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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve: The Reckoning” is a comic book miniseries from Dark Horse Comics. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.

Premise

Following the world-altering finale of Season 11, Buffy and the Scoobies have had a laid-back year in the saving-the-world department. But as they’ve learned over their years of fighting the forces of darkness and thwarting many an apocalypse, nothing stays quiet for long. When Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is crashed by some familiar faces with news of an amassing force that must be reckoned with — Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, a vampire from the future — Buffy finds herself in a time warp that could alter the fate of the world and could spell the end for Buffy, her friends, and the Slayers, forever.

This action-packed miniseries reunites the Buffyverse with the return of Angel, Faith, Illyria, and Fray, the Slayer from the future![1]

Continuity

Appearances

Publications

The series includes 4 issues, collected in one trade paperback.

Issues

Cover Title Issue Release Date
B12-01-00a The Reckoning One Year Later 1 June 20, 2018
Writers: Christos Gage & Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
It’s one year later, and the lives of Buffy and the Scoobies haven’t been too eventful for a while — at least as far as fighting demons and the forces of darkness are concerned. But that’s all about to change when Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is interrupted by some familiar faces bringing news of familiar foes from the future. Can you say Harth… and Fray?
B12-02-00a The Reckoning Future Shock 2 July 18, 2018
Writers: Christos Gage & Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
With his ownership of Slayer memories, Harth has come from the future to destroy Buffy and all the Slayers, stealing their power for his own. At his side are demons and evil-kind, a massive army that Buffy and the Scoobies weren’t expecting. To even the playing field, the gang travels to the future to recruit Fray and learn of their dismal fate — should they fail in this battle against Harth…
B12-03-00a The Reckoning 3 August 22, 2018
Writers: Christos Gage & Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
The battle against future vampire and Slayer twin, Harth, and his legion of evil, has already begun in the present when Buffy, Fray, and the Scoobies return from the future ready to fight. The Reckoning is now, and if the future can be changed, it will take everything that Buffy has to save the Slayers and our world.
B12-04-00a The Reckoning Finale 4 September 19, 2018
Writers: Christos Gage & Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Buffy, Fray, the Scoobies, and the Slayers are in an epic battle against Harth, and his army of baddies. His attempt to steal the power of the Slayers has brought Buffy and her crew to the turning point that they have been trying desperately to avoid. With all other options spent, it is only Buffy and her sacrifice that can save the world…

Collections

Cover Title Issues Release date
The Reckoning The Reckoning1–4 December 12, 2018
Writers: Christos Gage & Joss Whedon Artist: Georges Jeanty
Angel brings news of an amassing evil force — Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, vampire from the future — to Buffy and her crew. Realizing this fight will be more than they can handle alone, the gang travels to the future to recruit the Slayer Fray — Harth’s twin sister — and learn of their dismal fate should they fail in the ultimate battle with Harth and his legion. He is after the power of the Slayers… this is the reckoning… and it could be the end of Buffy, Fray, and all the Slayers, forever.

Behind the scenes

  • According to Joss Whedon, the season was written with the knowledge that Fox was taking the Buffy the Vampire Slayer license back. “When I sat with Chris Gage, it was with the intent that after everything we’ve been through we wanted to have something to say that mirrors and rounds off where we started this comic [run]. And then they said, ‘You have four issues,’ and it was like ‘Ohhhh. That’s all the time we have.’ So we dealt with a lot of things in small panels, and I don’t know if I fit it all in, but it was very important to try. We made sure that the journey wasn’t continuing. We wanted to give the Dark Horse era some closure. What they’ve done over the years with Scott Allie and Sierra Hahn, and everyone there has put their souls into this. The artists like Georges [Jeanty] and everyone were such a perfect match. It’s been a great combination, so it couldn’t just end.”[3]

References

  1. “Joss Whedon and Christos Gage Bring a Reckoning for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’”. Dark Horse Comics, February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  2. Dark Horse Comics on Twitter, February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  3. Kiel Phegley, “INTERVIEW: Joss Whedon Teases Buffy’s Surprising End & Dr. Horrible’s Return”. Comic Book Resources, August 15 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.