|"A Beautiful Sunset"|
|Publication date||February 6, 2008|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #11|
"Anywhere But Here"
"Wolves at the Gate, Part One"
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Cover artist(s)|| Jon Foster|
|Letterer(s)||Richard Starkings & ComiCraft's Jimmy Betancourt|
Buffy reflects on her long history as a Slayer and awakening the thousands of other girls around the world. In flashbacks, it becomes clear that each battle the Scoobies and the others had fought came with sacrifice, but in a way, came with a connection as well. Buffy admits that while it can be a bother sacrificing her life as well as others, it has always been done for the better. She has grown, she has moved on to the better and potential she always knew that she could live up to.
Next, Xander and Buffy discuss a major problem: Simone Doffler, the punk, pink-haired Slayer from Rona's Chicago squad. Xander tells Buffy that they tried to remove Simone from her rough, urban environment, but see her on a security tape stealing ammunition and other things in a robbery, the unconscious bodies of two guards also found in the tapes. Buffy feels worried that she is not making a big change in the Slayer community and feels that what the government and everyone else thinks is true: she is not making the difference she said she was making. Xander comforts her and reassures her that things are going to be all right. The two then reflect on the revelation that Buffy stole from a bank in Switzerland to support her and the Slayer army and how she and Willow are having issues. Xander suggests that she ease her worries by going on a vampire hunt; Buffy decides to bring a "date"... namely, Satsu.
While the other Slayers and giant Dawn are celebrating at a huge party to ease their recent stresses, Buffy gears up to go on her vampire hunt. Satsu follows and Buffy forces her into the vampire lair. While the two are slaying, Buffy discusses how she knows that it had been Satsu who gave her the kiss of true love in to save her from Amy's curse and while Buffy appreciates the gesture as kind and sweet, she isn't interested in Satsu in a romantic way. Buffy tells Satsu of her romantic history and how all of her relationships, be it romantic, family, or friends, end badly. Buffy states that there is something wrong with her, that everyone notice that something around her is wrong, that she can never really love, and, like all Slayers, will be alone. She breaks down in tears, but the moment is interrupted with a crash from Twilight. Satsu is knocked out while Buffy and Twilight have a brawl in the air.
Twilight bests Buffy in battle with moves she had never witnessed and takes her fear of flight to a whole new level by flying her all around Scotland. When he is about to throw a roof at her, Buffy tells him that killing her will only bring more Slayers to the call, that there will only be more to deal with. It is revealed that Twilight doesn't want to yet kill Buffy and instead wants to talk to her. He reveals that while one Slayer in the world was enough to deal with, thousands is not tolerated. He replies that the world can't contain them and it will eventually suffer. Twilight further feeds Buffy's insecurities by stating the obvious, that they have not changed the world, they have not helped it. He flies off before the rising of the Sun while Buffy rushes back to the graveyard that Satsu and her were in to help Satsu. While Satsu feels she had failed Buffy, Buffy comforts her.
In an unknown base, Twilight tells his comrades that to truly defeat the Slayer, one has to strip her of her greatest armor, her moral certainty. They have to twist her view of right and wrong or twist the view of the ones she helps. Back in Scotland, in an infirmary, a bedridden and bandaged Satsu expresses her disappointment to a bandaged Buffy. Satsu understands Buffy's view on love and asks if she was hurt, Buffy states that she will eventually heal, that together they will heal. Buffy talks to Xander of her confrontation with Twilight and how he is stronger than anything she has encountered so far. She expresses the fears that Twilight released in her, that she isn't making a difference, that the girls she had awoken aren't and that she doesn't have any connection with them. Xander assures her that Buffy awakened confidence and purpose that the girls never had before. Buffy jokes that Xander should just ask Renee out already while Xander jokes that she shouldn't state the obvious and that she shouldn't change the subject. He assures Buffy that what she has created is more than a monster-fighting army, it is a connected state. Buffy still feels she had no connection amongst the girls. Xander replies that it is not her that is supposed to, that the person who brought all of it together gave up her connection so that the others would feel it and so that the other chosen girls can feel like they have a place to fit in, a place where they belong. Buffy agrees and sees that what she truly did was all for the better.
- Twilight references Buffy killing Caleb using the Scythe by slicing him in two from the crotch up. This is an early clue to his identity, as only one other person was present when it happened.
- The mud on Satsu's face mirrors the sequence in "Restless" in which Buffy spreads mud across her face during a dream.
- Breaking down, Buffy mentions her past failed relationships, claiming that the ones who love her tend to "go to a hell dimension, or burn up, or they start letting vamps suck on them and they leave".
- Buffy Summers (Also in flashbacks)
- Unidentified Slayer (Only in flashbacks)
- Willow Rosenberg (Only in flashbacks)
- Vi (Only in flashbacks)
- Rona (Only in flashbacks)
- Satsu (Also in flashbacks)
- Caleb (Only in flashbacks)
- Simone Doffler (Only in flashbacks)
- Xander Harris
- Andrew Wells (Only mentioned)
- Dawn Summers
- Spike (Only mentioned)
- Riley Finn (Only mentioned)
- Lieutenant Moulter
Organizations and Titles
- Slayer Organization
- Scooby Gang
- Twilight Group
- United States Armed Forces
- Simone Doffler's gang (Only in flashbacks)
Weapons and Objects
- two vampires, dusted by Satsu
- a vampire, dusted by Buffy
- a vampire, burned by the sun
Behind the Scenes
Pop Culture References
|“||Buffy Summers: "Once upon a time... I did something good."|
|- A Beautiful Sunset||”|