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Discussion in 'Comics' started by Professor Walsh, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Professor Walsh

    Professor Walsh Feminist slayerette

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    Black Thorn
    So, being here and all, I feel a bit like reading Buffyverse comics. Right now, following seasons is not a priority. It takes too much time and costs too much money. What one offs (something collected in one - 1- trade paperback counts as one off) do the BB recommend? (For the record, I have read season 8, some of season 9 and a little Angel&Faith, so I am not entirely green to the comicverse. I've also read quite a bit of Fray, when they first came out.)
     
  2. Puffy

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    Recommend:

    All the Library Editions. Season 8-9 Buffy and Season 9 Angel/Faith. Willow spin offs like Wonderland are also included (in the Library Editions)

    The layout and the background informations are to die for. :)

    Forget the paperbacks. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Bluebird

    Bluebird two by two, hands of blue

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    Black Thorn
    Tales of the Vampires and Tales of the Slayers are really good one-off comics if you haven't read them. Both were collected in a big fancy library edition or you can get them separately in tpb.
     
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    Professor Walsh Feminist slayerette

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    Ooooh. "Fancy library edition". The words alone are enough to make me drool. It will upset my bookshelf system, though.
     
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    AndrewCrossett Satsu Otaku

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    The Ferg Mine is an evil laugh!

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    Hmm... one-offs... Not sure if the Buffyverse is really the right place to look for something like that. Since 2007, they've been pretty focused on long-running "seasons". With that being said, here's a few options:
    Ring of Fire (set in Season 2, written by Doug Petrie)
    Angel: Long Night's Journey (set in Angel S2, written by Whedon)
    Fray
    Tales of the Slayers
    Tales of the Vampires
    Willow: Wonderland (set within Season 9)
    Spike: Asylum
    Spike: Shadow Puppets
    Spike: After The Fall
    Spike (8-issue series)
    Last Angel in Hell (one-shot about a crappy in-universe movie based on Angel's exploits when LA went to hell. Nicholas Cage plays Angel and Spike is misinterpreted as a woman. It's hilarious)

    And finally, I'll add that the entirety of Angel: After The Fall is really fantastic. It's definitely not a one-off story, but it's only 17 issues and 4 trades.
     
    gite63: I only don't like "Last Angel in Hell"...
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    Foxy I am cookie dough!

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    Well, the Willow Wonderland one shot was really great. You don't even need to know the plot of season 9.

    The art is superb and the writing is great. I read it like once a month :D:D:D
     
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    Buffy Summers Yataro Staff Member

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    Ugh, unless you hate Willow, and then it's terrible. :D
     
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    Foxy I am cookie dough!

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    Haha, yea then it's not so much fun!
     
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    Foxy I am cookie dough!

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    BTW: What about the older stuff? The comic series that was set and made while Buffy was still on air. I think there are 8 omnibuses in total, and they are about 20 quid each. The art isn't always the greatest, but the stories are nice. I recently read one about Buffy seeing Pike (from the Kristy Swanson movies); it gave a nice background and tied up some loose ends. I haven't read them all, but there are some really nice stories :D

    If you google buffy omnibus, you can't miss it!
     
    Professor Walsh: Good point, I picked up a cheap Omnibus once and liked it.
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  11. ChaseRules

    ChaseRules When it comes to dating I the Slayer.

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    I agree . And since they written after the show came out it ties more into the series than the movie.
    Plus Buffy looks like Buffy in them :p
     
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    The Ferg Mine is an evil laugh!

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    Although I do think that that stuff is pretty clearly of lower quality than the stuff that's been going on since BS8, a lot of it is quite charming. I've read a fair amount of it and liked most of it for what it is, and I'm currently on the hunt for all 60 issues of the original series so I can read them all in order of release, rather than chronologically, like the Omnibi want you to. Some highlights from what I've read so far are (excluding those previously mentioned in my last post):
    Haunted (written by Jane Espenson, it's set inbetween S3 and 4, and is about the Mayor's ghost)
    The Origin (Although it's really not great, it's miles beyond the movie, and is a nice prelude to the show)
    A Stake to the Heart (set before S1 as well, and the premise is awesome. Angel feels bad for Buffy because of the divorce, so he decides to use a spell to quell her emotions and things obviously go awry, specifically by messing with a different emotion each issue. The covers are a real highlight with this one)
    Omnibus Vol. 1 (The Origin, Viva Las Buffy, and Slayer, Interrupted) + A Stake to the Heart (I just love reading this as a sort of Season 0 when I do my annual Buffy/Whedon marathon. I personally consider it canon)
    IDW's Auld Lang Syne (this is easily the highlight of IDW's Angel pre-AtF. It's legitimately an interesting Spike vs. Angel type of story and although I'm having trouble remembering exactly how the story went, I remember really loving it)

    I thought it was stupid the first time I read it, but after reading through all of IDW's stuff, it really is a nice change of pace from all the grimdark uberseriousness.
     
