|"The Core, Part Four"|
|Publication date||August 14, 2013|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine #24|
"The Core, Part Three"
"The Core, Part Five"
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Editor(s)||Scott Allie & Sierra Hahn|
|Cover artist(s)|| Phil Noto|
|Letterer(s)||Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt|
"The Core, Part Four" was the twenty-fourth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine comic book series.
In a last-ditch effort to save Dawn, the heroic trio of Buffy, Willow, and Xander must split up and tackle their own demons, real and imagined. As the season's Big Bads—Severin and Simone—threaten to turn back time, the mystical council partner with Koh and Illyria to prevent a tragic tear in the fabric of time!
- The story was set after "The Watcher" and "What You Want, Not What You Need, Part One", but before "The Core, Part Five".
- Simone cuts Buffy's hair down to shoulder length with the scythe. Buffy maintains this length for the rest of the next season.
- Buffy Summers
- Xander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg
- Simone Doffler
- Eldre Koh
- Andrew Wells
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (only in flashbacks)
- Clare (only mentioned)
- Fred Burkle (only mentioned)
- Dawn Summers (only mentioned)
Organizations and Titles
Weapons and Objects
Behind the Scenes
|Buffy - "Get off."|
|Simone - "I would have turned a lot sooner. Just took me too long to find a vampire whose blood had more kick than that weak sauce upstairs."|
|Xander - "You used me. You said we could undo all this."|
|Simone - "Did you really think I was going to save...who was it? You can't even remember who you came down here to save can you?"|
|Xander - "Yes. I. Can."|
|Simone - "You can't win."|
|Buffy - "I don't need to win. I just need to keep you busy while my friends do the winning for me."|
|Illyria - "You must live."|
|Willow - "Gotta say, not what I expected from someone with the last name 'The Merciless'."|
|Illyria - "It is not what I expected either. Now go."|