TV has its good side but it can also limit a creator as finances have to be factored in when thinking about plots. This is something comics do not have to worry about basically if an artist can draw a writer can plot it. Unfortunately Mr Whedon took this theme a little too far as we get some rather far-fetched plots that remove Buffy away from the relatable ideals that made her so appealing. Its not that its bad it just feels a little off in some section and I think the series really is a peak trough situation. If I was viewing this as just a new comic instead of a continuing series this may not have been so obvious as the stories are strong, but we are dealing with a continuing property.
The series is split into multiple arcs with a few one shot and special issues thrown in, these allow the focus to drift from Buffy and onto other members of the now much extended cast. If you cast your mind back t series 7 Willow had a cast a spell to awaken all the potential Slayers in the world and now we have a sizable Buffy Force all ready to fight evil. The rise of the potentials does give rise to have a number of problems; the most significant is probably one of the more significant themes in the Buffy series Powerful Women. Sometimes this has been hinted at and other times it has been quite overt, in the early skirmishes with the Twilight Buffy voices her dissatisfaction with the usual status quo saying;
The trouble with look at a very long series of comics is that there will be occasions where the art will fluctuate. In single issues this can be subtle but when you read an arc in big chunks the deviations can be more jarring. The art is generally good but there are some pretty stellar issues which make the good ones lose a measure of impact. It sounds a little greedy to also want the best but if standards are set high then dropping below that point will always cause a stir. The tone of the art feels a lot more risqué than the show and we do see quite a lot of flesh in the art, Everything is tastefully done but you do get a sense of a mature appeal to the comic. One of the art highlights comes arly in the series when a skinless enemy is back on the hunt for Buffy but accidentally captures one of the gang instead. The depiction of the musculature is great and it the representation has a haunting quality that does stand out.
Overall Season 8 is a strong showing in the Buffyverse the multiple writers led by Joss Whedon went in a few directions that led Buffy from the usual path, but without experimentation we would not know what works in this medium for the franchise. It may not be everyone's taste but I think in the comic format Buffy has found a new home.