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Comic Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic
Wu-tang Fang
No. of issues 63
first last
"Wu-tang Fang" "A Stake to the Heart, Part Four"
September 23, 1998 November 26, 2003
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Andi Watson, Christopher Golden, Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza, Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe, et al.
Penciller(s) Joe Bennett, Hector Gomez, Cliff Richards, Paul Lee, et al.
Editor(s) Scott Allie

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic was a comic book series in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer meta-series and part of the Dark Horse Classic run.

Premise

Aside from the adventures Buffy and her friends had on the TV series, they battled many other vampires, demons, and forces of darkness in this comic book series.

Continuity

The series covered various events in a period from summer 1996 to early 2002.

Appearances

Publications

The series included 63 issues, which were later collected in 18 trade paperbacks.

Issues

Cover Issues Release Date
Wu-tang Fang "Wu-tang Fang" 1 September 23, 1998
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Joe Bennett
Buffy Summers is not like other girls. She's been chosen to save the world from the vampire plague, and balancing saving the world with high school is no easy task.
Halloween (comic) "Halloween" 2 October 28, 1998
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Joe Bennett
With the approach of Halloween, Sunnydale experiences an increase in vampire-related murders. The search for the perpetrators is called to a halt on All Hallow's Eve and Buffy looks forward to an uneventful night of trick or treating with her friends . . . but how uneventful will it stay? The killers are still on the loose and there was that one house that refused to answer the door . . .
Cold Turkey "Cold Turkey" 3 November 25, 1998
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Joe Bennett
Buffy Summers' horrific holiday season continues as Turkey Day rolls into Sunnydale. The day before begins as hectic as any past Thanksgiving, save for one exception: some strange goings-on around the house have set Buffy's mind a flutter. What happened to the vampire that survived the fateful Halloween massacre? Who's been digging through her family's trash at night? And why do so many people wait until the last minute to go grocery shopping?!
4-White Christmas "White Christmas" 4 December 23, 1998
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Hector Gomez
Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open slay! The comics adaption of the hit television show continues as the Yuletide rolls into Sunnydale. A puzzling heat wave is the least of Buffy's concerns when she realizes she does not possess the monetary means to afford the holiday season (or a new dress for the Winter Dance!). To add insult to injury, she is forced to get a job in the mall to pay for her expenditures. All would be well, though, if she didn't have to wear a paper hat and if her employer wasn't quite so "cold" toward her . . .
5-Happy New Year "Happy New Year" 5 January 27, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Hector Gomez
This New Year's Eve is going to be one to remember for the town of Sunnydale. When a cursed Puritan rolls into town, looking to break a hex placed on him centuries before, trouble follows: in the form of a giant Hellhound! Mania and mayhem ensue!
6-New Kid on the Block 1 "New Kid on the Block, Part One" 6 March 3, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson & [[Dan Brereton] Artist: Hector Gomez
With spring in the air and a day off from school, the gang decides to have a get together. Harboring thoughts of an all-night, all-girl slumber party, Willow's new gal-pal, Cynthia, volunteers to coordinate it. The only problem is whom to invite. Buffy's in. Cordelia, too. What about Xander? Eight ladies, all in their pajamas. One way or another, Xander's going to make it!
7-New Kid on the Block 2 "New Kid on the Block, Part Two" 7 March 31, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson & [[Dan Brereton] Artist: Hector Gomez
Recipe for action: take one Buffy Summers, add three quarts of evil, a pinch of high-school high jinks, and blend well, for the high-octane monthly adventures of everyone's favorite Chosen One! The gang's well-intentioned slumber party has gone awry, and the trouble grows as the night deepens. Things are not always what they seem, and in this case, the new girl might not be telling the whole story . . . and it could cost Buffy more than a game of Truth or Dare.
8-The Final Cut "The Final Cut" 8 April 28, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Jason Pearson & Cliff Richards
Sunnydale High is abuzz with anticipation about a movie being filmed in town! The whole gang wants to get involved, with the bright lights of Hollywood blinding the more sinister aspects of the filmmaker himself. Is he just an eccentric genius or an ominous, shadowy character?
