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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 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. * The first two volumes of Buffy Season Eight have combined to sell over 160,000 copies! * Includes the highly anticipated Buffy/Fray crossover, "Time of Your Life," and "After These Messages . . . We'll Be Right Back," written by Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween). * Collecting issue #16-20 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series.


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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 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. * The first two volumes of Buffy Season Eight have combined to sell over 160,000 copies! * Includes the highly anticipated Buffy/Fray crossover, "Time of Your Life," and "After These Messages . . . We'll Be Right Back," written by Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween). * Collecting issue #16-20 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series.

30 review for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of Your Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    Kennedy is back! Yeah. This is centered on time traveling and I hate when shows start messing with time. It is usually bad writing and does little for the plot. Buffy jumps to the future and has to fight more slayers and people wanting to kill her. Whatever. It's an ok issue, but I didn't care for this bit of the story. I do like the last issue where she wakes up in season one and is living her life. She realizes it's easier a little than before and it's still not easy. She sees her mom again and Kennedy is back! Yeah. This is centered on time traveling and I hate when shows start messing with time. It is usually bad writing and does little for the plot. Buffy jumps to the future and has to fight more slayers and people wanting to kill her. Whatever. It's an ok issue, but I didn't care for this bit of the story. I do like the last issue where she wakes up in season one and is living her life. She realizes it's easier a little than before and it's still not easy. She sees her mom again and that is good. It is fun to remember just how good those 1st 3 years are in Buffy. I mean that was some good TV. I would love to have time to watch them over again. The issue is a cartoon and she wakes up back in her stinky clothes with the weight of the world on her shoulders once again. It's a nice little dream/flashback. The writing is amazing, I just didn't like the direction they chose to go in. I hope the next volume is better. I have it on the way. 'You drive like a spaz, Summers' - still love that line. Anyone remember the sing-along they did of 'Once more with feeling' where they took it to movie houses. That was a great evening. It's too bad they shut that down. The studio could have made a lot of money on a yearly basis with that. Plus the trivia was fun. I was part of a Buffy Meet-up group and they knew all the good trivia questions. It was awesome. They even play Coin operated boy that a fan put together before hand. It was awesome. They should do that again. Yeah, Buffy fan Love.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Cavanillas

    2.5 stars actually. But I’m rounding up because even if disappointing, it wasn’t bad. Not near. But I’m so excited reading this series that I was expecting bright fireworks and I got an amateur bonfire with little sparks here and there. The ironic thing of all this it’s that this volume is about one of my favorite things ever: time travel and some things are super interesting. BUT it felt rushed and for that reason it wasn’t enough, I needed more because something was missing and the essence of 2.5 stars actually. But I’m rounding up because even if disappointing, it wasn’t bad. Not near. But I’m so excited reading this series that I was expecting bright fireworks and I got an amateur bonfire with little sparks here and there. The ironic thing of all this it’s that this volume is about one of my favorite things ever: time travel and some things are super interesting. BUT it felt rushed and for that reason it wasn’t enough, I needed more because something was missing and the essence of Buffy was pretty lost. Good setting, appealing approach but sadly, not up to my expectations. They touch a lot of things and trying to explain everything is difficult. If you have that many plots or factions open you can’t keep adding more fuel to the fire because it makes the whole thing confusing and unnerving. I need some explanation about what I’ve just read. Don’t leave me hanging this way please, tell me why. Careful, spoilers ahead, so read it at your own risk The best? Drum rolls are required please: Dark Willow could be back and with a really cool name: The Black Hope The worst? Mostly Dawn and her ridiculous situation. The only thing saving her from my anger is that she’s with Xander most of the time and he’s still hilarious. So, yes, Read it! because it’s vital to be able to keep going with the series since revelations are made and also, who knows? Maybe you love it. I’m waiting for my hubby to read it and tell me what he thinks because it could be just me and my necessity of great humor and great old Buffy stuff. Reviews for Book Lovers

