| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
|Buffy Comic Issue|
|Publication date||December 23, 1998|
|Published by||Dark Horse|
|Written by||Andi Watson|
Happy New Year
We open with our heroine battling a vamp at the local burger drive in. After slaying the demon half-breed, she is faced with the owner of the car that was mangled in the process. The next day at school, Buffy complains to Giles that she can't afford to buy Christmas presents or an outfit for the school dance because she has to pay for damages done during the vamp slayage. When Buffy talks about getting a job, Giles is adamantly against it. Another day finds Buffy at the local mall where she has a job at Popsicle Parlor wearing the silliest of pink apron and hats. Her coworker, Felicia joins Buffy in complaining that no cool guy will date her after seeing her in the outfit. Felicia thinks the new boss is weird, but the pay is good enough for her to do the work. Mr. Richter, the new boss, comes in and makes excuses to go into the freezer in his grey suit and tie. Buffy thinks it odd that he isn't wearing more appropriate clothing for freezing weather while Felicia points out he isn't even breaking a sweat the in the winter heatwave Sunnydale is having. Angel comes by to see Buffy and ends up going to the mall's skating rink with her. A job perk that makes Buffy very happy. Meanwhile, Mr. Richter hasn't left and is summoning an elemental in the freezer. Just as Buffy falls into Angel on the rink, the elemental comes after them. Buffy fights it off while Angel finds a heat source and the elemental is made no more by a food court pizza oven. The next day, Buffy has to come clean to Giles and the Scooby Gang that she is working at the mall. Only Cordelia is rude about it. Back at the mall for her next shift, Giles comes to see Buffy just after Mr. Richter makes excuses to go into the freezer again. Shift over, Buffy goes to do her Christmas shopping and buy her dress for the dance. She realizes she has to change at the mall in order to make it to the dance on it. After she changes, she realizes the mall is freezing and that the cold originates at the popsicle stand. Going inside, she realizes Mr. Richter is still there and is summoning a larger, more powerful elemental. Buffy breaks the enchantment before Richter can bind the demon and it proceeds to destroy the mall as it fights buffy. Giles, Oz, Cordelia and the Scoobies show up in nice attire looking for Buffy since she was late to be picked up. Buffy fights for an gets the spellbook from the elemental while the Scoobies pour antifreeze over the demon. Richter runs away, the mall exploded and everyone is left with rags instead of their school dance finery. Making the best of it, the gang get to enjoy a White Christmas outside the mall complete with snowman and sled rides.
- Buffy Summers
- Xander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg
- Rupert Giles
- Cordelia Chase
- Mr. Richter
- Spike (Only mentioned)
- Drusilla (Only mentioned)
Behind the Scenes
Goofs, Bloopers & Continuity Errors
- Xander and Cordelia are shown dating, but they were broken up by this point in the series.
- The mall is shown as the Sunnyvale Mall rather than the Sunnydale Mall.