9-Hey, Good Looking 1 "Hey, Good Looking, Part One" 9 May 26, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Joe Bennett
Selke, the vampire Buffy thought was killed in the mausoleum fire over Thanksgiving, returns with a vengeance. She's back and she's out for blood -- literally!
10-Hey, Good Looking 2 "Hey, Good Looking, Part Two" 10 June 30, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Joe Bennett
Buffy the next runway supermodel? Believe it! Buffy pursues a potential modeling career only to learn that beauty isn't only skin deep. Meanwhile, with Selke regaining her strength, she decides to pay a visit to the local vampire coven . . . with mixed results.
11-A Boy Named Sue "A Boy Named Sue" 11 July 28, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Joe Bennett
Summer sizzles as Buffy and her pals continue their quest to stem the tide of evil that is rampant on Earth! In this action-packed issue, Selke and the Doctor continue their scheming and hit upon the solution to Selke's "cosmetic" complaints. Meanwhile, a jilted student at Sunnydale High learns a valuable lesson in gender relations.
12-A Nice Girl Like You "A Nice Girl Like You" 12 August 18, 1999
Written by: Christopher Golden Artist: Christian Zanier
The new girl in Sunnydale, by all appearances, is your typical sweet, intelligent high-school senior, except for one thing--the crowd she runs with! She hangs out with more punks and delinquents than in juvenile hall, yet Buffy still finds something . . . different about her.
13-Love Sick Blues 1 "Love Sick Blues, Part One" 13 September 29, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Cliff Richards
Beauty, popularity, and impeccable fashion sense are just a few of the qualities that help define the character of Cordelia Chase. When a gorgeous, mysterious beauty begins to invade Cordelia's spotlight with the men of the Bronze, though, she undergoes a shift in priorities. With an upcoming school quiz-show contest looming, Cordelia decides it's time to flaunt her intelligence...by any means necessary!
14-Love Sick Blues 2 "Love Sick Blues, Part Two" 14 October 27, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Cliff Richards
As Sunnydale becomes an increasingly hazardous place to kill vampires, Buffy begins to suspect there might be something amiss . . . as do Spike and Dru, newly returned to town and none too happy to find that Selke has set up shop in their old haunt. Meanwhile, Buffy begins to question her relationship with Angel. And just what do Selke and the Doctor have in store for the ancient Slayer relic they hold in their possession?
15-Lost Highway "Lost Highway" 15 November 24, 1999
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Cliff Richards
She alone will stand against the vampires . . . the demons . . . and the forces of Darkness . . . wait, she can't even drive yet! Learning how to operate an automobile is a rite of passage that all teenagers face, the Chosen One being no different. And while Buffy faces the horrors of Drivers' Ed., Selke and the Doctor are busy breeding disaster for Sunnydale. Does their evil alchemy spell disaster for Buffy and the gang? Have we seen the last of the super-vampires that have plagued Sunnydale lately? Will Buffy get her driving permit?! There's only one way to find out!
16-The Food Chain "The Food Chain" 16 January 5, 2000
Written by: Christopher Golden Artist: Christian Zanier
All Buffy Summers wants is to hang out with her friends and relax. Is that too much to ask? It is when you're the Slayer and there's a demonic force ripping through town leaving a pile of bodies behind it. And even if she doesn't particularly like the guys getting offed, Buffy's gotta put a stop to it!
17-Shes No Lady 1 "She's No Lady, Part One" 17 January 26, 2000
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Cliff Richards
The gang from Sunnydale have faced some unspeakable horrors: ice demons, werewolves, and kung-fu vampires among them. But can the group face the terror of Buffy and Xander making out? What is going on here, and how is it tied to the super vampires, Selke, and the mysterious figures in Sunnydale's sewers? If the group is going to survive, they'll have to brave the chaos of Mardi Gras to find the answers.
18-Shes No Lady 2 "She's No Lady, Part Two" 18 February 23, 2000
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Cliff Richards
Mardi Gras is nearly upon the Sunnydale gang and, in addition to finishing their float, they have to figure out what's going on with Buffy. Since when has she been so into her looks, and what's up with the . . . tattoos and piercings? Meanwhile, Angel is getting closer and closer to discovering the source of the super-vamps . . . and it may just cost him his life!
