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Double Cross, also known as Graduation Day, is the twentieth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. Written by Doug Petrie and illustrated by Jason Minor, it was originally published on April 26, 2000 by Dark Horse Comics.

SynopsisEdit

At the end of season three, Angel left Sunnydale without looking back, and without saying good-bye to Buffy. This story takes up directly from the season finale, following Angel as he heads to L.A., and Buffy prepares for her life without him in Sunnydale. They earned a lot of enemies together, and now that they're apart, those forces are closing in. But the connection Buffy and Angel had was closer than anyone knew, and those who thought to take advantage of their separation are in for a surprise. Series writer Doug Petrie takes a crack at his first full-length Buffy comic, and it's a doozy. Exploring in-depth the events in last season's finale, and topping it all off is a cover by J. Scott Campbell.[1]

ContinuityEdit

  • The story is set in the night after the Graduation Day battle ("Graduation Day, Part Two"), before Angel's arrival in Los Angeles ("City Of") and Buffy's first day in college ("The Freshman").
  • Angel's dream gravestone states his birth year as 1753, although in episode "The Prodigal" it's revealed as 1727.
  • While being choked by the soul snatcher, Angel says "Grip...so tight...losing air." and it's implied he loses consciousness. Although vampires could not be killed by being drowned or asphyxiated, as Angel have declared in "Prophecy Girl" he didn't have breath, they could be tortured in such circumstances and even loose consciousness through their breathing reflex, as Spike was strangled in "Fool for Love" and drowned in "Bring on the Night".

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Death countEdit

  • The Soul snatcher demon, killed by Buffy and Angel.

Behind the scenesEdit

ProductionEdit

  • First published as Double Cross, the story was titled as Graduation Day in the omnibus and Classic collections.
  • The photo cover features a promotional picture taken for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2.

DistributionEdit

  • Double Cross was the 83rd best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 26,159 sales in April 2000 at comic specialty stores.[2]

CollectionsEdit

Pop culture referencesEdit

  • The song "Crazy" (1961) plays on the radio.

International titlesEdit

  • Italian: Doppia Croce (Double Cross)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  2. "April 2000 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops". Comichron. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
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