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Buffy Comic Issue
The Final Cut
8-The Final Cut
Publication date April 28. 1999
Published by Dark Horse
Issue # 8
Pages 22
Creative Team
Written by Andi Watson
Penciller(s) Jason Pearson
Cliff Richards
Inker(s) Joe Pimentel
Colorist(s) Guy Major
publication order
New Kid on the Block, Part Two
Hey, Good Looking, Part One
8-The Final Cut photo cover

"The Final Cut" was a comic book story based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was written by Andi Watson and edited by Scott Allie.


Buffy Summers was out staking vampires, saying they were a lot cooler in the movies.

In a movie editing room Marty Glass, who worked as a cleaner, told two people working on a movie exactly how he would make his first film. Looking for old film sheets in the same room he "borrowed" a film projector from, Marty found a film reel titled "The Final Cut". Taking it home to watch it, he found it to be a black-and-white vampire movie. To his surprise, one of the actors in the movie, Fair Quinn, started talking to him, offering him a chance to become famous. Marty would give Fair five souls; in exchange, Marty would get to direct a movie starring Fair.

The following day at Sunnydale High School Marty asked Willow Rosenberg to write the script of the movie he was going to make, and Cordelia Chase to play the lead role. Both agreed. He asked Oz to create the soundtrack.

In the Sunnydale High library, Willow invited Buffy to a production meeting, saying Marty had decided she could be the fight choreographer. As it turned out, Willow had based her screenplay on Buffy's life.

In Marty's room, Cordelia, Xander, Oz and Willow had gathered to watch the movie "The Final Cut". When the projector was turned on, all present were sucked into the film through the projector screen.

Buffy discovered Fair Quinn was an actor from the 1930s on his way to stardom when he died under mysterious circumstances. Fair had cut a deal with Hollywood's most influential director ("The guy downstairs"), being promised stardom and immortality in exchange for five souls. Being killed by the mob before he could repay his debts locked his soul in his last movie.

Inside the movie, the four Scoobies were tied up; Marty told him the fifth would be there shortly but Fair killed Marty shortly before Buffy arrived. After Buffy beat Fair, the five Scoobies exited the movie, only for Fair to try to follow them out. Buffy shut off the film projector's power and they burned the tape.


Behind the Scenes

  • This was the only issue of Dark Horse Comics' first volume that was not republished in a trade paperback.

Goofs, Bloopers & Continuity Errors

  • Due to the production time of the comics, Xander and Cordelia are shown dating after their breakup.


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