Desperate Measures is the fifth issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eleven comic book series. Written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Georges Jeanty, it was originally published on March 22, 2017 by Dark Horse Comics. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.


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.[1]




Organization and titles



Weapons and objects

Rituals and spells

  • Calming spell

Death count

  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy Summers.
  • An amphibious demon, shot by the military.

Behind the scenes


  • The variant cover features a "deleted scene" from the issue, with script by Christos Gage, illustration by Georges Jeanty, inks by Dexter Vines, and colors by Dan Jackson.
  • The variant cover features a demon that resembles fellow Dark Horse Comics character Hellboy. His appearance is an often cameo in Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics.


  • Desperate Measures was the 197th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 10,869 sales in March 2017 at comic specialty stores.[2]


Pop culture references

  • Buffy compares her treatment as a traitor to general Benedict Arnold, who switched sides to the British Army during the American Revolutionary War.
  • Jordan calls Willow "no-longer-teenage-witch", a reference to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.


  • This issue has Buffy's only vampire slaying of the season.


Cover artwork



  1. "Buffy Season 11 #5." Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved August 24, 2017‎.
  2. "Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2017" ICv2, April 10, 2017.
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