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The Origin
The Origin
Publication date September 15, 1999
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Includes Original Comics The Origin: 1-3
Creative Team
Written by Christopher Golden
Dan Brereton
Joe Bennett
Penciller(s) Joe Bennett
Inker(s) Rick Ketcham
Randy Emberlin
J. Jadsen
Colorist(s) Jeromy Cox
Guy Major
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The Origin is a trade paperback collecting issues one to three from The Origin mini-series, adapted from the feature film's screenplay by Joss Whedon. It was written by Christopher Golden, Dan Brereton, and Joe Bennett and edited by Scott Allie.

Synopsis

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

Continuity

Canonical issues

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."[1]
  • 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".

Timing

  • 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.

Appearences

Locations

Issues

Cover Issues Release Dates
The Origin 01 "The Origin, Part One " 1 January 13, 1999
Written by: Dan Brereton; Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
A popular high school student, Buffy Summers, was planning her next big school dance when she became theSlayer. Merrick, her Watcher, sought her out and informed her of her destiny.
The Origin 02 "The Origin, Part Two" 2 February 10, 1999
Written by: Dan Brereton; Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
Buffy Summers learned how to fight vampires. The evil vampire, Lothos gathered a large group of undeadAmericans hoping to spread evil across the Los Angeles. The rebel, Oliver Pike, became entangled in Buffy's destiny.
The Origin 03 "The Origin, Part Three" 3 March 24, 1999
Written by: Dan Brereton; Christopher Golden Artist: Joe Bennett
Having suffered the tragic loss of her Watcher, Merrick, Buffy must now face the terror of Lothos the vampire on her own . . . well, not quite alone. She's got Pike around to help her. Of course, it all goes down on the same night as the dance, and nothing's going to keep her away from that. Not after she bought that perfect dress . . . she's gonna knock' em dead! 

Behind the Scenes

Collections

References

  1. http://www.cise.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/hsiao/buffy/get-archive?date=19990117

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