Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12
Joss Whedon's Buffy and crew are confronted by a future Big Bad who has travelled to the present, intent on stealing the power of the Slayers, becoming all-powerful, and destroying the world as we know it!The lives of Buffy and the Scoobies haven't been too eventful for a while--at least as far as fighting demons and the forces of darkness are concerned. But that all changes when Angel brings news of an amassing a force that must be reckoned with: Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, vampire from the future. Buffy knows Harth and his twin sister--the Slayer, Fray--from her meeting with them and Dark Willow in the future. But this army that has been gathered is more than she and her crew were expecting . . . Narrowly escaping an initial encounter, the gang travels to the future to recruit Fray and learn of their dismal fate should they fail to defeat this legion that has invaded the present. Harth is after the power of the Slayers, and being in possession of all their memories, he knows how to rewrite the outcome of this ultimate battle before it occurs. This is the reckoning . . . and it could be the end of Buffy, Fray, and all the Slayers, forever.Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Christos Gage (Angel & Faith, Buffy, Amazing Spider-Man), alongside artist Georges Jeanty (Serenity, Buffy), bring a battle-fueled Buffy saga for the ages!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12 Details

TitleBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12
Author
ReleaseDec 24th, 2018
PublisherDark Horse Books
ISBN-139781506709154
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Paranormal, Vampires, Graphic Novels Comics, Fantasy, Fiction

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12 Review

  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, there’s too much to unpack here. Let’s talk about how this comic broke my heart in too many ways.Heartbreak #1: It's all overBuffy has been living in the Dark Horse comics for 11 years. That's four whole years more than the TV show got. It wasn't just a continuation of the show at this point, it was just a space where Buffy lived.And now she's gone.I don't know if it's the Disney/Fox merger that is to blame for Dark Horse losing their Buffy license, and frankly I don't care. But now I thin Okay, there’s too much to unpack here. Let’s talk about how this comic broke my heart in too many ways.Heartbreak #1: It's all overBuffy has been living in the Dark Horse comics for 11 years. That's four whole years more than the TV show got. It wasn't just a continuation of the show at this point, it was just a space where Buffy lived.And now she's gone.I don't know if it's the Disney/Fox merger that is to blame for Dark Horse losing their Buffy license, and frankly I don't care. But now I think I know how Star Wars fans felt when Disney nullified the old extended universe. It's not like the old canon stories suddenly stop existing, we just won't get any new ones, at least not in this continuity that was a home and a world for Buffy for so much longer than the TV show.Heartbreak #2: Buffy goes Boom!The new owners of the Buffy license are Boom! Studios, and while there is still hope that their new Buffy comics will be just as good, the promo image they recently released gives me a reason to worry.That's Buffy, holding an iPhone, back in high school. Fucking hell. Buffy got over high school three years into the TV show, and she hasn't worked in school since season 7. Putting her back in high school in whatever capacity sounds regressive and plain bad. I’ll reserve my final judgment until at least the creative teams are announced, but yeah, so far this doesn’t look good at all.Heartbreak #3: Rushed doesn't even begin to cover itSeason 8 was 40 issues long, season 9 was 60 if you count both Buffy, Angel & Faith and the miniseries (which you should), season 10 was 55 issues, and season 11 was 12 issues long, plus the same amount for the (abysmal) Angel series and the 4 issues of an (equally abysmal) Giles mini, and don't forget 8 issues of Fray. This gives us over 190 issues of comics, and I'm not even counting IDW's also canon Angel season 6 comics. Can such a massive connected body of work be given a proper sendoff with a measly four-issue long season 12? Take a guess.Heartbreak #4: Joss Whedon has totally lost itWhen Joss Whedon came back for the Giles miniseries back in season 11, it was a cause for celebration — after all, the man himself felt the need to finally tell (well, co-plot) the story in the universe he hasn't touched in years. Unfortunately, that Giles mini was such an awful book that I couldn't even bring myself to finish it, and I've finished every single Buffy comic before, even the really bad ones (I'm looking at you, season 8).Unfortunately, Joss also came back to plot season 12, while Christos Gage, the guy responsible for all the best Buffy comics, was demoted to just the scripting. It's so painfully clear how out of touch Joss has become with his own creation, and at the same time how in love he is with himself and his ideas from the good old days when he could still write something worth a damn. Instead of relying on an already established rich comics lore he decided to undo years of character and story development by separating Buffy and Spike out of nowhere, by basing this final arc all around Fray and her world of the future, and by bringing back mayor Wilkins of all the characters — yet another relic of a long forgotten past that should have been left alone in his metaphorical grave. I'm surprised Joss also didn't resurrect