Read Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey by Jane Espenson Steven S. DeKnight Drew Z. Greenberg Jim Krueger Doug Petrie Georges Jeanty Joss Whedon Online

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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, FaitBuffy'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.* Collects issues #21-#25 and the short stories "Harmony Bites" and "Vampy Cat Play Friend" from MySpace Dark Horse Presents!...

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey Reviews

  • Fables&Wren
    2019-06-09 09:32

    WrensReads Review:Guys. GUYS. GUYS!Harmony gets her own TV show and she is like, a celebrity. This is not a drill and it is the best worst thing to happen to anyone ever and I need more. And we get to see new facesAnd Buffy does her faceAnd there are monsters.In all honesty, this is getting pretty great, in not a great way. The slayers are being hunted and hated, vampires are being sympathized, and “Twilight” is still trying to stop Buffy from doing literally anything. Whoever decided that Twilight was a good name for an evil group against vampire slayers.. needs a head check. I have a feeling my heart is going to burst with anticipation. WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram---I'm laughing so hard right now. Lolololol RTC.

  • j
    2019-05-27 10:22

    You remember how, when he was young and hungry and battling budgetary constraints and studio execs at every turn, George Lucas made the original Star Wars trilogy?Then you remember how 20 years later, he had enough money and CGI to have complete control and tell whatever story he wanted and he subsequently made the prequel trilogy?I can't remember why I brought that up.

  • Brittany
    2019-06-15 07:24

    ***Buddyread with the Shallowreaders! Criteria: Where you go back so far that finding the banner is almost not an option!***A world where Slayers are the villains and vampires are misunderstood? This should have been a great beginning to an awesome story. Instead, it was just okay. But they can't all be mega awesome, I guess.The beginning was cool. I liked the fact that Harmony, the ditziest of all vampires in existence, has become THE FACE for vampires everywhere. Do they want to kill you? SOMETIMES! BUT THAT'S OKAY! BECAUSE IT ISN'T ALL THE TIME! And when she's attacked on her MTV reality show, Slayers become public enemy number one.So why did this flop? Because there wasn't enough for me. Dawn's story line of being cursed is chopped up and put to rest with the finesse of a preschooler writing a story."I love you Dawn," says Kenny."I love you, too," says Dawn. "But I boinked it out with your roommate, and that's a hurtle I can't look past. Let's be friends.""Okay, bye bye now," says Kenny.Um. Okay. I don't really have anything else to say about this other than there was enough action, enough wit, and awesome artwork to save this from a lower rating. Here's hoping for the next volume.

  • Renee Nicole
    2019-06-22 11:38

    Looks like I'm in the minority, but this was my favorite book of the season so far. It was overly silly, thanks to the Harmony storyline. But it was packed with some great humor, from more than just Xander. From vampy cats to Buffy/Andrew nerd-bonding, this was definitely a fun read.

  • Katya
    2019-06-23 08:17

    This trade felt really rushed and disjointed. The arcs stand well enough on their own, but they don't come together into a cohesive, overall-plot-furthering story. The arc with Harmony coming out of the coffin and ending up spearheading the anti-Slayer movement makes sense as a logical reason for the general public to hate and fear the Slayers, but I don't know if it's because of the fact that we're seeing everything through Buffy's eyes, who's removed from civilization with her Slayer army or what, but there doesn't seem to be much of a fallout from a vampire's being on a reality show. Wouldn't people be in an uproar about this? (See: True Blood.) The issue just seemed glossed over.I did like the interaction between Buffy and Andrew, and how well the story showcased Andrew's efforts to redeem himself and integrate himself into the team. Nerd bonding, heh.The rest of the story was rushed and inconsequential. Faith and Giles in some tiny village, fighting the remains of the Countil who is killing Slayers to protect themselves? The rogue Slayer on a tiny island in Italy, wreaking havoc? How is this relevant and how does it tie into the greater arc? And the end of Dawn's storyline was, again, rushed and seemed too easily solved. And who the hell was that Gepetto guy? No explanations? I feel like I'm watching LOST, and not in a good way.This review is not cohesive because I'm on cold meds. That's a disclaimer.