19-Old Friend "Old Friend" 19 March 22, 2000
Written by: Andi Watson Artist: Cliff Richards
For months now, Buffy and the gang have been dealing with superpowered vampires and slayer doppelgängers. Selke's finally coming out of hiding, but Buffy's not quite up to speed to deal with her.
20-Double Cross "Double Cross" 20 April 26, 2000
Written by: Doug Petrie Artist: Jason Minor
At the end of season three, Angel left Sunnydale without looking back, and without saying good-bye to Buffy. This story takes up directly from the season finale, following Angel as he heads to L.A., and Buffy prepares for her life without him in Sunnydale. They earned a lot of enemies together, and now that they're apart, those forces are closing in. But the connection Buffy and Angel had was closer than anyone knew, and those who thought to take advantage of their separation are in for a surprise.
21-The Blood of Carthage 1 "The Blood of Carthage, Part One" 21 May 31, 2000
Written by: Christopher Golden Artist: Cliff Richards & Chynna Clugston-Major
In a town like Sunnydale, you can bet the local "boogeyman" legend ain't just hot air. But killing it is a LOT more trouble than it's worth.
22-The Blood of Carthage 2 "The Blood of Carthage, Part Two" 22 June 28, 2000
Written by: Christopher Golden Artist: Cliff Richards & Chynna Clugston-Major
The demons are gathering. Once more, Sunnydale is playing host to a congregation of the undead, and it's up to Buffy and her gang to find out why and put a stop to it. This issue continues the Blood of Carthage story line, and brings Buffy one step closer to discovering the secrets of Vraka, Xerxes the Blind, and the rest of the demon hordes. If she's lucky, she'll also get her term paper done!
23-The Blood of Carthage 3 "The Blood of Carthage, Part Three" 23 July 26, 2000
Written by: Christopher Golden Artist: Cliff Richards & Paul Lee & Brian Horton
Who are the Blood of Carthage, and what is their relationship to the demon Vraka? Buffy will find out as she confronts them for the first time. We also discover how Spike is connected to this shadowy group. And Buffy may decide to leave college forever! Buffy fans cannot miss this issue!
24-The Blood of Carthage 4 "The Blood of Carthage, Part Four" 24 August 30, 2000
Written by: Christopher Golden Artist: Cliff Richards & Chynna Clugston-Major
In this penultimate issue of "The Blood of Carthage," the unthinkable occurs. With the rise of the demon Ky-Laag imminent, Buffy and the Scooby Gang must form an unholy alliance with the Blood of Carthage -- a mysterious cult of demons -- to prevent Ky-Laag from devastating Sunnydale and perhaps the world!And why would the Blood of Carthage want to stop a demon from rising? And for that matter, why would vampire creep Spike want to play peacemaker between Buffy and the demon Vraka?
25-The Blood of Carthage 5 "The Blood of Carthage, Part Five" 25 September 27, 2000
Written by: Christopher Golden Artist: Cliff Richards
The conclusion to "Blood of Carthage" is so big, we had to add four extra pages to tell it all! The questions that have been building since issue #21 will finally be answered. Learn the secret history between the demons Vraka and Ky-Laag, and what it means to the Scooby Gang. And Buffy must deal with the aftermath of allying herself with Vraka, leading to an explosive fight in the heart of downtown Sunnydale.
26-The Heart of a Slayer 1 "The Heart of a Slayer, Part One" 26 October 25, 2000
Written by: Chris Boal Artist: Cliff Richards
Just in time for Halloween, this dark and creepy issue finds its way to the comics store shelf! In part one of the two-part "The Heart of the Slayer," Buffy is being stalked by a creature intent on killing her so that it can bring about the end of the world. So what else is new? The only person who can save her is a Slayer who should have died a long time ago. Confused? Well, so are Buffy and the gang.
27-The Heart of a Slayer 2 "The Heart of a Slayer, Part Two" 27 November 29, 2000
Written by: Chris Boal Artist: Cliff Richards
In "The Heart of the Slayer," Buffy discovers why she is being stalked by a nightmare creature from fourteenth-century France and why that era's Slayer is determined to stop it. Unfortunately for the two Slayers, stopping the monster may mean the ultimate sacrifice for one of them!
