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Billy the Vampire Slayer, Part One is the fourteenth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine comic book series. Written by Jane Espenson and illustrated by Karl Moline, it was originally published on October 10, 2012, by Dark Horse Comics.

Synopsis[]

Buffy television scribes Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg take readers on a special two-part adventure where a new kind of Slayer emerges in a world without magic! As the zompire epidemic threatens a small California town, Slayer and Watcher join forces to eradicate an overwhelming new evil.

  • Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
  • First issue in a two-part arc!
  • From Once Upon a Time writer Jane Espenson.

Buffy wants you! (to be strong)[1]

Summary[]

On a summer night, Billy and his friend Katie lay on the hood of a truck near an airport runway discussing boys. In an airplane that flies over is the body of a deceased person being repatriated, and that person became a zompire. As the airport crew unloads the plane, the zompire attacks and kills them.

Later that night, Billy is walking home when he is stopped by two bullies, Garron and Post, who taunt that Billy has been rejected by his parents and God, and how he would eventually end up on the street or killing himself. He manages to escape the physical attack and runs back to his grandmother's place, where he lives. She greets him with a hug.

Meanwhile, the zompire and the three infected airport staff spread out during the night, creating many more zompires.

The next morning, Sky made her grandson breakfast. She tells him that, if he wants to, she will homeschool him, but Billy is determined to keep attending a regular school. Later that day, he practices boxing in an empty gym when he is met by Devon, who seems to flirt with him. Later, while on his way home, Billy relays the encounter to Katie on the phone, when Garron suddenly ambushes him. The encounter is cut short when Post appears as a zompire and rips Garron's scalp off. Devon pulls Billy onto a rooftop before Post can reach him.

Inside Billy's house, Devon explains him about zompires and what he read about them in tweets from the Scooby Gang. Devon reveals he has been studying vampires and Slayers and believes Billy would make a good Slayer; he won't need the superpowers because zompires are much easier to kill. At that moment, Post jumps through the window and pins Devon down. Billy smashes a drawer on the zompire's head and slays him with a piece of broken wood from the drawer.

Later, Devon and Billy continue their discussion and decide Billy should become a Slayer while Devon will be his Watcher.

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Death count[]

  • Hundreds of people, blood drained by zompires (only mentioned).
  • Garron, killed by Post.
  • Post, staked by Billy Lane.

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  • Billy the Vampire Slayer, Part One was the 104th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 25,577 sales in October 2012 at comic specialty stores.[2]

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Pop culture references[]

  • Billy wear a NOH8 hoodie, which was 2009 campaign against the California proposition (state law) 8 which prohibited same-sex marriage. Since the story is set circa 2007, the reference is an anachronism.
  • Sky suggests Billy buys himself a Pop Tart.
  • Billy likens his encounter with Devon to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, who played together in three romantic comedies: Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Sleepless in Seatle (1993), and You've Got Mail (1998).
  • Billy has a poster of the band Queen.

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Katie: "I wonder where it was coming from."
Billy: "Somewhere nicer than this."
Katie: "Oooh. I think I can see the bitter flying off you in little drops."
Sky: "That's a blueberry wheat germ breakfast smoothie. I knew you'd like it."
Billy: "Wow, Sky. I love it. So much texture."
Sky: "You hate it."
Billy: "It's a little... sandy."
Billy: "What's the right way to fight back? You try to be strong. To make yourself strong. You'd do it some clever way instead. But there's no such thing as magic. And things just seem to be stacked against you. Are you safest with other people or when you're alone? And what about when you think you're alone... but someone is watching?"
Billy: "So... um... Whose people in S.F.?"
Devon: "You've heard of Buffy Summers."
Billy: "If I pretend I have, will you think I'm smart?"
Devon: "Well, what makes a 'real' Slayer?"
Billy: "They're special. They're called. They're strong. They punch really hard and run really fast and they're always, always girls."
Devon: "I think you can punch like a girl and run like a girl."
Billy: "I'm taking that as a compliment."

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