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Predators and Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Vol. 5) Paperback – September 29, 2009

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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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.
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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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