past to strive for a common goal—protect the seed. The finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight is in full effect, and you won't want to miss a single beat of Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty's fateful conclusion years in the making.
Buffy2 39 fc fnl "Last Gleaming, Part Four" 39 December 01, 2010
Written by: Joss Whedon and Scott Allie Artist: Georges Jeanty
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.
Buffy40a "Last Gleaming, Part Five" 40 January 19, 2011
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Season Eight has at last brought Buffy the long way home, and betrayal comes in the shape of the closest, most unexpected individual of all. Reeling from their losses, the Scoobies will never be the same again.

Collections

Cover Title Issues Release Date
The Long Way Home The Long Way Home #1-5 October 31, 2007
Written by: Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers-newly legion-have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the "Buffy" decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own.
No Future for You TPB No Future for You #6-10 May 14, 2008
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan and Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty and Cliff Richards
When a rogue debutant Slayer begins to use her power for evil, Giles is forced to recruit the rebellious Faith, who isn’t exactly known for her good deeds. Giles offers Faith a clean slate if she can stop this snooty Slayer from wreaking total havoc--that is, if Buffy doesn’t beat her to it.
Wolves At The Gate TPB Wolves at the Gate #11-15 November 19, 2008
Written by: Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Vampires that, at will, can transform into wolves, panthers, insects, or fog invade the Slayer base of operations in northern Scotland, and not only walk away unscathed, but in possession of Buffy's scythe, the symbol of Slayer power worldwide. Buffy and the Slayer legion travel to Tokyo in order to learn more about their dangerous new foes, as Xander journeys to Transylvania to solicit the only person they've ever known to possess such power: Dracula.
TOYLtpb Time of Your Life #16-20 May 6, 2009
Written by: Joss Whedon and Jeph Loeb Artist: Karl Moline and Eric Wight
Willow and Buffy head to New York City to unlock the secrets of Buffy's mysterious scythe, when something goes terribly awry. Buffy is propelled into a dystopian future where there's only one Slayer -- Fray, the title character of Joss Whedon's 2001 series, the first comic he ever wrote. Their uneasy alliance falls apart, leading to the death of a major character from the TV series, while back in the twenty-first century, the Scotland base falls prey to a mystical bomb courtesy of the Biggest Bad-Twilight.
Pred&PreyTPB Predators and Prey #21-25 September 30, 2009
Written by: various Artist: various
Buffy's world goes awry when former-classmate-turned-vampire Harmony Kendall lands her own reality TV show, Harmony Bites, bolstering bloodsucking fiends in the mainstream. Humans line up to have their blood consumed, and Slayers, through a series of missteps, misfortunes, and anti-Slayer propaganda driven by the mysterious Twilight, are forced into hiding. In Germany, Faith and Giles discover a town where Slayers retreat from a world that has turned against them, only to find themselves in the arms of something far worse. A rogue-Slayer faction displaces an entire Italian village, living up to their tarnished reputation as power-hungry thieves. And finally, with the help of a would-be demon lover, Dawn addresses her unfaltering insecurities.
Buffy6 Retreat #26-30 March 3, 2010
Written by: Jane Espenson and Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Vampires have solid footing at the top of the totem and Slayers have been crushed to the bottom -- in short, no one likes Buffy anymore . . . least of all this season's mysterious Big Bad, Twilight, who is hot on her magical trail! Now that it's the world against Slayers, Buffy must find a way to return the status quo to . . . status quo -- and keep her girls alive long enough to do it! Enter Oz, the only person/werewolf Buffy knows who is down with the suppression of magic, and can take the Slayer army off of Twilight's magic-specific radar. With Oz's assistance, the Slayers and Wiccans try to become "normal" through meditation and hard labor -- although, not everyone sees the advantage of being magicless, namely, Willow, Giles, and Andrew. And they could be right. After all, is a peaceful life for a Slayer even possible?
BuffySeason8V7 Twilight #31-36 October 6, 2010
Written by: Brad Meltzer Artist: Georges Jeanty
Buffy Summers and her Slayer army have suffered heavy losses throughout Season Eight and faced scores of threats new and old, but the one mystery connecting it all has been the identity of the Big Bad-Twilight! In the aftermath of the battle with Twilight's army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies, and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army's recent ordeals. Adding to the mayhem is the unexpected return of Angel!
BuffySeason8TPB8 Last Gleaming #36-40 June 1, 2011
Written by: Joss Whedon and Scott Allie Artist: Georges Jeanty
At long last, the Big Bad stands revealed--Angel is back, and it’s tearing the Scoobies apart, testing the limits of their friendship. But Twilight’s unmasking is only the beginning, and Buffy must still face the ultimate betrayal.

Behind the Scenes

Trivia

  • The series was originally supposed to consist of about 25 issues[2], but eventually expanded to a 40-issue run.
  • The comic series was initially called Season Eight, but from issue #6 onward it was printed on the covers as Joss Whedon's Season Eight.
  • The success of the series has prompted IDW Publishing and Joss Whedon to announce a concurring continuation of the Angel television series, entitled Angel: After the Fall.[3]
  • Fox Home Entertainment produced motion comics based on some of the issues of Season Eight, which were first released on Amazon Video on Demand and iTunes on July 19, 2010, with new motion comics being released every Monday. The DVD of the motion comic series was released January 4, 2011 and included limited edition Jo Chen packaging and a collectible reprint of Dark Horse Comic's first book in the series.[4]


References

  1. Joss Whedon - Season Eight: Part 2
  2. News > Interviews > Interview with Buffy creator Joss Whedon 3/26/07
  3. BRIAN LYNCH ON ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL
  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 DVD Details, ShockTilYouDrop.com, July 24, 2010

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