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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:40 pm    Post subject: Buffy S11 # 9 Issue Discussion Thread Reply with quote

Preview pages for Buffy # 9.

https://horrorpatch.com/2017/07/12/comic-crypt-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-season-11-9-preview/

Comic Crypt: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 11 #9 Preview

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Michael Juvinall



BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 11 #9

The great escape is underway as Buffy, Faith, and Willow infiltrate headquarters at the Safe Zone. Everything and everyone they expected to stop their mission is in the way. The question is, can two powerless girls and one Slayer succeed with these ridiculous odds? Elsewhere: unexpected vampire complications . . .

* Featuring everyones favorite “bad” Slayer, Faith Lehane!

“Any Buffy fan is going to be stoked about this new series, Season 11, and a new story arc of awesomeness!” -ComicWow!TV

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◾Writer: Christos Gage◾Penciller: Georges Jeanty◾Inker: Dexter Vines◾Colorist: Dan Jackson◾Cover Artist: Steve Morris
Genre: Superhero, Horror, Action/Adventure

◾Publication Date: July 19, 2017◾Format: FC, 32 pages; Ongoing◾Price: $3.99◾UPC: 7 61568 00088 7 00911














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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More preview pages for this week's Buffy # 9.

http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/3000-157/Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-Season-11-9-Dexter-Vines-and-Georges-Jeanty-Variant-Cover#prettyPhoto





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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buffy # 9 first review.

http://www.scifipulse.net/in-review-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-season-11-9/

In Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 11 #9

A roller coaster of plot twists and action with visuals to die for! Highest possible recommendation



by Patrick Hayes

The covers: Regular cover illustrator Steve Morris continues to be on fire with these covers! Buffy is holding a torch in one hand and the scythe in the other as ten violet colored giant bats circle her. She’s just swung the torch, as evidenced by the trail of flame that’s warding off the monsters. She looks phenomenal and the bats look awesome, with their coloring making them stunning. The title and credits are at the bottom of the book to preserve the visual. Thank you for that, Dark Horse Comics! The Variant cover has script by Christos Gage, art by Georges Jeanty, with inks by Dexter Vines, and colors by Dan Jackson, and letters by Comicraft. It’s hard to help the Slayer, as sister Dawn and Xander try to decide what to bring with them to help Buffy and Willow. “Like, should we bring stuff to read, or the crossbow?” Dawn asks as she’s sizing up the weapon. Xander’s first response is serious, but the second one hilarious, but true. This second panel also features a great visual joke. Overall grades: Both A+

The story: “The Great Escape” is scripted by Christos Gage and picks up immediately from last issue with Faith, Buffy, and Willow confronting the wardens of the supernatural internment camp. Buffy and Willow don’t have their powers, so this six to three fight doesn’t seem like it’s going to be fair, sparking their leader to say to Faith, “How’s sass gonna help against a small army of chicks just as strong as you?” Faith smiles, “I fight dirty.” She throws a smoke bomb and lunges at the women, fighting them single-handedly, ordering her friends to “GO!!” Buffy and Willow make a break for the chamber that contains the device that erased their abilities, but it’s guarded by two other super-powered women. Buffy attacks the pair so Willow can get to the door. She takes a hard left to the face and blood comes pouring out of her mouth. Faith is still engaged with the first six, with blood flying, and some of it her own. Buffy goes Stooges, and pokes her attacker in the eyes, giving Willow enough time to get in the chamber, shut the door, and lock it. The women outside start to beat on it, their strength shown by the dents their fists make in the metal barrier. And that’s when something interesting happens. Wow! This is a major payoff issue. If you’ve wanted to see Buffy and Willow act like heroes, this is the issue you’ve been waiting for. Willow’s first dialogue on Page 6 is awesome, and Buffy’s lines at the bottom of 8 are music to any fan’s ears. Faith does something incredible at the top of 10, and her dialogue with Buffy is gold. 13 has the story truly going to epic heights, with the return of a popular bloodsucker on the same page. As if this weren’t good enough, the first two panels on 14 had me jumping up and down in joy. But wait! There are six more pages left and things take a turn toward another state with an entirely different set of threats. The final two pages change the threat and have Buffy considering her next move. Fantastic! Overall grade: A+

The art: Georges Jeanty provides the pencils and Dexter Vines the inks for this issue and it’s going to be a memorable one for fans of the Scoobies. Faith dominates the first page as she faces the antagonists. The confidence she has is obvious with the way she places the scythe over one shoulder. Her smile at the bottom of Page 1 is absolutely wicked. Fans of the series will know it’s all going to hit the fan with her making that grin. The action that follows is frantic, with Lehane tearing into the group of women, while Buffy and Willow look on shocked. Buffy’s confrontation with the pair on Page 3 shows her making a valiant effort in the third panel. I was horrified by the amount of blood that spills out of her in the fourth panel. Willow is absolutely horrified at what’s occurring before her. Her reactions have no dialogue and none is needed for Jeanty and Vines have her in an unquestionable panic. The blood that flows on the following page intensified Willow’s fear as she tried to enter the room. Not easing her or the reader’s fears is the increase in blood that happens on Page 5: I can’t remember seeing this much damage done to Faith or Buffy in any comic adventures. Everything changes on the next page with the fourth panel creating cheers heard round the world. The close-up on 7 is flat out incredible. It’s badass. The bottom of 8 has a great sense of motion with the “items” in the air. The top of 13 increases the numbers of characters involved in the battle and they look great. Something occurs in the first panel on 14 that’s my favorite panel of the issue: just so darned cool! A numerous threat rears its many heads on 18 and they, too, look great. The battle is quick, but good, ending with conversation that’s shown with the point of view moving around excellently. The visuals on this book remain stellar. Overall grade: A+

