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Fray: Future Slayer

Fray: Future Slayer

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by Joss Whedon, Various (Illustrator)

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Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops. Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny. In a world so poisoned that it doesn't notice the monsters on its streets, how can a street kid like Fray unite a fallen city against a demonic


Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops. Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny. In a world so poisoned that it doesn't notice the monsters on its streets, how can a street kid like Fray unite a fallen city against a demonic plot to consume mankind? Joss Whedon, the celebrated creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brings his vision to the future in this unique tale. As inventive in the comics medium as in that of television or film, Whedon spins a complex tale of a skilled thief coming of age without the help of friends or family, guided only by a demonic Watcher.

* Joss Whedon, creator of Fray and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has been nominated for Nebula, Hugo and Emmy Awards as well as an Oscar!

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Publishers Weekly
Readers familiar with the film Blade Runner will recognize similar elements in Melaka Fray's futuristic world: lots of darkness, grit and flying cars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Whedon admits he isn't trying to reinvent a vision of the future; he reserves his enormous talent for creating heroines possessing superhuman talent and enough spunk and charisma to bewitch the most skeptical audience. Tough but reluctant vampire-fighter Fray lives in the bad part of town and makes a living doing heists for Gunther, a blue and scaly criminal operator who directs operations while submerged in a living-room-sized tank. So when an enormous, goat-hoofed demon shows up at Fray's apartment, she's not terribly fazed, but she certainly isn't ready for his message: she, Melaka Fray, is destined to kill vampires. Where Fray comes from, vampires are known as "lurks," and a horrific incident in which they killed her brother has left her leery of the whole lot of them. Furthermore, Fray's had none of the dreams or visions that are the slayer's usual preparation for a lifetime of fighting and sacrifice. All things considered, she's not interested. However, when one of Fray's close friends is also wiped out, she's drawn into the battle despite her better judgment. From then on, it's futuristic war, as the story takes some delicious, unexpected twists involving siblings and betrayals. Whedon's trademark nail-biting plot reversals, tossed-off jokes and surprisingly complex relationships characterize the book, and Moline and Owens' art brings a wholly absorbing gut-level edge to Fray's world. It's a stunning, irresistible package. (Dec. 2003) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-The heart and power of this story comes from its central character, Melaka Fray. She is a thief and reluctant Slayer, severed from her heritage by her twin brother and estranged from her sister for letting him die. She gets a scythe and some help from a demon and is told to save humanity. The art is colorful and effective, ably conveying a sense of Melaka's world. Characters' expressions are well done, enhancing the effect of Whedon's snappy dialogue. However, when there's no action and characters are just talking, the background sometimes disappears, leaving them in a colored void. Melaka is as appealing a heroine as the author's Buffy. She's tough, but she cares deeply about the people around her. The supporting characters also stand out. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love Fray, and it will also find an audience with anyone who appreciates girl power.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Dark Horse Comics
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6.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
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13 - 17 Years

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Fray : Future Slayer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't need to be a 'Buffy' fan to enjoy 'Fray.' Joss Whedon delivers what you'd come to expect if he did a comic book, action-packed, funny and dark with a cool heroine who isn't at all 'cheesecake' like other comic book heroines. The story is set supposedly in a futuristic slum of Manhattan, really it could be any metro-area. Melaka Fray isn't ordinary, she's a theif or a 'grabber' as it's called and works for a fish boss. It gets even more complicated when her big sister, who's a cop or a 'law' catches her in the act of theivery. Oh and a large goat-like monster shows up and says she's 'the slayer' and demands that she slays 'vampires.' (AKA 'Lurks') 'Fray' is a quick read, full of stunning artwork. There are funny parts as well as dramatic scenes. I only have two complaints, one is about the slang, 'That's so rocketship' would never catch on and doesn't work. The other is that 'Fray' leaves the story wide open, which would be fine if there were a sequel! It leaves you way too hungry for more at the end. That being said, 'Fray' is still really, really enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a fan of Joss Whedon's Buffy or not, if you like good science fiction, fantady, or horror comics, you will enjoy this. There is some connection to Buffy for fans, but it isn't necessary to have watched it to enjoy the book. The story centers around a young woman learning she is somethingmore and then having to save those she knowns and loves is familar tocomics readers, but Joss does an excellent job giving depth to his characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first review of "Fray" was not posted. I will try again. "Fray" is set around the poor section of a big city with a strong female character and her mentor. (Chronologically, it occurs many generations after "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is gone.) Mel Fray is a thief (a.k.a. grabber) for an unusual boss. Eventually, she becomes, yet another, reluctant vampire slayer. (Remember Buffy Summers?) Instead of an assigned Watcher from the Council, Mel ends up with an oversized-red-half-goat-demon of dubious origin to train her. It seems that everyone has their own agendas, and many include Mel whether she likes it or not. The ending was good, but I wanted more of an epilogue. My issues with this graphic novel include the awkward slang, and the use of an alternative world as the setting. First, the slang is so strange and lengthy, that it is difficult to imagine it in our everyday vocabulary. Second, how did the world get so messed up? Why are there children with missing limbs, eyes, etc. What about the multitude of creature mutations? There are scant fragments of info in the book, but it is never satisfactorily explained. Additionally, the vampires (a.k.a. Lurks) are considered to be hopelessly unintelligent and diseased humans. They warrant only pity and are avoided by the general population. Even the police do not bother with them. It bothers me that not until much later, do they become the fearsome and cunning denizens of the underworld that we know and love. I would like to get back to the traditionally scary beasts that we can fear and appreciate from afar, preferrably. The illustrations are well drawn, and in full color. The dialogue could have been better. But, the overall storyline and subplots twisted and turned in some very enjoyable ways. "Fray" is a self-contained story arc that can be read alone or in combination with the "Buffy/ Angel" series. This short, but interesting comic book is a welcome addition to the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" universe. I would definitely read a sequel to this graphic novel. -AvidReader
Baltiomore_Squid More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE Jess Whedon fan. Anything and everything he writes and helps create is amazing. Of course Fray is also amazing. The plot is very twisty and the characters are what we have all come to love and expect from Whedon, smart and witty.
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Best buffy comic
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