Imagine my surprise when I learned that there were graphic novels out now, with the approval and some assistance of the chief creator and writer himself, Joss Whedon. In 2009 I read vol 2 No Future for You, and vol 3 Wolves at the Gate. In 2010 I read vol 4 Time of Your Life. I wondered, each time, would it be as good as the tv show? Would the characters be true to themselves? What were they doing, after the 8th and final series ended on tv?
I have no fears now. The graphic novels pick up from where the tv show ended. All the characters are there, Willow, Xander, Faith, Giles, and Buffy herself. At first it was odd seeing them on the page, after spending 8 years watching them on tv. Then, magic happened. I heard the snarkiness in Xander's voice, the softness of Willow as she screws up and saves Buffy in the nick of time, and most of all: Buffy. Buffy, a little more grown-up, a little world-weary, and never ever giving up. She's still feisty and running around saving everyone, still irrepressible and beautiful.
Peril the First
So for this year's RIP VI challenge I borrowed another book in the series, Predators and Prey, from the library recently. I read it this past weekend, enjoying it immensely. The art and the storytelling are prime Buffy writing, and the imaginative use of toy kitties is fun. They never will be quite the same for me, either. Plus it has a monster that if ever brought to the screen I would have to run screaming from the room. And it still manages to have tender moments, friendship, and humour. Amazing. I think I might end up buying this series.
Verdict: I highly recommend this graphic novel series for anyone who is missing Buffy, or needing some fun and slightly creepy vampire novels to read. .
Perils of the Screen
That's not all - reading Predators and Prey vol 5 (which indeed features a scary monster that is nightmare -inducing) made me want to see some Buffy again. I happen to own the first four seasons, so I watched "Fear Itself", episode 4 of Season 4: the Hallowe'en episode about trick or treating at a frat party. Only it's not just a frat party, a monster has been summoned and the frat house turns into a house of fear for whoever enters. Each of the Scooby gang have to face their own personal fear, before they face the monster at the heart of it all. Very well done, and exactly right for RIP. It's a perfect mix of humour - Anya the demon dressed in a bunny costume is hilarious! Oz as God! - and the scenes in the house are delightfully shivery. Next up: "Hush", from this same season 4, which won Buffy the Vampire Slayer an Emmy award. This episode is very frightening and magical and even funny at moments. It is truly terrifying in the best way that fairy tales can be, very dark, very scary, and fabulous. The episode says: " They are creatures from a fairy tale, first they steal your voice, then they start stealing hearts." It's also perfect for RIP, and I'll write about it when I see it, hopefully by this weekend.
I do apologize, Blogger is not allowing me to add any photos tonight, of Buffy or the Peril of the Screen photo. I am sad, I love this photo and was looking forward to using it! Next time then.....