After overcoming the struggles of Season 10, Buffy and the Scoobies give themselves a well-deserved break from fighting evil. Unfortunately, the momentary peace comes to a screeching halt when a supernatural disaster wreaks havoc on the citizens of San Francisco, and the gang is forced to save the world from imminent doom, again.
Life is good for Buffy and the Scoobies with everyone finally finding a happy and calm place in their lives. But when a supernatural disaster wreaks havoc on their very existence, and the entire city of San Francisco, they are forced back into fighting form.
Following the magic-related disaster in San Francisco, Buffy and her friends are trying to help put the city back together, while their own lives are also still in chaos. When the government begins introducing some special rules and regulations for folks with magical connections, Buffy may have to face being divided from the people for whom she cares the most.
With the magical folk in the US being cataloged and relocated to a “safe” place, Buffy and her friends will have to decide if they will be divided… Or if they will try to run. With Slayers being recruited to help police the magical folk, escaping might not be so easy.
Now living in the Safe Zone, Buffy, Willow, and Spike are making do while sharing space with so many other magical folk. Unfortunately, with natural enemies living together and low blood rations for the vampires, time will tell how safe things will remain in the “Safe” Zone…
Buffy is trying hard to keep things civil in the Safe Zone, but certain residents seem to be pushing for confrontations of any kind — and the death toll is rising. Buffy is not making any new friends. Meanwhile, Willow is doing all she can to get fellow Wiccans released from camp — and if that means magic, she has plenty to use.
Life in the Safe Zone internment camp is not improving, and Buffy's status as a peacekeeper has made her a target of the other inmates — but just what are they afraid she might do? Perhaps discover something more sinister going on within the Safe Zone's impenetrable walls?
Having determined that breaking out of the Safe Zone is impossible, Buffy and Willow struggle with the decision of having their magic removed so that they can return to the world outside — in the hopes that breaking in to the magical internment camp might go easier. But once their magic is gone, will two normal human girls be able to succeed?
Out in the real world without their magic, Buffy and Willow are facing challenges in a new way. As normal girls, getting back into the Safe Zone to release the residents feels impossible — but they aren't alone. The Scoobies are reunited and have some special backup!
The great escape is underway as Buffy, Faith, and Willow infiltrate headquarters at the Safe Zone. Everything and everyone they expected to stop their mission is in the way. The question is, can two powerless girls and one Slayer succeed with these ridiculous odds? Elsewhere: unexpected vampire complications…
Despite not knowing who their Big Bad is, Buffy and the Scoobies know where the fruits of his or her evil labors are — and they're going in to destroy those fruits… er, maybe. Hopefully, along the way, they'll figure out who — or what — is behind the plot to remove magic from the world in time to save magical beings everywhere!
In the season finale, with the lives of both humans and magical beings hanging in the balance, the battle between Buffy — once again the Chosen One — and the Big Bad comes to its zenith… And the world will never be the same!
Buffy and the Scoobies weren't ready for this. When a tsunami and an enormous dragon devastate San Francisco, folks connected to the supernatural are blamed for causing the catastrophe and soon have restrictions placed on them in the name of safety. Buffy must choose sides, find a way for herself and her friends to survive, determine how the disaster happened, and not lose who she is in the process.
Artists: Rebekah Isaacs, Georges Jeanty, Megan Levens
Joss Whedon's Buffy and the Scooby team conclude Season 11 as they stand up for all witches and demons to thwart a conspiracy against magic and the supernatural. Their mission is less than simple: manufacture a great escape from the Safe Zone camp and follow the obscure trail of the Big Bad to its end. Extraordinarily, the trail seems to lead higher and higher in the ranks of the US government…
Artists: Rebekah Isaacs, Georges Jeanty, Megan Levens
Buffy and the Scoobies weren't ready for this. When a tsunami and an enormous dragon devastate San Francisco, folks connected to the supernatural are blamed for causing the catastrophe and soon have restrictions placed on them in the name of safety. Buffy must choose sides, find a way for herself and her friends to survive, determine how the disaster happened, and not lose who she is in the process. But that's only the beginning of their problems as a shocking conspiracy is revealed that threatens all supernatural creatures… and may lead straight to the highest ranks of the US government!
Behind the scenes
The variant covers in this season featured "deleted scenes" from each issue, written by Christos Gage and illustrated by the issue's artistic team.
Both arcs' titles were references to the original Slayer prophecy: "Into every generation, there is a chosen one. One girl in all the world. She alone will wield the strength and skill to stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. To stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. She is the Slayer."
About Season 11's impact on the future of the Buffyverse, Gage has declared: "For me, this season's impact was more internal to the characters than the Buffyverse itself… Not impact on the level of Xander losing an eye or Willow going dark, but in terms of Buffy feeling more open to love and being loved (not just romantically) after some traumatic events, Willow finding her place in the world as a mentor to Wiccans, and Xander and Dawn getting their relationship back on track. One larger-world change, though they're less major characters, is Riley and Samantha taking a pretty high level position in the USA's relationship to the supernatural… I think there's a lot of potential for stories there. But yeah, for the major characters, for me this season was more about internal changes that might be subtle but I think are significant. As for why the Big Bad wasn't some major reveal or figure… this season, I wanted it to be more that the world was the Big Bad. Things like prejudice, fear, oppression, etc. I realize this is all kind of a departure… There was some feeling that the shorter season gave us the chance to break away from past formulas and experiment, in part because if you all hate it, it's only twelve issues!"