  • Punk
    2019-06-22 08:26

    Graphic Novel. Meh. Harmony stars in her own vampire reality show; Latina gang member/slayer quits gang, dies anyway; Satsu and Kennedy talk about being lesbians and fight demonic stuffed animals; Andrew does some stuff while looking TOTALLY UNLIKE ANDREW SERIOUSLY JEANTY WATCH THE SHOW; Giles and Faith go somewhere -- and, dude, it's not like we have to pay Anthony Stewart Head anymore, why isn't he in more of these? -- with very serviceable pencils by Cliff Richards -- why isn't HE in more of these? -- and, finally, Dawn gets her day and the resolution of her transformation storyline.These are all supporting character one-shots and they feel like it, not even the Dawn story managed to be satisfying, except for on an emotional level. And when did vampires become common knowledge? I absolutely missed that issue. Or was that the point of the Harmony story? All I know is these volumes would benefit from a brief "previously on" paragraph at the start. I read them one after another and I still can't keep track of all the bads.Two stars. The dialogue's snappy, and the emotional connection between the characters still gives me the warm fuzzies, but not enough to make up for the weak story and confounding art. Jeanty can draw Andy Dick but not the Buffy crew why?

  • Kemper
    2019-06-20 05:42

    Buffy's adventures after the ending of the TV series continue with this volume of mostly stand-alone stories. The best idea presented yet is that former-classmate-turned-vamp Harmony has scored a TV reality show and when an inexperienced slayer botches an attempt to dust her while the cameras roll, Harmony uses it to make the media and the public belive that the vamps are just a poor persecuted minority group while Buffy and the slayers are painted as a violent cult of bigots. Hilarity ensues. There's alot of good satire about the public embracing the vamps that feels like Whedon and company taking some more well-desrved shots at Twilight-mania.

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    2019-06-15 13:17

    Despite more occurrences of casual monosexism and the fact that all the women seem to be drawn with the same "big boobs and super tiny waist" body type, I have to say I loved this volume because it was so funny! Andrew and Harmony being their ridiculous selves. Buffy's one liners! Vampy cat stuffed animals that attack! It was also great to get a little piece of so many characters in one volume.

  • Cathy
    2019-06-18 10:39

    Just kind of lame. Not confusing like the last one, but not emotional or particularly funny like the first few. It was like one of the forgetable episodes, pleasant but not significant. The plot change introduced by Harmony having a reality show and vamps becoming popular, therefore Slayers being seen as the evil enemy, is interesting and will probably figure into the next set of comics. But this set were all shallow. And cheesy - suddenly Batman actions sounds abound: Thok, Thomp, krak, Clunk, Thnk, Shhirk. That's just in the first comic in the book. And the art was sub-par as well. It was fine, enjoyable to some degree, but not memorable.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-27 11:36

