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Thinking of buying the comics.

telperion66

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Hi everyone,

This goes out to those of you who have read the Buffy/Angel comics.

I really want to read them, but they seem to be quite expensive and would collectively take up quite a lot of space in the little flat I live in.

Would they be worth the purchase?

I love BTVS and AtS. Which comic series should I start with? Which series is better? What is great about the comics that I would enjoy?

Thank you :)
 

katmobile

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I think you can get downloads and they take up less space. As for the good stuff ok Angel after the Fall and the Spike spin off related to the first part. You'll know when you're out of it. The later parts are dubious canon and a bit of a wild ride stretching credulity. Buffy season eight is a bit hit and miss and many bounce off it hard it has some good bits - if still not sure about the first mini-arc but The Chain one off and the Faith mini-arc are good and Anywhere but Here's worth a read. See how you get on with it but if you're struggling skip to the last three issues or just read a plot synopsis on line and skip it entirely. Possibly read Predators and Prey to set up the season nine arc if you're interested or Time of your Life if you care about Frey.
You will want to read Angel series nine he has co-star but that's a little spoilery but it's brilliant...trust me.
Try Buffy nine you may bounce off or want to skip bits - The Watcher and the last arc the Core are good though. Again if you're going to give it a go read it before Angel for the first mini-arc and then at some point before The Watcher read Angel and a spin off to do with that then come back. You will want to read Buffy before completing Angel. Again wiki has a plot synopsis so you can skip bits if you're not having fun.

Then read Angel ten if you want to it's not as good as Angel nine but I think it still has moments and swap it in Buffy ten which you definitely want to read. The crossover points are obvious I'd read the first mini-arc of Buffy, then Angel up to the part Angel goes to Dublin with someone spoilery, then Buffy to the obvious crossover point, then you can read both in any order although I think doing Angel then Buffy's probably the most coherent. I loved Buffy eleven but your mileage may vary give it a go but you can skip it if it's not your bag. Angel eleven is only really worth it for the issue with the clock in the front which has some nice backstory give it a go if you want by any means but don't expect too much.
Season twelve is short but it's ok in my opinion - you may love it, you may hate it. Read Time of Life from season eight before you do though. I hope this helps.
 

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BOOM! are releasing a rebooted BTVS and ATS in comic form, back to High school with the same characters in name and looks, largely, but contemporary setting and changes to group dynamics and character arcs. :)


 
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I tried to read a digital kindle version of the Buffy comic but it was super small text and I couldn't read it very well! Is there anywhere that I could read them where I can actually see what I'm reading?
Here [link removed by staff] but there is weird porno game ads sometimes. You can see the text though.
 
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TriBel

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Hi everyone,

This goes out to those of you who have read the Buffy/Angel comics.

I really want to read them, but they seem to be quite expensive and would collectively take up quite a lot of space in the little flat I live in.

Would they be worth the purchase?

I love BTVS and AtS. Which comic series should I start with? Which series is better? What is great about the comics that I would enjoy?

Thank you :)
Digital's best if you're short of room and it's often cheaper (I've just bought 5 Lucifer collections of 300-400 pages each for £15 (the price of a single print copy). I paid a similar price for BtVS omnibus editions).
I tried to read a digital kindle version of the Buffy comic but it was super small text
Depends what you're reading it on - my ipad allows me to tap and zoom in or stretch out - not sure about Amazon Fire or other tablets. Edit: just checked my Fire and it will show you frame by frame with the Comixology app (not sure about other apps).

Hard copy: the Library Editions are the probably the nicest and easiest way of collecting them. However, they're not all available now.

I'd start with Dark Horse Buffy S8 / Angel 9 (and perhaps the IDW After the Fall series. Their canonicity - or otherwise - is discussed here: Canon). I don't believe in selecting good/bad - they are what they are - I take the rough with the smooth and read through.
 

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The Library editions are beautiful but also enormous . Not ideal if you're short on space . I only have hard copy of Buffy season 8 ...the rest I read online .
 
