| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
|Publication date||March 17, 1999|
|Published in||Dark Horse Presents #141|
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Writer(s)|| Dan Brereton &|
Buffy goes for a moonlit walk on the beach, and encounters a hideous fish monster thing. But green and slimy is not the Chosen One’s only trouble this night!
After cutting short a patrol one night, Buffy attacks a fish monster who she immediately attacks. He argues his treatment as Buffy attacked him first. She acknowledges her mistake and, though the monster wants to be alone, he shares his tale with her. He was specifically selected to find a new home for his people; unsuccessful, he had become depressed and was waiting for the sun to kill him. At his request, Buffy leaves.
Four vampires come along the beach ready to attack Buffy. She introduces herself and, although they become fearful, they still get the upper hand against her. The fish monster intervenes, helps the fight, and the two remaining vamps flee. The monster expresses his admiration for the human Chosen One that he thought was a myth. Inspired, the monster leaves Buffy to continue his quest.
- The sea monster had tough the Slayer was a myth, a mistake Maggie Walsh will also mention committing ("The I in Team").
- Buffy Summers
- Rupert Giles (Only mentioned)
- Unidentified fish monster
- Unidentified punk vampire
- Unidentified disco vampire
- Unidentified greaser vampire
- Unidentified gothic vampire
Organizations and Titles
- Hellmouth (Only mentioned)
Weapons and Objects
- The unidentified punk and greaser vampires, staked by Buffy Summers.
Behind the Scenes
- Hello Moon was originally published in comic anthology Dark Horse Presents #141.
- Published in black and white, the story was colored by Guy Major when it was first collected.
- Differently from other representations, at this point the comic issues had vampires also able to transform into bat-like creatures with red eyes, pointy ears, a wide mouth, and long teeth. Although, this seems more like an artistic choice, not having direct consequence to the stories.
Pop Culture References
- Buffy compares the sea monster’s lament with the song "Go Away Little Girl" (1962).
- The sea monster has the same design as the famous fictional monster Gill-man, from the 1954 film Creature from the Black Lagoon. It’s also notably similar to the Gill Monsters, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Go Fish".
|Buffy - “Hello moon. It’s me, Buffy. It’s nice to just… see you.”|
|Sea monster - “You shame me, Slayer. But I do not understand. Why do you do it? Why do you keep fighting against the darkness when you know it is an endless struggle? Simply because you were chosen?”|
|Buffy - “I do it because I can. Because there are people counting on me, every single day. People I love.”|