28-Cemetery of Lost Love "Cemetery of Lost Love" 28 December 27, 2000
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
Buffy's used to dealing with a lot of weirdness in her role as the Slayer, but what's she to make of a backpack full of maggots? How about a herd of rats that overrun the cafeteria just as she's sitting down to eat? If Buffy didn't know any better, she'd think someone was out to get her. But who could possibly be upset with a vampire slayer?
29-Past Lives 2 "Past Lives, Part Two" 29 January 31, 2001
Written by: Christopher Golden & Tom Sniegoski Artist: Christopher Zanier & Cliff Richards
In part two of the Buffy/Angel crossover, "Past Lives," Cordelia and Wesley are both in the hospital and Angel is on the run. And the mysterious demon hunter continues her vendetta against him. Meanwhile, monsters are fleeing the carnage in L.A. and seeking refuge in Sunnydale, where they're being dealt with by the Slayer. Buffy, Giles, and the gang learn about the havoc, and Buffy determines that she must go to Angel's side to lend a hand; a decision that does not sit at all well with Buffy's vampire-hunting boyfriend, Riley.
30-Past Lives 4 "Past Lives, Part Four" 30 February 28, 2001
Written by: Christopher Golden & Tom Sniegoski Artist: Cliff Richards
The Buffy/Angel crossover, "Past Lives," comes to an explosive conclusion this issue! Angel and Giles reveal their past involvement with the woman who is out to destroy Angel, and it's up to Buffy and her friends to stop her. But it won't be easy. The only plan they have could get them all killed. When the dust settles, the lives of Buffy and Angel will never be the same.
31-Lost and Found "Lost and Found" 31 March 28, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
An alleyway in Sunnydale, previously inactive ghost-wise, becomes the focus of some pretty scary happenings. Who's behind it? Why is it happening now? It's up to Buffy and the Scooby gang to find out. And, in other news, Giles has a new girlfriend, but the kids think there's more to her than meets the eye. Isn't there always?
32-Invasion "Invasion" 32 April 25, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
A hobo ghost in an alleyway and an infestation of really aggressive insects has the Scooby Gang looking for a culprit, but the hand behind the recent occult happenings in Sunnydale remains hidden. The only one happy in the midst of this terror is Giles, with his new out-of-town girlfriend, which has a lot of the kids wondering.
33-Hive Mentality "Hive Mentality" 33 May 23, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
Giles' new girlfriend is still missing and possibly in the clutches of the bugmen. Willow and Tara come across a possible solution to Sunnydale's insect problem in a dusty volume called Demonic Entomology. Giles, worried that he's about to lose another lover to Sunnydale's prolific obituary page, isn't able to conjure up the requisite magical pesticide, leaving Buffy to face the hive on her own!
34-Out of the Fire, into the Hive "Out of the Fire, Into the Hive" 34 June 27, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
The gang finally discovers the secret of the Sunnydale infestation, and the bug hunt comes to a stunning conclusion as Buffy faces off against a mad scientist, a gazillion nasty creepy-crawlies, and their Queen! All this and more girl trouble for Giles!
35-False Memories 1 "Remember the Beginning" 35 July 25, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
Remember that time when Buffy's little sister Dawn first found out that Buffy is the Slayer? And then when Angel almost killed Dawn, because no one had told her that he'd turned evil again? And who could forget the time Dawn loaded up on band candy? Buffy and the Scooby Gang all have memories connected to Dawn, and only Buffy and Giles know they're not real. But Dawn is turning up other little secrets from the past, including a previous vampire slayer who met the worst fate imaginable -- and still suffers under the curse.
36-False Memories 2 "Remember the Lies" 36 August 29, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
Dawn has vanished without a trace and the Scooby gang has no clue where to find her. As they try to deduce her whereabouts, Buffy turns Sunnydale (and a whole lot of vampires) upside-down in her search. Spike suspects that Dawn's disappearance has something to do with a former Slayer turned vampire, the deadly Yuki Makumura. It looks like this Vampire Slayer must go up against a Slayer Vampire. Could things get any worse? Don't ask!