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Would they be worth the purchase?
To answer this part of the question though, I would have to say no. I'm really not a big fan of the comics at all and I don't consider them canon - however some fans love them. You would probably better trying to read them online first and if you like them you should buy them. I would prefer them more if it wasn't Buffy if you know what I mean, the universe changes really quick. I gave up half way through the Angel comics but I might keep reading them again at some point.
I have issues with the BOOM comics but they are much better - art-wise and I can forgive it's radical changes in the universe because it's an alternate reality.
 

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You see I'm not a fan of alt reality.

Digital's best if you're short of room and it's often cheaper (I've just bought 5 Lucifer collections of 300-400 pages each for £15 (the price of a single print copy). I paid a similar price for BtVS omnibus editions).

Depends what you're reading it on - my ipad allows me to tap and zoom in or stretch out - not sure about Amazon Fire or other tablets. Edit: just checked my Fire and it will show you frame by frame with the Comixology app (not sure about other apps).

Hard copy: the Library Editions are the probably the nicest and easiest way of collecting them. However, they're not all available now.

I'd start with Dark Horse Buffy S8 / Angel 9 (and perhaps the IDW After the Fall series. Their canonicity - or otherwise - is discussed here: Canon). I don't believe in selecting good/bad - they are what they are - I take the rough with the smooth and read through.
I wasn't trying to say thou shalt read these but a few people bounced off season eight and unlike season one it's long and I think the best stuff is in the middle comic seasons past season eight. If someone's getting stuck in season eight then it might be worth recommending skipping to the good stuff.
 

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I discovered the comics only last year and enjoyed them. The Dark Horse comics from seasons 8-12 are canon and can be read for free here: [link removed by staff] I didn't begin them chronologically... I started with S9, read portions of S8, then read S10 & 11 and then went back to finish S8 (which was a bit convoluted) and then read S12 as it was released. I think they're worth reading.
 
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Would they be worth the purchase?
No one's really going to be able to answer that for you. People have had such different reactions to them that you'll only know by trying them. @katmobile has given a fairly similar overview to what I would have said.

Previously I would have said that they were worth it despite the flaws. However a decent chunk of my enjoyment was discussing it on here with everyone and you won't get the same interaction now it's finished.

As for Boom! that makes no sense to me. You'll get the interaction part but it's not the characters you know and love. It's just echoes.
 

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People have drastically different opinions on whether the comics are worthwhile or not. I personally enjoyed them all to one degree or another, especially the first half of season 8, which I think was as good as anything the TV show did. I will say that the quality varied per season based on who was writing.

Seasons 8-12 from Dark Horse are canon, so if you feel a need to know the "complete story" you will want to at least read the summaries.

It's not cheap, though. By my count there were 180 issues of the Dark Horse series, plus the 17 Angel: After the Fall issues from IDW, which are also canon. Buying the collected editions would ultimately be cheaper than buying them digitally one by one, but if you read them gradually rather than binging them it should be financially do-able.

The current series from BOOM Studios is... OK for what it is, which is a non-canon AU reboot of the show. I would probably like it better if they just changed the names and made it an original story... but I already have my Buffy, thanks. I'm following the Buffy comics so far just to have something to talk about, but I haven't read the Angel ones.
 

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People have drastically different opinions on whether the comics are worthwhile or not. I personally enjoyed them all to one degree or another, especially the first half of season 8, which I think was as good as anything the TV show did. I will say that the quality varied per season based on who was writing.

Seasons 8-12 from Dark Horse are canon, so if you feel a need to know the "complete story" you will want to at least read the summaries.

It's not cheap, though. By my count there were 180 issues of the Dark Horse series, plus the 17 Angel: After the Fall issues from IDW, which are also canon. Buying the collected editions would ultimately be cheaper than buying them digitally one by one, but if you read them gradually rather than binging them it should be financially do-able.

The current series from BOOM Studios is... OK for what it is, which is a non-canon AU reboot of the show. I would probably like it better if they just changed the names and made it an original story... but I already have my Buffy, thanks. I'm following the Buffy comics so far just to have something to talk about, but I haven't read the Angel ones.
Pretty much this.
 

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I’m just catching up with the Boom Studios reboot and so far I’m really enjoying it. It’s my first real foray into comic books, and it’s exciting to be back at the beginning with a new take on the Scoobies.
It’s actually what brought me to these boards - looking for people to discuss this new universe as it develops.
 
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