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…
- Buffy complains about being always attacked when she arrives in the future, as it’s happened before in Time of Your Life, Part One.
- Melaka recalls Buffy breaking her Scythe in Time of Your Life, Part Four.
- Erin is curious about vampires’ ability to have sexual intercourse, and Mel refers to this behavior as deviant; Buffy had confirmed the ability with Angel ("Surprise") and Spike ("Wrecked").
- Giles refers to the First Evil exploding the Watchers Council headquarters ("Never Leave Me").
- Giles discovers the later members of the Watchers Council had been mad and paranoid, as Urkonn has described to Melaka in Ready, Steady....
- A flashback shows Willow being killed by Buffy, as happened in Time of Your Life, Part Four. Faith learns about the event for the first time.
- Buffy refers to Gunther as a pervert, in reference to his interest on her underwear in Time of Your Life, Part Two.
- Spike mentions he’s glad for Illyria’s return from death (United, Part Two); they had't seen each other since the fall of Los Angeles.
- Harmony suggests a polyamorous relationship between Buffy, Angel, and Spike, as she had mentioned in Day Off (or Harmony in My Head).
- Harmony confirms Willow’s plan to bring Buffy to the future had been so the witch would be killed by the Slayer (Time of Your Life, Part Four).
- Angel mentions he had already been in hell, in reference to Acathla's dimension ("Becoming, Part Two").
- Angel repeats his quote “if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do,” from episode "Epiphany".
- The First Evil (Only mentioned)
- Erin Fray
- Harth Fray
- Melaka Fray
- Rupert Giles
- Alexander Harris
- Joyce Harris (Only in visions)
- Harmony Kendall
- Faith Lehane
- Willow Rosenberg
- Buffy Summers
- Dawn Summers
- Richard Wilkins
Organizations and titles
- The Reckoning (Only in flashbacks)
- Boston (Only mentioned)
- Silicon Valley
Weapons and objects
- Willow Rosenberg, killed by Buffy Summers (in flashbacks).
- Xander Harris and Dawn Summers, died of old age (in flashbacks).
Behind the Scenes
- With similar pose and clothes, Phil Noto’s cover is a reference to Georges Jeanty’s cover with the two Slayers for Time of Your Life, Part Four — which was in turn a reference to a promotional picture of Buffy with Kendra in "What's My Line, Part Two".
- Harmony’s throne adornment of an unicorn is a direct reference to Dark Horse Comics logo.
- Future Shock was the 169th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 10,720 sales in July 2018 at comic specialty stores.
Pop culture references
- Buffy associates Melaka with The Fifth Element (1997) science-fiction action film, and Barbie fashion doll.
- Buffy compares Melaka’s world with young adult fiction common genre of dystopia.
- ↑ "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #2". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
- ↑ "Top 500 Comics--July 2018". ICv2, August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.