Toward the end of 2011, Dark Horse Comics started the roll out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's ninth season. It was a more ambitious project than the eighth as it was spread out over two on-going books and two mini-series. In addition to the main BVS series, there was Angel & Faith. For the first time since the shows went off the air, there were crossover opportunities. In addition to having their own minis, Willow and Spike also bounced back and forth between the two ongoing books.
The entire Angel & Faith run was penned by comics vet but Buffy noob Christos Gage (DV8, Avengers Academy). The art was handled by Rebekah Isaacs. Both did a fantastic job in maintaining consistent quality and had the best series of the season as well as the best individual issue in #20, "Spike & Faith". These were two characters that didn't spend much time on-screen and they made too much sense together to not pair for at least a whole issue. We were also introduced to the great-aunts of Rupert Giles and caught up with a bunch of old friends and foes alike. Harmony fans can rejoice as she came back again, albeit briefly.
The Buffy series stumbled a bit in places, but none so big as in the character of Billy. The addition of boy slayer sort of flies in the face of the concept of the original material. The two issue excursion by Jane Espenson (original BVS writer) really slowed up the momentum from the "Guarded" and "Welcome To the Team" storylines. Series writer Andrew Chambliss (Once Upon a Time, Dollhouse) had some great emotional moments, such as Buffy thinking she was pregnant in issue six and asking Robin for advice about Slayers with children. His work was especially strong in the stretch run from issue sixteen through the end.
The highlights (and spoilers) to the entire event are enclosed on the list featured in this article. Season Ten is already being plotted as you read this. Please, remember to subscribe before you leave.