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…
- Among the Slayer memories Harth receives, they include the events:
- Xin Rong's and Nikki Wood deaths by Spike’s hands ("Fool for Love");
- the unidentified Slayer burning at the stake (Righteous);
- Naayéé'neizgháni watching Tó Bájíshchíní’s turn to dust (The Glittering World);
- Drusilla about to kill Kendra Young ("Becoming, Part One");
- and Buffy sending Angelus to Acathla's dimension ("Becoming, Part Two").
- Illyria is the one who banishes the demons into another dimension, contrary to what have been told about Buffy (Ready, Steady..., Future Shock).
- Buffy mentions being a cheerleader then a Slayer (The Origin, Part One), then a general (The Long Way Home, Part One), and a nobody (Last Gleaming, Part Five).
- Buffy becomes a police officer, as her high school vocational test had indicated in "What's My Line, Part Two".
- Faith also becomes a police officer, how this is possible given her previous fugitive status is unknown.
- After changing the future, Melaka, Erin, and Gates arrive at a better Haddyn, in which the Slayer never had to work grabbing for Gunther and has the Slayer memories herself.
- Buffy concludes about “changing the world”. She had began Buffy Season 8 reflecting that the “thing” was that “once you do it, the world is all different” (The Long Way Home, Part One), but eventually finalized that the “trouble” was that “you don't” (Last Gleaming, Part Five). She now affirms that “the trouble with changing the world is… worth it.”
- This is the final story of the comic continuation to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer original series, both in publication order and chronology. Notably, it is followed by a homonyms comic series rebooting the entire Buffyverse.
- Drusilla (Only in visions)
- Harth Fray
- Rupert Giles
- Alexander Harris
- Joyce Harris
- Faith Lehane
- “Naayéé'neizgháni” (Only in visions)
- Xin Rong (Only in visions)
- Willow Rosenberg
- Sineya (Only in visions)
- Buffy Summers
- Dawn Summers
- Andrew Wells
- Richard Wilkins
- Nikki Wood (Only in visions)
- Robin Wood (Only in visions)
- Kendra Young (Only in visions)
- Unidentified Slayer (Righteous) (Only in visions)
- Unidentified Slayer I (Finale)
- Unidentified Slayer II (Finale)
- Unidentified Slayer III (Finale)
- Unidentified Slayer IV (Finale)
Organizations and titles
- England (Only mentioned)
- Haddyn, USA
- San Francisco, USA
- Sunnydale, USA (Only in visions)
Weapons and objects
- Richard Wilkins, beheaded by Harth Fray.
- Harth, staked by Buffy Summers.
- Unidentified lurk, staked by Faith Lehane.
Behind the scenes
- This is the last Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic story published by Dark Horse Comics.
- Some in-universe cameos in this issue are Melaka wearing a shirt with The Bronze logo in it, Buffy with a Sunnydale High School shirt, then Andrew and Giles playing Scrabble with the words “Clem”, [The] “Bronze”, “Fyarl”, “Acathla”, a “goodbye” turned to the reader, and leftover letters forming “Joss” [Whedon].
- Finale was the 185th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 10,195 sales in September 2018 at comic specialty stores.
Pop culture references
- Xander stops his car by a Dark Horse Comics store front.
- Xander greets Buffy and Faith with “Good morning, Angels”, in reference to the catchphrase from Charlie’s Angels franchise.
- Andrew wears a shirt with fictional superhero Deadpool.
- Andrew and Giles play the word game Scrabble.
- ↑ "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
- ↑ “Top 500 Comics--September 2018”. ICv2, October 15, 2018. Retrieved January 05, 2019.