|Buffy Comic Books|
|Publication date||September 15, 1999|
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Includes Original Comics||The Origin: 1-3|
|Written by|| Christopher Golden|
|Inker(s)|| Rick Ketcham|
|Colorist(s)|| Jeromy Cox|
|Comic Book Collections|
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The Origin was a trade paperback collecting comic stories based on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. It was written by Christopher Golden, Dan Brereton, and Joe Bennett and edited by Scott Allie.
Buffy Summers considered herself a normal high school student until a stranger approached her and explains her destiny. Buffy only gradually accepted her new role as Vampire Slayer and prevented the vampire Lothos from taking over Los Angeles.
- See also: canon
- Whedon stated: "The origin comic, though I have issues with it, CAN pretty much be accepted as canonical. They did a cool job of combining the movie script (the SCRIPT) with the series, that was nice, and using the series Merrick and not a certain OTHER thespian who shall remain hated."
- The story is framed not as actual events but how Buffy remembers them (she is telling Willow and Xander the story of how she found out she was a Slayer). This fact may help explain inconsistencies (for example, the bat-like appearance of certain vampires). It is also possible she exaggerated the neglectful behavior of her parents.
- In the story there is the implication that the vampires required an invitation to enter the gym. Canon has included vampires entering public buildings without invitations (e.g. in the episode "School Hard", Spike invades the school with no invitation needed, just like a horde of vampires did in "Prophecy Girl"). However, Angelus later enters the school in "Passion". He tells Jenny he was invited by the inscription "Formatia trans sicere educatorum" ("Enter all ye who seek knowledge"), adding that he was a "knowledge-seeker". However, it is possible Jenny is not completely knowledgeable about the metaphysics of invitations, just like Wesley Wyndam-Pryce was in the sister series "Angel" episode "Somnambulist".
- Supposed to be set in spring of 1996, several months before Buffy moves to Sunnydale in "Welcome to the Hellmouth". This comic stands in place of the Buffy movie, which is not considered to be canonical—which is strange, as one of the newly sired vamps has 1990 as the year of death.
- The writers Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, and Paul Lee made a strong effort to offer a non-contradictory continuity filling the gap between the events of this comic and "Welcome to the Hellmouth". The series of graphic novels in this time frame are Viva Las Buffy, Slayer, Interrupted, and A Stake to the Heart.
- Buffy Summers
- Oliver Pike
- Benny Jacks
- Unidentified Bar Maiden Slayer (cameo)
- Amilyn (cameo)
- Dark Ages Slayer (cameo)
- Jeffrey Kramer
- Hong Kong Prostitute Slayer (cameo)
- Robert Berman (cameo)
- Nicole Bobbittson
- Kimberly Hannah
- Tyler (only mentioned)
- Jennifer Walkens
- Joyce Summers (only mentioned)
- Hank Summers (only mentioned)
- Willow Rosenberg (cameo)
- Xander Harris (cameo)
- Rupert Giles (cameo)
Behind the Scenes
- Pike made a later appearance in the novel Sins of the Father, written by Christopher Golden, which takes place during Buffy Season 3.