Bamfas Deals of the week 2/1/12

Another Wednesday is upon us and that means its time for the Bamfas deals of the week!

This list of loot should carry you over for the rest of the week and hopefully give you something to look forward to in the mail on Monday. On with the goods!

 

Bamfas.com #1 weekly want

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series

It has been called the greatest show ever (often by me) for a good reason. The set includes every episode over 39 DVDs. If you have not seen the show before, this is a great chance to see it for the first time. Sure it is on Netflix instant streaming but the collectors set’s packaging is a must for fans with worn down and possible played out discs.

Deal details: 64% off right now for $72.99 on [Amazon.com]

 

 

The tidy tech deal of the week

Flexicord HDMI cable

If you are anything like me then you have a mess of tangled cables behind your tv. You can try to stash it but it just never wants to stay hidden. This handy cable uncoils to the exact you need. Since they don’t recoil, they come with a recoiler if you need to adjust the length.

Deal details: $9.99 on [Amazon.com]
The DIY, Moar Power!! Deal of the week

Dual USB outlet

I dare you to not want this! Perfect addition to your home office that is lacking outlet space. No more deciding what to unplug because your phone is about to croak. If you are worried about installation, it does come with detailed step by step instructions.

Deal details: $26.96 on [Amazon.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6 On Your Own Part 1

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils:: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Karl Story
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Phil Noto Cover

This review will largely have me fawning over Spike. I try to act impartial but when it comes to the awesomeness that is Spike, it becomes very hard to do. This issue has Buffy dealing with the aftermath of the news that she learned at the end of the last issue. She seeks advice from someone who has first hand knowledge of what it’s like to fall into an impossible situation where the answers aren’t so easy. As Buffy is getting advice and trying to figure out her future, Spike is on a ride-a-long with Officer Dowling. Spike is trying to teach him about the subtleties of zompires. As Spike is explaining the enigma that is Buffy, he receives a S.O.S call from her and without hesitation he’s on his way (swoon). Buffy spills life changing news to Spike, who does nothing but listen and be supportive. As Buffy asks Spike for help, Spike again, without missing a beat is there for her.

This issue is very good and very sad. Spike is amazing, from his very concise summary of his and Buffy’s “story” to his right into action chivalrous behavior. The art is fantastic, the somber tone is captured extremely well. I love the cover, it is irrefutable that Spike has Buffy’s back (without judgment) both literally and figuratively and this is what makes him the best. This issue is the first in a two issue story arc which hopefully will conclude in a not so easy wrap-up in the next issue. Hopefully, I didn’t fawn too much, but I think once everyone reads the issue my Spike love will be understood!

Georges Jeanty Cover

Release Date: February 8th, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Angel & Faith #6 Daddy Issues Part 1

Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternative Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Steve Morris Cover

This issue begins with Angel following his highly trained nose which is detecting the smell of blood. He knows that smell is never good and in this particular case it’s beyond not good. Flashback to Giles as a youth who is attempting to pass his Watcher final alongside a group of kids gathered together expecting a powerful vampire who, instead meet a crazy dangerous and powerful Lorophage demon with disastrous results. Meanwhile, Faith is knee-deep in her own problems as she continues to work with her small group of Slayers. As one of the Slayer trainees almost stakes a human (he claims he’s a vampire) Faith begins to see a pattern and a potential problem. A vampire named “Mother Superior” seems to be going around town wreaking havoc, however she’s not actually killing or siring anyone so there’s not a lot of justification to slay her. Faith takes her concerns to Angel. Angel who has been reading the Watcher Files, begins to wonder if the Lorophage demon is rearing its ugly head and takes his concerns to Alasdair Coames. Angel and Faith search for “Mother Superior” and end up finding her in a church/vampire club (what town doesn’t have one of these?). I won’t reveal who she is for the sake of the three people who have tried to stay spoiler free. Faith also has a surprise waiting for her when she meets up with her Slayers!

The Giles flashback is great, he’s such an awesome, interesting character and getting these little glimpses into his past is always intriguing. Giles’ flashback really provides some insight into how he evolved into the Giles we know and love. This entire issue was fantastic, “Mother Superior” will definitely provide some great storylines and she’s always a great addition. The somewhat lost in the shuffle Faith visitor (because of Mother Superior) will be super intriguing and it should give us some unexplored insight into Faith. Everything about this issue was spot on, the art as usual is wonderful, the dialog is great and the story is really shaping up to be amazing. I love where this series is going and I can’t wait to get there!

