Season 8 ended with a bang that cut the world off from magic—culminating in another set of world-ending problems. Buffy has left her best friend, Willow, powerless, and brought an end to a millennia-long tradition of superpowered girls. By day, Buffy is a twenty-something waitress with no real direction, and even though magic is gone, she’s still a vampire Slayer by night. Bigger problem? Vampires are becoming an epidemic . . . of zompires!
In this first volume of Season 9, we find Buffy attempting to have a normal life. She’s found an apartment to share with two new individuals and it’s time for a housewarming party. Of course, Buffy and the gang never have much luck with parties. This one turns out to be fairly normal and Buffy even finds herself randomly waking up naked and alone.
Relationships of the Scooby Gang are a bit strained in the wake of Buffy destroying the Seed of Power. Everyone who has been cut off from their power has some bitterness towards Buffy, including Willow. Meanwhile Dawn and Xander are at odds about something trivial. So when a mysterious man appears with the ability to take away vampirism from any vampire, Buffy doesn’t think to question if she should trust him or not. Not even when the police are blaming her for the string of ex-vampire bodies being left all over the city. But as usual, she finds you can’t trust everyone you meet and it turns out he was sent to absorb her powers and kill her.
But the trouble is just beginning for the Buffster. The Original Slayer has been sending dreams, claiming she’s no longer a slayer. A fact that may be true since the prophecy states: One girl… and Buffy is no longer a girl and is now pregnant…
It’ll be interesting to see where all of this is going for Buffy and the Gang. My guess is the baby is going to some supernatural power, just like they did with Cordelia. But the real question is: Who’s the Father? It’s been months since Buffy and Angel did the nasty and brought about Twilight. Or maybe it’s mystery hookup guy. Stay tuned to find out, folks!
Pick up your copy on Amazon: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Freefall by Joss Whedon