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Buffy Season 9 Reading Order

Black Eye Guy

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I thought it might be handy to get a guide togther of what order to read the comics.
We'll go back and do the other series too. But for now, for Season 9 the reading order seems to be the order they're printed, would I have that correct?

Angel and Faith #1: "Live Through This, Part I"
Buffy season 9 #1: "Freefall, Part I"
Angel and Faith #2: "Live Through This, Part II"
Buffy season 9 #2: "Freefall, Part II"
Angel and Faith #3: "Live Through This, Part III"
Buffy season 9 #3: "Freefall, Part III"
Angel and Faith #4: "Live Through This, Part IV"
Buffy season 9 #4: "Freefall, Part IV"
Angel and Faith #5: "In Perfect Harmony"
Buffy season 9 #5: "Slayer, Interrupted"
Angel and Faith #6: "Daddy Issues, Part I"
Buffy season 9 #6: "On Your Own, Part I"
Angel and Faith #7: "Daddy Issues, Part II"
Buffy season 9 #7: "On Your Own, Part II"
Angel and Faith #8: "Daddy Issues, Part III"
Buffy season 9 #8: "Apart (of Me), Part I"
Angel and Faith #9: "Daddy Issues, Part IV"
Buffy season 9 #9: "Apart (of Me), Part II"
Angel and Faith #10: "Women of a Certain Age"
Buffy season 9 #10: "Apart (of Me), Part III"
Angel and Faith #11: "Family Reunion, Part I"
Buffy season 9 #11: "Guarded, Part I"
Angel and Faith #12: "Family Reunion, Part II"
Buffy season 9 #12: "Guarded, Part II"
Spike: A Dark Place #1
Angel and Faith #13: "Family Reunion, Part III"
Buffy season 9 #13: "Guarded, Part III"
Spike: A Dark Place #2
Angel and Faith #14: "Family Reunion, Part IV"
Buffy season 9 #14: "Billy the Vampire Slayer, Part I"
Spike: A Dark Place #3
Angel and Faith #15: "The Hero of His Own Story"
Willow Wonderland #1
Buffy season 9 #15: "Billy the Vampire Slayer, Part II"
Spike: A Dark Place #4
Angel and Faith #16: "Death and Consequences, Part I"
Willow Wonderland #2
Buffy season 9 #16: "Welcome to the Team, Part I"
Spike: A Dark Place #5
Angel and Faith #17: "Death and Consequences, Part II"
Willow Wonderland #3
Buffy season 9 #17: "Welcome to the Team, Part II"
Angel and Faith #18: "Death and Consequences, Part III"
Willow Wonderland #4
Buffy season 9 #18: "Welcome to the Team, Part III"
Angel and Faith #19: "Death and Consequences, Part IV"
 
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Looks right, though personally I'd read the issues in groups of five, like the trades are published. I think they're easier to follow that way, since you read one full storyline at a time, and not just one issue (comic issues are almost never complete stories, that's just kind of the way the industry works).

Following that, it'd be something like this:

Buffy #1-5
A&F #1-5
Buffy #6-10
A&F #6-10
Buffy #11-15
A&F #11-15
Willow #1-5
Buffy #16-20
Spike #1-5
A&F #16-20
Buffy #21-25
A&F #21-25

Willow and Spike's series would go approximately there -- the only really important thing is that Spike comes after Buffy #10 and before A&F #18, and that Willow comes after A&F #14 and before some Buffy issue that hasn't come out yet. You could switch them in the order I've written up, the only thing that "matters" is what I said before.
 
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Don't forget the "In Space No One Can Hear You Slay" one-shot (from Free Comic Book Day last year), which fits in right after the "Freefall" arc.
 

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Spike: Magical Mystery Tour featuring the Beetles
Buffy #1-5
In Space, No One Can Hear You Slay
A&F #1-5
Buffy #6-10
A&F #6-10
Buffy #11-15
A&F #11-15
Willow #1-5
Buffy #16-20
Spike #1-5
A&F #16-20
Buffy #21-25
A&F #21-25
Spike: Magical Mystery Tour featuring the Beetles
In Space, No One Can Hear You Slay


Willow and Spike's series would go approximately there -- the only really important thing is that Spike comes after Buffy #10 and before A&F #18, and that Willow comes after A&F #14 and before some Buffy issue that hasn't come out yet. You could switch them in the order I've written up, the only thing that "matters" is what I said before.
Agreed. Except you're missing the shorts. Also, there's gonna be a 5-part Drusilla story after everything's gone!!

