Comic Issue
"Wolves at the Gate, Part One"
Publication date March 5, 2008
Pages 22
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #12
"A Beautiful Sunset"
"Wolves at the Gate, Part Two"
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Drew Goddard
Penciller(s) Georges Jeanty
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Cover artist(s) Jon Foster
Georges Jeanty
Inker(s) Andy Owens
Colorist(s) Michelle Madsen
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings & ComiCraft's Jimmy Betancourt

"Wolves at the Gate, Part One" is the twelfth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book series, which is part of the Season Eight meta-series.


At night, Xander and Renee observe a pack of wolves lingering by the moor. Willow arrives at the castle with Andrew, who sends himself off to bed right away, just as Willow is attacked by a mysterious woman, Kumiko Ishihara, shrouded in fog. Meanwhile, Buffy and Satsu talk together in bed, following a surprising one-night stand. Though she says she had a wonderful night and seems happy, Buffy asks that Satsu not to tell anybody about their experience. Satsu immediately agrees, but the secret doesn't last long as Xander suddenly walks in to report to Buffy that wolves are outside the castle. Soon, Renee, Andrew, and Dawn each make their entrance in the room reporting increasing signs of trouble. All are flabbergasted about who they find in Buffy's bed, Xander so much that he decides he is dreaming. He sits down saying he has had this dream before and they just need to wait for Willow to turn up. Willow then crashes through the ceiling and proclaims that they are under attack, before asking why Buffy is naked in bed with Satsu.

Whilst the Slayers are busy battling wolves, panthers, and swarms of bees, a lone wolf transmogrifies into a fog and breached the armory. Transforming back into a man, Toru, he heads straight for the Scythe. Another man, Raidon, joins him, but before they can escape, Buffy sends the thief flying with a punch. He is revealed to be a vampire and distracts Buffy long enough to allow the other man to transform into a panther and escape with the Scythe. The Scoobies are left dumbfounded as the attack ends with all the enemies retreating in fog and animal form, and Buffy realizes they face a great new threat, especially considering that their enemies now have the Scythe. However, all is not completely lost, as Xander recognizes these powers and flies in his helicopter with Renee. They arrive at a castle and are greeted by an old friend: Dracula. Xander calls him Master, revealing he is still under Dracula's thrall.




Organizations and Titles




Weapons and Objects

Death Count

  • 0 Deaths

Behind the Scenes


  • Goddard had chosen to use two of his favorite characters in the story, Andrew Wells and Dracula. Dark Horse editor Scott Allie commented that Goddard would be the preferred writer should Dark Horse ever decide to do an Andrew miniseries.
  • This issue received a great deal of publicity and criticism. The debate centered on Buffy sleeping with fellow Slayer Satsu. Some critics speculated that Whedon had Buffy involved in a lesbian encounter as a marketing ploy. However, Whedon had profusely denied these claims, adding that it was a logical step for the character in light of the series. Whedon had also been supported by the issue's writer Drew Goddard, Season Eight editor Scott Allie, and reportedly a large number of fans over the Internet.


Pop Culture References


Willow Rosenberg: "I think we're under attack... why are you naked in bed with Satsu?"
- Wolves at the Gate, Part One


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