    In a Sentence: A great look at some of the minor characters, but the inclusion of the Harmony arc made BTVS Season 8 #5 a bit slower than normal. My ThoughtsI have a bit of a split opinion on this installment in the series. I loved three out of the five issues ("Predators and Prey" and "Safe"), and thought one ("Swell") was mediocre. The other two issues though ("Harmonic Divergence" and "Living Doll") I found to be a bit boring. "Harmonic Divergence" focused on Buffy's high school classmate, Harmony Kendall, who was turned into a vampire at graduation. In this issue, Harmony gets her own reality show called "Harmony Bites," which has the effect of making vampires cool and in style. With the exception of parts of the fifth season of Angel, Harmony's character has always annoyed me, so I really didn't care for the issue that centered on her. However, the issue had value in the sense that it set up the tone of the rest of the book. Because of the increase in vampire popularity, the public opinion of Slayers starts to take a rapid slide downhill. This set-up will be important in the fourth issue, "Safe." The second issue, "Swell," takes us to Japan, where we get to revisit Sansu, who is leading the Slayer cell there while trying to get over her love for Buffy. We even get a surprise visit from Kennedy, who is sent to check in on the girls. While I enjoyed the character development of both Kennedy and Sansu, the "Big Bad" of the issue was a bit ridiculous: mind controlling vampire-kitty stuffed animals. Seriously?The third issue, "Predators and Prey," was probably my favorite. It focuses a lot on the character of Andrew--a character who's been steadily growing on me since Season 7 of Buffy. Buffy and Andrew take a trip to visit a group of "bad" rogue slayers, led by a mohawked, gun-wielding chick named Simone. On the plane ride over, Buffy and Andrew have this cute bonding moment over their shared love of Daniel Craig. However, Andrew makes a bit of an "oops" involving experimental demon DNA and a giant Ragna demon, which makes him desperate to prove his value to Buffy. The rest of the issue focuses on Andrew's insecurities. He really values the home he's found with Buffy and the gang, as well as the sense of purpose it's given him. However, he still feels like he has to prove himself, mainly to make up for his past. My favorite part of the entire book was the following scene, which was a huge turning point for Andrew:"Buffy: Look, Andrew. You were willing to sacrifice yourself to save innocent people. For a greater good. That's huge for you. You should be proud. Andrew: But you were right. I lied to you.Buffy: Yeah, you're part of the family. Get used to screwing up for good reasons, it's what we do.Andrew: I'm part of the family? ...(smiles)"In "Safe," we get to see the return of Faith and Giles. The primary problem in this issue is that some of the Slayers (and in Giles' case, Watchers) are finding it harder and harder to find a reason to keep up the good fight. As Duncan Fillworthe, one of the two remaining (former) members of the Watchers' Council tells Giles (the other member): "The vampires SLAUGHTERED us! EVERY ONE! And for WHAT?! For giving counsel to the girls who REJECTED us! Your Buffy. Think of what SHE's done to you. I remember when the teacher died. The one you loved. She died because Buffy ignored you and loved a vampire. Jenny Calendar? Do you remember HER, Rupert?"Aww...poor Giles! Of course he remembers Jenny. How could he not? "Living Doll" centers around Dawn, and while the Dawn parts kind of bored me (not because of Dawn, but because of the situation she was in), there was some great interaction between Buffy and Xander as well. Not to mention they threw in a reference to Veronica Mars, which has recently become one of my favorite shows of all time! Here are a few of my favorite Xander lines: "Buffy: I mean, look at me. Who dresses like Wolverine for fun?Xander: Certainly not me. Any proof you've seen to the contrary could have easily been photoshopped. And besides, I was drunk."And then there's this one..."Buffy: How can I not know this?"Xander: (Face-palm) It cannot be because I just told you because I would never do that. Bugger. Xander:...Hey, check me out. Now I can hate myself in British." Wow. I kind of went crazy on this review, didn't I? Well, overall, this issue's definitely worth reading, even if you have to skip the Harmony and Dawn parts. If nothing else, read "Predators and Prey" and "Safe," because I promise you, they'll be worth your time!

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-06-15 09:37

    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.

  • Michele Lee
    2019-06-01 07:44

    BtVS Season 8 Volume 5I purchased this book.This volume of BtVS season eight is for fans, not newcomers. It's not really a book that pushes forward the drama of Twilight, the secret anti-Slayer group that's trying to destroy every Slayer on the streets. This collection of comics serves as housekeeping, as well as character and world building asides. Perhaps channeling the modern day popularity of shows like True Blood and the urban fantasy genre (and irony since Buffy was an establishing factor in UF's popularity) this graphic novel starts off with a frivolous-feeling tale of the vapid vampire Harmony getting a reality TV show. (Not that the story arc is vapid or frivolous, it merely reflects the qualities of Harmony herself.) While the reality show is almost on its death bed Harmony is attacked by a Slayer and all of a sudden it becomes a hit, Harmony a star and Slayers the bad guys. It fits in the greater scale of the story arc, but this wasn't how I pictured vamps coming out in the Buffy-verse. Through Harmony everything seems shallow and empty, but that is the point. Continuing, readers will find; a story about the Asian sect of Slayers that hints at, but doesn't come close to the hilarious third book of season eight; a story of Andrew, Buffy and the growing sect of bad Slayers that reads like it's seeding all kind of future things for the series, but just barely brushes against them; a story from Faith and Giles, which is absolutely fabulous, dark disturbing and wonderful; a resolution of sorts of the magical mess up Dawn got herself into; as well as bonus snippets of Harmony's reality show and an ad for a fictional product featured in this volume.Each of the stories are stand alone, provided you already know the characters, which is the major factor leading to this book feeling more like a themed anthology than the next book in a series. It is almost impossible to pick up Predators and Prey without knowing the previous story lines. So readers should be forewarned that this book will probably not be a satisfying read if read out of order.