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    The only reason I'm giving this 2 stars is because I love Moline (apparently most people don't? How can you not like Karl Moline's work? It's so bright and pretty!) and I love Melaka. If the volume didn't have those 2 elements, I'd give this zero stars. It was that bad. As a whole though, this story made no sense. I DID NOT GET IT. (view spoiler)[ So at some point Willow went dark again and becomes immortal. Then brings Buffy to the future to either kill her or to fight Melaka? I don't understan The only reason I'm giving this 2 stars is because I love Moline (apparently most people don't? How can you not like Karl Moline's work? It's so bright and pretty!) and I love Melaka. If the volume didn't have those 2 elements, I'd give this zero stars. It was that bad. As a whole though, this story made no sense. I DID NOT GET IT. (view spoiler)[ So at some point Willow went dark again and becomes immortal. Then brings Buffy to the future to either kill her or to fight Melaka? I don't understand. She wanted Melaka and Buffy to fight and one of them to kill the other or she wanted to Buffy to kill her (Willow)? I am so lost. Where's the why to all of this. I have no clue what I just read because the volume just ends (there's another comic after the story finishes, but it's a tribute to Loeb and not related to the rest of the book). (hide spoiler)] This volume was set to be my favorite, but the story telling was really convoluted and confused the crap out of me. Super, super disappointed. Off to google to see if someone on the internet can explain to me what I just read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    Well, Buffy time-travels... a big-bad we have seen before is the big bad in the future... a huge deal happens... Also we meet the last living slayer in that time: ...and she doesn't really know Buffy all that well either. She was pretty upset there were no books about her in the future. Come on Buffy, you were famous for your time. Anyway, I loved this volume. It reminded me a lot of the later seasons of Buffy plus a little Doctor Who. Well, Buffy time-travels... a big-bad we have seen before is the big bad in the future... a huge deal happens... Also we meet the last living slayer in that time: ...and she doesn't really know Buffy all that well either. She was pretty upset there were no books about her in the future. Come on Buffy, you were famous for your time. Anyway, I loved this volume. It reminded me a lot of the later seasons of Buffy plus a little Doctor Who.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Du4

    I may need to reread this volume again to see if I missed something, but it seems to me that Whedon totally dropped the ball on this episode of BUFFY SEASON 8. What should have been an awesome story -- Buffy's crossover into the world of Whedon's first comic work, FRAY -- is poorly executed, poorly explained, and nonsensical plotwise. The overall goal of the story seems to show a dark future for Willow and a foreboding sense that the Slayer Army will ultimately fade away. But there's no tension I may need to reread this volume again to see if I missed something, but it seems to me that Whedon totally dropped the ball on this episode of BUFFY SEASON 8. What should have been an awesome story -- Buffy's crossover into the world of Whedon's first comic work, FRAY -- is poorly executed, poorly explained, and nonsensical plotwise. The overall goal of the story seems to show a dark future for Willow and a foreboding sense that the Slayer Army will ultimately fade away. But there's no tension in this. I could have done with much more interaction between Buffy and Fray. There was a host of additional story opportunities Whedon could have taken, and I'm stupefied why he took this particular one. Maybe it will become more apparent as the season unfolds, but this is definitely NOT up to the standards set on this series by BUFFY writers Jane Espenson and Drew Goddard. The backup "B-story" of an attack on the Slayer castle unfolds with some trademark Whedon humor and a slight progression of the Twilight story, but it suffers from problems with the art. There is a reveal of a particular character who is some double agent servant of Twilight's, but because of the art I can't tell who it is. Is it supposed to be Riley? Andrew? Somebody else? I dunno. Which is a shame, because most of Moline's and Jeanty's art through the rest of the volume is top-notch. The volume caps out with a fun "dream story" by Jeph Loeb that takes on the flavor of the aborted BUFFY animated series. In fun animated series art from Jeanty, Buffy relives her "Year One" life (this time cleverly populated by retconned Dawn). It's a lot of fun revisiting this period in Buffy's life, particularly in the cartoony art. I wouldn't mind reading more of such fare if they were able to continue the quality.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    Color me stupid, but I just realized while reading this fourth volume that the evil group Buffy has been facing in the comics is called 'Twilight'. Hee.... Since Stephanie Meyer shamelessly ripped off countless ideas and concepts from Joss Whedon, I gotta assume that the man is taking a not-so subtle dig at She-Who-Writes-Sparkly-Vampires. Whedon has been continuing the adventures of Buffy and her friends from where the finale of the series left off. And while it's been interesting, Whedon's comic Color me stupid, but I just realized while reading this fourth volume that the evil group Buffy has been facing in the comics is called 'Twilight'. Hee.... Since Stephanie Meyer shamelessly ripped off countless ideas and concepts from Joss Whedon, I gotta assume that the man is taking a not-so subtle dig at She-Who-Writes-Sparkly-Vampires. Whedon has been continuing the adventures of Buffy and her friends from where the finale of the series left off. And while it's been interesting, Whedon's comic writing just doesn't grab me the way that his TV work did. I often find his stuff confusing on the page, and if you haven't read the Fray collection he did about a slayer in the future, don't even try to read this one or you'll be even more lost.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I'm very sad to say that it sucked. Just sucked. I waited a long time for this and was really excited for it. I enjoyed the first 3 volumes of the series. But I spent the vast majority of this book being completely confused. I'm sure that if I had read the Fray stories it would have made a bit more sense. As it was, it wasn't until I looked at the back cover that I realized that this was a crossover between the 2 series. Which might have been cool as a stand-alone story, but as the last quarter I'm very sad to say that it sucked. Just sucked. I waited a long time for this and was really excited for it. I enjoyed the first 3 volumes of the series. But I spent the vast majority of this book being completely confused. I'm sure that if I had read the Fray stories it would have made a bit more sense. As it was, it wasn't until I looked at the back cover that I realized that this was a crossover between the 2 series. Which might have been cool as a stand-alone story, but as the last quarter of Season 8 just, well, sucked. None of the previous plot lines were wrapped up. Tons of new and weird mythological and newly created creatures where thrown in, not just from Fray at all, but weren't explained or supported, it was just for the heck of it. There were no emotional moments or pulled-heartstrings. Yes, lots of Buffy and Willow slang, but without the depth or character of the other books in this series or the show. The only thing I liked was Dawn's new transformation, just because it was pretty. But it also made no sense and didn't add to the story. Plus, Willow's drawing was awful. I wouldn't have recognized her in the first section if it weren't for her hair color. The Buffy and Xander images were good though. Overall, seriously, it sucked. So disappointed. Update: I thought this was the last volume in the series. Finding out that there are 2 more upgraded my opinion to a 2.5. At least it's a detour and not the final installment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Çavlan

