|"New Rules, Part Four"|
|Publication date||June 18, 2014|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #4|
"New Rules, Part Three"
"New Rules, Part Five"
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Writer(s)|| Christos Gage|
|Cover artist(s)|| Steve Morris|
|Letterer(s)|| Richard Starkings|
Buffy tries to work out a plan for stopping Dracula and getting Xander back. With Xander unwillingly back under Dracula’s thrall, he helps Dracula write in the Vampyr book to make Dracula look youthful forever. Buffy, Spike and Dawn go on shake down mission to try and find the whereabouts of both Dracula and Xander. Dawn confides in Buffy that since she was saved after the Seed of Wonder was restored, she is reliving and feeling all her old memories.
Dracula has used the book to make himself Master of all the Vampires. Three vampires come to pay homage and end up attacking him, saying that if they can kill Dracula then one of them will become the King. He disposes of them, but this makes him realize that he needs to make the entry more definitive.
Giles is still struggling with his new childlike form and Willow reassures him that someone else can take over the grownup responsibility for awhile. Buffy, Dawn and Spike return to their apartment still unable to locate Dracula until they realize that Spike also considers Dracula his own Master and can lead Buffy to him.
Dracula and Xander change the wording in the book to make Dracula “the most powerful vampire of all,” which has immediate repercussions. Buffy, Andrew, Spike, Giles, Willow and Dawn arrive at the hotel and are met by vampires trying to protect Dracula. They are able to fight their way through and make it to Dracula’s hotel room, just in time to see him start to transform. Xander tries to undo what he’s written in the book to no avail. He begs for Buffy’s help to save him. Andrew and Xander realize that the book has a “monkey’s paw” tendency, where-in you get what you ask for, but not in the way you intend. They work together to try and undo what was done by writing something else in the book to no avail. Dracula grows taller and bigger by the second.
Dawn realizes that Xander may be able to provide a link into what is happening inside Dracula’s brain since the two are linked. He finds that he is able to see inside Dracula’s head. He sees himself in the Deeper Well, fighting Buffy. Willow and Giles realize that what was written has turned Dracula into the old one who created vampires. When Willow tells Giles that he was killed, Giles tells her that the most powerful old ones cannot be destroyed and came back when they have an opening. Buffy realizes what is happening and tells the gang to hit them with everything they can, but it is too late. Dracula has already transformed into Maloker.
- Dark Willow is a recurring gag in this issue, remembering the events on "Villains", "Two to Go" and "Grave".
- Dawn notes that her memories were restored to "default settings" like she was 14 years old again, feeling everything from the last five years, like the death of Joyce in "The Body"
- Buffy Summers
- Willow Rosenberg
- Xander Harris
- Andrew Wells
- Rupert Giles
- Dawn Summers
- Mohawk vampire
- Brown-haired conquest vampire
- White-haired conquest vampire
- Conquest vampire with bandana
- Unidentified black-haired caveman
- Unidentified light-haired caveman
- Unidentified cavewoman
- Maloker's caveman victim
- C'thulhu Old One
- Unidentified Old One
- Bald Dracula-worshiping vampire
- Red-haired Dracula-worshiping vampire
- Blond-haired Dracula-worshiping vampire
- Brown-haired Dracula-worshiping vampire
- Orange spiked demon
- Red horned demon
- Purple fish-like demon
- Joyce Summers (only mentioned)
Organization and Titles
- San Francisco, California
Weapons and Objects
Behind the Scenes
Pop Culture References
- Buffy tells Dawn she is going "Heisenberg in yoga pants" referring to Walter White's nickname "Heisenberg" on the television series Breaking Bad.
- Xander asks for help with Dracula after his transformation calling him The Hulk referring to the Marvel comic book character.
- Andrew refers to the "Newhart Gambit" while trying to get Dracula back to his original form. This is referring to the season finale of the television show Newhart in which he awakens to find the entire series had a been a dream.
|Buffy - "Beautiful. So a soulless evil monster took the power to write the rules of the universe out from under our noses."|
|Dawn - "And Xander."|
|Buffy - "What?"|
|Dawn - "He took Xander too. Put him back in "Yes Master" mode, like flipping a switch. And I…I couldn't make him stay."|
|Giles - "Damn it all to hell! This is complete and utter bull –"|
|Willow - "Language, mister!"|
|Dawn - "I remember everything that's happened. Being with Xander, falling in love with him. But I don't feel it. I have that stupid high school crush on him I had when I was fourteen. But what he feels for me is so deep, so intense…"|
|Buffy - "And you can't handle it."|
|Dawn - "No. I can't. Not on top of…everything else I'm catching up on…"|
|Buffy - "Everything…wait, are you saying it's like the past few years are coming back to you all at once, for the first time? Dawnie…even Mom?"|
|Dawn - "It's like I just lost her. All over again."|
|Andrew - "Work with me here. Vampires have a kind of special relationship with their sires, right? Well, isn't Dracula, like, Big Daddy Master of all vampires in a way?"|
|Spike - "Listen up, Sunshine. No one's my master. No one. Except, of course, for the Lord of all Vampires, Dracula."|
|Willow - "We need to make a path to the stairs."|
|Giles - "I suggest a spell of cleavage – Cleaving. I meant cleaving."|
|Buffy - "Hormones are fine until they get you killed. Do it!"|
|Xander - "Now I'm in the deeper well…and I see us. I'm fighting us. Buffy, you look tiny! Like a feisty, foul-mouthed action figure!"|
|Willow - "Oh Godess. I understand now."|