Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #21

Writer: Jane Espenson Artist: Georges Jeanty Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 7, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 2
5.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Television writer **Jane Espenson** ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Battlestar Galactica") returns to _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_ in Season 8. Espenson is the first of five acclaimed writers who will tackle a groundbreaking story arc in which _Buffy_ fans are introduced to a new world where vampires are _in_ and Slayers are _out_. Cue Harmony, the bubblegum cheerleader from Sunnydale High whose ambitions include bloodsucking and stardom. Espenson teams with series artist Georges Jeanty and executive producer Joss Whedon in "Harmonic Divergence."

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 13, 2009

    As much as I didn't want to like this issue, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Jane Espenson's comedic pacing is right on, and she knows what she wants in a tale that barely features the most famous vampire slayer of them all. The art by Georges Jeanty is pretty awesome as well as the characters in the book continue to look like characters from the television series. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21 is a must read and earns 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Daniel Crown Jan 7, 2009

    In the end, this issue represents the general Buffy approach about as well as any of the installments up to this point. Part of the brilliance of the television show was its ability to use humor as a diversion while shiftily preparing the proverbial hammer to be dropped. And it's for this reason, despite the issue remaining a tad ebullient for my tastes (I've never enjoyed the character of Harmony), Buffy #21 still works as a fairly poignant piece of modern satire. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jan 10, 2009

    In this issue, because of Harmony, because of incompetent journalists, because of a vapid viewing audience, the public becomes aware of Buffy and her vast sisterhood of Slayers. Because of Harmony's charm, fomented by media attention, public opinion turns against them and favors the poor, put upon vampires. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zach Bowen Jan 14, 2009

    The issue ends with Harmony being interviewed on TV with the host talking about Slayers and what they are. As it turns out, the death of a Slayer was very popular and that is going to be the new focus of Harmonys show. I was left with dumb founded. What just happened? Why is the world so accepting of vampires? How did Harmony get out of Los Angeles at the end of Angel? These and countless other questions are brought up at the end of this issue. Not only is this the worst of the Buffy comics to come out so far, it the worst canonical story ever told within the Buffyverse. Read Full Review

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