    I'm not a fan of the main storyline, but the last issue (with the back-to-the-sophmore-year dream squence and cute cartoony art style) was just adorable. It made me realize how much i missed first few seasons of the show! I'm not a fan of the main storyline, but the last issue (with the back-to-the-sophmore-year dream squence and cute cartoony art style) was just adorable. It made me realize how much i missed first few seasons of the show!

  9. 5 out of 5

    CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    The action in this one was the best! Time travel! Evil Willow! Dawn's a centaur! Moral complexity! A flashback to high school! A great nod to one of my favourite episodes Band Candy! But damnit could Kennedy be more annoying? When is Willow going to dump her?? The action in this one was the best! Time travel! Evil Willow! Dawn's a centaur! Moral complexity! A flashback to high school! A great nod to one of my favourite episodes Band Candy! But damnit could Kennedy be more annoying? When is Willow going to dump her??

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    $5 to anyone who can explain the plot of this one to me, thanks.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    This was very interesting. We got to see Dark Willow again when Buffy traveled to the future.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

    These "Season Eight" trade paperbacks/episodes are entertaining and capture a little of the old feel of the series, but so far they've all been good but not great. In book four, Buffy goes to the future and meets Fray, the sole surviving Slayer. In the grand tradition of every time traveling superhero comic book story ever, the two of them have to fight each other. Also, we meet Dark Willow (again). Normally I'd say this entire subplot seemed a little bit pointless, though entertaining, but Whed These "Season Eight" trade paperbacks/episodes are entertaining and capture a little of the old feel of the series, but so far they've all been good but not great. In book four, Buffy goes to the future and meets Fray, the sole surviving Slayer. In the grand tradition of every time traveling superhero comic book story ever, the two of them have to fight each other. Also, we meet Dark Willow (again). Normally I'd say this entire subplot seemed a little bit pointless, though entertaining, but Whedon is good at making small details that seemed insignificant at the time important later. Likewise the story at the end where Buffy has a dream in which she time travels backwards and gets to relive her simpler Sunnydale days with the Scoobies -- is it just an interlude, or will this dream also have significance later? The only real advancement in the main Twilight (yes, Whedon, you were so clever giving the Big Bad of Season Eight that name) plot is the reappearance of Amy and Warren, most annoying Buffy villains ever. Props for the image of launching a magical V-1 rocket at a Scottish castle full of Slayers and witches (once again, pure crack for the storyteller no longer constrained by a special effects budget), and turning Dawn into a centaur was good for endless one-liners, but this is about the point in the season where the plot should begin moving in the direction of the finale.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    What in the world is going on with Buffy Summers? I don't know what is going on, but this story was extremely disjointed and strange. There were some funny parts I'll admit. Once again we see a character not grieving for someone they really care about who has died. Once again we have time traveling that doesn't really effect the story. Once again we have Xander and Dawn sharing dirty jokes and making me feel extremely uncomfortable. Just a bunch of redone stories that don't excite me reworked he What in the world is going on with Buffy Summers? I don't know what is going on, but this story was extremely disjointed and strange. There were some funny parts I'll admit. Once again we see a character not grieving for someone they really care about who has died. Once again we have time traveling that doesn't really effect the story. Once again we have Xander and Dawn sharing dirty jokes and making me feel extremely uncomfortable. Just a bunch of redone stories that don't excite me reworked here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    This one left me with my jaw hitting the floor (even though I kind of saw coming who was the scheming bastard). I am still very surprised and WANT ALL THE ANSWERS (which I guess I will get once I pick up Fray... which I am definitely going to do.) Joss Whedon will make a comic book reader out of me yet!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gonzalo Urrutia

