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A Stake to the Heart, Act Two: Guilt is the sixty-first 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 September 24, 2003, by Dark Horse Comics.


Buffy Summers's life is in shambles. She's been kicked out of school, recently released from a mental institution, and, to top it all off her parents' crumbling marriage is finally over. Now her would-be protector, the vampire Angel, has unwittingly unleashed a string of demons upon her, in an incredibly misguided attempt to alleviate her grief.[1]


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  • This story includes the false memories around Dawn, before she was created in "Buffy vs. Dracula".
  • Buffy, Dawn, and Joyce are yet to move to Sunnydale, making this story previous to the series' debut episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth."
  • Dawn mentions telling her parents about Buffy's diary, causing her sister to be admitted in an asylum, as seen in Slayer, Interrupted, Part One.
  • Buffy recalls getting kicked out of school (The Origin, Part Three) and running away to Las Vegas (Broken Parts).
  • Dawn temporally ceases to exists, as she's only to be created in 2000 ("No Place Like Home").
  • Flutie assumes Giles worked at the British Museum, but he corrects it was a British museum. Willow will express the same doubt in "Welcome to the Hellmouth."
  • Giles has in his apartment's wall the Time Life calendar he would mention in "Welcome to the Hellmouth."



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  • Unidentified man, blood drained by an unidentified female vampire.
  • Unidentified male vampire, staked by Buffy.

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  • The photo cover has a promotional picture for "Prophecy Girl" and another from "What's My Line? Part Two."
  • 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]
  • The introduction of the story is written in the style of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in accord to Buffy's approach that the lyrical speaker is a dying sailor aboard the ship.


  • A Stake to the Heart, Part Two was the 146th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 14,424 sales in September 2003 at comic specialty stores.[3]


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