|The Origin, Part Two|
|Publication date||February 10, 1999|
|The Origin #2|
The Origin, Part One
The Origin, Part Three
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Writer(s)|| Dan Brereton &|
|Cover artist(s)|| Joe Bennett,|
Jeromy Cox &
|Colorist(s)|| Jeromy Cox|
Buffy Summers learns how to fight vampires. The vampire king Lothos gathers a large group of the undead hoping to spread evil across the Los Angeles. The rebel Oliver Pike becomes entangled in Buffy’s destiny.
- The events take place before Buffy moves from Los Angeles to Sunnydale ("Welcome to the Hellmouth").
- As Merrick reveals to Buffy, Jack the Ripper is indeed a vampire, as shown in the short story Jack.
- Kimberly Hannah
- Benny Jacks
- Merrick Jamison-Smythe
- Jeffrey Kramer
- Gary Murray
- Oliver Pike
- Jack the Ripper (Only mentioned)
- Buffy Summers
- Jennifer Walkens
- Unidentified priest
Organizations and titles
Weapons and objects
- Two vampires, staked by Buffy Summers.
- One vampire, staked by Oliver Pike.
- Zeph, killed by Benny Jacks.
- Merrick Jamison-Smythe, who shoot himself.
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 illustrated cover features graves with the names of the creators involved in this comic: [Rick] Ketcham, Christopher Golden, and [Dan] Brereton. The exception was J[oe] Bennett, who has his name carved into a tree, as he “didn’t want his name on a tombstone for fear it would bring bad luck.”
- 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 Two was the 45º best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 40,797 sales in February 1999 at comic specialty stores.
Pop culture references
- Buffy compares the warehouse she trains to the fictional Batcave.
- Merrick mentions the Roman emperor Caligula.
- Buffy asks to a priest to sanctify bottles of Perrier mineral water.
- Benny Jacks quotes "The Three Little Pigs" fable.
- Gary Murray mentioned going to The Doobie Brothers concert.