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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; 5 edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595823425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823427
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By V. M. Ranjan on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I actually thought the premise of Harmony getting her own reality-TV show was pretty hilarious. I think, rather than trying to cash in on the whole "vampires integrating into popular culture" thing like the True Blood series, Joss and Crew are generally poking fun at all the Twilight/True Blood fans who have suddenly gone... well.. vampire crazy! Everyone wants their own vampire, and everyone is sooo in love with Vampires that they fail to see that vampires would actually be dangerous. Harmony has always been a huge comic relief for me, she's absolutely silly and fails to feel like a threat, when in truth she totally is (well, okay mostly she's hilarious and ineffectual as a threat). I could totally believe that she took her Angel-certified recommendation, her former ties to W&H and her glowing/whacky personality and went straight to TV execs with her "woe is me! I'm a misunderstood vampire!" angle to cash in. What's even better is that they bring to light the damage that misrepresenting certain groups can do, and how easily people are swayed. I mean, vampires easily get people to turn against the "Slayer Threat" even though the Slayer "Threat" is their only real defense. I think it's more of Joss just poking at current pop-culture and maybe even the current political climate.

As for the rest of installment, I can see where this is setting up the plots for the next story arc, and that's fine. Just remember that exposition and pawn placement is always a little... dry.

Oh, and just for fun, "Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday." <-- Oh how I miss Tuesdays with Buffy <3
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Penrose on December 2, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Muñoz on June 4, 2010
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The issue is a mix of short stories that should have been deleted from the beginning, they're not even funny. the only bit that is interesting is the reappearance of Harm's character.... but that's it. The rest gets underwhelming and dull...
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KittyP on October 21, 2009
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I have enjoyed season 8 so far but this volume is just awful. Really not worth the read apart from the fact that some significant things happen. Mainly that thanks to Harmony, vampires are out and adored by the public. (Way to channel The Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood - Except that in Harris' universe the outing of vampires is dealt with intelligently and in this story it's nonsense). And thanks to a renegade slayer, slayers are hated and feared. (Perhaps Wheadon spent too long on the X-Men.)

This is a bad, bad book and I don't recommend anyone waste their time or money on it. I would give it "no stars" if Amazon would let me.
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By A Voracious Reader on July 3, 2015
Format: Paperback
*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 azz 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 beyotch. 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.
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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.
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