In My Mailbox (13) / Mailbox Monday (21) – BTVS Edition

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here). This month it is hosted by I’m Booking It.

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

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Welcome to In My Mailbox / Mailbox Monday – Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (or BTVS) edition. Why is it called that way, you ask? Well, because I got some pretty cool goodies from the Buffyverse in the form of…yeh, you guessed it right. Season Eight Comic Books!

All the review copies were provided to me by Dark Horse Comic Books through Netgalley.

Title: BTVS: The Long Way Home (Season 8, Vol. 1)
Authors: Joss Whedon, Andy Owens, Georges Jeanty

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. Buffy creator Joss Whedon brings Buffy back to Dark Horse in this direct follow-up to season seven of the smash-hit TV series. The bestselling and critically acclaimed issues #1-5 are collected here for the first time, as are their covers by Jo Chen and Georges Jeanty.

Title: BTVS: No Future For You (Season 8, Vol. 2)
Authors: Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jeanty

Eisner award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) tackles Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight with “No Future for You.” When a rogue debutant Slayer begins to use her power for evil, Giles is forced to recruit the rebellious Faith, who isn’t exactly known for her good deeds. Giles offers Faith a clean slate if she can stop this snooty Slayer from wreaking total havoc – that is, if Buffy doesn’t beat her to it. Georges Jeanty (The American Way) remains at the top of his game as series artist, and Whedon stays on as “Executive Producer” in this direct follow-up to Season Seven of the smash-hit TV series.

Title: BTVS: Wolves at the Gate (Season 8, Vol. 3)
Authors: Joss Whedon (Productor), Drew Goddard (Illustrator), Georges Jeanty (Author)

Vampires that, at will, can transform into wolves, panthers, insects, or fog invade the Slayer base of operations in northern Scotland, and not only walk away unscathed, but in possession of Buffy’s scythe, the symbol of Slayer power worldwide. Buffy and the Slayer-legion travel to Tokyo in order to learn more about their dangerous new foes, as Xander journeys to Transylvania to solicit the only person they’ve ever known to possess such power – Dracula!

Title: BTVS: Time of Your Life (Season 8, Vol. 4)
Authors: Joss Whedon (Productor), Jeph Loeb (Illustrator), Karl Moline (Author)

Willow and Buffy head to New York City to unlock the secrets of Buffy’s mysterious scythe, when something goes terribly awry. Buffy is propelled into a dystopian future where there’s only one Slayer – Fray, the title character of Joss Whedon’s 2001 series, the first comic he ever wrote. Their uneasy alliance falls apart, leading to the death of a major character from the TV series, while back in the twenty-first century, the Scotland base falls prey to a mystical bomb courtesy of the Biggest Bad – Twilight!

Title: BTVS: Predators and Prey (Season 8, Vol. 5)
Authors: Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Andy Owens, Cliff Richards, Georges Jeanty, Drew Z. Greenberg

Buffy’s world goes awry when former-classmate-turned-vampire Harmony Kendall lands her own reality TV show, Harmony Bites, bolstering bloodsucking fiends in the mainstream. Humans line up to have their blood consumed, and Slayers, through a series of missteps, misfortunes, and anti-Slayer propaganda driven by the mysterious Twilight, are forced into hiding. In Germany, Faith and Giles discover a town where Slayers retreat from a world that has turned against them, only to find themselves in the arms of something far worse. A rogue-Slayer faction displaces an entire Italian village, living up to their tarnished reputation as power-hungry thieves. And finally, with the help of a would-be demon lover, Dawn addresses her unfaltering insecurities.

Title: BTVS: Retreat (Season 8, Vol. 6)
Authors: Jane Espenson (Author), Georges Jeanty (Illustrator), Andy Owens (Contributor), Michelle Madsen (Contributor), Jo Chen (Illustrator), Joss Whedon (Productor)

Buffy Season Eight Volume 6 showcases the first failure of the Slayer legion. Vampires have solid footing at the top of the totem and Slayers have been crushed to the bottom – in short, no one likes Buffy anymore… least of all this season’s mysterious Big Bad, Twilight, who is hot on her magical trail! Now that it’s the world against Slayers, Buffy must find a way to return the status quo to… status quo – and keep her girls alive long enough to do it! Enter Oz, the only person/werewolf Buffy knows who is down with the suppression of magic, and can take the Slayer army off of Twilight’s magic-specific radar. With Oz’s assistance the Slayers and Wiccans try to become “normal” through meditation and hard labor – although, not everyone sees the advantage of being magicless, namely, Willow, Giles, and Andrew. And they could be right; after all, is a peaceful life for a Slayer even possible?

Title: BTVS: Twilight (Season 8, Vol. 7)
Author: Brad Meltzer

Buffy Summers and her Slayer army have suffered heavy losses throughout Season Eight and faced scores of threats new and old, but the one mystery connecting it all has been the identity of the Big Bad Twilight!
In this penultimate volume of Season Eight, New York Times bestselling novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer (The Book of Lies, Identity Crisis) joins series artist Georges Jeanty in beginning the buildup to the season finale in the story line that finally reveals the identity of Twilight! In the aftermath of the battle with Twilight’s army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies, and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army’s recent ordeals. Adding to the mayhem is the unexpected return of Angel, in his Season Eight debut!
This volume also features two stories from series creator and executive producer Joss Whedon! In the Willow one-shot, Whedon and Fray artist Karl Moline reveal for the first time what Buffy’s witchy best friend was up to between Seasons Seven and Eight, with a mind-blowing cameo by a frequently requested character. And in “Turbulence,” Joss spotlights the complicated relationship between Buffy and Xander with a conversation that changes it forever.

Title: BTVS: Last Gleaming (Season 8, Vol. 8 )
Authors: Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline

The Season Finale is here, and Buffy must face the ultimate betrayal! Seems like a perfect time for Spike to come back.

Series creator Joss Whedon writes the final story arc of Buffy Season 8, taking his greatest characters to places only he can! Teamed with series artist Georges Jeanty, Joss reunites the dysfunctional gang of Buffy, Angel, and Spike, in the thick of it together for the first time since Season 3, and gives the Scoobies their gravest challenge ever – defending reality itself from an onslaught of demons. It’s the biggest Buffy finale ever!

You know what this means, right? You feel a Buffy The Vampire Slayer Theme Week coming up? Well, so do I…

So, what did you get in your mailbox this week?

Comments

  1. Seriously, I’ve got all of these in the form of digital galley’s from Netgalley myself, but I’ve also got half of the series in the actual comics themselves too. lol. I need to really catch up or I need to get the trade paperback at some point. The trick is getting through all of my Doctor Who comics and catching up with The Ghost Whisperer and Chuck. lol.

  2. I got this in my mailbox as well! I’ll have to read them online, though, because I have an original nook and not a color!

  3. I need to read these sometime! I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so it’d be interesting to see how they continue the series in graphic novel form. Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

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  4. You know, I have never read a Buffy book or seen it on TV. That is so crazy isn’t it. I hope you enjoy them all.

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