Rebekah Issacs Cover

Release Date: January 25th, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5 – Slayer, Interrupted

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Karl Moline
Inks: Andy Owens
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Steve Morris Cover

A Zompire mob is in full effect and Buffy, with a little (very little) help from Xander and Dawn, is trying to lessen the mob as best she can.  She thinks she succeeds only to find out that she has failed miserably.  However, all was for naught, she’s just dreaming.  Buffy’s dreams, always vivid and a bit confusing are no different this time around.  As she attempts to figure out what they mean she enlists Willow’s help.  The dreams (references to the first Slayer, season 8 and Disney) finally become clear(ish) and it seems that the magic conundrum is on the verge of being resolved (no, they don’t learn complicated card tricks).  Willow must take her own path and as Buffy’s roommates are questioning whether they can all continue living together because of Buffy’s dangerous slaying, Buffy’s world is positively turned upside down!

This issue has the potential to set up some very interesting and very important verse changing storylines (if the big “whoa” moments are indeed real and not part of a dream or something along those lines).  The dialog and art are very good and the cover is one of my favorites so far!  I didn’t know how to feel about this issue when I finished reading it but as it ruminated for a while I realized I really liked it and I am super excited to see where it is going to take us.  Everything is very good, albeit a little “wha?” inducing, but ultimately a strong issue.

George Jeanty Alt Cover

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #4 Freefall Part Four

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty With Dexter Vines and Dave Stewart
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Georges Jeanty Cover

We begin this issue with a short flashback that gives us even more insight into Severin and his motivations.  Is he genuinely bad or does he think what he’s doing is just?  Who’s “leading” him? Most importantly, will he succeed in his mission to kill Buffy?  Chances are, probably not, but it is a safe bet that he will keep trying until someone or something stops him permanently.  This issue really highlights the huge mess that is Buffy’s life.  Her friends are keeping their distance (except Spike of course), her roommates may stumble upon some very questionable things that Buffy keeps in her room, and finally Buffy is placed on the police’s most wanted list.  For any of us this may seem like a hole that no one could climb out of; but, this is Buffy.  Very little phases her, she has learned to take life’s little (little for her anyway) obstacles as they come and eventually she will get everything sorted out. As she begins to get everything back on track we learn that Severin is not working alone and really seems to be  manipulated and used as a pawn by someone we have met before!

Steve Morris Cover

There is some good action in this issue along with some very good banter/dialog.  As I said in a previous review, Buffy and Willow’s relationship is definitely on the mend and it was nice seeing them interact with what appeared to be only a slight feeling of animosity.  The issue was very good and really seems to be keeping a nice pace with adding a few surprises here and there!

Release Date: December 14th, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

 

Angel, Buffy and Dollhouse arrive on Dark Horse Digital

On the go? Unable to store a box of epic comics or expand upon your current collection? Dark Horse Digital has you covered. For Whedon fans, they’re taking it a step up with Angel, Buffy and Dollhouse all available on the Digital Store now. Check out the release schedule below for info on what’s coming up.

11/9/11

  • Buffy Season 8 #1-20
  • Buffy Season 9 #1 & 2

11/16/11

  • Buffy Season 8 #21-25
  • Buffy Season 9 #3
  • Angel #1-9
  • Angel & Faith #1 – 3

11/23/11

  • Dollhouse one shot and #1-5
  • Buffy Season 8 #26 – 30

11/30/11

  • Buffy Season 8 #31- 35

12/7/11

  • Buffy Season 8 #36-40
The goal is that Dark Horse will continue to release back issues weekly so that fans can get in on all the goodness that is the Whedon universe.
Not sure how to get to Dark Horse Digital? Click here!