    So much wasted potential in this story! Yet another plot killed by time-travel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Don

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Joss and Co. take a slight break from their main storyline for a trip through time so Buffy can meet Melaka Fray. Sadly, Fray never really did it for me so I was kind of "meh" about that story. Also, Whedon does a lousy job of introducing readers to the Fray universe so if you don't know who who's you might want to pick up Fray, the comic (which was the idea, I'm sure). Personally, I'd see if you can find it in the library. Like I said, I didn't think it was that good. Twilight (the villain, not Joss and Co. take a slight break from their main storyline for a trip through time so Buffy can meet Melaka Fray. Sadly, Fray never really did it for me so I was kind of "meh" about that story. Also, Whedon does a lousy job of introducing readers to the Fray universe so if you don't know who who's you might want to pick up Fray, the comic (which was the idea, I'm sure). Personally, I'd see if you can find it in the library. Like I said, I didn't think it was that good. Twilight (the villain, not the teenage-girl porn) does appear a couple times with Warren and Amy, though. And there is some villainy as they attack Buffy's people. Also, a new, third cohort appears. Sadly, I don't know who that is. The artwork didn't look like any character I recognized and he isn't named. I think it's supposed to be Andrew, but I'm not sure and I don't want to read any spoilers that might have already appeared in the single issues. (Edit: Reading other reviews, it's supposed to be Riley.) The second story is based on designs for the un-produced Buffy animated series. It's basically Buffy missing the good ol' days, then realizing the present isn't so bad, either. Throw in some sentimental moments where Buffy gets to see her mom again and there you go. Anyway, if you enjoyed Fray, you'll probably enjoy this as well. If you didn't enjoy Fray, well...the stuff with Xander and Dawn was cool.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    In all reality, this story is three stars. But MELAKA FRAY AND THE FUTURE ARE BACK AND BADDER THAN EVER AND THAT MEANS FUCK YES. I really didn't think I'd ever see Melaka in another comic. So I'm more than thrilled that Moline came back to add her into another story arc. And let me say, it was done really, really well. But I don't want to spoil a lot of things, so here's my list of things to look forward to in this volume: -Melaka and her whole world once again prove to be amazing. Harth is still In all reality, this story is three stars. But MELAKA FRAY AND THE FUTURE ARE BACK AND BADDER THAN EVER AND THAT MEANS FUCK YES. I really didn't think I'd ever see Melaka in another comic. So I'm more than thrilled that Moline came back to add her into another story arc. And let me say, it was done really, really well. But I don't want to spoil a lot of things, so here's my list of things to look forward to in this volume: -Melaka and her whole world once again prove to be amazing. Harth is still way evil. Gunther is still a creepy fish-man. And the future is still riddled with lurks while Melaka continues to kick ass. -Dawn is a centaur! Wahoo! - Evil Willow is all eeeeevil again. -Xander is a man's man and is dealing with the death of Renee in the best possible way. -Buffy drives a flying car and it's pretty superb. -More heartbreaking moments ensue. -You also get a short story at the end that is super hilarious, cute, and flashbacky. So great. Parts I didn't like? Kennedy acting like Buffy is hot for Willow's ass. What the fuck is wrong with that girl? I never liked her very much. But once again, maybe that's because Willow has a track record for amazing lovers, and Kennedy is just a bitch. Other than that, the time jumping was done really well and I enjoyed seeing the forest come to the rescue of the Slayers. This was an enjoyable read. I'm sad I have to wait for the next volume.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed the Fray/Buffy crossover, but at the end I felt a little unsatisfied...too many new questions posed and no questions yet answered. We still have Twilight, Snake Lady, Warren (who shouldn't be) and now add more Snake Lady and Willow going evil at some time, living for centuries only to have Buffy kill her! And will Buffy's knowledge be what makes Willow this way or will she now be able to stop it!?! And Riley! WTF! Not to mention she felt she had to hide it. Also Buffy totally de I really enjoyed the Fray/Buffy crossover, but at the end I felt a little unsatisfied...too many new questions posed and no questions yet answered. We still have Twilight, Snake Lady, Warren (who shouldn't be) and now add more Snake Lady and Willow going evil at some time, living for centuries only to have Buffy kill her! And will Buffy's knowledge be what makes Willow this way or will she now be able to stop it!?! And Riley! WTF! Not to mention she felt she had to hide it. Also Buffy totally destroyed Fray's ax. I didn't really like the one shot at the end, "After These Messages," it felt too contrived to be a nostalgic look back at the old Scoobie gang with knowing asides to the future combined with a way of finally using all the work on that cartoon they were going to do but never was. Also a bit high-handed with the Angel conversation about telling someone their future, Willow (hem hem).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Space

