Not part of Team Edward? Is True Blood not your style? Longing for the days of the Scoobies?
Well, you’re in luck.
Buffy Season 8, the hit comic from Dark Horse, has been made into a motion comic, with the first four episodes already available from iTunes.
Buffy Season 8 is a wonderful comic series, and will wrap up soon, with Joss Whedon himself writing the last five issues of the season. The story has been exciting, and all of the characters have been very true to the original spirit of the series. Along with the regular gang, there have been visits from old friends and enemies, and I’m sure there will be some more surprises to come in the remaining issues.
As great as it has been to have a comic series pick up where the television show ended, I have to say that at first I was nervous about the comic becoming a motion comic. Naturally, it is not at all the same as a live-action television show, and I had to wonder if the story that was so good on the page would translate into this format. I’m glad to say that the motion comic is great so far.
The style that the animators have chosen works very well. Some of the images are in a traditional, linear progression, while some are in moving panels superimposed over other images. The changes between the look are used to highlight different scenes and give more detail to certain actions. You can’t see the action in the way you could in another format, but the action sequences are still very moving and powerful.
Unfortunately, the voice actors are not the original actors from the television series. However, most of them fit the characters well, with one exception so far, that of Giles. The voice is a bit too playful. The only other nit I have to pick with the series so far is a mistake in Episode 2, where Xander’s eye patch seems to jump from his left eye to his right and back again. For me, these are minor drawbacks, and I still have enjoyed the episodes thus far.
A nice feature is the use of the television theme song, particularly in the first episode. With the episodes being short (between 10 and 12 minutes each so far), there is not much time for extensive use of music, but what has been created for this series is well done and fits the show well.
No, it’s not the same as having the original television series back on the air, but I believe that fans of the show will enjoy it. Particularly if you have been reading the comic, give the motion comic a look. Buffy fans, it is well worth your time. The episodes are available on iTunes, and in January, the whole series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray.