|"Slayer, Interrupted (Buffy Season 9)"|
|Publication date||January 11, 2012|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine #5|
"Freefall, Part Four"
"On Your Own, Part One
Angel & Faith
"Women of a Certain Age""
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Cover artist(s)|| Phil Noto|
|Letterer(s)||Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt|
"Slayer, Interrupted" was the fifth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine comic book series.
The issue begins with Buffy, Xander and Dawn being chased by zompires. They ruan into Buffy's apartment, Dawn opened the door while Buffy fought the vampires and held them back. Once inside, Buffy believed they're safe only to find out that Xander and Dawn are too zompires and they attack her. She got saved by The First Slayer though, who dusted Xander and Dawn. Buffy, mad at her for killing her sister and her best friend, attacked the First slayer only to be punched in her gut and wake up running to the toilet to throw up.
She later met Willow and she told her about her dream, mentioning that it was the first time that she actually "felt" a slayer's dream. Willow asked her if she had talked to other slayers to find out whether they've been having the same kind of dreams but Buffy told her that she was not close to the other slayers anymore, the closest to her was Kennedy and well, she wasn't on good terms with her either because she felt that Buffy was responsible for losing Willow. Buffy said that the First slayer told her that she was not the slayer anymore and she wondered if that meant that she'll lose her powers now that the seed was broken. Willow rejects that since Buffy's powers come from inside of her, she suggests that she should consult Giles' book and they break up to go to their jobs.
When Buffy gets home, she opens her chest where she hides her weapons but also the broken scythe and she takes the Vampyr book that Giles left her. She lights a candle and stars reading remembering Giles and how much she misses him, only to fall asleep again and her the First slayer telling her again that she is not the slayer. She follows her trying to understand what the First slayer wants to tell her. They end up in some kind of city dump where on top of a hill of garbages lies the broken scythe stuck in a stone. On the bottom of this garbage-hill are dozens of zompires ready to attack. The First slayer shows with her hand the scythe but Buffy mentions that it is broken. The first slayer replies that only the slayer can pull it out but Buffy isn't the slayer anymore. Buffy gets confused since she can't make any sense of what she hears and realizes that basically the First slayer talks too much unlike the other times they met. So she gets suspicious and she attacks her, and the First slayer transforms into a fairy and she wakes up.
Next day she meets with Willow and she informs her that someone hijacks her dreams. It's like there are 2 messages sent to her from 2 different sources, one from the First slayer and the other from the fairy, which Buffy calls Tinkerbell. Giles's book wasn't so much help to her unfortunately. So Willow tells her that the only way to find out is for Buffy to fall asleep and dream again.
Night comes and Willow is inside Buffy's bedroom with coffee with her to help her stay awake. She asks Buffy not to say anything to her new girlfriend about it. Buffy mentions then how much she has missed hanging out with her best friend, and Willow with a smile on her face says that she wasn't sure that they were still using that qualifier. She promises to wake Buffy if she looks distressed and Buffy falls asleep again.
The fairy comes again but doesn't say her name because it is too difficult to be pronounced. She tell us that she lays eggs in people's ears so they can dream, but she also gives nightmares. With the seed broken her powers are gone so she had to hijack someone else's dream to contact Buffy, and she used the First slayer for that. She asks Buffy to follow again the First slayer and she tells her that her first intention was to punish her. Buffy amazed again and flooded of indignation says "let me guess, because I destroyed the seed?" but the fairy surprises her telling her that she thought that the real Buffy Summers was Buffy's decoy that died underground preventing the demons from surfacing. But when she came into Buffy's head to plant nightmares, not only did she realized that this was the real Buffy Summers, but also something else. That vampires will keep on coming and Buffy must follow the First slayer to understand what's her message. And then the fairy will tell Buffy what she knows.
The both follow the slayer. Buffy thinks that the First slayer wants to say that this mess is all Buffy's fault, but as the fairy says it is not a message for self-pity. It's a message for interpretation, the First slayer wants Buffy to unlock the key and undo the damage that was done to the world. Buffy understands that the key is the scythe and runs to pull it out but she doesn't have enough strength to do that. It's because the scythe is not for Buffy but for someone else. And Tinker points at Willow who has also now slept and hijacked Buffy's dream.
Willow starts talking and says that she thinks that the scythe is the key to bring back magic. When Buffy asks her if she must give it to her when she wakes up, Willow replies that she must go and take the scythe with her. Buffy doesn't want her to go, but Willow says "if you love something set it free". Buffy wonders if this is a goodbye and she watches Willow leaving with the First slayer. Tink comes to Buffy again and informs her that the First slayer is now satisfied. And she tellls Buffy what she knows. Buffy isn't the slayer anymore. The slayer is a part of Buffy, but Buffy is not a girl anymore.
