60 Days of Halloween continued this morning with the comic book series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. The comic is a continuation of the Buffy TV show and picks up shortly after the events of the Season 7 TV finale, Chosen.

I class myself as a big fan of Buffy, yet until today I’d never read any of the comics set after the show finished airing. I’d always planned to, but as the series was an ongoing publication (Season 9, 10 etc), I figured I’d get to it eventually – possibly when the book reached its definitive conclusion.

Last month, Dark Horse Comics’ run on Buffy comics reached its end with the four-part Buffy Season 12 – the final set of comics to be published by Dark Horse. It was at this point that I decided as part of this year’s Halloween marathon I would begin Season 8 and work my way through all the stories published since 2007.

Obviously I can’t read Buffy Seasons 8 – 12 in one day, so over the coming weeks I will continue reading the comic until I complete my journey. From what I’ve read so far, I’m absolutely LOVING this comic!

Season 8 is written very much in the style of the TV show – the same type of humour, the same approach to storytelling and the same sense of arc building. Reading this comic is as good as watching the show – a rarity for a comic book tie-in.

Buffy 8

Image: ©Dark Horse Comics

Back during the late ’90s/early ’00s, when Buffy originally aired, I read the comics which Dark Horse Comics published to accompany the show. These comics were published as the show aired and were very hit and miss, mostly because the content couldn’t match what was being shown on screen.

As a TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was ever evolving with characters coming and going and story lines constantly taking the programme off in new directions. As such, the comics struggled to keep up with events and often fell flat.

Earlier this year I re-read those early comics and while some of the stories are fun and the comic DID eventually find its groove, the majority are fairly poor. The old comics struggled to fit comfortably within the time period of the show and as such are now only recommended for completists and the curious only.

As Season 8 is set after the show, the comic has the freedom to explore new territory without having to compete with the series. It can build upon existing continuity and highlight some of the more fantastical elements of the property, without the fear of budget restrictions and that makes for a more enjoyable read.

If, like me, you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but you’ve never read Buffy Season 8 then I implore you to give this series a go – you won’t regret it. Yes, even if you’re not a big comic book reader.

Buffy Season 8 is the perfect example of how to respect and elevate a property. While some may dismiss the comics as less important than the show that spawned them, I’d argue that from what I’ve read so far this couldn’t be further from the truth.

This comic kicks ass!

Right, I’m off to read a little more.

60 Days of Halloween continues tomorrow…