This article is about the 2009 comic book one-shot. For other uses, see Willow.

Comic Issue
Willow: Goddesses and Monsters
Publication date December 23, 2009
Pages 22
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Joss Whedon
Penciller(s) Karl Moline
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Cover artist(s) Jo Chen
Georges Jeanty
Inker(s) Andy Owens
Colorist(s) Michelle Madsen
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings & ComiCraft's Jimmy Betancourt

Willow: Goddesses and Monsters is a comic book one-shot and part of the Season Eight meta-series.


A few months after having activating all potentials, Willow Rosenberg has decided to take a mystical journey which was traditional for witches. The first level of the trip appears as a train station, where she is greeted by one of her guides, a girl in a wheelchair named Muffitt. The second level is a field full of flowers, which Muffitt explained means that Willow is gay, as straight witches see a pine forest instead; this also reveals that Willow's subconscious gis shape to the world around her. The next level has Muffitt and Willow sinking through the ground. Underground they meet another guide: Aluwyn.

For a moment Willow thinks back to San Francisco where she has left Kennedy behind training other Slayers, and a talk about fidelity. Aluwyn urges her not to think about Kennedy, as they have to go down ever deeper. Aluwyn hints at a wound that Willow has, but suddenly they are stopped by a giant man in a dark armour. He claims that Willow should not follow this path, as it will corrupt her. He also believed that Aluwyn, the trickster, is not a suitable guide. He attacks Willow, but Willow defeats him without killing him, saying that is against her nature.

When Aluwyn brings Willow to a shore where a boat is laying, Willow realizes that she wasn't helping her on her journey and that the world around her is an illusion. Then the illusion disappears and gargantuan goddesses appear in the void. They reveal Willow that she can choose her own guide, and point out that Willow already had Tara in mind. They show her an image of Tara, who appears in an idyllic setting. Willow figures it is either an illusion or Tara is indeed in heaven, in either case, she doesn't not want her as a guide.

Elsewhere, in a mystical forest near a lake, Aluwyn and the other guides are discussing how they had failed in keeping Willow with them, when suddenly Willow emerges naked from the lake. She tells Aluwyn that she has chosen her as her guide, much to the surprise of the others. They walk off together.


The events take place after "Chosen" and before "The Long Way Home, Part One".



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Death Count

  • none

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Pop Culture References

  • The first level of the mystical trip looked like a scene from Harry Potter.


Muffitt: "Wow, are you ever a dyke."
Willow Rosenberg: "That term is offensive. Or maybe it's empowering -- I can't always keep up."
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Kennedy: "Man, I just mastered monogamy, now I have to practice not-getting-any-at-allgamy."
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Willow Rosenberg: "She was my light. She was my order. She was my journey. Completed."
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Willow Rosenberg: "I'll know if you lie."
Aluwyn: "I always lie."
Willow Rosenberg: "That's how I'll know."
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  1. "After the Fall, Part Seven"