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Comic Issue
A Stake to the Heart, Part Two
61-A Stake to the Heart 2
Publication date September 24, 2003
Pages 22
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic #61
A Stake to the Heart, Part One
A Stake to the Heart, Part Three
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

A Stake to the Heart, Act Two: Guilt is the sixty-first issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. It was written by Fabian Nicieza and illustrated by Cliff Richards, with painted pages by Brian Horton.


Buffy Summers's life is in shambles. She's been kicked out of school, recently released from a mental institution, and, to top it all off her parents' crumbling marriage is finally over. Now her would-be protector, the vampire Angel, has unwittingly unleashed a string of demons upon her, in an incredibly misguided attempt to alleviate her grief.[1]






Weapons and Objects

Death Count

  • Unidentified man, drained by an unidentified female vampire.
  • Unidentified male vampire, staked by Buffy.

Behind the Scenes


  • The photo cover has two promotional photo shoots for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1.[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]


Pop Culture References

  • Joyce and Hank Summers discuss the ownership of The Clash records.
  • Buffy's bedroom has a poster with Miss Piggy.


Cover Artwork


  2. Buffy Summers/Gallery#Episode Stills
  3. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel"