‘Buffy’ comics go back to ‘The High School Years’ to hook young readers

After making my list of the top "Buffy" 20 episodes for the 20th anniversary, I had a hankering to go back to the time when 12 of those episodes take place: The high school years of Seasons 1-3. Luckily, Dark Horse launched "Buffy: The High School Years" with two comics last year, and with more forthcoming. Both Faith Erin Hicks' "Freaks & Geeks" (no relation to the TV show of that name) and Kel McDonald's "Glutton for Punishment" are set during Season 1, so we're talking about stories with a depth on par with "The Witch" or "I Robot, You Jane" – although even a bit shallower than that.

[More]

The chosen 20: The all-time best ‘Buffys’

Today marks the 20th anniversary of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which premiered on March 10, 1997. That sentence is technically incorrect – "Buffy" debuted with a movie on July 30, 1992, so this is the 25th anniversary year. The "Buffy" we all know and love is a reboot (a fact that gives me pause whenever I scoff at reboots). The movie shouldn't be discounted, as people who liked the film provided a good chunk of that early TV audience. (That audience has now grown to include people who were too young for the show when it was first on TV, such as my friend Devin, who was 9 when it premiered and now counts "Buffy" among his favorite shows.)

[More]

‘Serenity’ soars, but are ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel & Faith’ running out of ideas?

This question has been creeping into the back of my mind throughout the "Buffy" franchise's three seasons of official continuations from Dark Horse Comics, but it's especially evident now, early in Season 10 of "Buffy" and "Angel & Faith": Are these titles running out of good ideas?

[More]

‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel & Faith’ Season 9 are toying with time travel

For the first time in a decade, two "Buffy" series are simultaneously building toward a seasonal conclusion. Back in 2003, TV's "Buffy" and "Angel" were in the midst of Seasons 7 and 4, respectively. Now, Dark Horse Comics' "Angel & Faith" and "Buffy" are working toward their Season 9 conclusions -- the final installments of those 25-issue series are slated for August and September, respectively.

[More]

Rewatching and reviewing the classics: ‘Buffy’ Season 7

"Buffy" Season 7 (2002-03, UPN) is the ultimate mixed bag from the series' run. Although it bows out in a satisfying enough way and has a lot of stand-out elements, it's also the most bothersome season because it misses the mark so often.

[More]

Rewatching and reviewing the classics: ‘Buffy’ Season 6

Although the centerpiece arc is Willow's drug-like magic addiction, "Buffy" Season 6 (2001-02, UPN) is the year that mostly abandoned metaphors and went for straight-ahead, character-driven emotional storytelling.

[More]

‘Buffy’ Season 9 titles picking up momentum with mix of old and new

There are no spinoff TV series, movies or books, but almost nine years after "Angel" aired its final episode, the Buffyverse is thriving in comics. In fact, there are currently four titles going under the Season 9 banner: The regular titles "Buffy" and "Angel & Faith," plus the miniseries "Spike: A Dark Place" and "Willow: Wonderland."

[More]

Rewatching and reviewing the classics: ‘Buffy’ Season 5

It took me 11 years since its original airing, but I finally watched "The Body" for a second time as part of my rewatching of "Buffy" Season 5 (2000-01, The WB). And, although I teared up a bit during the two Anya scenes, I made it out alive.

[More]

Rewatching and reviewing the classics: ‘Buffy’ Season 4

I had always ranked it as the second-to-worst season (in front of Season 7), but I liked "Buffy" Season 4 (1999-2000, WB) a lot more on this rewatching. I think it's best viewed as a separate entity from the superior Season 3 and "Angel" Season 1.

[More]

Rewatching and reviewing the classics: ‘Angel’ Season 5

"Angel" Season 5 (2003-04, The WB) sends the series out with a bang, ironically because it's a season of intriguing fresh starts. Unlike with the final season of "Buffy" one year before this, Joss Whedon did not intend for this to be the final season of "Angel" (the WB's cancellation announcement came while episode 17 was being shot).

[More]

More Entries