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Book Cover Image: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon and Georges JeantyTitle: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home

Authors: Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty

Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books):

“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.”

Thoughts: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home is considered to be season eight by creator Joss Whedon and the millions of fans of the show. While it has been out for years, the fact that it was a graphic novel always caused me to shy away from starting the “season”, no matter how much I missed the show. When I saw that Dark Horse Comics was on NetGalley and was offering the entire series to NetGalley participants, I jumped at the chance.

While the story was fun, I felt like the continuity between seasons seven and this new season was missing. There were no summaries to familiarize readers on everything that has passed since she blew up Sunnydale. I struggled to figure out which character was which through the drawings, and often, there were no names to help guide me. Without context and an inability to figure out who was speaking, I floundered understanding what was actually occurring. In addition, it was simply too small on my NookColor. The resizing button did not work with the graphics, and I could not decipher some of the dialogue boxes. In other words, while I finished reading it, I have no idea what occurred throughout the 139 pages of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home.

My disappointment is profound. I was really excited to finally read the series, but I am not going to bother to strain my eyes reading it on my NookColor. To be honest, what little I did understand was not enjoyable enough for me to want to read it on my computer either. I am just not a graphic novel fan. There is something about the genre that does not excite me, even when it involves one of my favorite television shows of all time. The BTVS series remains popular in graphic novel form years after the show went off the air, so I know this is one situation where I am in the minority when it comes to this series and this format. It is unfortunate, but I have resigned myself to staying with the television shows only. You just cannot top the originals.

Thank you to NetGalley for my electronic copy!

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