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Comic Issue
"Wolves at the Gate, Part Two"
Publication date April 02, 2008
Pages 22
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #13
"Wolves at the Gate, Part One"
"Wolves at the Gate, Part Three"
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 Two" is the thirteenth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book series.


Fifteen minutes prior to Xander and Renee's visit, Dracula reflects on his solitude. He now appears as a bearded old man in a soiled bathrobe. His demonic butler Butterfield walks in and encourages him to get out of his depressive state. Their conversation reveals that Dracula has been drinking heavily and rarely leaves his room, not having killed 'so much as a peasant' in months. He worries that people are beginning to wonder what has become of the mighty Dracula. He suddenly musters his energy, however, when he notices Xander landing his helicopter outside of his castle. He orders Butterfield to get him a razor. Clean shaven and seemingly young again, Dracula greets Xander at the door by calling him "manservant," to which Xander reciprocates by calling him "master." Dracula offends Renee and appalls Xander by referring to Renee as a moor. Nevertheless, he welcomes the pair inside, despite initially seeming to try to convince them to leave.

In Scotland, Andrew informs young Slayers of Dracula's known powers, which included transmogrification, a piercing hypnotic stare, and imperviousness to stakes - though staking him reduces him to dust, as it does any vampire, the dust can transform into fog and allow him to reform. He concludes his lecture by stating that following Anya Jenkins's death, Xander took a leave of absence and went to live with Dracula in Transylvania for a few months. Inside the castle, a Slayer reports to Buffy that another fellow Slayer, Aiko, has discovered the Japanese vampire gang's leader's name: Toru. Buffy speaks to Aiko through video transmission and orders her to keep surveillance on the vampires until she and other Slayers join her. Buffy orders Satsu to prep the others, sending all the Slayers from headquarters to Tokyo. When Satsu suggests leaving a few as rearguard, Buffy snaps at her and demands to have her orders followed.

At Dracula's castle, he, Xander, and Renee sit and discuss how the vampires possess the exact same powers as his. Dracula, at first, claims this is impossible, as his powers are ancient magics under his guardianship, then bursts in fury when he realizes that they have stolen his secrets. Apparently they got him drunk and convinced him to gamble his secrets for a motorcycle. He also realizes he had probably been cheated, for they had a witch dealing. He enters his armory and grabs hold of a his sword, agreeing to help fight these vampires, despite his hatred of Buffy.

On their flight to Tokyo, Willow approaches Satsu and comforts her about the tension between she and Buffy following their one-night stand. She discusses Buffy's difficult position as a general and reminds Satsu that Buffy is not a lesbian and that she shouldn't get her hopes up. Satsu says she knew, and the serious part of the conversation is over. Willow then jokingly interrogates Satsu as to how Buffy was in bed.

In downtown Tokyo, Aiko keeps a close eye on Toru and Raidon in the streets. However, unbeknownst to her they have spotted her tailing them. Tracking them, she finds herself alone in an alley where Toru has strategically left a mysterious, glowing red ring on the ground for her to pick up. Aiko reaches for it, when suddenly Kumiko flies overhead behind her with the Scythe. For a few seconds, the Scythe, the device, and Aiko conduct a red energy, before Toru appears in front of Aiko and breaks her jaw with a single punch, asking her how it feels to be a regular girl again. Before she can answer, Toru takes a horrific bite in her neck and kills her. Toru looks over at Raidon and claims the beta-test is successful and they should now make this technology global. Kumiko triumphantly flies into the sky, revealing a far larger ring device on the roof of a building.


  • The characters refer to Xander's time with Dracula after Anya's death. This took place in "Antique".



Organizations and Titles




Weapons and Objects

  • Axe
  • Sword
  • Scythe
  • Dracula's Sword

Death Count

  • five Kabuki Demons, killed by Aiko
  • Aiko, drained by Toru

Behind the Scenes



Pop Culture References

  • During his lecture, a Slayer questions Andrew as to why he is sporting a replica of George Hamilton's outfit from Love at First Bite. He assures her that it not a replica but the actual outfit he bought at an auction.
  • The red "muscle suit" armor worn by Gary Oldman in the 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula can be seen in Dracula's weapons chamber.
  • A Slayer mentions a previous lecture of Andrew which was about the Glaive, a weapon from the 1983 film Krull.


Butterfield: "I took the liberty of loosing an Albanian boy in the hedge maze. I thought we might have a hunt."
- Wolves at the Gate, Part Two
Andrew Wells: "Dracula is fond of Xander. They have a…unique relationship. Xander taught him to ride a motorbike."
- Wolves at the Gate, Part Two
Dracula: "Oh balls."
- Wolves at the Gate, Part Two


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