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While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
Comic Story
Play with Fire
Publication date May 05–October 06, 1999
Published in Dark Horse Extra #11–16
Pages 8
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Christopher Golden
Penciller(s) Hector Gomez
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Inker(s) Sandu Florea
Colorist(s) Guy Major
Letterer(s) Clem Robins

Play with Fire (formerly published as Playing with Fire) is a short story of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. It was written by Christopher Golden and illustrated by Hector Gomez.


Buffy Summers has a mission in life: save the (relatively) innocent denizens of Sunnydale from the forces of evil. Sounds kinda hard, doesn’t it? Well, Buffy makes it look easy![1]


  • Giles talks about Willow’s initiation on spells, which she first performed in "Becoming, Part Two".



Organizations and Titles



Weapons and Objects

Rituals and Spells

Death Count

  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Rupert Giles.
  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy Summers.
  • Five unidentified vampires, staked by Bryan.

Behind the Scenes


  • It was originally published under the title Playing with Fire, in comic anthology Dark Horse Extra issues #11–16.
  • The complete story is available at Dark Horse Comics website as an animation feature.[1]
  • Differently from other representations, at this point the comic issues had vampires also able to transform into green 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

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Playing with Fire". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved April 05, 2018.