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A Stake to the Heart

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Publication date  August – October 2003
Colorist(s)  Michelle Madsen
Publisher  Dark Horse Comics
Inker(s)  Will Conrad
Writer  Fabian Nicieza
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Genre  Action/adventure, horror Based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vampires in comics
Title(s)  Buffy the Vampire Slayer #60-#63
Penciller(s)  Cliff Richards Brian Horton
Similar  Viva Las Buffy!, Slayer - Interrupted, Angel: The Hollower, The Origin, Tales of the Slayers

"A Stake to the Heart" is a trade paperback collecting comic book stories based on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series.


General synopsis

Although new to being a slayer, Buffy Summers has already faced vampires and a series of dark forces, but must now try to cope with the collapse of her parents' marriage. Vampires fear for their safety as Buffy takes out her anger on the streets of L.A. The mysterious vampire with a soul, known as Angel, watches over her.

Hoping to ease her pain with magic, Angel unintentionally releases malignancy demons upon the Summers family. Each of the four demons draws from a particular bad feeling.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #60

Comic title: "A Stake To The Heart, act 1"

Buffy is struggling to cope with the lack of guidance from a Watcher about her role as slayer, and faces the likely upcoming divorce between her parents. Feeling sorry for Buffy, Angel performs a spell that he hopes will make the pressures of life easier on her.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #61

Comic title: "A Stake To The Heart, act 2"

Buffy Summers's life isn't going as she might have hoped, as her parents' marriage comes to an end. A string of emotion demons are released upon her, that feed on her negative emotions. Buffy faces the malignancy demons of deceit and guilt.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #62

Comic title: "A Stake To The Heart, act 3"

The malignancy demons continue to feed from the Summers women, expanding the negative emotions within them. Buffy unknowingly faces the abandonment demon.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #63

Comic title: "A Stake To The Heart, act 4"

Buffy arrives in Sunnydale along with the malignancy demons. The trepidation demon hopes to make Buffy give up on life, and maybe even the whole of Sunnydale might just follow suit. Other members of Sunnydale begin to feel the effects of the demon.


  • Characters include Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Dawn, Joyce, Hank, Angel, Whistler, and Lilah.
  • References

    A Stake to the Heart Wikipedia

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