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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. It was originally published on October 22, 2003, by Dark Horse Comics.


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.[1]


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  • The photo cover has two promotional pictures for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2.
  • 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 Three was the 157th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 14,445 sales in October 2003 at comic specialty stores.[3]


Pop culture references[]

  • Buffy mentions her father took all The Clash records.



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