---------- Post added at 01:42 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:12 AM ----------

EDIT: I meant *done, not *gone.
 

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I always think of the Magical Mystery Tour thing as part of season 8. It happens during season 8, although it was included in the first season 9 trade paperback.

The Drusilla miniseries may or may not ever see the light of day. I think it's supposed to pick up right where her appearance in Angel & Faith leaves off. At least, that's when it was originally supposed to be published.
 
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Well that's a little depressing...

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Agreed. Except you're missing the shorts. Also, there's gonna be a 5-part Drusilla story after everything's gone!!
I actually wasn't aware of those, so I didn't put them in.

This has now gotten even more confusing than it was before :D
Well, reading them in the order they were printed is correct -- I was just saying that I'd read them in a different order so I wouldn't be alternating between one series and the other constantly, especially since each issue isn't a self-contained storyline.
 

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I always think of the Magical Mystery Tour thing as part of season 8. It happens during season 8, although it was included in the first season 9 trade paperback.
I also see it as occuring in S8, but only if I'm doing a complete Buffy run. If someone just wanted to read strictly S9, I think Magical Mystery Tour should fit there, and not in S8, seeing as it had the whole "S9 banner" thing.
 

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Don't forget the "In Space No One Can Hear You Slay" one-shot (from Free Comic Book Day last year), which fits in right after the "Freefall" arc.
Thanks for this information about where to read "In Space No One Can Hear You Slay" I got this at Free Comic Book Day and wasn't sure where to read. I'm only 6 single issues short of completing the set of Season 9 :) Look forward to reading in order!
 

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alright, exactly what i was hoping for! Let the shit storm of S9 commence! At least that's what I keep hearing.

I can't tell you how excited I am for Willow wonderland btw. Sounds really good.
 
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Have you posted a Season 8 review anywhere?

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@The Bronze no, I hadn't thought about that. I suppose I could. There doesn't look like there is much activity in the s8 section, but that could be fun. It would help me clarify some of my thoughts about it too. I'll try and do it then.
 

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@The Bronze no, I hadn't thought about that. I suppose I could. There doesn't look like there is much activity in the s8 section, but that could be fun. It would help me clarify some of my thoughts about it too. I'll try and do it then.
Most of the comic activity is on the season 10 board. I just think it would be good to hear your thoughts while their fresh in your mind. It's been quite a while since I read season 8 and it's probably the same for a lot of others as well.
 

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Yeah, it would also help me organize all my thoughts about it. I have many positive and negative feelings for example on the experience of s8, but I haven't actually set them against each other and compared them and weighed them against each other. Until I do that, I can't say what exactly my final judgment on it is yet. And doing that would also surely bring other interesting things to think about to light for me as well. I'll do it, I just need a little time to devote to it.

I will say as of now I'm inclined to rate it rather lower compared to the other seasons...but that could change. My opinion of some of the other seasons of buffy and angel changed a lot after slow, deliberate, systematic reconsideration. Other BB perspectives also have altered how I judge other seasons too.
 
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I think it would be an amazing achievement to get a comic season above one of the televised ones. I became fonder of Buffy season 4 after the first watch. Think it took a while to adapt to the change of scenery.
 

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What do you guys think of my reading order? I had a few goals in mind, and I think what I came up with will work pretty well when I inevitably reread it.

1. Billy the Vampire Slayer and Love vs. Life are non-canon in my head. They're both awful (and offensive) stories.
2. I wanted to alternate arcs as much as possible. The only one that didn't work out was Death and Consequences->Spike & Faith.
3. I wanted to start and end with Buffy.

  1. -Magical Mystery Tour
  2. BS9: 1-4. Freefall
  3. A&F: 1-4. Live Through This
  4. BS9: 5. Slayer, Interrupted
  5. A&F: 5. In Perfect Harmony
  6. -In Space, No Once Can Hear You Slay
  7. BS9: 6-7. On Your Own
  8. A&F: 6-9. Daddy Issues
  9. BS9: 8-10. Apart (of Me)
  10. A&F: 10. Women of a Certain Age
  11. BS9: 11-13. Guarded
  12. A&F: 11-14. Family Reunion
  13. Willow: 1-5. Wonderland
  14. A&F: 15. The Hero of His Own Story
  15. BS9: 16-19. Welcome to the Team
  16. Spike: 1-5. A Dark Place
  17. A&F. 16-19. Death and Consequences
  18. A&F: 20. Spike & Faith
  19. BS9: 20. The Watcher
  20. A&F: 21-25. What You Want, Not What You Need
  21. BS9: 21-25. The Core
 
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