Comic Issue
"Harmonic Divergence"
Publication date January 7, 2009
Pages 22
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #21
"After These Messages ... We'll Be Right Back!"
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Jane Espenson
Penciller(s) Georges Jeanty
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Cover artist(s) Jo Chen
Variant cover:
Georges Jeanty &
Michelle Madsen
Inker(s) Andy Owens
Colorist(s) Michelle Madsen
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings &
ComiCraft's Jimmy Betancourt

Harmonic Divergence is the twenty-first issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book series. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.


Television writer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica) returns to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Season Eight. Espenson is the first of five acclaimed writers that tackle this groundbreaking story arc — where 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 blood sucking and stardom. [1]


Harmony tries to work her way into a hot spot night club; after being turned down, she bumps into Andy Dick, who is taken in by her looks. He pulls her into a alley, where they are pursued by paparazzi cameras that catching Harmony feed from Andy. Later, Harmony, in her apartment looking at the photo on her computer, narrates about how it got her famous. The photo was released in tabloids which caused a world-wide stir of interest in vampires. Harmony uses this pop culture buzz to land her own reality TV show with MTV, much to the Scoobies' shock.

Elsewhere in the city, underneath a billboard ad for the Harmony Bites reality show, a Potential Slayer, Soledad, is trying to negotiate her way out of a street gang when she is jumped by the other members. Since it is her sixteenth birthday, she is imbued with the Slayer powers and turns the tide of the brawl to her favor. Soledad leaves the gang to walk through the city where she watches Andrew and Vi's television commercial for girls who have been recently imbued, but have no where to turn. Rather than call the number as advertised, she figures that she would rather be discovered, where to her surprise, she is approached by Andrew Wells. After talking to Buffy on the phone, the Slayer figures that joining Buffy and the other girls would just be joining another gang.

The Slayer decides to have her gang tattoo covered up and while she is in the parlor Harmony and Clem show up with the reality show in tow. Soledad approaches the crew about getting on to the show, where they tell her that they will be shooting a party scene later that night and she is welcomed to come. At the party the Slayer has shown up, removed of her stake by security, and waits until Harmony makes her big scene arrival. Lacking her stake, Soledad improvises by breaking a clapboard and using the wooden shard to attack Harmony. Her attack is thwarted by Harmony throwing her Pomeranian at the Slayer; the Slayer recovers but not before Harmony grabs hold of the clapboard shard and impales Soledad with it on live television. Worldwide watchers are shocked and enthralled, propelling the reality show to number two. Harmony's publicists feed news organizations information that the Slayers are really villains, even worse than Nazis. And as Anderson Cooper carries on a interview with Harmony, the world believes it.

Death Count

Behind the Scenes



  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #21: Harmonic Divergence". Dark Horse Comics.

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