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3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest volume of season 8 so far, 14 Mar 2010
This review is from: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators And Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) (Paperback)
None of the issues collected here are awful but the stories are a bit weak. Feel like they're stringing us along while we wait for the big reveal - just who IS the Big Bad of season 8 aka Twilight? At least we finally get the end of Dawn's shapechanging plotline. Amusing as it was to see her rampaging in tokyo against a giant robot, enough is enough. The Andrew plotline was ridiculous. True, the scoobies have kept people like Anya and Spike who didn;t exactly start off on the right foot but Andrew isn't even remotely useful, why keep him on? At least we get a lookin on the giles and Faith teamup. The Harmony on MTV idea is amusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, 1 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators And Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) (Paperback)
Nice continuation of the tv series, and great illustration, but I am a bit disappointed with the story. It's a bit difficult to read at times, but otherwise ok.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but pretty good, 30 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators And Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) (Paperback)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" is a comic series set after the final episode of the TV series in which Buffy is now the leader of an army of Slayers.

This particular graphic novel contains a number of short, one-shot stories which are pretty hit-or-miss. My personal favourite, "Swell" was a fine story featuring two of my favourite characters, Kennedy and Satsu going after an army of body snatching demonic toys. Unfortunately, like the rest of "Season Eight" there's a definate sense that the writers often get carried away by the fact that they don't have to worry about a TV effects budget anymore and some stuff seems a little too goofy.

The artwork, while not terrible, isn't brilliant. In particular a lot of distance shots depict the characters as having no features except a pair of dots for eyes. I've seen much worse but there's definite room for improvement.

While not the best book I've read this isn't bad. Fans of the show will probably like it. If you're not familiar with the show you probably won't.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Light Reading Volume, 7 Jan 2010
This review is from: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators And Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) (Paperback)
Volume 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 contains 'Harmonic Divergence', 'Swell', 'Predators and Prey', 'Safe' and 'Living Doll'.

'Harmonic Divergence' mainly focus' on Harmony's reality show on MTV about vampires and the end sets up a theme they'll run for the next few volumes. I thought the idea of Harmoney being on MTV was great! It makes perfect sense considering her air-headedness and such. The story does go by quite quickly (due to the lightness of the script and all) but the ending is quite powerful and puts the whole 'slayers organisation' on it's head.

'Swell' takes place not long after and follows 2 slayers - Satsu and Kennedy as they have to deal with killer vampires that happen to be stuffed toys. The story can easily be skipped and it's not the strongest plot in this series but it's nice to have the side characters get some time in the limelight.

'Predators and Prey' follows Buffy and Andrew as they chase a rouge slayer who's been missing for several months. This story really puts Andrew in the spotlight and shows how much his friendship with Buffy has grown since his last TV episode. Plus their 'geek chat' made me laugh. I wished we had an issue dedicated to Simone's, the rouge slayer, turn to evil as it seemed interesting, but nevermind!

'Safe' takes a look at the sader side of the Slayer powers as Faith and Giles go to a Sanctuary where girls who have become slayers do not want to be chosen. I'd like to see more Faith and Giles stories as the 2 characters seem to be clicking, but this story didn't really do much. Yes we get a peak at the last members of the council but nothing else relates to the main story.

And finally, 'Living Doll' concludes Dawn's thricewise curse as she transforms into a doll and gets kidnapped by a a dollmaker! I thought the reconcile between Dawn and her thricewise boyfriend was a little too quick and false but the overall story was ok and vital to read if you plan to continue the series.

Overall this isn't the strongest volume, plot wise, but it's a quick, light read that ties up some loose ends before we jump into the plot-heavy volume, Retreat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 24 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators And Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) (Paperback)
Not as good as the previous 4 Volumes however this is just a collection of 1 shots, keeps the series 8 arc going though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The weakest volume yet., 27 Sep 2009
This review is from: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators And Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) (Paperback)
The writing is still good the art is still solid but this volume is all very bitty, there is an underlying theme running but it is essentially a collection of seperate stories. While this can be a good thing, here it detracts from the whole because the overall standard is average. the best part is the story about giles and faith, the stuff with harmony is annoying but the idea of it's effect is well done, so it is worth reading but it isn't essential.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing, 7 Nov 2009
This review is from: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators And Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) (Paperback)
The artwork in this series is of variable quality. Not a problem you think until they reveal a character who has turned up with a picture alone and I can't recognise who it is meant to be!
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