Spoiler Alert: Issues 1 and 2
So, I was really looking forward to the Buffy Season Eight comics series. The fact that the stories were being done by Joss Whedon, the return of so many writers from the TV show, and the fact that it's been years since we heard anything about the fates and futures of our beloved characters--all these things had me really looking forward to the Long Road Home series.
After reading the first issue, my reaction was mixed.
The dudes with crazy symbols cut into their chests
The way they've explained away the Angel Season 5 Buffy/Italy/Immortal nonsense.
The nerdy girl who's all flirty with Xander
The familiar face of the Big Bad
Giant Dawn?!?! Of all the things they could have done with Dawn, GIANT Dawn? This further proves that sometimes Joss just runs out of good ideas of what to do with his characters. Just when you thought Dawn couldn't get any more lame. And why is she waiting for Willow to turn up? Would she not want to become person-sized as soon as possible? I can see her not wanting to confide gory details of whatever to Buffy, but I think that would be a petty inconvenience as compared to say, remaining a giant.
The military plotline. Did we learn nothing from Season Four? Bleh.
Now, today, the second issue is out.
Again, the dudes with the crazy symbols cut into their chests.
The nerdy girl flirting with Xander is a slayer? Cool, everyone gets one.
Their security is good enough that they're aware Amy has penetrated Buffy's room, but lax enough that Amy got into the castle? And their first warning that undead beasties were clawing the castle wall was when the slayers patroling that area suddenly heard clawing noises? What about the computer gadgets and psychics we saw them using in the last issue? Come on.
Also, this True Love's Kiss thing is The Worst. Good for fanfic, but BAD in terms of general storyline. Why put it in at all, especially since there's this caveat that Buffy doesn't have to be in love with the person? Moreover, why is Amy telling Xander anything about the enchanted sleep deal at all? Wouldn't it buy her more time if the Scoobies had to first figure out what kind of magic she used, and THEN try to figure out how to stop it? This is just laziness in laying out the exposition.
Finally, are we supposed to believe that Willow (who, in the first issue, Buffy had said couldn't be found) just happened to show up at exactly the right time to battle Amy and her evil forces? Meh. The only way this gets better is if she gets to kiss Buffy and wake her up. And even then: Cheese.