Tara and Anya, because that kind of shit would fit right in. Story-wise this has been one of the absolute worst Buffy comics, right down there with Angel season 11, not just because of the stories it could have told instead, but because of how bad was the story it actually did tell.Heartbreak #5: The Fred problemPoor, sweet, lovely Fred. You never deserved to die as gruesomely as you did in the first place, but what you deserved even less is all the bullshit that followed — the resurrection, the fusion with Illyria, Angel’s near-incestual relationship with Illyria courtesy of Corinna “the worst Buffy writer ever” Bechko, and now you are trapped in Illyria’s body in the literal motherfucking hell, and nobody even remembered about that. Not the writers, not the characters, only us, the heartbroken fans.Heartbreak #6: The artWhile Christos Gage was only demoted, his wonderful teammate Rebekah Isaacs and her definitive Buffy artwork was nowhere to be seen in this book at all, replaced instead by the worst Georges Jeanty art I've ever seen. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.These are just a few of the examples taken from one issue, but the entire four-issue series looks that bad or even worse. I don't know what happened to Jeanty over the years, but I know that Rebekah Isaacs would have done an astonishingly better job regardless.Heartbreak #7: The wasted opportunitiesIn the end, there were so many things and plots that Dark Horse comics only teased or barely touched upon. Sophronia and Lavinia never really got their spotlight, just like most of the original characters introduced in the comics. We also have barely seen Gunn, Connor and the rest of Angel’s characters ever since Dark Horse rolled IDW’s Angel continuation under their wing, and a lot of Buffy’s supporting cast was either MIA or barely used, too. There was always this feeling that they might bring some of those guys back, but now there is absolutely no chance of that happening.TL;DR/EpilogueSo I guess this is it, then. It’s pretty obvious by this point that I’ve grown attached to these Buffy comics. Buffy is one of my all-time favorite TV shows, and at their best, the comics were just as good. In my mind, Buffy comics were also one of the pillars of Dark Horse together with the Hellboy universe, and Buffy couldn’t have had a better home. I can’t help but feel bad for Dark Horse, for Buffy and for thousands of fans like myself who lost such a significant part of our lives among all of this noise. Of course, all good things must come to an end, but I would feel much better about the whole ordeal if this final season wasn’t so terrible and disrespectful to everything that came before it. If there is a silver lining, it’s that we’ll always have these 11 years of mostly great stories, and the best thing Boom! could do with their license is reprint those old comics in some attractive and affordable format. Y’know, like Dark Horse used to do.
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    This was a sudden and rushed ending to the Buffy comics seasons, which the writers have been open about because of behind the scenes things, and it definitely reads that way. It also has the misfortune of following up some of the worst runs in the series history, Angel and Giles Season 11; so it also had to incorporate some of those horrible plots. That said, overall, this was as good an ending as we could have gotten, given the circumstances. It does what it needs to do, and satisfies just as m This was a sudden and rushed ending to the Buffy comics seasons, which the writers have been open about because of behind the scenes things, and it definitely reads that way. It also has the misfortune of following up some of the worst runs in the series history, Angel and Giles Season 11; so it also had to incorporate some of those horrible plots. That said, overall, this was as good an ending as we could have gotten, given the circumstances. It does what it needs to do, and satisfies just as much as minimally needed. The art is pretty meh at times, and while I understand bringing Jeanty back for sentimental reasons, Isaacs should have finished out the series, mainly for quality reasons, if we’re being honest. My personal feelings about the treatment, or lack of, towards Fred are seething, but I won’t let that affect this review. Just know I’m pissed with how they’ve decided to wrap up, or blatantly ignore, her character arc, so other fans of the character should go in expecting very little — AKA nothing. 4/5 stars.
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  • Suvi
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Not the ending Dark Horse's Buffyverse needed or deserved. I agree with others that everything felt way too rushed. It seems like in his cockiness Whedon brought characters back and changed character relationships without rhyme or reason and slapped a completely lackluster plot on the whole thing to get some kind of a conclusion, and all because he wanted to be the one to finish the series. It honestly felt like he either didn't care about his characters anymore or that he just didn't bothe Wow. Not the ending Dark Horse's Buffyverse needed or deserved. I agree with others that everything felt way too rushed. It seems like in his cockiness Whedon brought characters back and changed character relationships without rhyme or reason and slapped a completely lackluster plot on the whole thing to get some kind of a conclusion, and all because he wanted to be the one to finish the series. It honestly felt like he either didn't care about his characters anymore or that he just didn't bother thinking things through.