  • Dani Shuping
    2019-05-26 07:35

    Unlike previous volumes where all of the issues went together this one is each issue is standalone and without an overall arcing theme. Harmon's back...and this time she's got her own reality TV show. And she, along with the Twilight, are working at setting up the slayers as villains. In the second story kitty vampire toy's are being shipped, but they have a dark side to them. They're demons coming to kill they slayers, but when the slayer's have stopped them things take a nasty turn in the polls of public opinion. Faith and Giles make their return, still tracking down outcast slayers to help them out...only this time their journey leads them to another surviving Watcher and a demon watching over a town. And in the last story Dawn has suffered her 3rd transformation and is now a living doll, can Willow and Buffy help her out of this one?Frankly I'm just not really sure what to say about this volume. If you examine each issue as its on TV episode it isn't bad...just a bit quirky. But taken as an entire volume it doesn't quite work together. There's no continuity between the issues and in some places the humor just falls flat. And it just isn't as interesting. It feels like the longer this series is going on the less coherence it has from the earlier issues where they're fighting the big bad guy. Lately it feels more like a slice of life comic and not even the most interesting parts of it. I get they maybe working towards something bigger with the branding of slayers as evil, but its just lacking a bit for me.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-25 07:36

    "Predators and Prey" is extremely uneven giving us two outright terrible issues, one okay issue, one pretty good issue and one really good issue. It's all over the place. "Harmonic Divergence" was the decent one. There were things I did not like about it at all but I like the idea of Harmony being front and center for an issue, the idea behind the public hating the Slayers and how that strengthens with her reality show. The woman who dies at the end I saw coming but it was still effective especially with that moment when Buffy tries to recruit her. "Swell" is terrible. Just terrible. My least favorite issue by far. I hate Kennedy, Satsu is annoying and their conversations are boring. Also; vampire dolls? Ugh. "Predators and Prey" is the pretty good issue that gives us some more depth to Andrew and his appreciation for being an accepted and valued member of the group. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Battlestar Galactica reference and the Mad Men reference. Andrew watches Mad Men? Weird. "Safe" was fantastic. Not only are Giles and Faith so brilliant together but they are given stories that really compliment and enhance the quality of their pairing. "Living Doll"....ugh. Terrible. Terrible. I liked the end with Buffy and Dawn but overall I just did not care at all. So as you can see, this was all over the place but since each issue was so difference from the next it offered a lot of difference things both good and bad.

  • Kate
    2019-06-11 13:21

    Rightfully, I would give it 2.5 stars, mayyyybe 2.75 stars.Seemed kind of out of place in the series. Felt like I missed a book somewhere. Vampires are now "out", Harmony killed someone on TV, and the only fall out is Slayer hate?? Lots of secondary character action here, but as lots of people are pointing out, it seems rushed and/or completely unnecessary. I find I don't really care about the characters that much - even Kennedy. The artwork was not very good in this one; I found it difficult to tell who some characters were. Andrew has very rarely looked like Andrew. Why can't anyone draw him? It's a little frustrating.I found Dawn's story arc completion to be unsatisfying; too easy. But also confusing. Creepy puppet dude much?

  • Sesana
    2019-05-26 12:17

    So far, my least favorite volume in season 8. It felt rather more disjointed than previous volumes, though there were some good, strong scenes. Harmony's reality show, and how Dawn's story arc was closed. But it didn't really hang together as a smooth whole, the way that previous volumes had. After dragging on a bit, I was surprised at how rushed the last stage of Dawn's curse was. And I have to say, the art could be particularly bad in how it portrayed established characters. (That was really supposed to be Harmony? Wow.) I could be wrong later on, but this is the most skippable volume to date.

  • sj
    2019-06-06 05:39

    Four stars, because even though I love Harmony and Andrew and Vampy Cat (EAT THEIR FUCKING OVARIES!) and Dawn as a doll and Satsu getting herself over Buffy…I FUCKING HATE Faith. Faith's presence is almost enough to drive this down to three stars. It's not even just the character, but I can hear the Dushku's voice in my head and it makes me cringe. Ugh. Dollhouse only started to get good once they moved the focus from Echo to everyone else, which should be proof enough that Eliza Dushku ruins EVERYTHING.

  • Melissa Rochelle
    2019-05-25 08:42

    How is Harmony still alive? She's so refreshingly annoying! Annoyingly refreshing? I love her and hate her.

  • Sean
    2019-06-03 06:37

    Ehhh...this volume didn't make sense to me. It sort of took the whole, war against evil in secret bust out. Harmony having so much power after everything that happened in Angel sort of made me sick. It just seemed it was something to fill a couple of issues since they didn't have anything to do.

  • Ivy
    2019-06-16 08:34

    This was a very enjoyable book. I would have to say though. I'm not a fan of Harmony. At all!!!! Can't wait to read the rest of seasons eight and nine.