Buffy unable to understand again the message is anxious to wake up and tell Willow what she dreamed, but as the fairy tells her, Willow already knows because they share a special bond. Buffy wakes up alone in her room, goes to her chest and the scythe is missing. There is a letter there from Willow telling her that the world needs magic and she had to go. She loves her but there was no need to say goodbye twice. Buffy immediately runs out in the streets calling for her but she gets tired soon and she sits on the side-walk remembering the fairy's words that she is not a girl anymore. She makes a gesture just like she's ready to throw up and in the next panel we see her face full of surprise.
Later, we see her returning home and her roomates are waiting for her. They need to talk to her but Buffy rushes inside the toilet asking them to talk later. They follow her behind the closed door, telling her that they know she's a slayer and they feel in danger having her living with them. Buffy listens to them and she thinks that they are scared of her. But so is she. Because she's just had the result of her test, and it's positive....she's pregnant!
- This marked the first time Sineya appeared since "Get It Done".
- The fairy from "The Chain" shows up and mentioned the Buffy Summer decoy that had died.
- Tink mentioned that Willow and Buffy have such a deep bond, their dream space could bleed together. This was also implied previously in "The Long Way Home, Part Four".
- The repeated phrase of "You are not the Slayer" was foreshadowing of this Buffy actually revealed to be a robot in "On Your Own, Part Two".
- Buffy's belief of being pregnant was later proven false, as Andrew had done a switch between the real Buffy and another Buffybot. Andrew had forgotten about monthly periods as well as properly having the Buffybot manage food, causing her to continually throw it back up.
- Buffy mentioned that everyone knew she was a slayer, as she was on TV in "Freefall, Part Two".
- Willow departed, taking the scythe with her. It was later revealed that Willow had gone to Angel and Faith for help in "Family Reunion, Part One" but did not tell Buffy this for the sake of making things easier on her.
- Buffy Summers
- Dawn Summers (Only in Buffy's dream)
- Xander Harris (Only in Buffy's dream)
- Willow Rosenberg
- Sineya (Only in Buffy's dream)
- Tink, the Fairy (Only in Buffy's dream)
- Kennedy (only mentioned)
- Rupert Giles (only mentioned)
- Aura (only mentioned)
Organizations and Titles
Weapons and Objects
- One zompire, killed by Xander. (only in dreams)
- Three zompires, dusted by Buffy. (only in dreams)
- Xander, dusted by Sineya. (only in dreams)
- Dawn, dusted by Sineya. (only in dreams)
Behind the Scenes
Pop Culture References
- When telling Willow about her slayer dreams, Buffy likened Tink to Tinkerbell and referenced Neverland from Peter Pan.
|Willow - "I wish I had some more answers. But right now I have to get back to the exciting world of computer programming."|
|Buffy - "Me too. Except my world involves coffee. And pouring."|
|First Slayer - "You are not the Slayer."|
|Buffy - "I knew I should have over-caffeinated."|
|Willow - "Is grand theft dream even possible without the M-word?"|
|Buffy - "I'm not sure. I found one page in Giles's book about slayer dreams ... which I may or may not have drooled on ... so it's now kind of hard to read."|
|Willow - "Extra pillows, coffee so I don't fall asleep, and some midnight munchies.|
|Buffy - It's like a slumber party."|
|Willow - "Which we're not going to tell my girlfriend about."|
|Buffy - "I miss this."|
|Willow - "The popcorn, the girl talk, or the possibility of a pillow fight?"|
|Buffy - "Hanging out with my bestie."|
|Willow - "I didn't know we were still using that qualifier."|
|Buffy - "Why are you in my Slayer dream? Tink, why is she in my Slayer dream?"|
|Willow - "The scythe could be the key to restoring magic to the world."|
|Buffy - "Am I supposed to give it to you when I wake up?"|
|Willow - "I think so ... I need to go away, and I need to take the scythe with me. It's going to be a long trip ..."|
|Buffy - "I don't want you to go. Things are starting to get better. There's so much I'm figuring out about my life right now ... I need you."|
|Willow - "If you love something ... set it free."|
|Buffy - "So this is goodbye?"|
|Willow - "This is just a dream, Buffy."|
|Buffy - "But it feels so real."|
|Tumble - "But we know you're a slayer."|
|Buffy - "Everyone knows I'm a Slayer. I was on T.V."|