Short works

Books : reviews

Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie.
Predators and Prey (#21-25).
Dark Horse Books. 2009

rating : 3.5 : worth reading
review : 30 March 2010

Harmony Bites is the latest reality TV show, and when a rogue Slayer tries to stake Harmony on live TV, the show becomes a ratings hit, and Slayers become the bad guys. The sinister Twilight starts attacking, and suddenly Buffy and the rest of the Slayers have to lie low, victims of a PR disaster. But that doesn't stop Satsu tackling a monster stuffed-toy demon, Faith finding a Slayer hideaway with a hideous secret, or Dawn ending up in a third weird bodyform. Just another typical day in Slayer-ville, then.

Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Georges Jeanty.
Retreat (#26-30).
Dark Horse Books. 2010

rating : 4 : passes the time
review : 9 January 2011

The band of Slayers are still in full retreat, desperately fighting off Twilight. Eventually they discover that twilight is tracking them through the magic they are using to hide themselves. So they all retreat to the Himalayas, and Oz's own spiritual retreat, where they are taught how to lose their magic. But then Twilight finds them when they are defenceless...

I've marked this down slightly because it's a bit of a filler, between the beginnings of the retreat and (what I hope is to be) their fight back. Fine, but few added twists (that I spotted, at least).

Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie.
Guarded (#11-15).
Dark Horse Books. 2013

Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Jane Espenson, Karl Moline.
The Core (#21-25).
Dark Horse Books. 2014

When Dawn falls mysteriously ill, Buffy, Xander, and Willow set out to find a supernatural cure in a world sorely lacking magic. As they traverse the center of the earth, this trio of friends will confront new enemies—a super being bent on revenge, a Slayer gone rogue, and the ancient god who created vampires—in a battle that will change the shape of the world. Buffy, with a little help from her friends, will rediscover what it truly means to be a Slayer in a story of self-discovery and heroics.