    I loved the Buffy tv show, it might be my favorite series of all time. What made the show so amazing though was NOT the vampires or supernatural plots, it was instead the growth and depth of the characters and their quirky relationships with each other in that context. The problem with Season 8 is that NONE of that translates to the comic book form. The comics focus mostly on huge epic monster battles and shallow or sensational "gotcha moments" with very little in the way of real or convincing c I loved the Buffy tv show, it might be my favorite series of all time. What made the show so amazing though was NOT the vampires or supernatural plots, it was instead the growth and depth of the characters and their quirky relationships with each other in that context. The problem with Season 8 is that NONE of that translates to the comic book form. The comics focus mostly on huge epic monster battles and shallow or sensational "gotcha moments" with very little in the way of real or convincing character development.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    3.5, but lowering to 3 stars after consideration -- I enjoyed this volume more than I expected to, considering my relative unfamiliarity with Fray, but I think it could have been a more exciting story had it been spread across multiple volumes. Generally, the storyline is on the rushed and choppy side, and I'm beginning to worry that the pace won't ever slow. Action is great, but I want more space for character development -- after all, we all rejoined the Buffyverse because we missed the characte 3.5, but lowering to 3 stars after consideration -- I enjoyed this volume more than I expected to, considering my relative unfamiliarity with Fray, but I think it could have been a more exciting story had it been spread across multiple volumes. Generally, the storyline is on the rushed and choppy side, and I'm beginning to worry that the pace won't ever slow. Action is great, but I want more space for character development -- after all, we all rejoined the Buffyverse because we missed the characters first and foremost. I did dig the return of a (much-maligned) character from Buffy's past, and I'm excited to see where he ends up. I wasn't one of his haters, so I'm hoping that his role in the plot is presented with care. I actually liked where they left his story in the show, and I have no desire to see him brought low for nothing more than vindication for his past actions. I also much prefer centaur-Dawn to giant-Dawn, but honestly, I'm looking forward to regular-Dawn. It feels like we're losing insight into who she is as a person now because the gimmick overshadows everything.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Helena (helinabooks)

    Actual rating: 3.5. I don't have much to say about this one. It was entertaining and I'm really intrigued about what happened in the future. I also liked that last issue where Buffy dreamt she was back in season 1 and had a vintage artstyle. It didn't add anything to the story, sure, but it was funny and nostalgic. But, overall, it was kinda... meh and a bit rushed. Actual rating: 3.5. I don't have much to say about this one. It was entertaining and I'm really intrigued about what happened in the future. I also liked that last issue where Buffy dreamt she was back in season 1 and had a vintage artstyle. It didn't add anything to the story, sure, but it was funny and nostalgic. But, overall, it was kinda... meh and a bit rushed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    So glad I started reading these. Still searching for an affordable copy of volume 8...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa M

    Favorite Quotes: Melaka Fray, “I fig we stake some lush haunt, lurks come out, we skin 'em for stories. Yeah?” Buffy, “Does any part of that sentence involve me beating something up?” Tree person-thing, “Let us show these abominations the forest's rage!” Xander, “Followed quickly by the forest's denial, bargaining, and then short, painful acceptance.” I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as the previous three. I can't connect to a lot of shows or books that jump into the near future (flying car Favorite Quotes: Melaka Fray, “I fig we stake some lush haunt, lurks come out, we skin 'em for stories. Yeah?” Buffy, “Does any part of that sentence involve me beating something up?” Tree person-thing, “Let us show these abominations the forest's rage!” Xander, “Followed quickly by the forest's denial, bargaining, and then short, painful acceptance.” I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as the previous three. I can't connect to a lot of shows or books that jump into the near future (flying cars and all, but no spaceships). They seem a bit cheesy and it's been done before. But the events here will resound into future books. Right after finishing it, I really didn't understand why the main antagonist did what she did. After some thought, I figured it out … I think. If I'm right, there will definitely be consequences. Pros - The 'future speak' was different enough from our current speech that I could believe they were in a different time, but still understand what they said. Whether language/slang will change that much in one hundred years, I don't know. But it's an overlooked detail many books/shows forget when doing a 'future' episode. People will talk different in one hundred years. It added an extra touch of believability to those scenes. As with the previous Buffy Season 8 graphic novels, the humor and art were amazing. I keep saying that every time I review one of these. But really, it's true. I feel like I'm watching another episode on TV. Cons - I did have one problem with the artwork. One of the future characters looks a lot like Buffy, and it was a bit confusing (especially when she's first introduced, and we don't know who she is). When they're in the same scenes, they're dressed different and Buffy's hair is a wee bit shorter, so I could tell them apart. But they're just a little too similar looking. Some of the speech squares (where there was dialog in a box, but the speaker's not in sight) were confusing, and I had to go back and figure out who was speaking. The worst incident happened when the internal dialog boxes switched suddenly between Buffy and the future slayer, Fray. The color of the box changed, which is usually an indicator of a new narrator, but it was similar enough that I didn't notice. For several frames, I thought Buffy was still 'thinking,' but her comments made no sense for her character. Eventually I caught on, but it ruined the flow of the story until I did. This graphic novel is probably necessary for the continuing story arc, but it's not as good as the past ones. I think fans of the series should read this, but it doesn't do the series justice for a first time reader (in fact, it'll be very confusing). I recieved this book as a free Advanced Reader's Copy from NetGalley. Follow my reviews at Urban Fantasies Read and Reviewed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    The_Mad_Swede