37-False Memories 3 "Remember the Truth" 37 September 26, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
While Buffy looks for clues to find her sister, Harmony hatches another lame plan to cause trouble and ends up distracting everyone from the search. Meanwhile, insane vampire monks, who all know the terrible truth concerning Dawn's past, hold her captive. If that isn't enough, there's a former Slayer turned vampire in town, and Buffy's at the top of her hit-list.
38-False Memories 4 "Remember the End" 38 November 7, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
This October, things just get creepier in this super-spooky Halloween fang-fest. Buffy and the Scooby gang face off against the cadre of crazed, bloodsucking Buddhist monks who hold Dawn captive. The monks know the truth about Buffy's "little sister." When the truth is revealed, can Buffy handle it? This issue brings you the big showdown between Buffy and the invulnerable Vampire Slayer Vampire. You want blood? You got it!
39-Night of a Thousand Vampires "Night of a Thousand Vampires" 39 November 28, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
Don't you hate it when you go to a funeral and unwittingly open an ancient portal to a prison dimension and summon forth a rampaging horde of blood-starved vampires? In this issue, that's exactly what happens to Buffy! These extra dimensional nasties have got only one thing in mind -- dinner. And Sunnydale is on the menu -- literally.
40-Little Monsters 1 "Ugly Little Monsters, Part One" 40 December 26, 2001
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
Buffy's mom is dead. Emotions in the Scooby gang are running high, and lots of little things are causing lots of little problems. Somehow, the fight against the forces of darkness doesn't seem so crucial, anymore. Somebody should have told that to the three deformed, green demon-children that decide to drop by Buffy's house unannounced.
41-Little Monsters 2 "Ugly Little Monsters, Part Two" 41 February 6, 2002
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
After more than a year, Tara STILL doesn't feel like she's fitting into the Scooby Gang. The closer she gets to Willow, the more envious she is of the friendship between Will and Buffy and Xander. With all this jealousy in the air, is it any wonder there are little green monsters popping up all around?
42-Little Monsters 3 "Ugly Little Monsters, Part Three" 42 February 27, 2002
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
The Scoobies get attacked by more ugly, foul-smelling, creepy, little, green monsters. They seem to really hate Buffy, and the little buggers are becoming a bigger problem than anyone expected. It looks like one of Buffy's friends might be related to the menace, but how? And why? This issue marks a revelation for one of the Scoobies. Don't miss it.
43-Death of Buffy 1 "The Death of Buffy, Part One" 43 April 10, 2002
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
Buffy is dead. There's lots of emotions and tensions. The Scoobies begin to pick up the pieces, and they soon realize that Sunnydale is losing control of its population of nasties. Willow takes action, and it looks like the gang has a new leader. But how long can the group hold out after a pack of disgruntled lizard-demons arrives in Sunnydale gunning for the Slayer?
44-Death of Buffy 2 "The Death of Buffy, Part Two" 44 May 1, 2002
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
The Death of Buffy story continues as Willow, Xander, and the gang attempt to fend off an encroaching invasion of black magic lizard wizards. They've come to Sunnydale to resurrect an old friend and to tear the Slayer's pretty little guts out. Unfortunately for them, Buffy and her guts are six feet under. Unfortunately for Buffy's pals, these reptiles are willing to settle for the guts of the Slayer's friends and family.
45-Death of Buffy 3 "The Death of Buffy, Part Three" 45 June 5, 2002
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Cliff Richards
Buffy is dead. A horde of lizard-demons plan to resurrect their fallen leader and paint the town blood red. Can Buffy's friends face the threat without a Slayer to defend them? Willow finds that she can learn a great deal from these reptilian mystics. And if there's going to be one resurrection, why can't there be two? This is the slam-bang, "dang, I banged my fang!" conclusion to the Death of Buffy storyline.
46-Withdrawal "Withdrawal" 46 June 26, 2002
Written by: Tom Fassbender & Jim Pascoe Artist: Paul Lee
Buffy's finally back in the game, fully recovered from her recent trip to heaven. But someone else is back, too -- the sexy vamp D.J., Velatti (from the recent hit novel Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Creatures of Habit). She's out for revenge, and she's noticed that Willow's powerful addiction to magic is growing out of control. Check out the cosmic comic-book debut of the dopest D.J. diva, that will make more than your head spin...