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  • Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the official Buffy canon comics, but this felt wayyyy too rushed. It was great they addressed the flashback in Fray, but this battle was anything but epic. Illyria seriously could've beat a small army of second rate demons on her own, the same way she cleaned house with Wolfram & Harts in the alley during After the Fall without pushing herself into a portal, especially when she can make her own. So much was wrong with this, but its still a decent read and A for effort at the very least Loved the official Buffy canon comics, but this felt wayyyy too rushed. It was great they addressed the flashback in Fray, but this battle was anything but epic. Illyria seriously could've beat a small army of second rate demons on her own, the same way she cleaned house with Wolfram & Harts in the alley during After the Fall without pushing herself into a portal, especially when she can make her own. So much was wrong with this, but its still a decent read and A for effort at the very least.
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    5 🌟Nice to see how Buffy and the game have been doing. Sad that Buffy and Spike broke up again. Interesting that Dawn and Xander now have a baby. Hope that they will be able to stop Harth.
  • Christoph
    January 1, 1970
    Es war absehbar, va wurde wir durch die Ereignisse in Staffel 10 & Staffel 11 ja schon schrittweise darauf vorbereitet. Das Ende der Buffy-Scooby-Gang scheint zum Greifen nahe. Im Gegensatz zur letzten Staffel treffen wir hier gleich in der ersten Ausgabe auf nahezu alle Wegbegleiter der letzten Jahre - da kommt gleich der erste Eindruck einer Abschiedsparty Deluxe.Der diesmalige Bösewicht ist kein unbekannter, wenn man sich in der Welt der Buffy Comics schon länger bewegt. Es handelt sich u Es war absehbar, va wurde wir durch die Ereignisse in Staffel 10 & Staffel 11 ja schon schrittweise darauf vorbereitet. Das Ende der Buffy-Scooby-Gang scheint zum Greifen nahe. Im Gegensatz zur letzten Staffel treffen wir hier gleich in der ersten Ausgabe auf nahezu alle Wegbegleiter der letzten Jahre - da kommt gleich der erste Eindruck einer Abschiedsparty Deluxe.Der diesmalige Bösewicht ist kein unbekannter, wenn man sich in der Welt der Buffy Comics schon länger bewegt. Es handelt sich um Fray‘s (Slayer in der Zukunft) Bruder, der den Weg aus der Zukunft in Buffy‘s Gegenwart gemacht hat, sich zahlreiche andere Bösewichte um sich herum versammelt hat, einen Masterplan entwickelt hat, um nicht nur Buffy zur Strecke zu bringen, aber auch die Zukunft zu erobern. Die Buffy Gang erkennt diese Machenschaften zuerst nicht stürzt sich in eine Falle und ... Fortestzung folgt.Grafisch und erzählerisch absolut top ... das Beste kommt am Schluß. Christos Gage & Joss Whedon haben dies gemeinsam gemacht und dicht finden sich der übliche Humor, die Dramatik und die Dichte an Dialogen, Charakteren hier auf engstem Raum (knackige 22 Seiten) wieder. Grafisch hat Georges Jeanty in der Vergangenheit schon bewiesen wie gut die Vorgaben des Autorenteam umgesetzt werden können. Hier ist es sehr fein, die Panels, der Stil und die Ausgewogenheit und gegen Ende dieser Ausgabe die Doppelseite dazu. Die Spannung ist groß!
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  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    January 1, 1970
    It's all coming together! Giles is back to his old self, Buffy and Spike are finally over, sadly Angel and Illyria aren't... and Joss threw in a baby a la Angel season three... and of course Fray!
