Comic Issue
All Hell
Publication date August 06, 2003
Pages 22
Fray #8
The Gateway
final issue in series
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Joss Whedon
Penciller(s) Karl Moline
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Cover artist(s) Karl Moline,
Andy Owens &
Dave Stewart
Inker(s) Andy Owens
Colorist(s) Dave Stewart
Letterer(s) Michelle Madsen

All Hell is the eighth and last issue of the Fray comic book series. It was written by Joss Whedon and illustrated by Karl Moline.


The Slayer’s brother has led a vampire war to not only overtake Manhattan, but bring to earth a demonic dragon — but the harshest threat to Fray remains unseen and unnamed.

The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer wraps up his comics masterpiece with just the right balance of twists and turns and intense drama that you’ve come to expect from his shows, with the epic action and fantastic creatures that you just can’t fit on the small screen.

Be here for a conclusion we promise you didn’t see coming![1]


Mel is inside Neauth. As she begins to pass through the creature, she starts to hack away at its core, heading towards the brain. Outside the creature, Erin is informed that the police is nuking the area, with the whole warren about to become a giant fireball. Erin looks at Harth and exclaims that she had enough.

Harth lunges for her and they plunges through the air. Harth taunts her about her sibling’s respective deaths, and she is left motionless on the ground. Suddenly, the creature roars in pain and Mel comes through its eye, ripping it to shreds as she does so.

The demon collapses on top of Versi, and Mel crawls to her sister’s side. Harth calls her to him and claims that she may have saved Haddyn and the world, but she would never guess what’s coming next. He kisses her and then escapes into the shadows.

The police halts their nukes because of the creature’s death, and Erin is carted away, severely injured. Urkonn tells her that she saved the world and that, for now, it’s all over. Mel tells him that it’s not, and glances at Loo’s parents.

At Gunther’s place, he apologizes profusely for turning Mel in, but Mel tells him it isn’t why she’s there: it’s all about Loo. Gunther has no clue about her and claims that he did not killed her nor had her killed, and Mel claims that she knew. She turns to Urkonn and tells him that he was the one who killed Loo, recalling that vampires did not have an invite to her home, nor have feed.

Urkonn exclaims that he did it to push her into fighting. Mel confirms it and then points out he never helps her when she’s near water: he can’t swim. With that, she plunges her scythe into Gunther’s tank and the two fall in. As they fall through into one of Gunther’s compartments, they smashes the other side of the tank and, before Urkonn is able to get up, Mel spears him in the head with her scythe. She picks Gunther up and places him back into his tank.

Somewhere, the Vrill and Boluz talk and wonder what the future held. The city is to be rebuilt, Mel rekindles her relationship with Erin, and returns to her old life — but she also has a new life.


  • Melaka uses her knowledge about lurks needing an invitation to enter a home, which she had first heard in The Gateway.
  • Melaka reveals she had noticed Urkonn inability to swim, as he had shown discomfort above Gunther’s water tank in Ready, Steady..., and refused to help her fight underwater in Alarums.
  • Melaka avenges Loo’s death (The Worst of It).



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Weapons and Objects

Death Count

Behind the Scenes


  • "Fray" trade paperback
  • "Fray" hardcover


Cover Artwork


Melaka - “They'll be watching, The demons, Harth… things I don't even know about yet. They'll all be waiting. Waiting for me to fall. So come on guys. I'm just one girl. No big hero, no protector of justice, not even a bona fide one-hundred-percent Slayer. So what are you waiting for? Take me on. Hurt my world. I dare you.”


  1. Joss Whedon's Fray #8 (of 8)". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved March 11, 2018.