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Comic Issue
"A Stake to the Heart, Part Four"
63-A Stake to the Heart 4
Publication date November 26, 2003
Pages 24
Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic #63
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"A Stake to the Heart, Part Three"
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final issue in series
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Fabian Nicieza
Penciller(s) Cliff Richards
Painted pages:
Brian Horton
Cover artist(s) Brian Horton
Inker(s) Will Conrad
Colorist(s) Michelle Madsen
Letterer(s) Clem Robins
Buffy63-variant-cover

A Stake to the Heart, Act Four: Trepidation is the sixty-third and final issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series.

Synopsis

After her parents' divorce, Buffy's arrival in Sunnydale is made even more painful by the return of the Malignancy Demons that were accidentally set upon her by Angel. Her first steps into her new life at the Hellmouth are halted by terror, and the last Malignancy Demon might be the one to finally get Buffy – and the whole town! – to give up on life. Meanwhile, Willow, Xander, Giles, Dawn, and Joyce all fall under the spell of Trepidation, leaving Buffy with little help from the Scoobies.[1]

Continuity

  • This story includes the memories around Dawn Summers, only to be created in "Buffy vs. Dracula".
  • Buffy, Dawn, and Joyce Summers move to Sunnydale within two days before Buffy's first day of school, making this story previous to the series' debut episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth."
  • Upon being called "Angelus" by Whistler, the vampire soon to be known as Angel concludes he needs a new name; he presents himself as such to Buffy in "Welcome to the Hellmouth."

Appearances

Individuals

Species

Locations

Weapons and Objects

Death Count

None

Behind the Scenes

Trivia

  • The photo cover has a promotional photo shoot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2.[2]
  • This story is part of 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."[3]
  • Joyce Summers, tired after organizing the new house, lays on the couch and says "I could die right here." This is a reference to her actual death on the same couch, as seen in "The Body."

Collections

Pop Culture References

Gallery

Cover Artwork

References

  1. https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/12-653/
  2. Buffy Summers/Gallery#Season 2, 1997
  3. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel"

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