Graphic Novel Review: Wolves at the Gate

Graphic Novel Review: Wolves at the GateWolves at the Gate by Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #3
Published by Dark Horse Books on November 19, 2008
Genres: Horror, Humor, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 136
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Vampires that, at will, can transform into wolves, panthers, insects, or fog invade the Slayer base of operations in northern Scotland, and not only walk away unscathed, but in possession of Buffy's scythe, the symbol of Slayer power worldwide. Buffy and the Slayer legion travel to Tokyo in order to learn more about their dangerous new foes, as Xander journeys to Transylvania to solicit the only person they've ever known to possess such power: Dracula.

* The celebrated Buffy Season Eight continues with Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost) writing Wolves at the Gate, with Joss Whedon continuing his role as executive producer, and Georges Jeanty as series artist.

* Includes the stand-alone issue written by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, "A Beautiful Sunset."

* Collecting issue #11-15 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series.

This volume was so entirely Joss Whedon to a T. He still hates happiness. And Buffy still likes leading folks on, thus the song for today. Anyone surprised? But seriously, why does Joss believe that happy couples should never be allowed to actually remain happy? Either someone has to become a jackass and not marry that person, or sex turns someone evil, or one of the two has to die. There are no other options in the Whedon-verse. Sigh. So if you’re coming to a Whedon show for the sweet romances, well, don’t.

What you should come here for is the relationship between Dracula and Xander. I am so shipping their friendship right now; just to be clear, I do not want them to be more than friends. They have such a humorous dynamic. It would be just like Xander to become besties with the most famous vampire of all time, who totally gets dressed up to see Xander. Oh the adorable and the jokes.

The big showdown at the end was definitely a forum only to cause movements of characters for later segments and for Joss to hate happiness. Other than that, it wasn’t really that huge of a fight. I think this was the best volume in season 8 so far, though.

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