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

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


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ISBN-13: 9781595823427
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Joss Whedon was born in New York City in 1964. He started out as a staff writer for the 1990s sitcom Roseanne and worked on films, including Toy Story. In 1992 he penned the script for a film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and when the TV version starring Sarah Michelle Gellar took off in 1997, Whedon had his big break—with its female action heroine, Buffy, became a huge hit. Whedon wrote hundreds of episodes for Buffy and its spin-off Angel, and was nominated for Emmy and Hugo awards for his work. Whedon has come to enjoy a cult following. The author lives in Santa Monica, California.

Georges Jeanty is a comic book illustrator and penciller. Born in Brooklyn, Jeanty graduated from Dade University. He is known for his work the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity comic books. Jeanty has been nominated for an Eisner Award.

Michelle Madsen is a colorist and letterer for Dark Horse Comics. Madsen has worked on Lady Killer, Baltimore, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and many more.


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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 5: Predators and Prey 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I knew more Buffy fans because this is definitely something to squeal over.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This volume is made up of several singular issues, instead of a continued storyline like the last few volumes. The main theme is the paradigm shift caused by the popularity of Harmony's reality show and the adulation of vampires, making Buffy and her crew the "bad guys." Compounding matters are a couple of rogue slayer groups acting as though they are above the law and built to rule the world. It's saddening, and even I found the stuffed vampire cats a little adorable. I've never really liked Harmony, just as I despise the Kardashians, but it's entirely believable that the nation would go crazy over her. The art and writing are done by several different folks in this volume and I continue to like Jeanty's art the best. His characters are the most recognizable and realistic-looking. Harmony doesn't look a lot different from Buffy in a lot of the panels which can be confusing. I also welcomed the return of the Faith and Giles subplot. Oh, and Dawn's adventure with the thricewise, Kenny, is resolved.Overall, a decent issue, but not the best.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I really enjoyed this, and I wonder if that's almost a sign of Stockholm Syndrome, or at least getting more used to the comic book form, than it's to the merits of this particular volume. Spoilers below, so don't jump on me if you continue reading the review--you've been warned.It's rather scattered and choppy actually. In "Harmonic Divergence" Harmony has a reality show, making vampires popular and making it possible to frame Slayers as the enemy. I liked Harmony on Angel; she was always good for comic relief, and I did like the idea that swelling the ranks of the "Chosen One"--or two into thousands means both that vampires and Slayers are outed--and that it has consequences. It's also nice that we finally have a Latina character in the Buffyverse beyond Mummy Girl, but sheesh, she has to be a gang member?Next up in "Swell" we get demonic stuffed vampkitties. Yes, really. And on a side note, I wasn't thrilled with the Buffy lesbian storyline, because among other things, it seemed more male fantasy than character development. But I'm even more annoyed at the insistence here that Buffy is absolutely, positively straight no matter how much she liked having sex with a woman! As one reviewer pointed out, it's a bit reminiscent of the annoying Willow is absolutely, positively 100 percent lesbian even though she was obviously very attracted and very much in love with both Xander and Oz (and admitted to having had a crush on Giles.) "Predators and Prey" featured some bonding between Buffy and Andrew. Andrew has never been even remotely a favorite character of mine. Yet I have to admit, I liked this segment and the last scene between them at the end. That may be because I felt throughout this series I haven't felt there's been enough of the characters connecting this way."Safe" features two of my favorite Buffy characters--Faith and Giles. I don't see enough of Giles in this series to make me happy--I'm rather sorry he's been set aside and isn't more involved with Buffy and the potentials. "Living Doll" finally gives us some resolution with Dawn. And like "Predators and Prey" I liked it because at the end we get a sense of connection--between Buffy and Dawn I've rarely seen between the characters in the Season Eight comics that seem so focused on monsters and action scenes over character development.On the other hand, not much here advanced the whole Twilight story arc.
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Harmony is back and is gaining support for vampires. She has her own reality television show and is turning the human population against Slayers. She claims they are abusing their power and all they want to do is kill. Doesn't help that some Slayers have gone rogue and Buffy had been raising money to support her operation through less than above board means. Now humanity is against the Slayers as well as Twilight and the other demons/vampires.
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For Buffy and Joss fans, especially those disappointed in the likely-to-be canceled Dollhouse, the Buffy ¿Season 8¿ comic series from Dark Horse is pretty good. The stories, for better and sometimes worse, are true to the series, while the art looks not only like real people but like the original actors. Best of all is the Whedon-esque banter¿witty, fast and of the moment.Predators and Prey collects five stories that can stand alone, but which also interconnect. Harmony, Buffy, insidious but cute kitty-cat toys, Andrew, Faith, Giles and Dawn all feature prominently. There¿s finally resolution in Dawn¿s shape-shifting curse.This collection continues to portray a world with armies of slayers, and shifts things as well. As many superhero comics have done, the villains turn the tables and get the public to fear the heroes, the slayers. It sets things up nicely for the ongoing series. The comic is nowhere near as entertaining as the show was at its zenith, but it¿s frequently good, which is good enough for me.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Harmony gets her own reality show, and the fallout from that turns most of humanity against the slayers. Go figure. Andrew screws up, but earns Buffy's trust. Faith and Giles have an adventure of their own, and Dawn undergoes one more, final transmogrification. Some good stuff here, although the crisp humorous irony of prior issues (and the show) is a tad lacking.
