Comic Issue
B12-04-00a The Reckoning
Publication date September 19, 2018
Pages 22
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve #4
The Reckoning
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Christos Gage &
Joss Whedon
Penciller(s) Georges Jeanty
Editor(s) Freddye Miller
Cover artist(s) Stephanie Hans
Variant cover:
Georges Jeanty,
Karl Story &
Dan Jackson
Ultra variant:
Steve Morris
Inker(s) Karl Story
Colorist(s) Dan Jackson
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings &
ComiCraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
B12-04-01a The Reckoning
B12-04-02a The Reckoning

Finale is the fourth and final issue of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve” comic book miniseries. It was written by Christos Gage and Joss Whedon, and illustrated by Georges Jeanty.


Buffy, Fray, the Scoobies, and the Slayers are in an epic battle against Harth, and his army of baddies. His attempt to steal the power of the Slayers has brought Buffy and her crew to the turning point that they have been trying desperately to avoid. With all other options spent, it is only Buffy and her sacrifice that can save the world…[1]


  • After changing the future, Melaka, Erin, and Gates arrive at a better Haddyn, in which the Slayer never had to work grabbing for Gunther and has the Slayer memories herself.
  • Buffy concludes about “changing the world”. She had began Buffy Season 8 reflecting that the “thing” was that “once you do it, the world is all different” (The Long Way Home, Part One), but eventually finalized that the “trouble” was that “you don't” (Last Gleaming, Part Five). She now affirms that “the trouble with changing the world is… worth it.”



Organizations and titles



Weapons and objects

Death count

  • Richard Wilkins, beheaded by Harth Fray.
  • Harth, staked by Buffy Summers.
  • Unidentified lurk, staked by Faith Lehane.

Behind the scenes



Pop culture references

  • Xander stops his car by a Dark Horse Comics store front.
  • Xander greets Buffy and Faith with “Good morning, Angels”, in reference to the catchphrase from Charlie’s Angels franchise.
  • Andrew wears a shirt with fictional superhero Deadpool.
  • Andrew and Giles play the word game Scrabble.


Cover artwork



  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved June 27, 2018.