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A Stake to the Heart, Act One: Deceit is the sixtieth 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. It was originally published on August 27, 2003, by Dark Horse Comics.


Buffy Summers has faced vampires, demons and monsters but now she must face the scariest thing of all: the divorce of her parents! But with divorce comes all the bad feelings attached to it, for all the members of the family, and those bad feelings take on physical shapes. No vampire is safe as the tortured young Slayer takes her anger and frustrations to the streets of L.A. All the while she is being closely watched by the mysterious vampire with a soul, Angel.[1]


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Death count[]

  • Two vampires, staked by Buffy.

Behind the scenes[]


  • The photo cover has a promotional picture for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1.
  • After Viva Las Buffy! and Slayer, Interrupted, 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 as a Slayer before her arrival in Sunnydale.[2]
  • 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 [in the arc '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."[2]


  • A Stake to the Heart, Part One was the 141st best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 14,580 sales in August 2003 at comic specialty stores.[3]


Pop culture references[]

  • Whistler says he is not Encyclopedia Brown, referring to the boy detective from the adventure book series Encyclopedia Brown.
  • An unidentified man plays the computer game Microsoft Solitaire.



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