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Finale is the fourth and final issue of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve” comic book miniseries. It was written by Christos Gage and Joss Whedon, and illustrated by Georges Jeanty.

Synopsis

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…[1]

Continuity

  • 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.

Appearances

Individuals

Organizations and titles

Species

Locations

Weapons and objects

Death count

  • Richard Wilkins, beheaded by Harth Fray.
  • Harth, staked by Buffy Summers.
  • Unidentified lurk, staked by Faith Lehane.

Behind the scenes

Production

Distribution

  • Finale was the 185th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 10,195 sales in September 2018 at comic specialty stores.[2]

Collections

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.

Gallery

Cover artwork

Preview

References

  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  2. “Top 500 Comics--September 2018”. ICv2, October 15, 2018. Retrieved January 05, 2019.