Buffy The Vampire Slayer Comics Guide and Reading Order

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a loyal fanbase, that were genuinely devastated when the show ended after 7 seasons. Luckily for fans, the Scooby Gang was able to return in the comic book format, which continued where the televsion series left off. The result was critical and sales success, becoming a bestseller for Dark Horse Comics and many gaining positive reviews. There were even retailers who reported that the series brought new people into the comic medium due to the buzz and quality of the comic. Overall, it was a huge success and has become the benchmark for television series continuing into the comic book medium.

For those who are sceptical, these comics are written by Joss Whedon or have at the very least been executive produced by him. Meaning that he over saw the whole creative process and was able to make sure that it would keep the same quality was the television series.

Below is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book reading order which allows for those interested on following into the comic series to know what to read and what order. Addtionally, I have listed the creator credits as well as a list of the content that is collected in each trade paperback. This reading order excludes the comics published between 1998 and 2004 as they are not part of the television show’s continuity. Everything listed in this reading order is available in print and as well as digitally.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic Book Reading Order

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Season 8

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1: The Long Way Home cover by Jo Chen

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8

Season 8 is the continuation of the television series that follows the events after season 7. The series was intended to run for 25 issues but was successful enough to last 40 issues, along with 3 one-shots. Below are a list of the collected editions, as well as credits and issue details for each.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1: The Long Way Home

Written by Joss Whedon. Art by Georges Jeanty.

Collecting issues #1-5.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 2: No Future For You

Written by Brian K Vaughan and Joss Whedon. Art by Georges Jeanty.

Collecting issues #6-10.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 3: Wolves at the Gate

Written by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon. Art by Georges Jeanty.

Collecting issues #11-15.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 4: Time of Your Life

Written by Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon. Art by Georges Jeanty.

Collecting issues #16-20.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators and Prey

Written by Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger and Doug Petrie. Art by Georges Jeanty and Cliff Richards.

Collecting issues #21-25 and the short stories “Harmony Bites” and “Vampy Cat Play Friend” one-shots.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 6: Retreat

Written by Jane Espenson and Joss Whedon. Art by Georges Jeanty.

Collecting issues #26-30 and the short stories “Always Darkest” and “Harmony Comes to the Nation” one-shots.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 7: Twilight

Written by Brad Meltzer and Joss Whedon. Art by Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline.

Collecting issues #31-35 and the “Willow: Goddesses and Monsters” one-shot.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 8: Last Gleaming

Written by Joss Whedon, Scott Allie and Jane Espenson. Art by Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline.

Collecting issues #36-40 and the “Riley: Commitment Through Distance, Virtue through Sin” one-shot.


Season 8 is also collected in Dark Horse’s Library Edition format, which are oversized hardcovers collecting a larger amount of material.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 1 by Jo Chen

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 1

Collecting issues #1-10, “Always Darkest” one-shot as well as cover and sketch galleries.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 2

Collecting issues #11-20, “Willow: Goddesses and Monsters” one-shot as well as cover and sketch galleries.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 3

Collecting issues #21-30, “Harmony Bites”, “Harmony Comes to the Nation”, “Vampy Cat Play Friend” one-shots as well as cover and sketch galleries.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 4

Collecting issues #31-40, “Riley: Commitment Through Distance, Virtue through Sin” one-shot, as well as cover and sketch galleries.


Season 9

After the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, BTVS returned in August 2011 for another series. This season is broken up into two core series with two miniseries that spin out of events of those series. Each of the core series, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9” and “Angel and Faith” ran concurrently for 25 issues.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1: Freefall by Jo Chen

Core Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This core series focused on the Scooby Gang and follows on from the events of the previous series. Below are a list of the collected editions, as well as credits and issue details for each.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1: Freefall

Written by Joss Whedon and Andrew Chambliss. Art by Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline.

Collecting issues #1-5.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 2: On Your Own

Written by Andrew Chambliss and Scott Allie. Art by Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline.

Collecting issues #6-10 and the short story “In Space No One Can Hear You Slay!”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 3: Guarded

Written by Andrew Chambliss, Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg. Art by Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline.

Collecting issues #11-15.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 4: Welcome to the Team

Written by Andrew Chambliss. Art by Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline.

Collecting issues #16-20.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 5: The Core

Written by Andrew Chambliss and Jane Espenson. Art by Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline.

Collecting issues #21-25 and short story “Love vs. Life.”

Angel & Faith Volume 1: Live Through This by Steve Morris

Angel & Faith

Angel & Faith ran alongside Buffy the Vampire Slayer and focused on the characters Angel and Faith. Below are a list of the collected editions, as well as credits and issue details for each.

Angel & Faith Volume 1: Live Through This

Written by Christos Gage. Art by Rebekah Isaacs and Phil Noto.

Collecting issues #1-5 and the Harmony one-shot.

Angel & Faith Volume 2: Daddy Issues

Written by Christos Gage. Art by Rebekah Isaacs and Chris Samnee.

Collecting issues #6-10.