  • Jessamyn Leigh
    2019-06-17 09:38

    This one gets an extra star for giving Harmony a reality tv show.

  • Valerie Anne
    2019-05-31 07:17

    This whole series has so many delicious throwback to the series it makes my little fangirl heart soar.

  • Dichotomy Girl
    2019-06-03 05:28

    2nd Read: 9/9/2015Original Read: June 2014

  • Kara-karina
    2019-06-02 05:26

    Good.

  • Cath
    2019-06-01 13:44

    3/5 stars. Meh, this one was okay.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-29 09:28

    4 ⭐️This was definitely my favourite season 8 comics so far. Might have to do with the numerous Buffy writers who each wrote one "episode". In order of preference, it was "Harmonic Divergence" (Jane Espenson), "Living Doll" (Doug Petrie), "Swell" (Steven S. DeKnight), "Safe" (Jim Krueger) and "Predators and Prey" (Drew Z. Greenberg)."Harmonic Divergence" was really funny and so typically selfish Harmony. I could totally see her having her own vamp reality show on MTV. I would have liked it even better if they had done a Bachelorette mini-episode along her "Harmony Bites" one in the short stories at the end. I just don't understand how this fits in the Buffy/Angelverse, since I'm pretty sure season 8 was starting when Angel's season 5 was airing...? Therefore Harmony could logically not be in it? Or is this specific episode supposed to be after the Angel finale (since it's "episode" 22)?"Living Doll" was a good one too. Nice to see a close to Dawn's storyline. While I am still not 100% on board with it as a whole, Dawn dating a thricewise is not surprising at all and kind of makes sense. I mean, Joyce dated a robot and Buffy dated vampires, so it's not exactly out of character for a Summers girl."Swell" was also quite interesting. I quite enjoyed "Toy Story going dark". Still not a fan of Kennedy (can she die or simply disappear from existence already?), but Satsu's personnality change was a good take on homophobia."Safe" was alright. I always like seeing Faith and I feel like we see too little of her in the comics. I know she has her own comics with Angel, but I've always liked her relationship and the way she challenges Buffy so much more. Unfortunately, those two have no interaction at all together in this specific "episode", but her relationship with Giles has potential. I also liked the ending.Finally, "Predators and Prey" was okay. Better than previous volumes, but not as good as it could have been. I like Andrew. I really, really like Andrew. He's this big nerd that is always too much for whatever situation he ends up in. But his nerd-ness doesn't translate as well in comics format as Xander's - which might have to do with Xander referring more to other comics and Andrew referring more to movies, I don't know. Monologues don't look good in comic strips. I find entire pages of monologues tiring to the eyes. And I have a bone to pick with Buffy about Daniel Craig. He is NOT better as Bond than Pierce Brosnan! And he looks a lot less distinguished as James Bond than Brosnan ever did. She could do so much better in her fantasies than a generic surfer-like guy...The remaining 3 volumes are looking a bit better now. Here'S to finishing the season soon.