    This fourth volume of Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic collects # 16–20 of the title and returns to four issue story arc plus a single issue story format. It also sees the return of Whedon himself on the writing on the four issue arc (i.e. The Time of Your Life) in collaboration with Karl Moline, with whom he apparently did the Fray: Future Slayer mini series (which I, unfortunately haven't read). The story is good and offers a crossover with the aforementioned Fray. But once This fourth volume of Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic collects # 16–20 of the title and returns to four issue story arc plus a single issue story format. It also sees the return of Whedon himself on the writing on the four issue arc (i.e. The Time of Your Life) in collaboration with Karl Moline, with whom he apparently did the Fray: Future Slayer mini series (which I, unfortunately haven't read). The story is good and offers a crossover with the aforementioned Fray. But once again (see my review of volume one), the story falls short on occasion in the art department. Moline manages to draw Melaka Fray's sister in a manner which is looking pretty much the same as the way he draws Buffy. This lead to a significant problem in my reading issue/chapter two as the opening features Fray and someone who, while differently dressed from Buffy, nevertheless looks like her. And since the captions or dialogue doesn't really spell out that this isn't Buffy (and I, as stated, haven't read Fray: Future Slayer), I consequently read most of this issue/chapter as if this character was Buffy, as if the story had jumped ahead, and I was eagerly waiting for a flash back to see how they ended up together... only when the "flash back" scene arrived it didn't read as a flash back scene and I had to go back, still not making much sense of it until I read ahead and noticed that the girl in a red body stocking kinda thing and Buffy, still in her dress, meet and the former is referred to as Fray's sister. Still, this is a little bit too late in the game for that and it is very confusing as written. I hope you will have an easier time knowing this when going in (if you haven't already read it), but still think Whedon need to take a look at this problem. It's not even that I by default require that the characters are the spitting photorealistic image of the actors (though good likenesses certainly don't hurt), but for goodness sake: make the characters visually distinctive (and not just by uniform, thank you). Still, Time of Your Life is a good Buffy story and it offers further insights into this season's über plot: that concerning Twilight (no not the vampire books and films series). The volume ends with the single issue story "After These Messages ... We'll Be Right Back", written by Jeph Loeb and with Georges Jeanty back on pencils. It is an aftermath issue to the main arc of the volume and a long dream sequence providing us with some old time Buffy and the Scoobies action; a comparison of what has gone before to what is going down in the present. All in all, despite its problem in issue 17, this volume tells good Buffy stories and I'm staying with the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Good thing I took the advice of others and read Fray before jumping in to it. So, advice for new readers, read Frey! So what's it about? Well buffy and crew are trying to hunt down some mystical blah blah, you know same old, but Willow by accident sends Buffy in to the future. Wait? Is it? Or is it all planned! With getting deeper understanding of Frey's world, on top of what may happen to Willow in the future, new enemies coming out, and old ones plotting, everything is getting bigger and grand Good thing I took the advice of others and read Fray before jumping in to it. So, advice for new readers, read Frey! So what's it about? Well buffy and crew are trying to hunt down some mystical blah blah, you know same old, but Willow by accident sends Buffy in to the future. Wait? Is it? Or is it all planned! With getting deeper understanding of Frey's world, on top of what may happen to Willow in the future, new enemies coming out, and old ones plotting, everything is getting bigger and grander. Oh and Dawn is half horse now. Good: Love the heck out of Frey and Buffy meeting. Two girls, two slayers, so different, yet so alike in some ways. I also thought the Dawn turning into half horse was pretty funny. Willow has some cool moments and a nice reveal that seems to be building to something big. Bad: Some of it's to grand, or epic scale, to really get in to it. The baddies behind the scene keep scheming but nothing is very interesting there. Also, Frey's brother is a little bitch bitch, and haven't seen him do anything to make him such a heavy threat. Overall it's a solid entry into season 8. Probably one of the weaker volumes but saying that I did enjoy it. A 3.5 out of 5.

  26. 4 out of 5

    K.

