This article is about the Buffy comic miniseries. For other uses, see Haunted.
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Haunted is a miniseries of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. Written by Jane Espenson and illustrated by Cliff Richards, it was originally published from December 2001 to March 2002 by Dark Horse Comics.

Premise[edit | edit source]

A sinister presence stirs among the charred rubble of what used to be Sunnydale High. It seems that the ghost of Sunnydale's former Mayor has a bone to pick with Buffy. Now, on top of dealing with her nightmares about a certain raven-haired, trash-talking former Slayer, she's got a body-snatching, blood-sucking, poltergeist stalking her every moment she's awake. Buffy's left to face the thing without knowing whose hand guides it, armed only with an enigmatic message from Faith: "You're already dead."

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Stories[edit | edit source]

Cover Title Issue Release date
Haunted-prologuwe.jpg "Haunted" prologue September 5, 2001
Writer: Jane Espenson Artist: Cliff Richards
Back-to-school can be a drag, but not if you have a little Faith — as in Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Faith! The bitch is back and we've got her here first in an exclusive strip leading up to the Faith miniseries!
Haunted1-cover.jpg Haunted, Part One #1 December 19, 2001
Writer: Jane Espenson Artist: Cliff Richards
It's only been a couple days since graduation, Buffy's lost Angel, and now she's losing two of her best friends. Cordelia is moving to L.A. to become an actress and Xander's getting ready to depart for parts unknown. The whole Scooby gang has to deal with all this emotional junk. Meanwhile, signs of Faith stir among the charred rubble of what used to be Sunnydale High. It seems that the ghost of one of Buffy's recently deceased enemies has a bone to pick with her. How can Buffy kill something that's already dead?
Haunted2-cover.jpg Haunted, Part Two #2 January 16, 2002
Writer: Jane Espenson Artist: Cliff Richards
It's the summer after high school graduation, and somehow Faith's back in Buffy's life. That's not all that's going wrong, though. Vamps are taking Buffy by surprise and it's nearly cost Giles his life. With her Watcher out of the action, her reflexes out of whack, and a ghost terrorizing Sunnydale, Buffy is in for a hell of a summer vacation.
Haunted3-cover.jpg Haunted, Part Three #3 February 20, 2002
Writer: Jane Espenson Artist: Cliff Richards
The recently deceased former Mayor of Sunnydale has got more than a few bones to pick with Buffy Summers. And it looks as if he'll have to go through several skeletons (as well as a few corpses in various states of decay) before he's satisfied. Now, on top of dealing with her nightmares about a certain raven-haired, trash-talking former Slayer, she's got a body-snatching, blood-sucking poltergeist stalking her every moment she's awake. But there's something strange going on beneath the University campus in Sunnydale, and the maleficent mayor is not going to like what he finds.
Haunted4-cover.jpg Haunted, Part Four #4 March 20, 2002
Writer: Jane Espenson Artist: Cliff Richards
TV scribe Jane Espenson's epic tale concludes as the Mayor's ghost finally takes possession of a body powerful enough to destroy Buffy — one he found in the basement of the Initiative headquarters. As Xander heads out of town and Willow fantasizes about college life, Buffy's left to face the thing without knowing whose hand guides it, armed only with an enigmatic message from Faith: "You're already dead."

Collections[edit | edit source]

Cover Title Issues Release date
Haunted.jpg Haunted prologue, 1–4 September 11, 2002
A sinister presence stirs among the charred rubble of what used to be Sunnydale High. It seems that the ghost of Sunnydale's former Mayor has a bone to pick with Buffy. Now, on top of dealing with her nightmares about a certain raven-haired, trash-talking former Slayer, she's got a body-snatching, blood-sucking, poltergeist stalking her every moment she's awake. Buffy's left to face the thing without knowing whose hand guides it, armed only with an enigmatic message from Faith: "You're already dead."
Omnibus Vol 5.jpg Omnibus: Volume 5 1–4, others September 10, 2008
Volume 5 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer omnibus series begins immediately after Season 3, after Sunnydale High has gone up in flames. Buffy is plagued by dreams of fellow Slayer Faith, who now lies in a coma. Jane Espenson, the celebrated writer from the Buffy TV show, writes the powerful Faith story Haunted. And as summer comes to an end, Buffy and Willow begin their first year of college in The Blood of Carthage, a story written by acclaimed Buffy novelist Christopher Golden. Meanwhile, Buffy embarks on a new romance with Riley Finn, and Willow and Oz's relationship comes to an end in Golden's Oz: Into the Wild. This volume also features work by Buffy Season 8 contributors Cliff Richards, Paul Lee, and Brian Horton.
Classic Haunted.jpg Classic 29: Haunted 1–4, others March 7, 2012
It seems the ghost of Sunnydale's former Mayor, Richard Wilkins, wants revenge against The Slayer. Buffy must now cope with guilt over stabbing Faith and a poltergeist following her every movement.
Buffy LE v03.jpg Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition, Book 3 1–4, others December 15, 2020
After the third season finale of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, Sunnydale High has now gone up in flames — though perhaps a bit more literally than Buffy and the Scooby Gang had ever expected. Now it's time for college, as Buffy and Willow seek prepare for a more normal life, but from new love (Hi, Riley!) to lost love (Sorry, Oz) and tortured dreams of the rogue Slayer known as Faith, it looks likes the past isn't ready to let go of our heroes just quite yet. Maybe the Hellmouth wasn't so bad after all?

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Haunted was written by the season's writer and co-executive producer Jane Espenson; though its canonicity hasn't been confirmed, it fits established continuity and serves as a bridge between seasons 3 and 4 as well as an origin story for Adam.
  • This miniseries marks the character Faith Lehane's debut in comics.
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