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Predators and Prey: Buffy Season 8 Volume 5 was probably the least realistic, strangest, and most out-there volume so far . . . and also the one I enjoyed most. Go figure. Without giving too much away, Harmony gets a The Hills-esque reality show, Slayers become hated, evil robotic toy vampires are discovered, a haven for Slayers may or may not be what it seems, Buffy and Andrew have to work together to find a group of rogue Slayers, and Buffy has to help Dawn (again). See, kind of crazy ¿ and I left some stuff out. This volume is definitely not trying to do things that could be on a show, it¿s taking full advantage of it¿s medium. And for this instance, at least, it works. Both Harmony and Kennedy (who I didn¿t recognize for a bit ¿ again I¿m having some trouble recognizing characters in their comic form) were much less annoying than I found them on the show. I think my reaction to Harmony was due to her different location, etc. Kennedy however might have been different than on the show. The evil robot vamps cats wanting to eat the girls¿ ovaries (seriously) brings me back to the girl power thing (the lack thereof), though. I don¿t know if this is supposed to be some reverse girl power thing. But having one of your `villains¿ want to eat the Slayers¿ ovaries is ¿ I don¿t even know.Buffy and Andrew¿s trip seemed to be back to Slayer Buffy and I really liked that. The story with Faith once again required you to know Faith¿s back-story to really understand and enjoy it. ¿Living Doll¿ was a bit creepy and didn¿t do that much, but it was a nice resolution for Dawn. I also enjoyed the artwork there.
savageknight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not too strong a collection here - even with the inclusion of a Faith/ Giles story - as I'm definitely not a fan of Harmony. Also, there are some stories which don't necessarily help the whole "thousand slayer" storyline and make things feel like they're just dragging. This was the first time in the S8 collections that I found myself wondering how soon before it gets wrapped up. Mid-season slump? :)
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A just-okay collection of a few disconnected stories. We finally reach the end of Dawnie's transformations in this one, which is nice. I am looking forward to more world-shaking, long-arc stories after this (fingers crossed).
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Predators and Prey is more of a collection of stand-alone issues than it is a single cohesive story arc. However, they're all tied together by the fallout of the events of "Harmonic Divergence", the first issue, in which Harmony gets her own MTV reality show, sparking a new pop-culture trend for vampires... and sparking a flame of outrage and fear towards the Slayers who are preying on the new celebrities. In "Swell", Satsu and Kennedy intercept a monster bearing a terrible cargo - a vamped-out Hello Kitty-esque doll, who's not nearly as cute and cuddly as he appears. "Predators and Prey" involves Buffy and Andrew tracking down a group of slayers who've gone rogue in Italy. "Safe" checks in with Giles and Faith as they visit a Slayer Sanctuary that is not all that it claims to be. In "Living Doll", Dawn gets her turn in the spotlight as we finally get an end to - and an explanation of - the thricewise business. There are also some short stories (3-4 pages) included at the end, featuring a day on set with Harmony, and an ad campaign for Vampy Cat.Review: I was initially a little bit disappointed when I realized that this wasn't a single arc - I wanted a good solid story. But then I realized that multiple short pieces allow more time to check in with multiple characters, and *then* I realized that one of those short pieces starred Giles and Faith, so I was a happy camper again. Perhaps the downside to spending so much time with Harmony, Satsu, Kennedy, Andrew, Giles, Faith, and Dawn is that there's an unfortunate scarcity of Xander, and zero Willow. Still, each of the stories (except maybe "Harmonic Divergence" - Harmony gets old *real* fast) was very entertaining, moved the various pieces of the story along nicely, and was full of Buffy-style banter. (I particularly liked watching Andrew and Buffy team up.) The art continues to be good, although there were a few places where I couldn't always tell who a character was supposed to be at first glance. But, overall, it was a fun, fast read; made me giggle at more than a few places; and has at least temporarily sated my Buffyverse cravings. Now when's the next one coming out? 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Don't read this series unless you've seen the show, and don't read this volume until you've read the other four first. "Harmonic Divergence" would probably make sense on its own, but all of the rest of them build pretty heavily on what's come before.
sassonfire More than 1 year ago
This was CRAZY GOOD. I’m pretty sure we all wanted to stake Harmony by the end of it. And the whole thing with Giles and Faith- woah. And for any skeptics out there who aren’t sure if the comics are gonna be any good- trust me- THEY ARE. (although I think the volume before this BTVS S8, V4: Time of Your Life was better than this one, it was still REALLY good.)
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Another good volume. Has its moments but still interesting.
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MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
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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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
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. :(