    This was a decidedly average addition to the series for me. It felt a lot like Whedon and the other writers went "HEY. What about if we try and get more readers for Fray by merging it into the Buffy comics?!", and they set about building an entire volume based on that. It really didn't work for me. I didn't care about Fray, I didn't care about why Willow was still alive in 200+ years time, I didn't care that Buffy somehow got magically teleported to the future to meet Fray, I just flat out didn' This was a decidedly average addition to the series for me. It felt a lot like Whedon and the other writers went "HEY. What about if we try and get more readers for Fray by merging it into the Buffy comics?!", and they set about building an entire volume based on that. It really didn't work for me. I didn't care about Fray, I didn't care about why Willow was still alive in 200+ years time, I didn't care that Buffy somehow got magically teleported to the future to meet Fray, I just flat out didn't care. Not to mention the fact that it was poorly explained and there's almost no introduction to the Fray characters. They're just thrown in there like you're supposed to know who they are and understand their futuristic speech patterns. Which, no. Honestly, the one thing I enjoyed about that whole storyline was Fray saying "Summers, you drive like a spaz!" and Buffy getting pissy about it. Similarly, Dawn going from a giant to a centaur was equally stupid. Why? Because they insisted on making her suuuuuuuuper skinny as always, but then attaching her how-do-you-even-have-organs-in-there slender torso to THE SHOULDERS OF A VERY MUSCULAR HORSE. Which didn't even remotely work. I've been totally on board with the art in the series until this point, but Dawn as a centaur was just really weirdly drawn. And frankly, I find centaurs deeply confusing anyway because they'd totally have two hearts and two sets of lungs. And they have six limbs. Add in Dawn saying "Xander, you'll have to ride me", and it was a hell of a lot weirder than I remembered. And on top of all that, we layer in a minor appearance by Riley (I think??? We only see his face in one panel and the art in that panel isn't great. It could easily be Andrew too...) who OBVIOUSLY turns out to be working for Twilight, Kennedy being convinced that Buffy's trying to steal Willow from her (hell, the presence of Kennedy is general isn't of the good) and Willow needing to have an orgasm in order to contact the green snake lady monster thing, and I was in a world of "WTF is happening right now???" That said, I DID very much enjoy the non-Time of Your Life story that was tacked on the end in which Buffy dreams that she's back in high school. The art was really cute, the story was fun, and it was great to revisit Sunnydale High, even if it was in a dream state. Honestly, if it hadn't been for that final little story, this would easily have been a two star volume for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    In a Sentence: Time of Your Life takes Buffy on a trip to the future and takes a deeper look at the character of Willow. My Thoughts As much as I love Buffy and Xander, Willow has to be my all-time favorite Buffy character. Which is why Time of Your Life is probably my favorite Buffy comic so far in the series, even though I'm usually not much of a fan of the whole "trip to the future" idea for a plot line. In Buffy's trip to the future, she encounters Willow, and Willow's not exactly the sam In a Sentence: Time of Your Life takes Buffy on a trip to the future and takes a deeper look at the character of Willow. My Thoughts As much as I love Buffy and Xander, Willow has to be my all-time favorite Buffy character. Which is why Time of Your Life is probably my favorite Buffy comic so far in the series, even though I'm usually not much of a fan of the whole "trip to the future" idea for a plot line. In Buffy's trip to the future, she encounters Willow, and Willow's not exactly the same as when Buffy last saw her. I won't go into detail in order to avoid spoilers, but I will say this....I really wish that I could have seen what happened between the present and where Buffy ends up in the future, because I'd like to see what exactly happened to bring about the changes Buffy sees. The character of Riley Finn, Buffy's old boyfriend, also makes an appearance, though not in the way you'd (or at least I'd) expect him to. His presence is brief, but I'm hoping there'll be more of him in future issues! For those of you who remember Kennedy from Season 7 of the television series, you get to see a bit more of her in Time of Your Life. I don't necessarily dislike Kennedy, but she hasn't exactly grown on me yet either. Personally, I thought that Tara and Oz were both amazing characters, but I haven't made that connection with Kennedy yet. Anyways, I did like what I saw of her in this book, so maybe I'll grow to love her yet. My only complaint about this book was that I wasn't a huge fan of the last issue included in this volume, called After These Messages...We'll Be Right Back. The plot was basically that Buffy has a dream where she's back in Sunnydale as her sixteen year-old Slayer self. Anyways, I got the point that they were probably trying to make that Buffy sometimes wishes she could go back to time when things were easier, but it seemed a bit slow-moving to me. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed Time of Your Life, and I'm looking forward to the next book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael Cairns