  • Rick Hunter
    2019-06-14 12:18

    This collected volume contains issues #21-25 and a couple little bonus comics from something else. Issues #21-23 and #25 were all drawn by series regular artist Georges Jeanty. I've discussed his work in my reviews for the first 4 volumes. So, I'm not gonna get into talking about it much here. Just know that it suits the story, has decent detail and characters that look like their TV counterparts. The highlight of his art is the Dawn doll in issue #25. Issue #24 was drawn by Cliff Richards who was a long time Buffy artist on the original Buffy comic. I'm not familiar with his work, but it looks fairly interchangeable with Jeanty's. If Richards had not been credited, I'd have thought Jeanty drew all 5 issues. Since I've been giving Jeanty's work a 5 and Richards' work is damn near identical, art will get 5 stars here as well.Karl Moline from Fray has an 8 page comic short at the end and Camilla D'errico has a 2 page one. I view these few pages as supplemental like the bonus comic covers thrown into each volume. They don't amount to enough to warrant a rating. Jo Chen does the art for the cover of each volume. I haven't mentioned her art yet because it's only a supplement as well, but her art is amazingly beautiful. The reason I mention her now is because of the super fantastic piece she did featuring Faith and Giles. In my reviews for previous volumes of season 8, I've stated my distaste for single standalone issues in comics. Most of the time they're just filler in between 2 story arcs like mortar between 2 bricks, but not as important. Predators and Prey is nothing but single standalone stories. Unlike your average single issue stories, these standalones form a disjointed story arc. Each one doesn't directly lead into the next, but are more like random pieces of puzzle picked out from different areas of said puzzle and highlighted. On their own, each one doesn't show us a whole lot, but when viewed together, they start giving us an idea of the larger picture. That picture just happens to be a turning point in the Buffyverse. Each of these issues deals with that change from different character views and from several different parts of the world. I'll talk a little about each one and rate them as I go. My favorite issue in the volume is issue #23 Predators and Prey by Drew Z Greenberg. This story focuses on Buffy and Andrew. Greenberg really gets the gang and their dialogue. I love the discussion Andrew and Buffy have that include the prerequisite pop culture references that include Jedi fighting Superman, V for Vendetta, Daniel Craig and Jem among others. Behind the silliness though, there is a deep heartfelt message about acceptance. This issue reminds me of some of the episodes of the TV series that dealt with similar topics like the one about the invisible girl. This story gets 5 stars.Next we have issue #24 Safe by Jim Krueger. This isn't award winning literature by any means, but it is a really good story that just happens to feature my favorite Buffyverse character Faith. Their are a couple of cool exchanges betwixt Faith and Giles that shows Krueger understands who he's writing for. Other than that, Faith and Giles rescue a slayer, face a demon that is lording over a town and prepare that town for a vampire attack. Not bad for a single issue story. This one gets 4 stars.Third there's issue #22 Swell by Stephen S Deknight. This one deals with Kennedy and Satsu facing off against an army of Vampy Cats. This story is a little out out there even for Buffy. I'm not complaining. It's different and has a real message story behind it. I would have rated this story a little bit higher if it had dealt with some of the main characters, but since it's only some supporting cast that I'm not attached to and keep expecting to get killed off, I'm just not as interested as I could have been. This issue gets a 3.5 rating.Now we have issue #25 Living Doll by Doug Petrie. This issue focuses on Dawn with Buffy, Xander, and Andrew in support roles. To me this issue felt a little rushed. Dawn was a giant for quite a few issues and felt like she would be a centaur for a few more before changing into something else. She has already changed in a wooden doll prior to us joining the story. This is the first issue that I felt that the story really suffered because it was only a single issue. The story was just lacking in some areas and would have worked better had it been fleshed a little more. The rating for this one is 3 stars.Lastly we have issue #21 Harmonic Divergence by Jane Espenson. Espenson wrote some of the better episodes of the TV series so I was expecting a lot from her issue. The fact that it focuses on Harmony and her reality TV show is one of the main reasons this issue is bad. I understand the importance this story has in the overall picture because this is the beginning point for the change in the world's attitude towards the Slayers. Had this arc not been single issue stories and this story told a page or 2 at a time over the course of the arc, it might not have been so bad. As it is, a whole issue devoted to Harmony was too much to bear. This let down of a story gets a 2.Taking the average of the 5 story ratings, you end up with a 3.5 overall for the writing. The average of the writing and the art would be 4.25 and I'll round that down to 4 as usual. This volume has some ups and downs. It's not up to the standard of the first 3 volumes, but does stay pretty much even with volume 4 in overall quality. The single issue stories really hurt this volume. Had it been written as one big interconnected arc, it would probably have been a 5.

  • Misbah
    2019-06-04 05:37

    I read the first comic about Harmony the vampire and her reality show a long time ago. I think maybe more than 8 years ago, but I recognized it the second I opened it. In this one, there are vampire kitty stuffed dolls, Dawn is turned into a mini ceramic doll, Faith and Giles investigate a 'slayer sanctuary'. This is season 8, but it feels like a long way from where I left the gang at the end of the tv show.

  • Matty
    2019-06-12 11:37

    This collection had 5 individual stories instead of a big story, but was still great and tied together well. It was good to catch up with most of the gang - Kennedy & Satsu, Giles & Faith, Dawn, Andrew, and of course Harmony. Each issue really felt like it could have been an episode of the show, so very well done.

  • Dawn
    2019-06-02 05:16

    I'm not really a fan of the graphic novel format, but I AM a fan of Buffy, so it's fun to be able to continue with the story. Favorite quote (Andrew speaking to Buffy): "We might not come out of this alive, and I want to make sure I've said everything I need to say to you...Now that I've met Angel, I have to say Spike was so much edgier, you definitely traded up, I'm totally team Spike." :)