Angel & Faith Volume 3: Family Reunion

Written by Christos Gage. Art by Rebekah IsaacsLee Garbett and David Lapham.

Collecting issues #11-15.

Angel & Faith Volume 4: Death and Consequences

Written by Christos Gage. Art by Rebekah Isaacs.

Collecting issues by #16-20.

Angel & Faith Volume 5: What You Want, Not What You Need

Written by Christos Gage. Art by Rebekah Isaacs.

Collecting issues by #21-25.

Miniseries in Season 9

These are miniseries that spin out of events from the core series of Season 9.

Spike: A Dark Place cover by Jo Chen

Spike: A Dark Place

Written by Victor Gischler. Art by Paul Lee.

Collecting Spike: A Dark Place #1-5.

Best to read Spike: A Dark Place after the 2nd collected edition of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9.

Willow: Wonderland cover by David Mack

Willow: Wonderland

Written by Jeff Parker and Christos Gage. Art by Brian Ching.

Collecting Willow: Wonderland #1-5.

Best to read Willow: Wonderland after the 3rd collected edition of Angel & Faith.


Season 10

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 promo image.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 and Angel & Faith: Season 10

Season 10 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will begin in March 2013, following a similar model to Season 9. There will be two core series running concurrently which are Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 (starting March 2014) and Angel & Faith: Season 10 (starting in April 2014)


Other Releases

The following are miniseries that are considered to have taken place in the television show’s continuity.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike - Into the Light cover by Steve Morris

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike – Into the Light

Written by James Marsters. Art by Derlis Santacruz.

This is an original graphic novel that focuses on Spike during Season 7. Spike – Into the Light will be released July 16th, 2014.

Fray

Fray: Future Slayer

Written by Joss Whedon. Art by Karl Moline.

Collecting Fray #1-8.

This is a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that is set in a future New York City in which vampires have returned in a big way. The series follows a new slayer known as named Melaka Fray. As this is set in the future it can be read at any time.

You can view reading order checklists for other events/crossover here.

Have Your Say

Has this reading order been helpful? Also, if you have been reading the comics have you been digging them as much as the TV show? You can let me know in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.

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Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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  • This is very helpful, but I’m still a little confused. I’m wanting to read everything in order after the final show of both Buffy and Angel. I’ll start with what you have listed for Buffy, but I thought “After the Fall” was the first one for the Angel series (I read that somewhere)??? Does there happen to be a compilation of all the comics in one big graphic novel for either Buffy or Angel? Thanks

  • Anyone interested should know that Christos Gage’s comics Angel & Faith #1-25 (the Season Nine version) and Buffy: Season Ten #1-30 are highly acclaimed and stand head and shoulders above the rest of the Buffyverse comics. Buffy: Season Ten is a semi-sequel to his work on Angel & Faith, so read that one first before picking up his Buffy run.

    Before digging in to Gage’s wonderful work though I highly recommend you watch Buffy: Seasons 2-5 and all five seasons of Angel. Not only is that the best that the televised Buffyverse has to offer (although Angel’s first season is really rough), but Gage heavily refers back to them in his work. Don’t worry about watching Marti Noxon’s two season run on Buffy (seasons 6-7) or reading the other canon Buffy and Angel comics from Dark Horse and IDW. Gage tells you everything you need to know about those lesser works.

    Having said that if you really, really want more then Angel: After the Fall, Brian Lynch’s IDW Spike crossover miniseries and the first 3-4 arcs of Buffy: Season Eight are halfway decent. They feel like over-the-top fan fiction at times, but they’re not completely awful.

    Also you left out the Whedon’s canon anthologies Tales of the Slayers and Tales of the Vampires. More importantly you left out Whedon and Brian Lynch’s canon IDW comics: Angel: After the Fall #1-17, Spike: After the Fall #1-4 (not 100% sure it’s canon) and Spike #1-8 (a crossover event which transitioned readers from IDW’s After the Fall into Dark Horse’s Season Eight).

  • Also Left off:

    -Angel: After the fall (#18-44)
    -Angel: Auld Lang Syne # 1-5
    -Angel: Old Friends # 1-5
    -Angel: Smile Time # 1-3
    -Angel: A Hole In The World # 1-5
    -Angel: Not Fade Away # 1-3
    -Angel: Only human # 1-5
    -Angel: Blood And Trenches #1-4
    -Angel: The Curse # 1-5
    -Angel: Illyria: Haunted # 1-4
    -Angel: Barbary Coast # 1-3
    -Angel Vs. Frankenstein # 1&2
    -Spike: The Devil You Know # 1-4
    -Spike: Asylum # 1-5
    -Spike Vs. Dracula # 1-5

    Oneshots
    -Angel: Masks
    -Spike: Old Times
    -Spike: Old Wounds
    -Spike: Lost and Found

    and spotlight series:
    -Illyria
    -Gunn
    -Wesley
    -Doyle
    -Connor

  • Thank you for this. I’ve found it difficult to sort out the sequence of the books and where the tie-ins fit in.