    This series goes from strength to strength and is a worthwhile addition to the Buffy canon. To begin, a brief outline. Following the ending of Buffy on TV, Joss Whedon did a whole bunch of different things, including writing a comic called Fray, a futuristic take on the slayer. In this, the fourth volume of collected comics from season 8, Buffy gets sent through a portal and winds up in the future, first fighting against, then fighting with Melaka Fray, said future slayer. It’s rare that the mag This series goes from strength to strength and is a worthwhile addition to the Buffy canon. To begin, a brief outline. Following the ending of Buffy on TV, Joss Whedon did a whole bunch of different things, including writing a comic called Fray, a futuristic take on the slayer. In this, the fourth volume of collected comics from season 8, Buffy gets sent through a portal and winds up in the future, first fighting against, then fighting with Melaka Fray, said future slayer. It’s rare that the magic created on TV through the combination of excellent scripts and perfect actors is successfully replicated in another format, as the plethora of Buffy books and comics that were released whilst the show was airing demonstrated. However, Whedon, along with Karl Moline, get it just right. The dialogue is as idiosyncratic and effective as ever, the fights are just as good, only bigger, and the funny is still brought in a big way. I found myself reading it out loud, trying to impersonate the actors and finding it easy. The atmosphere and strongest points of the show are all present. The great artwork helps as well, Moline getting the characters just right. This is shown when old stars of the TV show appear and don’t need to be introduced for you to know exactly who they are. It’s a brave move that’s pulled off well. The bonus story here, by comic guru and TV writer Jeph Loeb, takes Buffy back to school through some wonderfully Buffy-esque mojo. This gives Loeb the chance to have fun with all the original characters and tell a fun story at the same time. Once again the art, something entirely different, is great and adds another layer to the storytelling, as well as being perfect for the subject matter. As you may have gathered, I’m a Buffy fan of old, but I would also recommend this series to anyone new to the world of the slayer. Whedon has developed his comic writing skills over time and now crafts a lean, gripping tale in this medium just as effectively as in TV or film. If you enjoy comics with action, lots of emotion and lots of laughs, this is well worth a read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dani Shuping

    Buffy and Willow head to NYC to find out the story behind the scythe's power and what it can really do. And Dawn has now shrunk down to normal size, kinda of. Down to centaur size at least. But as soon as Buffy and Willow are gone the missiles hit the land and the castle is destroyed and alien shapes come out to play. Meanwhile Buffy has been sucked into the future, having exchanged places with a demon. And she must battle her way back to the present against an old friend. Remember how at least o Buffy and Willow head to NYC to find out the story behind the scythe's power and what it can really do. And Dawn has now shrunk down to normal size, kinda of. Down to centaur size at least. But as soon as Buffy and Willow are gone the missiles hit the land and the castle is destroyed and alien shapes come out to play. Meanwhile Buffy has been sucked into the future, having exchanged places with a demon. And she must battle her way back to the present against an old friend. Remember how at least once or twice in the season their were shows that just didn't really fit into the overall arching storyline? They were just kinda of a break from the normal? Yeah...that's what this feels like. Yes the enemy shows up and destroys the castle, but it's just another battle. And while Buffy's sojourn into the future is interesting and has a rather shocking ending, it doesn't feel like much will come of it. Perhaps I'm wrong about where this will lead, but there just isn't the energy and vitality with the previous issues. And the artwork? Yeah...they've changed story artists and it just isn't a good fit. Buffy looks and feels more like a happy cheerleader and the characters have a sharper more cartoony feel to them. Overall its a decent enough volume, but it doesn't have the same vitality or energy that the other volumes do. I haven't read the other issues yet, but it almost feels like you could skip this one and still figure out what happened.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    This is another solid entry in the Season 8 trades. After a rough start that had more to do with my expectations than with the quality of the work, I've found my footing with Buffy Season 8 and am enjoying the ride. The main arc in this book is a crossover with Fray, the slayer from a futuristic Manhattan. At first, the storyline justification for this felt like a flimsy excuse to get the two Buffyverse characters together, but a surprise appearance by a notorious Big Bad makes me suspect that th This is another solid entry in the Season 8 trades. After a rough start that had more to do with my expectations than with the quality of the work, I've found my footing with Buffy Season 8 and am enjoying the ride. The main arc in this book is a crossover with Fray, the slayer from a futuristic Manhattan. At first, the storyline justification for this felt like a flimsy excuse to get the two Buffyverse characters together, but a surprise appearance by a notorious Big Bad makes me suspect that there is a greater purpose to the events of this volume. Karl Moline, the artist for Fray, handles the main part of this book, and does so admirably. The final story is a one-off, and Georges Jeanty returns for penciling duties, though he draws outside of his usual Season 8 style. This last comic doesn't really do much in the way of advancing the larger story or developing any of the characters, but it is a light, nostalgic look back at the Scoobys of old. This one wasn't as satisfying as the third volume, but it's a fun read and sets up the next arc with some pretty interesting twists.

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