Comic Collection
"A Stake to the Heart"
A Stake to the Heart
Publication date April 14, 2004
Pages 104
Format Paperback
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic Vol.17
"Slayer, Interrupted"
final collection in series
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Fabian Nicieza
Penciller(s) Cliff Richards
Brian Horton
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Cover artist(s) Brian Horton

"A Stake to the Heart" is the seventeenth and final volume of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic trade paperbacks, collecting issues sixty to sixty-three of the comic book series.


Buffy Summers has faced vampires, demons, and monsters, but now she must face the scariest thing of all: the divorce of her parents. No vampire is safe as the tortured young Slayer takes her anger and frustrations to the streets of L.A., all the while being closely watched by the mysterious vampire with a soul, known as Angel.

In a failed attempt to alleviate her pain, Angel accidentally unleashes the Malignancy Demons upon her and her family, each of which personifies and draws its power from particular bad feelings.[1]



Behind the Scenes


  • This is the third book of the Buffy: Year One trilogy, the last stories of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic, about Buffy Summers as a Slayer before her arrival in Sunnydale.
  • Editor Scott Allie declared about this title: "we entered into [the final part of the Year One storyline] knowing it was going to be the end of the monthly series. The TV show was ending, we'd just done a series in a mental institution ["Slayer, Interrupted"], and we all felt we were doing the best work the monthly had seen. Our disappointment with having the book end was reflected in the extremely dark storyline."[2]

International Titles

  • French: Un Pieu dans le Cœur (A Stake in the Heart)
  • Italian: Un Paletto nel Cuore (A Stake in the Heart)



  2. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel"

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