This collection of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer presents artwork from Season 8 & 9. It’s 226 pages of glorious vampire butt kicking, demon slaying and all around preternatural artistic renderings. This collection provides an Introduction with Scott Allie (the Editor and Chief of Dark Horse Comics). In it he explains how Buffy evolved from a television show into a beloved and well embraced comic book series. He thanks the talent that lent their skills to the collection and shows off some of the best art from the seasons. Scott explains that this series was such a success it had to be reprinted to meet demand! It’s not surprising really. I did not start following Buffy until the comics and now I am enthralled by the beauty of its illustration and by the stories whose plot lines leave a never ending desire for more information on the characters and their encounters. The Introduction segways into discussions on cover art like Season 8: Volume 1 by Jo Chen (depicted below).
Jo’s mastery over form and composition aided in piquing fan interest and intriguing new readers to join the Buffy Universe.
The breadth of art in this collection is incredible! Spanning across Seasons 8, 9 and even including some Faith & Angel art work! It’s not much of a read (there is a paragraph or two every few pages that talks about the comic, its writers, its illustrators, contributors and fan support) but it is fascinating none the less. Like this piece by Jon Foster from Season 8…
Or this piece by Jo Chen (honestly, season 8 has some of the most impressive pieces).
If you enjoy the Buffy comics be sure to pick this up. It’s a great collection of art work. Here are a few more pieces from the collection just to entice you further 😉
Buffy: Panel to Panel is now available from Dark Horse Comics.