Season Eight – Part 2

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season Eight – Issues 21 to 40 and One Shots

21. Harmonic Divergence | 22. Swell | 23. Predators and Prey | 24. Safe | 25. Living Doll | 26. Retreat #1 | 27. Retreat #2 |
28. Retreat #3 | 29. Retreat #4 | 30. Retreat #5 | Willow One Shot | 31. Turbulance | 32. Twilight #1 | 33. Twilight #2 |
34. Twilight #3 | 35. Twilight #4 | Riley One Shot |

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21 Harmonic Divergence

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Written By: |Jane Espenson
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 7 January 2009
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Summary: Television writer Jane Espenson returns to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Season Eight. Espenson is the first of the acclaimed writers that tackle this groundbreaking story arc – where Buffy fans are introduced to a new world where vampires are in and Slayers are out. Cue Harmony, the bubblegum cheerleader from Sunnydale High whose ambitions include blood sucking and stardom.


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22 Swell

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Written By: |Steven S. DeKnight
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 4 February 2009
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Summary: Vampires are the hottest thing around – forget hipsters; being a bloodsucking fiend is where it’s at! Slayers must take the good fight underground if they’re to avoid any bad press from the general public.

When Kennedy is sent to Japan to evaluate Satsu’s efforts as team leader, they are taken by surprise by some fierce furry creatures who want to do nothing more than destroy Buffy (surprise!), while Twilight remains the captain of the anti-Slayer ship.


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23 Predators and Prey

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Written By: |Drew Z Greenberg
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 4 March 2009
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Summary: It’s Buffy – and Andrew – on a mission in Italy … together. Awkward? Yes!

Since Harmony’s television stunt, the ensuing of general vampire-love from the massess, and the destruction of the Scotland base, operations at Slayer headquarters have been somewhat strained. Rogue slayers – Simone and her gang – have not been helping Slayer-civilian relations with their attacks against the military, bank robbing, and occasional snitching at Hot Topic. Now, Andrew has a lead on how to gain intel on Simone’s plans… but he has to go to Italy – now! With Xander and Willow busy holding together their Slayer legions Buffy seems to be the only one with an open schedule to act as Andrew’s backup. Hours of travel… just Buffy and Andrew… Really?


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24 Safe

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Written By: | Jim Krueger
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 1 April 2009
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Summary: Faith. Giles. Let’s catch up!

In an amazing one-shot issue, the esteemed Jim Krueger fleshes out the go-to-girl for dirty deeds, Faith, and her new partner, Giles. After her last thankless escapade, where she put a stop to Buffy-hunting Slayer and kindred spirit Lady Gigi, Faith decided that though she’s determined to be finished with bloodshed, she’s not read to leave misguided Slayers (like Gigi) with nowhere to turn. Fast-forward to present… bloodshed still abounds, and the Faith-and-Giles team is still finding out what it really means to help those chosen to slay…


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25 Living Doll

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Written By: | Doug Petrie
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 6 May 2009
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Summary: Doug Petrie, formerly a writer and director on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, joins Buffy Season Eight with “Living Doll”. The spell little Dawnie got whacked with by the Thricewise demon she angered just keeps… evolving. First, she’s a giant; then she’s a centaur; now, she’s a… what?! Buffy, ever busy saving the world, will finally have to take action regarding her little sis when Dawn’s mysterious disappearance makes it a priority. At least, she better be in some sort of danger, or Buffy’s going to kick her butt for wasting precious time acting like an attention-seeking teen – which is what Dawn is, after all.


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26 Retreat #1

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Written By: | Jane Espenson
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 1 July 2009
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Summary: Team Buffy has become all about sneaky in a world where Slayers are now feared and hated, and vampires would rank at the top of a popularity poll. All hands are on deck as Scotland’s brand-newest Slayer headquarters comes under attack; but when things get more than a little fried, Buffy has to punt. There are yaks.


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27 Retreat #2

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Written By: | Jane Espenson
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 5 August 2009
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Summary: Slayers are out. Vampires are in. Mysterious big bad Twilight has just become a bigger bad – he can zero in on Team Buffy and her army of Slayers by tracking their use of magic. But Buffy and her allies have taken their submarine – yes, Buffy picked up one of those… they’re a necessary piece of equip – straight to the only person she knows with an inside track on suppressing magic: the werewolf Oz.

In the yak-filled mountains of Tibet, Oz has found his peace and formed a new life. The butter tea flows freely at the reunion, where – among other reunion-y things – Buffy learns that suppressing her demon side could be the biggest risk of all…


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28 Retreat #3

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Written By: | Jane Espenson
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 2 September 2009
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Summary:Oh, hello there gentle viewers… This month we revisit Team Buffy and her army of Slayers at Oz’s temple in the mountains of Tibet. Among the yaks, the Slayers and Wiccan troops attempt to suppress dangerous Magicks through meditation and hard labour. Buffy embraces this new lifestyle, but not everyone is convinced that leaving Magicks behind will solve any problems: among them, a resistant Willow, a doubtful Andrew, and a concerned Giles.

