I haven't posted anything on the comics yet, though I'd been meaning to for some time. I'm actually working on a much longer article on the books, but suffice to say, I LOVE this series. If you are a Buffy fan and have not picked up the new Season 8 comics, you are seriously missing out. These aren't like the comics that were being released while the show was still on the air -- featuring stories that could have happened, but didn't, and weren't part of the television show canon. This IS canon. The first issue begins a couple of months after season 7 ended, and the storyline is brilliant. Joss Whedon wrote the first 4 (they were released in March, April, May, and June) and then July was a month off. The first 4 was an arc called "The Long Way Home," and it was about Buffy and her friends coming together again. Buffy is with a gang of new slayers (no longer potentials, since she made them all active in the season 7 finale) and Giles, being the lone Watcher, is trying to train an army of them, and realizing he thought he had it tough with Buffy, but this is MUCH worse. Xander is running Command Central, complete with a sexy eyepatch and special uniform, where he stands before several television sets and coordinates their activities. Dawn's been turned into a giant after she hooked up with a thricewise, and Buffy goes to see her so they can argue like sisters. Willow is off in another land, but she finally comes back in the third issue (and WHAT a return it is!!) and it's awesome to have her back in the fold. But a new (or should I say old) enemy lurks, and Buffy and the gang are up against someone who knows them, and HATES them.
Awesomeness. I have my suspicions about who is hiding under the Buffy mask, but if you haven't read the first 4 yet, I won't say, for that person is revealed in issue 3, I believe. The new series is called "The Chain," and Joss will just be writing the first one. There's another option of who could be hiding under the mask, for one of our FAVE characters will finally be returning in issue 6 (stop reading now if you don't want to know!) and there's a good chance she's the one under that mask. Here's the cover:
Did you just squee? I just squeed, and I'd already seen it. :) How frickin' excited am I for this one??? Written by Brian K. Vaughan, who created the Runaways comic (which Joss is now partly writing) and as of last season joined Lost as one of the writers, the arc turns to our beloved bad girl, Faith. Who will no doubt KICK. SOME. ASS.
If you've never read a comic book in your life, it doesn't matter; you will get sucked back into the Buffyverse with these stories in a way we never thought possible after May 2003. Buffy is back, and she is awesome.