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While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
A Stake to the Heart, Act Three: Abandonment is the sixty-second issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. It was written by Fabian Nicieza and illustrated by Cliff Richards, with painted pages by Brian Horton.
Buffy Summers, the Chosen One, the Slayer, is dealing with a horror she is powerless to stop – the divorce of her parents. Adolescence is tough enough without the added distress of parental separation, not to mention the responsibilities of the one who stands alone against the powers of darkness. Now, in a failed attempt to alleviate Buffy's anxiety, the vampire with a soul, known as Angel, has unwittingly unleashed the Malignancy Demons upon her and her family. They feed on the pain of the Summers' family and bring to life the negative emotions which grip them. Buffy has faced Deceit and Guilt she must now face Abandonment.
- This story includes the false memories around Dawn Summers, before she was created in "Buffy vs. Dracula".
- Buffy, Dawn, and Joyce Summers are about to move to Sunnydale, making this story previous to the series' debut episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth."
- Buffy Summers
- Dawn Summers
- Hank Summers (Only in visions)
- Joyce Summers
- Malignancy Demon of Abandonment
- Rupert Giles
- Rupert Giles's mother (Only mentioned)
Weapons and Objects
Behind the Scenes
- The photo cover has two promotional photo shoots for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2.
- This story is part of the third book of the Buffy: Year One trilogy, the last stories of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic, about Buffy Summers as a Slayer before her arrival in Sunnydale.
- Editor Scott Allie declared about this title: "we entered into [the final part of the Year One storyline] knowing it was going to be the end of the monthly series. The TV show was ending, we'd just done a series in a mental institution ["Slayer, Interrupted"], and we all felt we were doing the best work the monthly had seen. Our disappointment with having the book end was reflected in the extremely dark storyline."
Pop Culture References
- Buffy mentions her father took all The Clash records.