For Buffy, the world has not been so peaceful… so honest… so full of feeling…. in a long time – too bad it’s not going to stay that way!


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29 Retreat #4

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Written By: | Jane Espenson
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Massimo Carnevale | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 7 October 2009
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Summary:Oz’s temple in the Tibetan mountains is no longer a safe retreat for Buffy and her troops. Discovered by Twilight’s magical agent, Amy, and bereft of their own magic, the army is preparing for a human war with guns, grenades, missiles.. and MANPADS – it’s not a laughing matter. People are about to die.

But even without her own magic, Buffy is still all Slayer – the Slayer – and she has to lead the way to victory. Or at least… live to fight another day.


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30 Retreat #5

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Written By: | Jane Espenson
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Adam |Hughes | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 4 November 2009
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Summary:The war between Twilight’s minions and Buffy’s army rages in the Tibetan mountains. Bereft of their magic, the girls – Wiccans and Slayers – face an epic battle in which they have no hope of victory. Buffy has already done the retreat thing once, plus also put herself and her army into hiding… What can she do now that there is no magic to help them escape from another losing battle?


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Willow One Shot

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Written By: | Joss Whedon
Art By: Karl Molene
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Karl Molene | Jo Chen
Release date: 23 December 2009
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Summary: Willow Rosenberg has worn many faces – a shy computer geek, a loyal friend, a passionate lover, a fierce Wiccan, and a dark Willow.

Now in Season Eight of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Buffy comics series, Willow’s powers have grown exponentially. She can fly. Teleport. And may or may not be immortal.

All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of Sunnydale, and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful serpent lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.


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31. Turbulance

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Written By: | Joss Whedon
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Dave Stewart
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 13 January 2010
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Summary: After Willow unearths giant Tibetan goddesses to help in the fight against Twilight and his disposable soldiers, the Slayers are forced to retreat when the goddesses go AWOL and attack indiscriminately. Without powers the Slayers are unable to keep up the fight against missile fire, grenade launchers, and tanks. It would seem that all is lost, and Buffy – all alone – must make her last stand on a battlefield covered in the bodies of friends and foes.


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32. Twilight #1

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Written By: | Brad Meltzer
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Michelle Madsen
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 3 February 2010
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Summary: Faster than a speeding — you know. More powerful than a — one of those. Able to leap tall… castles in a single bound. Still working on that x-ray vision thing. In the aftermath of battle with Twilight;s army, Buffy has developed a host of new powers, but when will the other shoe drop, and will it be a cute shoe, or an ugly one? Still reeling from the losses of war, Willow goes looking for missing allies and discovers a horrifying truth about several of the Slayer army’s recent ordeals.


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33. Twilight #2

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Written By: | Brad Meltzer
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Michelle Madson
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 3 March 2010
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Summary: Acclaimed novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer continues his pivotel story arc! The Slayer army has suffered heavy losses throughout Season Eight and faced all kinds of threats new and old, but the one mystery connecting it all has been the identity of the Big Bad: Twilight. In this issue, Buffy finally confronts Twilight one on one, setting the stage for Twilight’s unmasking in Buffy #34!


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34. Twilight #3

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Written By: | Brad Meltzer
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Michelle Madson
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 7 April 2010
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Summary: Twilight has been unmasked. Buildings fall, oceans churn, and the earth moves as titans come together in a bizarre twist!


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35. Twilight #4

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Written By: | Brad Meltzer
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Michelle Madson
Covers By: Jo Chen | Georges Jeanty
Release date: 5 May 2010
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Summary: Brad Meltzer concludes his blockbuster run on Buffy Season Eight! After the last issue’s climactic encounter between Buffy and the unmasked Twilight, the Slayer army’s entire mission has been altered and the true nature of the threat they face has been revealed.

Everyone is in place to confront the Big Bad once and for all as Buffy’s most epic season races toward the final arc.


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Riley One Shot

SYNOPSIS | GALLERY |
Written By: | Jane Espenson
Art By: Karl Molene
Inks by: Andy Owens
Colours By: Michelle Madson
Covers By: Jo Chen | Karl Molene
Release date: 18 August 2010
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Summary: Acclaimed Buffy television writer Jane Espenson is back with answers to one of the surprising twists she and executive producer Joss Whedon introduced inthe hit story art “Retreat”!

In the midst of battle, Buffy’s former flame, the demon fighting soldier Riley Finn, seemingly in league with Twilight, was revealed as a double agent working for the Slayer army. Now Espenson uncovers the secrets of Riley’s recruitment by Buffy, his infiltration of Twilight’s inner circle, and what’s become of him and his superspy wife, Sam.

This essential one shot delivers thrilling spy adventure and is filled with major revelations for the story of Buffy Season Eight.


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