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, Buffy and the Scoobies deserve better. The post-television comic seasons have certainly had their ups and downs, but the last couple were pretty great. I don’t know what happened to Georges Jeanty’s art since he was last on the book, but something certainly did. I loved his earlier work and even though I’ve adored Rebekah Isaac’s take on the characters, I wasn’t against him returning for the final season. However, the art in this arc seemed sloppy and rushed.In fact, everything seemed Honestly, Buffy and the Scoobies deserve better. The post-television comic seasons have certainly had their ups and downs, but the last couple were pretty great. I don’t know what happened to Georges Jeanty’s art since he was last on the book, but something certainly did. I loved his earlier work and even though I’ve adored Rebekah Isaac’s take on the characters, I wasn’t against him returning for the final season. However, the art in this arc seemed sloppy and rushed.In fact, everything seemed sloppy and rushed: not just the art, but the entire story. Christos Gage has been crushing it on both Buffy and Angel and Faith, and the only element that’s changed here is that Joss Whedon returned to co-plot the story. I’m pretty much the biggest BtVS fan ever so it pains me to say this, but Whedon no longer knows how to write these characters.I do think that the arc wrapped up nicely, but the way that the story got there was anything but. I’m sad to see this series end, knowing that when Buffy returns in comic form, it will be for Boom Studios and she’ll be back in high school once again. Having grown up with these characters, I’ve really enjoyed this canonical comic journey, despite its undeniable highs and lows.I’ll keep following the adventures of the Scoobies, no matter what form they take because I can’t help myself. Even still, for their final story with Dark Horse, this brief arc was extremely disappointing. I gave it three stars, but that was basically just because I appreciated the resolution. All in all, I’m feeling incredibly underwhelmed right now. At least I still have Kiersten White’s Slayer novel to look forward to!
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  • Whitney
    January 1, 1970
    Read in comic book form. So happy with Season 12, especially after the Giles miniseries debaucle. Season 12 had everything I love about the Buffy comics: fun cameos, the gang all together again, a happy ending...? (Well, about as happy as it can get for now in the Buffyverse.) Only one problem...(view spoiler)[WHY can't Joss Whedon and the writers just let Spuffy be? I was so happy after they got together again in Season 11 and Buffy told Spike "I love you." And now we're a few years in the futu Read in comic book form. So happy with Season 12, especially after the Giles miniseries debaucle. Season 12 had everything I love about the Buffy comics: fun cameos, the gang all together again, a happy ending...? (Well, about as happy as it can get for now in the Buffyverse.) Only one problem...(view spoiler)[WHY can't Joss Whedon and the writers just let Spuffy be? I was so happy after they got together again in Season 11 and Buffy told Spike "I love you." And now we're a few years in the future and find out they've broken up again? Granted, at the end of Season 12 Buffy implies they are getting back together, but it was so vague...it could have been more like a "let's keep the whole gang together cause friends love each other" kind of speech. I guess I'll choose to believe that Spuffy is back. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Kristin Kern
    January 1, 1970
    Really, that's how you end things Joss?
  • Lamadia
    January 1, 1970
    At first, I thought that the plot was moving way too fast and too much was skipped in order to jam in the big ending arc, due to Dark Horse canceling all its comics, but the last issue gave me lots of feels and made it back to a four star story for me. They left it open for the possibility of more stories, now that the license has moved to Boom, but it also works as an ending point. It was still a little fast for me, and honestly, I'm a little sad about what happened to my favorite Fray world.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, the comics’ finale was a bit like the comics themselves, a mixed bag. There’s a sense of being underwhelmed, because there’s just no match to the cinematic sense of hope and change “Chosen” had, or even the dramatic heartbreak and sacrifice of “The Gift”.But, the way season 12 was heading, with a dude taking all the Slayer powers, it could have gone a lot worse. I do love the details in the ending tableau.
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  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    Well, unlike apparently everyone else on here, I had not realized this was the end. Boo!My thoughts:Yeah. This thing was suuuuper rushed. Fred. Seriously? What a bunch of jerks!Argh, the art is SO BAD sometimes! This ending just feels...lame. And not like Buffy much at all. I dunno. I’m disappointed.I will still try future Buffy things, I guess, but sighhhhh.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this was a labor of love. I knew it was the "end" of this iteration of Buffy and I wanted to see it through, but it wasn't as good as previous seasons. I'm a sucker for Buffy + Spike so their breakup probably effected my experience some. Moreso, the art wasn't as good and the story felt very rushed. Glad we at least had a few good seasons!
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  • Nom Chompsky
    January 1, 1970
    A bit rushed, the way final seasons and their exposition bombs to set the scene always feel rushed. Lots of good stakes. Maybe jumped the shark on one of the small bads but we’ll see how it plays out.
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Everything converges! Loving where this is going.
  • Jeff Moran
    January 1, 1970
    A fun continuation of the series, that feels like it sets things up for more stories going forward. Neat to see all the characters though. Miss this universe
  • Al Capwned
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this and where it's going to lead.
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