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Predators and Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Vol. 5)
Buffy's world goes awry when former-classmate-turned-vampire Harmony Kendall lands her own reality TV show, Harmony Bites, bolstering bloodsucking fiends in the mainstream. Humans line up to have their blood consumed, and Slayers, through a series of missteps, misfortunes, and anti-Slayer propaganda driven by the mysterious Twilight, are forced into hiding. In Germany, Faith and Giles discover a town where Slayers retreat from a world that has turned against them, only to find themselves in the arms of something far worse. A rogue-Slayer faction displaces an entire Italian village, living up to their tarnished reputation as power-hungry thieves. And finally, with the help of a would-be demon lover, Dawn addresses her unfaltering insecurities.
||Dark Horse Comics|
||October 07, 2009|
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 21 reviews|
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5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Series slowing down but Vampy Cat rules!!Dec 02, 2009
By S. Penrose
This collection has really proven that this can't possibly be how Joss Whedon saw the next season of the TV show because this is so all-over the place that viewers would have been disappearing super fast. I loved the Harmony Bites idea. Good stuff but threre was no follow through. Faith & Giles together is interesting but once again, not much happened. I hope the next trade amps up the story or I probably will stop reading this. :(
15 of 19 found the following review helpful:
I think people missed the point...Nov 02, 2009
By V. M. Ranjan
I actually thought the premise of Harmony getting her own reality-TV show was pretty hilarious. I think, rather than trying to cash in on the whole "vampires integrating into popular culture" thing like the True Blood series, Joss and Crew are generally poking fun at all the Twilight/True Blood fans who have suddenly gone... well.. vampire crazy! Everyone wants their own vampire, and everyone is sooo in love with Vampires that they fail to see that vampires would actually be dangerous. Harmony has always been a huge comic relief for me, she's absolutely silly and fails to feel like a threat, when in truth she totally is (well, okay mostly she's hilarious and ineffectual as a threat). I could totally believe that she took her Angel-certified recommendation, her former ties to W&H and her glowing/whacky personality and went straight to TV execs with her "woe is me! I'm a misunderstood vampire!" angle to cash in. What's even better is that they bring to light the damage that misrepresenting certain groups can do, and how easily people are swayed. I mean, vampires easily get people to turn against the "Slayer Threat" even though the Slayer "Threat" is their only real defense. I think it's more of Joss just poking at current pop-culture and maybe even the current political climate.
As for the rest of installment, I can see where this is setting up the plots for the next story arc, and that's fine. Just remember that exposition and pawn placement is always a little... dry.
Oh, and just for fun, "Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday." <-- Oh how I miss Tuesdays with Buffy <3
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
the worst issue ever...Jun 04, 2010
By David Muñoz
The issue is a mix of short stories that should have been deleted from the beginning, they're not even funny. the only bit that is interesting is the reappearance of Harm's character.... but that's it. The rest gets underwhelming and dull...
10 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Awful, awful, awfulOct 21, 2009
I have enjoyed season 8 so far but this volume is just awful. Really not worth the read apart from the fact that some significant things happen. Mainly that thanks to Harmony, vampires are out and adored by the public. (Way to channel The Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood - Except that in Harris' universe the outing of vampires is dealt with intelligently and in this story it's nonsense). And thanks to a renegade slayer, slayers are hated and feared. (Perhaps Wheadon spent too long on the X-Men.)
This is a bad, bad book and I don't recommend anyone waste their time or money on it. I would give it "no stars" if Amazon would let me.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
A step downNov 07, 2009
By N. Durham
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 continues, and sadly in this fifth collected volume of the smash ongoing series finds things taking a bit of a step down for Buffy and her Scoobies. Things start out as the vampiric Harmony manages to become a beloved reality TV host, which leads to a nation-wide love of all things vampire, and hate for all things Slayer-related. After that, Buffy and her crew go into hiding and take on baddies all at once, Giles and Faith take down some themselves, and Buffy saves her sister Dawn. Yeah, Predators and Prey really doesn't offer what we haven't seen before. This may not be so bad, but considering that a majority of writers from the show are featured in Predators and Prey, including Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, and Doug Petrie, most of what you find here is just, well, for lack of a better word, meh. There's some somewhat humerous Harmony-featured shorts to end this TPB, but sadly compared to what came before with Buffy Season 8, Predators and Prey is sadly a step down.
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