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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine Volume 3: Guarded Paperback – May 7 2013

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (May 7 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616550996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616550998
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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It was packed with bigger item and it moved around the box. Since that happened the edges were bent, they should of rapped the comic better and made sure there was no extra space in the box.
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I love this one, I have been followed the series from the begining and in this lots of things are explained. It's fun!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d736ba0) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
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HASH(0x9d7458ac) out of 5 stars Not the best of the series May 26 2013
By Escapist Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
REVIEW COURTESY OF ALL THINGS URBAN FANTASY

On last week's episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Leonard decides Buffy is the perfect show for he and Penny to share. At the end of an episode Penny says it was "Cute". This really has nothing to do with the review, but the scene was serious deja vu for me. I can't count how many times I've tried to get my fiancé to watch Buffy. It's gotten to the point that I'm starting to take it personally.

Anyway!

It saddens me to report that GUARDED is one of the weaker story arcs so far for Season 9. Buffy finds herself working for Kennedy (I knew there was a reason I never liked her) as a Slayer bodyguard for the rich and famous. Buffy and Kennedy take a gig protecting the founder of a Facebook-like website called Tin Can. There's some mild amusement when it's discovered that Tin Can was partially funded by those demon-lovers at Wolfram & Hart. Needless to say hijinxs ensue. Kennedy and Buffy argue over how to handle things (and literally come to blows) and Buffy realizes she can never just look out for herself. She's a Slayer. She saves people.

This epiphany was long time coming (and I hope it leads to some better story lines), but the whole arc felt a little flat. GUARDED falls far short of the type of dialogue and plotting I've come to expect from Buffy (especially when compared to the stellar writing going on at ANGEL & FAITH). And the artwork. Oy vey. Half the time you can't tell who a character is supposed to be - and when the dialogue also isn't working it's often difficult to figure it out. This is a serious problem with the series and one I hope they rectify sooner rather than later.

All in all though, it's still Buffy. The television had low points as well and always managed to find its way again. I'm hoping the same is true for Season 9.
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HASH(0x9d74599c) out of 5 stars Seriously weak July 8 2013
By Will Samuel - Published on Amazon.com
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After the last two volumes, this was a real disappointment. The story of Buffy working as a bodyguard with Kennedy is interesting enough, and the idea of a demonic Facebook was worth a smile, but just as things were starting to get interesting it suddenly ended, and we're whisked off to an unrelated story that
can only be described as a GLAAD PSA.

A bullied, misunderstood gay kid in a small town gets attacked by a vamp, the cute guy he secretly has a crush on appears for no reason whatsoever and helps him kill it, and despite having no powers or training, the two decide that they can be slayer and watcher. The rest of the book involves them killing zomires while smiling constantly and making way too many flirtatious one liners. So the story is predictable and clichéd, the characters are never developed in the slightest, and it's never explained how these kids are able to kill so many vamps or why they should be the ones doing it. I expected better.
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HASH(0x9d7556cc) out of 5 stars Pass on this one Oct. 4 2013
By Anaya - Published on Amazon.com
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Weak, boring, and disappointing. And what was up with that last story? Are the writers just trying to come up with filler to make the book bigger? You could pass on this one and not miss anything. Yawn.
HASH(0x9d7555c4) out of 5 stars Sofia @ Platypire Reviews July 12 2015
By Sofia G. - Published on Amazon.com
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Dear Joss,
I feel after all this time I can address you by your first name. As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer since the 90s I feel we need to address some issues. WTF happen? where are the scoobies? Yes, it's called Buffy the Vampire Slayer but we still need to see Xander, Willow, Spike and unfortunately even Dawn. Billy was a nice addiction but did he really need two issues? The lack of magic is going on to damn long. Bring back the magic! Buffy needs the magic! I need the magic!

Sincerely,

A True Fan
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HASH(0x9d755c00) out of 5 stars Pop Culture Breakdown Nov. 22 2015
By Jennifer Sicurella - Published on Amazon.com
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The Good: I've always liked Kennedy (which is a major sin in the Buffy loving world) and really enjoyed seeing her in the forefront of this volume. Kennedy is making the world work for her, something we always knew she's excel at. Buffy is floundering (as always). So Buffy goes to work for Kennedy. I loved seeing Buffy attempt a normal job that works with her slayer abilities. I loved seeing her struggle with no longer being the Chosen "One" and now being just another slayer in a world chock full of them, and not being the best at dealing with day to day issues.

The Bad: Billy the vampire slayer. Yay for including more gay characters. Boo for making a weird situation out of it. There are men who slay vampires, but they aren't slayers. I appreciate what they're trying to do here, but calling him a slayer, just because he's attracted to dudes is ridiculous. Men don't have the powers bestowed upon a slayer. Billy doesn't have the power either, because sexuality doesn't define gender. Slayers are women. Kennedy is a lesbian and that didn't take away her slayer abilities. It has nothing to do with who you love and you can't just go around calling every person a slayer when they clearly haven't been mystically called.


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