Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 5: Predators and Prey

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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, 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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595823427
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 260,761
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Interviews & Essays

If you're a fan of good sci-fi television, you need to thank Jane Espenson. From Buffy to Battlestar Galatica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to Torchwood, Warehouse 13 to Dollhouse - Espenson has been involved in them all. In addition to all of her television work, Espenson penned the recent Buffy Season 8 story-arc titled 'Retreat' and the brand-new one shot Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley. Taking time out of her demanding writing schedule, Espenson answered a few questions exclusively for Dark Horse Comics Facebook fans.

Having worked on some of television's greatest sci-fi shows, do you have a single favorite episode?

An ep that I wrote? Because if it's about any single ep by anyone, you've probably got to go with Joss's 'Once More With Feeling', the Buffy musical episode. If it's one of mine? I don't have an absolute fave, but I'm very fond of the Buffy episodes 'Superstar' and 'Storyteller' and 'Pangs'. The BSG episode 'The Hub' turned out very well -- thank you Mary McDonnell and James Callis for that one.

If you were to be trapped in the world of one of the show's you've written for, which show would you choose?

Hmm... I like this question. Maybe Gilmore Girls? It's pretty safe there. No space explosions or demons. The only thing wicked was the wit. But cold. Hm. Ellen? It was safe and in a warm climate and funny.

What's been your favorite part of Buffy Season 8, and how do you hope it will end?

I really enjoyed the whole Dawn arc -- Giant! Centaur! Doll! And I loved the way the season brought our team back together again in interesting ways. I really liked being able to give Oz a home and family. I hope it ends with Buffy in a good emotional place.

What made you want to write a Riley one-shot, and would you want to do more for other Buffy characters?

I was asked to write the one-shot, and I was pleased to do it. Riley is from Iowa, like me, and I drew a teeny bit on that history. I would love to take on other characters. What's Warren's skinless POV on this whole thing?

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I would like to be Captain Undo, with the power to execute rewinds (of varying lengths) so that I can correct my blunders and social fumbles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2009

    cant get enough

    I wish I knew more Buffy fans because this is definitely something to squeal over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    A must for Buffy fans!

    I'm not a huge comic collector, but this series is amazing! If you loved Buffy, this is for you.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

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    Not the best of the series

    BtVS Season 8 Volume 5
    I 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.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    Series slowing down but Vampy Cat rules!!

    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. :(

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