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #3 Freefall Part Three

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Steve Morris Cover

Freefall part 3, where to begin? This issue really drives the story forward. We learn a lot in this issue, and along the way there are some very shocking twists and turns. In Freefall part three we meet a new type of Slayer who has a very hands on approach to slaying and undoubtedly will raise some questions about what it means to be a Slayer. We learn a great deal about his past, what got him to this point and what his intentions are. Unfortunately, with the exception of Spike (yet again), this new character is the only one helping Buffy as she is still on the lam from the police. With the seeds destruction still looming, we learn that there are even more consequences than previously imagined. Vampires seem “different” and not just in that, ve vant to suck your blood kind of way. The one good thing that does come out of this new revelation about vamp 2.0 is that it appears Buffy and Willow’s relationship is finally on the mend. The police are still searching for Buffy claiming that they “just want to talk to her” and we find that Xander and Dawn are still having domestic issues, to which I say good, end it already! Spike being the dashing, debonair hero, is on his own mission attempting to find out who and or what is after Buffy. What he finds out is far beyond what he initially imagined and is critical to Buffy’s survival. The only question becomes, will he be too late? I think we can safely say, probably not, he’s Spike, I mean really, as long as he isn’t on a platform trying to save Dawn, what can’t he do!

This issue was very good, easily the best so far of season 9. It feels like everyone is hitting their stride. The story is moving along nicely, the dialog is good, however missing some of the snark, and the art is amazing. The ending is fabulous and has a great cliffhanger that will definitely have everyone chomping at the bit for #4. I think it’s obvious that I would recommend this issue without hesitation…Go. Get. It.

Georges Jeanty Cover

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
Release Date: November 9th, 2011

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #2 Freefall Part 2

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse Comics

Steve Morris Cover

A quick recap of Freefall Part 1, we find Buffy attempting to start a new life in San Fransisco as she tries to find and understand her place in the world.  Buffy is also battling some of her fiercest enemies yet, bill collectors!  Most importantly though, she is struggling with the destruction of the seed and the repercussions that it is having on the world and her friends. In issue #2 Georges Jeanty’s artwork is superb and captures the nuances of the characters in a remarkable way.  His work really helps to put the final touches on the emotions that Buffy and the Scoobies are feeling.

In Freefall Part 2 we find Buffy still struggling with her place in the world and what she wants to do with her life.  Still seeing the ramifications from the lack of magic in the world, she is still doing her best to not deal with it.  Buffy is at a crossroads wishing that she could just be normal and not have to be the defender of the world.  This time though she not only has to deal with demony types trying to get her, she now has regular old humans after her too.

We have appearances by the whole crew and have Spike doing what he does best, being sarcastic and, above all, having Buffy’s back.  We also see Xander and Dawn being kind of thoughtless and downright jerky to Buffy, especially considering that they would be dead many times over if not for her.  I really hope this entire Xander and Dawn dating storyline wraps up soon, I for one am not a fan of it!  Finally, we are left with a very interesting, can’t wait to see what happens, “twist”(hint, hint).  Depending on how this new storyline plays out it could be really different and awesome.  I would definitely recommend reading this comic, it is moving the storyline along nicely and is a must read, I already can’t wait for the next one.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Angel & Faith #2 Live Through This Part 2

Angel & Faith #2 Live Through This Part 2
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaaces
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Andy Owens & Dan Jackson
Published By: Dark Horse

With the absence of magic in the world and Giles dead by the hands of Angel (hey, if these are spoilers you need to catch up) we see Angel and Faith as the new dynamic duo.  They have always had a special relationship, which at times most people did not understand. They always had a connection because they understood each other when others didn’t.  This story is no different, which is a good thing.  It’s nice to see them have each others backs, more Faith than Angel this time which is a nice change of pace.  However, there does seem to be a little something missing, the dialog.  Faith has always been sarcastic, but that tough girl sarcasm is lacking in this issue.  Angel, while generally a dark serious kind of guy, is still moody and broody, but we miss his lighter side.  One may argue that he has very little to be light about, he’s on a mission and feeling tremendous guilt (he should be used to that by now!), but even when the world was ending, whichever time, he could find a little levity.

The comic stays true to the relationship that Angel and Faith have always had, it really captures the nuances of their friendship. It also has a great special guest and nice twist on how the rules of the world have changed.  The main story line seems like it will be very interesting, especially in a world where magic is no more.  The art is fantastic, especially Faith, she looks amazing.  Bottom line, definitely worth buying and I have a feeling that they will find their groove and this series will be just as great as Buffy.

Release Date: September 28th 2011