47-Hellmouth to Mouth 1 "Note from the Underground, Part One" 47 August 7, 2002
Written by: Scott Lobdell Artist: Cliff Richards
New monthly writer Scott Lobdell (X-Men, High Roads) kicks off his debut arc on Buffy! Joining established Buffy artist Cliff Richards, Lobdell begins his run by wrapping up four years worth of stories, featuring many returning faces. This story, climaxing in issue fifty, paves the way for a whole new direction for the Buffy comics, giving everyone more bang for their buck. Loose ends will be tied up. Secrets will be revealed.
48-Hellmouth to Mouth 2 "Note from the Underground, Part Two" 48 August 28, 2002
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
New writer Scott Lobdell continues to take Buffy in wild new directions -- straight into the pits of hell. Angel, Faith, Giles, and Oz continue their search for Buffy and the lost city of Sunnydale, while the Slayer learns that while killing vampires in Sunnydale made for a rough adolescence, trying to kill them in Hell is gonna be the death of her. Willow, still reeling from her recent relapse with black magic, finds herself more tempted than ever. Six long years of hell on earth wasn't enough to prepare the gang for this -- life in hell!
49-Hellmouth to Mouth 3 "Note from the Underground, Part Three" 49 September 25, 2002
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
Continuing her journey through Hell, Buffy finally runs into the cavalry -- in the form of Angel, Faith, and Oz. Now it's up to this tensely reunited team to save the hordes of Hell, and return Sunnydale to the real world.
50-Hellmouth to Mouth 4 "Note from the Underground, Part Four" 50 October 30, 2002
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza & Andi Watson Artist: Cliff Richards & Will Conrad & Paul Lee
Scott Lobdell wraps up his first apocalyptic run on Buffy with a special fiftieth issue, featuring more story pages, as well as two backup features: a prose story by Lobdell, with illustrations by Paul Lee; a short comic by Andi Watson; and a wraparound painted cover by regular cover artists Lee and Brian Horton. "Hellmouth to Mouth" concludes as Buffy finally rescues Xander and Dawn from the crew that's nearly destroyed Sunnydale -- The Scourge! They soon find that the only thing worse than the Scourge is their secret leader, revealed this issue! Buffy's not just fighting for her friends' and family's lives, she's fighting for a chance to live her own life, to be more than a fearless vampire hunter. Who better to have backing her up than former sadistic Slayer Faith and the vampire hunting vampire himself, Angel?!
51-Viva Las Buffy 1 "Broken Parts" 51 November 27, 2002
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
It's 1996, and Buffy Summers has just accepted her role as the Vampire Slayer. After the destruction of her high school, she flees to Las Vegas to sort out her life. Meanwhile, Watcher Rupert Giles wonders why on Earth his Slayer hasn't arrived in Sunnydale. The comic takes you where the TV show never did, back to the roots of everything, in the summer before Buffy arrived in Sunnydale. And there's a tall, dark, and handsome stranger keeping an eye on her during those dangerous nights in Vegas.
52-Viva Las Buffy 2 "Full House" 52 December 26, 2002
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
"Viva Las Buffy"! Before Buffy ever arrived in Sunnydale, she did a little stint in Vegas. Not exactly doing what we have her pictured here, but we couldn't resist... Frightened and confused by her new-found powers as the Slayer, Buffy has picked up and left her mom and little sister behind. Hiding out in Sin City is no way to avoid trouble, though, especially when the city's gentle citizens are being terrorized by just a few of the many bodies buried without headstones in Vegas's seedier strips. Perfect for Christmas!
53-Viva Las Buffy 3 "Deuces Wild" 53 February 5, 2003
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
Find out why Buffy and Pike split-up before Buffy moved to the Hellmouth. See just what happened to Giles in those fateful days before he was Buffy's Watcher. Be the first one on your block to know when and where this whole Buffy/Angel thing started.
54-Viva Las Buffy 4 "The Big Fold" 54 February 26, 2003
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza wrap up Buffy's trip to the city of sin with part four of "Viva Las Buffy!": the first in a series of stories depicting events that occurred before everyone's favorite Slayer made her way to the happy little Hellmouth of Sunnydale. Meanwhile, in England, Rupert Giles finally uncovers the treachery surrounding his quest to become the newest Watcher.