The colors: This book uses a lot of red. No, seriously. A lot of red. This color is first seen in the scythe that Faith wields, but as the battle continues colorist Dan Jackson has this coming close to Hammer Horror levels of crimson. Wow! The smoke bomb has Jackson making each plume creepy in gray with highlights. Buffy’s first move as an aggressor has the background going orange and yellow to highlight her moves. The lack of colors for the room Willow enters is terrific, making it seem futuristic and way too clean. Colors definitely show the reader what’s happened on 6, but I can’t say what the colors are or what they’re used for without spoiling things. Every shade of gray is used for the threats that first appear on Page 17 and they enhance these individuals’ nature considerably. The oranges used for the sunset on the final page give the book a fiery conclusion, hinting that the heat will continue elsewhere. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt create this issue’s dialogue, story’s title, sounds, yells, a creature’s dialogue, scene settings, a television broadcast, vampire dialogue, and the tease for next issue. The sounds are killer on this issue with CHRAKK, VVRAMM, TOOOM, and BROK being my favorites. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the scene settings are strong and the vampire dialogue is exceptional looking, matching the undead’s appearances perfectly. Overall grade: A+

The final line: A roller coaster of plot twists and action to die for! I have no clue where this is going and I can’t wait to get there. Highest possible recommendation. Overall grade: A+
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you read this one yet, comic fan? Interested in your thoughts if you have.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grace Newman wrote:
Have you read this one yet, comic fan? Interested in your thoughts if you have.


I have read it.I haven't posted my thoughts recently because I got really sick back in the spring.I mean REALLY sick.Had pneumonia.Then shortly after that,had a bad infection that was hard to clear up.

I'm good now.Finally everything was cleared up in mid May.But I fell waaaaaaay behind in posting my thoughts on each issue of Buffy and Angel.I've read every issue but just haven't posted my thoughts.I'm sort of anal in that I didn't want to post my thoughts on the current issue when I haven't gone back to post my thoughts on the previous ones.

At this point,I may just post my overall thoughts when the season concludes in the fall.

But in regards to this most recent issue.I liked it minus the spuffy bit mid- issue.It was a action heavy issue and enjoyed seeing Buffy kickass those slayers when she got her powers back.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh man, sorry you had to deal with all that, comic! Sounds just awful. So glad you're better!

It was definitely an action-heavy issue, and I'm happy Faith is around again. I was disappointed that it ended up being (relatively) easy for Willow and Buffy to get their powers back, though. I thought since the previews gave so much away that there might turn out to be a catch somehow. I know there isn't much time left, though, so I guess Gage needed to turn the focus to the Big Bad pretty quickly.

I have a secret hope that it'll turn out to be Harmony. Ha! I'm sure it won't, though. I can't believe there are only three issues left. This season has a lot of flaws, in my mind, but (setting aside the Spuffiness) I do think it's the best of Buffy since Season 8.

Have you heard any rumors about a Season 12, comic?
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Grace Newman wrote:
Oh man, sorry you had to deal with all that, comic! Sounds just awful. So glad you're better!


Thanks

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It was definitely an action-heavy issue, and I'm happy Faith is around again. I was disappointed that it ended up being (relatively) easy for Willow and Buffy to get their powers back, though. I thought since the previews gave so much away that there might turn out to be a catch somehow. I know there isn't much time left, though, so I guess Gage needed to turn the focus to the Big Bad pretty quickly.


I was surprised so many preview pages were released but you're right,Gage has limited time left to wrap the season up since it's only 12 issues.

[quote]I have a secret hope that it'll turn out to be Harmony. Ha! I'm sure it won't, though. I can't believe there are only three issues left. This season has a lot of flaws, in my mind, but (setting aside the Spuffiness) I do think it's the best of Buffy since Season 8[quote]

I don't think it's Harmony based on a variant cover for one of the last issues of the season.Agreed,spuffyness aside,this is one of the better comic seasons.

My two favorite though are season 8 and Angel & Faith Season 9.

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Have you heard any rumors about a Season 12, comic?


Nothing yet,might not hear anything until NYCC in October.That's when Buffy's book ends and that's the last big convention of the season.Previous seasons had there big announcments at NYCC.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

comic fan wrote:
My two favorite though are season 8 and Angel & Faith Season 9.


Agreed! I have liked the A&F side of things better than the Buffy side until this season. I should probably read them all again to really make judgments, but I would rank them: A&F S9, Buffy S8, A&F S10 (a letdown after S9 but I got attached to Nadira) ... then I guess Buffy S10 and Buffy S9. At this point, I would rank Buffy S11 over both 9 and 10. I preferred Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Buffy the Vampire Tamer or whatever she is now Smile, but the streamlined season is keeping the story more focused. It's hard to even remember a lot of what happened in S9, and I only read it a few months ago. Buffy S10 had good bits in the beginning and the end (I liked the Dracula and Xander/Dawn parts), but those were like two decent slices of bread around a crappy sandwich. Smile If you're going to focus on the relationship side of things, at least make the characterizations believable. Argh.

And then Angel S11 is just ... yikes. I hope they go in a very different direction next season if there is one.

comic fan wrote:
Nothing yet,might not hear anything until NYCC in October.That's when Buffy's book ends and that's the last big convention of the season.Previous seasons had there big announcments at NYCC.


Thanks for the info!
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