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Predators and Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Vol. 5) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger3 more, Doug Petrie, Georges Jeanty (Illustrator), Cliff Richards (Illustrator)

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Title:Predators and Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Vol. 5)
Authors:Joss Whedon
Other authors:Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie2 more, Georges Jeanty (Illustrator), Cliff Richards (Illustrator)
Info:Dark Horse Comics (2009), Edition: 5, Paperback, 144 pages
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators and Prey by Joss Whedon (2009)



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Hrm. I'm not as much of a fan of this volume. Though it seemed great to see Harmony (and Clem!) again, I'm not sure I bought the popularity of her reality show where she's out as a vampire, exposing that to the world, and where she depicts slayers as evil. Sure, I know there are lots of bad reality shows out there and people who seem to love them, no matter how stupid they are. But at some point it seems unrealistic that the personal attacks (murders?) don't come under more suspicion. And this was NOT the way I'd expected the entire world to learn about the existence of vampires and slayers. That's such a HUGE shift in the entire Buffyverse, and it's done as a kind of side effect in a stupid reality show? Not a fan of that.

And then there are other kind of related side plots... murderous toys, Andrew as a watcher (mixed feelings on how that was handled as well, though I appreciate Buffy's confidence in him and her actually telling him so), moments with Kennedy and Satsu and lesbianism, etc. This volume didn't do much to further the overall plot and messed up the entire world in the process. Not sure why, but maybe that will become clear in future volumes? ( )
  katekintail | Sep 3, 2016 |
*Book source ~ Library

Contains 5 stories in the continuing Season 8 of the Buffyverse, where vampires are suddenly the hot new thing because of the ditz Harmony getting her own reality tv show and propaganda against the slayers have forced them into hiding.

Harmonic Divergence~ Ok, somehow stupid Harmony has ended up on television with her own reality show and she’s outted vampires. Seriously? Not only that, she’s singlehandedly yanked the slayers into the limelight and made them look like the bad guys. Someone stake her already. I really wish she had died at the end of Angel Season 5. She’s like a cockroach that can’t be killed. It’s a nightmare. The illustrations are excellent though.

Swell ~ Stuffed vampire kitties used to take out the slayers. Really, Twilight? How lame ass can you get? And leave it to Harmony to put a different spin on it. I’m serious. Can’t someone just stake her already and make it look like she tripped and fell on a fence or something? Great and, at times, gross illustrations. Not something I’d like translated to the big or little screen anytime soon.

Predators and Prey ~ Ah! An Andrew story. I gotta admit that I kinda love Andrew. He’s so…such a…well, he provides much needed comic relief. And he’s come a long way since being Warren’s bitch. Not a bad story, but the illustrations are weak.

Safe ~ This Giles and Faith story about a Slayer sanctuary where girls who were Chosen, but don’t want to be can go and be safe is a decent one. The illustrations are pretty good, too.

Living Doll ~ Thank goodness the Dawn storyline gets wrapped up in this one. I loved Dawn’s look as a doll, but the rest of the illustrations are so-so.

Super Short Shorts at the end of the graphic novel
Harmony Bites ~ Again with that dumbass Harmony. And now Clem is hanging with her? I thought he had better taste than that. Gah! I’m not overly fond of the illustrations.

Vampy Cat Play Friend ~ Well, that escalated quickly. I like the illustrations for this one.

Advertisements at the back of the book
Q&A with Harmony Kendall ~ Dumb as a box of rocks. When the hell will this end?!

Slayers: Why they hate America ~ Man, bad PR sucks for the slayers. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Jul 3, 2015 |
Predators and Prey . . . still good, but not as consistently likeable for me as the first four volumes.

I don't like Harmony. I have never found her as funny as the writers apparently do. The reality teevee show thing feels overdone; I just wish they could have found another way to get the anti-Slayer sentiment going. However, the non-Harmony-centric issues were pretty good, especially Safe and titular issue. ( )
  karinnekarinne | Apr 3, 2013 |
Harmony (remember her?) gets her own reality television show. Twilight, the evil organization trying to stop the slayers, creates some seriously creepy vampire cat toys and uses Harmony's show to turn people against slayers and pro-vampire. Buffy and Andrew take on an evil sect of slayers. Giles and Faith are doing their thing, trying to help slayer outcasts. Dawn is now a doll and in the hands of some creepy guy. Volume 5 is like the middle of a season where there might be an episode here and there related to the big bad, but most of them are off the wall crazy things caused by other folks.

First of all, let's talk about Harmony. I never liked her, which I suppose is how you are supposed to feel. However, I would have been totally happy with her not coming back at all, as I am mostly just annoyed by her. If she had to come back, though, this was a good way to do it. She definitely is reality show material. I'm guessing Harmony Bites would air on MTV. No, I would not watch it.

These Twilight plot lines were pretty great, much better than the previous, to me anyway. The evil toys were just funny, in the same way that the giant Stay Puft marshmallow man at the end of Ghostbusters is. The other prong of their attack, making slayers into the bad guys in the eyes of the public, was pretty nifty as well. It definitely plays nicely off of the vampire craze, suggesting that humans are dumb enough to want to become vamps even in the Buffy-verse with the nasty forehead wrinkles and the gruesome shots of Harmony eating folks on television. Yeah, humanity!

The slayers that are out for their own profit and kicked folks off an island so they can live there do not interest me much. What saved this section was definitely Andrew. His speeches about nerdy things, while boring to Buffy and most everyone else in the comic, are almost all delightful to me. Plus, he did the classic Andrew thing where he tries to be helpful, but does so using his talent with demons, which...yeah, oops.

Giles and Faith's section was pretty boring. They didn't really accomplish anything and they don't quite seem to have a dynamic down. I am all for odd pairings, like when Buffy and Andrew went on a car drive and bonded over Daniel Craig as Bond, but Giles and Faith just are not working out.

Dawn's new incarnation is not nearly as awesome as her previous ones. A doll is just not as funny or intense as a giant or a centaur. She also does some more of the "I don't get enough attention from my sister, so I act out" stuff, which I can't stand. This ends (somewhat of a spoiler here) with her turned back to a human. Everyone knew it had to happen eventually. I'm not really sure how to feel about this, since her crazy forms were some of the best parts of this series for me. However, I am sure she can still get into ridiculous antics (and from some of the spoilers my dear friends have mentioned, she will) as a human.

Good volume overall. A couple of the sections dragged, but there were some hilarious moments and most of the plot lines were solid. ( )
  A_Reader_of_Fictions | Apr 1, 2013 |
This volume was pretty uneven. I don't really enjoy Harmony and her reality tv show. I did enjoy the Buffy/Andrew and Giles/Faith issues. There wasn't really an overarching theme to this volume. I wish it felt like the Slayer organization had more of a plan instead of just reacting to the big baddies related to Twilight as they pop-up ( )
  alwright1 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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