|The Origin, Part Three|
|Publication date||March 24, 1999|
|The Origin #3|
The Origin, Part Two
final issue in series
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Writer(s)|| Dan Brereton &|
|Cover artist(s)|| Joe Bennett,|
Jeromy Cox &
|Colorist(s)|| Jeromy Cox &|
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! The final installment of the comics adaptation of Joss Whedon’s original screenplay for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature film. Don’t miss it!
- The events take place before Buffy moves from Los Angeles to Sunnydale ("Welcome to the Hellmouth").
- Buffy burns the school gym, as principal Robert Flutie would eventually observe from her permanent record ("Welcome to the Hellmouth").
- The adventures of Buffy and Pike in Las Vegas are eventually shown in "Viva Las Buffy!".
- Rupert Giles
- Kimberly Hannah
- Xander Harris
- Benny Jacks
- Jeffrey Kramer
- Oliver Pike
- Willow Rosenberg
- Buffy Summers
- Jennifer Walkens
- Hemery High School Dance
Weapons and objects
- Andy, killed by an unidentified vampire.
- Benny, killed by Pike.
- Lothos, killed by Buffy.
- Unknown number of vampires, burned at the gym.
Behind the scenes
- According to editor Scott Allie, “established Buffy novelist Christopher Golden pitched an adaptation of Joss [Whedon]’s original screenplay, minus the camp of the film, and done in the style of the TV show.”
- Unlike the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, the comic's story is canon. About this, Joss Whedon has 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 [referring to Donald Sutherland] who shall remain hated.”
- The photo cover features a promotional picture taken for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1.
- Differently from other representations, at this point the comic issues had vampires also able to transform into green creatures with red eyes, pointy ears, a wide mouth, and long teeth. Although, this seems more like an artistic choice, not having direct consequence to the stories.
- The Origin, Part Three was the 54º best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 41,136 sales in March 1999 at comic specialty stores.
Pop culture references
- Buffy mentions a concert of the singer Alanis Morissette.
- ↑ "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin #3". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved January 07, 2018.
- ↑ "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel"
- ↑ "Bronze VIP Archive for January 17, 1999". Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. Archived on April 12, 2016. Retrieved January 07, 2018.
- ↑ “March 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops”. Comichron. Retrieved August 24, 2018.