|Publication date||March 27, 2002|
The Worst of It
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Cover artist(s)|| Karl Moline,|
Andy Owens &
After a crushing turn of events, Melaka's back on her feet, taking the fight into the pits of the city, the rat-infested warren she calls home. But are these street-urchin vamps behind the recent murder that set Fray over the edge?
Melaka carries Loo’s lifeless body into the streets, while the citizens of Versi are stunned. She enters Loo’s parents tavern, where Amma strikes her, and she takes it silently. Urkonn tells Mel that he has something for her, a weapon for Slayers forged centuries before. Once he has given it to her, Mel walks towards the crowd and holds up the Scythe. “I have something to say,” she states.
She tells them all that there has been a murder and everyone was in danger. She tells about the lurks, and that they will be coming for them. Mel is not sure what she wants the people of Versi to do, but she tells them that, if they stood together, perhaps they can save themselves from the unimaginable horror that was coming. The crowd has any of it.
Mel is annoyed with the lack of cooperation on the people’s part. She plans to find Harth, but hears something. Sneaking into a part of a building, she finds lurks feeding of a girl. She wields the scythe with ease and slays the creatures, experiencing the dusting process for the first time. Reeling in her victory, she is taken by surprise by more lurks. One lurk knocks the scythe into the river, and Mel dives in after it. She finally defeats them, and Urkonn is impressed. Harth isn't.
Elsewhere, Erin explains Harth’s plan to her colleagues. They aren't convinced and Erin think that, despite her sister’s claims, Mel has lost it.
Harth is distraught that Mel has finally claimed her role as the Slayer. He sends Icarus after her, but says he wants the body.
In Versi, Mel proves the demonic nature of the lurks. She tells the people that they are coming but can be defeated. She wants the word to be spread, but then Icarus turns up, read for a fight. Mel smiles and raises her Scythe with no fear.
- The Scythe makes its first appearance; the weapon would then appear on Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show in season seven.
- Erin Fray
- Harth Fray
- Melaka Fray
- Loo (Only deceased body)
- Unidentified boy
Organizations and Titles
Weapons and Objects
Behind the Scenes
- Alarums was the 87º best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 21,714 sales in December 2001 at comic specialty stores.
|Harth - She's found it. Somehow, she's found her essence. Her strength. I really did expect her to crumble.|