55-Dawn and Hoopy the Bear "Dawn and Hoopy the Bear" 55 March 26, 2003
Written by: Paul Lee Artist: Paul Lee
Continuing the look into Buffy's life before Sunnydale, we take a detour with Dawn -- a mysterious package is accidently delivered to the younger Summers sister, and the enchanted teddy bear Hoopy wreaks havoc upon the life of the little ten year old. Intended to destroy the Slayer, the gift leads Dawn unwittingly into her first adventure, years before she'd ever be accepted into the Scooby Gang.
56-Slayer, Interrupted 1 "Slayer, Interrupted, Part One" 56 April 30, 2003
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
Buffy returned from her runaway road-trip with Pike...only to discover that Dawn has read her diary, and shared what she found with their parents, who see no other choice: after she's burned down the school gym, run off to Vegas, and apparently lost her mind . . . they have her committed.
57-Slayer, Interrupted 2 "Slayer, Interrupted, Part Two" 57 May 28, 2003
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
Considering that she burned down the school gym and ran off to Vegas, and the strange entries in her diary, Buffy Summers's parents see no other choice than to have her committed. At the mental institution, Buffy sort of likes not having to slay vampires and demons night after night. But there's something sinister going on here, and the doctors may not be what they appear to be. And while Giles' black magic stopped a corrupt Watcher from destroying the Council, now he has to face the consequences of dabbling in the forbidden arts.
58-Slayer, Interrupted 3 "Slayer, Interrupted, Part Three" 58 June 25, 2003
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
Most people would find life in a mental institution unsettling enough, but for the Slayer things are even worse. She assumed the girls who said they were brides to the demon Rakagore were just crazy--but when Rakagore actually shows up, the only thing more bizarre than his appearance is who he was hiding behind. Can a medicated Buffy deal with a demon with a taste for hospitalized young women, or will she have to call on help from outside?
59-Slayer, Interrupted 4 "Slayer, Interrupted, Part Four" 59 July 23, 2003
Written by: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards
Don't miss the final chapter of the four-issue story arc, "Slayer Interrupted" as Buffy discovers the horrible secret being kept deep in the bowels of one of Los Angeles's premier mental institutions. Committed by her parents, Buffy finds herself not knowing whom to trust. Now it's up to her to save a group of young girls from the demon that feeds off the sick teenagers hospitalized within.
60-A Stake to the Heart 1 "A Stake to the Heart, Part One" 60 August 27, 2003
Written by: Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards & Brian Horton
Buffy Summers has faced vampires, demons and monsters but now she must face the scariest thing of all: the divorce of her parents! But with divorce comes all the bad feelings attached to it, for all the members of the family, and those bad feelings take on physical shapes. No vampire is safe as the tortured young Slayer takes her anger and frustrations to the streets of L.A. All the while she is being closely watched by the mysterious vampire with a soul, Angel.
61-A Stake to the Heart 2 "A Stake to the Heart, Part Two" 61 September 24, 2003
Written by: Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards & 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. Don't miss one of the hottest teams in comics telling the story of one of the darkest chapters in Buffy Summers' life, set before the premiere of the cult favorite television show!
62-A Stake to the Heart 3 "A Stake to the Heart, Part Three" 62 October 22, 2003
Written by: Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards & Brian Horton
Buffy Summers, the Chosen One, the Slayer, is dealing with a horror she is powerless to stop -- the divorce of her parents. Adolescence is tough enough without the added distress of parental separation, not to mention the responsibilities of the one who stands alone against the powers of darkness. Now, in a failed attempt to alleviate Buffy's anxiety, the vampire with a soul, known as Angel, has unwittingly unleashed the Malignancy Demons upon her and her family. They feed on the pain of the Summers' family and bring to life the negative emotions which grip them. Buffy has faced Deceit and Guilt she must now face Abandonment.
63-A Stake to the Heart 4 "A Stake to the Heart, Part Four" 63 November 26, 2003
Written by: Fabian Nicieza Artist: Cliff Richards & Brian Horton
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.

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The series was originally titled Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but upon its digital re-release Dark Horse Comics chose to rename the series. (Presumably to set it apart from Season Eight, Season Nine, and the TV series).

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