Once departing the CW for UPN in season six, I began to lose interest somewhat in the show and moved on to other things, never thinking to continue following Buffy's adventures into comics. After months of seeing Buffy comics on the rack, I decided to pick up the first five issues from a dollar box a few months ago. Freefall is the first story arc, contained within the first four issues of the series, and collected as a TPB of the same name.
What I found here was very different than what I had expected. Buffy was now living in a world where vampires and demons no longer crossed over, and were stranded on either side of the portal, and newly turned vampires were now more like zombies than anything else. Thus leading Xander to dub them, "zombpires".
Here in Freefall it is very easy to jump right back in to Buffy's world, as the requisite background information is given on the status of her relationships with most of her family and crew, and the changes to the world are gradually doled out over the course of the story arc.
New characters and villains are introduced, and Buffy's relationship with Spike is brought up to speed for those of us that haven't been around in a few years. The twist in this first arc actually surprised me and made me sit up a bit in my chair as I was reading it, and for a moment, that old spark was rekindled, that little flame that was once a raging inferno for Buffy and her world returned.
While this was just a single arc in the currently running 9th season, I left with a positive impression, and I will be picking up the rest of the trades to catch me up to where the monthlies are now.
As a lapsed Buffy fan, this was an easy trip 'home', so to speak. If you ever enjoyed Buffy, but have never read the comics, give this a try, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, I was.