    Foxy: I have quite some single issues as well for the same reason :)
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  13. Foxy

    Foxy I am cookie dough!

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    ChaseRules When it comes to dating I the Slayer.

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    Thanks for the tip on the comics :D
     
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    Yeah, this is a good story. In the same volume (Angel Omnibus 1) there are also

    The Curse (Angel in Romenia, gypsies, soul)
    Old Friends (Angel, Spike and Gunn dealing with evil selves)
    Spotlight - individual stories with lllyria, Gunn, Wesley, Doyle and Connor
    --- Double Post Merged, Mar 31, 2016 ---
    There are some stories that tell what happened between seasons or give explanation about some issues, like The Death of Buffy (the Scoobies and Spike dealing with the Hellmouth in the Summer Buffy was dead) and how Giles comes to be Buffy's Watcher, for instance. BtVS omnibus collection has 7 volumes, ordered by Seasons.
    --- Double Post Merged, Mar 31, 2016 ---
    The one with Pike is Viva Las Buffy!

    BtVS 1

    • All's Fair (Spike and Dru)
    • Buffy: The Origin
    • Viva Las Buffy!
    • Dawn & Hoopy the Bear
    • Slayer, Interrupted
    BtVS 2
    • Angels We Have Seen on High
    • A Stake to the Heart
    • MacGuffins
    • Queen of Hearts (Spike and Dru)
    • Ring of Fire
    • Paint the Town Red (Spike and Dru)
    • The Dust Waltz
    BtVS 3
    • Wu-Tang Fang
    • Halloween
    • Cold Turkey
    • Dance With Me
    • White Christmas
    • Happy New Year
    • New Kid on the Block
    • Food Chain Part I
    • Play With Fire
    • Food Chain Part II
    • The Final Cut
    • The Latest Craze
    BtVS 4
    • Bad Blood
    • Hello Moon
    • Cursed
    • Dead Love
    • Stinger
    • Mall Rats
    • Who Made Who? (Spike and Dru)
    • The Hollower (Angel)
    • Graduation Day
    BtVS 5
    • Haunted
    • Take Back the Night
    • Killing Time
    • The Blood of Carthage
    • The Heart of the Slayer
    • Cemetery of Lost Love
    • Oz
    BtVS 6
    • City of Despair
    • Jonathan - Codename: Comrade
    • Giles: Beyond the Pale
    • One Small Promise
    • Punish me With Kisses
    • Past Lives
    • Out of the Woodwork
    • Willow & Tara
    • Wannablessedbe
    • Demonology
    • False Memories (Dawn)
    BtVS 7

    Ugly Little Monsters
    • Night of a Thousand Vampires
    • Ugly Little Monsters
    • Chaos Bleeds
    The Death of Buffy
    • Lost & Found
    • Spike in Rock'n'roll All Night and Sleep Every Day
    • Willow & Tara: Wilderness
    • The Death of Buffy
    • Reunion
    • Withdrawal
    • Note From the Underground
    --- Double Post Merged, Mar 31, 2016 ---
    Angel Omnibus 1
    • The Curse
    • Old Friends
    • Spotlight
    • Auld Lang Syne
    Angel Omnibus 2
    • Smile Time
    • A Hole in the World
    • Unacceptable Losses
    • Barbary Coast
    • Only Human
    • Not Fade Away
    Spike Omnibus (soulled Spike only)
    • Old Times (Cecily/Halfrek)
    • Old Wounds (Fred)
    • Lost and Found (Ring of Amarra, Angel and Harmony)
    • Spike vs. Dracula (incorporeal Spike)
    • Asylum (Betta George the floating fish, Beck, Lorne)
    • Shadow Puppets (Spike, Lorne and Beck in Japan)
     
    Foxy: Thanks!
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    Wait - what?!
     
  17. ChaseRules

    ChaseRules When it comes to dating I the Slayer.

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    Who could hate Willow. Even Spike liked her at first :)
     
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    SpikeRules Still kicking it with Buffy

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    What Puffy said. Forget the tpbs. Unless you really, absolutely can not wait for the LE's to come out.
     
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    ChaseRules When it comes to dating I the Slayer.

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    I think I wait for the LE's.
     
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    Looking at the state of my Uni work just now, I shall wait a long while before buying any more comics.