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Jonathan: Codename: Comrades is a one-shot of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. Written by Jane Espenson and illustrated by Cliff Richards, it was originally published on January 3, 2001, by Dark Horse Comics.


Russian vampire mobsters are threatening Sunnydale, and there's only one person who can stop them legend-in-his-own-mind Jonathan! But this time Jonathan will need a little help from a certain Slayer and her pals. Sure, they're amateurs, but every little bit helps. Straight from the small screen, where he starred in his own episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jonathan jumps into comics, and television writer Jane Espenson is bringing him to life again, along with the regular Buffy art team of Cliff Richards and Joe Pimentel. Don't miss this story. Hey, even Buffy's a big fan of this guy. From the writer of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Superstar"![1]


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  • The story takes place about a week before the episode "Superstar."
  • A flashback shows events from the 1980 in the Soviet Union.
  • As Buffy notes Sunnydale High's clock tower is gone, Jonathan concludes: "good," in reference to his intended suicide in this place ("Earshot").



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  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Jonathan mid-air.
  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Jonathan in the cemetery.
  • At least four vampires, staked by Jonathan in the sewers.
  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Anya in the sewers.
  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy in the sewers.

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  • The "Jonathan" logo in the covers is the same used in the in-world comic Target: Jonathan, which Dark Horse produced for the episode "Superstar."
  • The official synopsis mentions Joe Pimentel as part of the art team; however, Andy Owens is the inker of the story.


  • Jonathan: Codename: Comrades was the 129th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 15,433 sales in January 2001 at comic specialty stores.[2]

Pop culture references[]

  • Sun Cinema has a sign for the movie The Matrix (1999), although starring Jonathan Levinson instead of actor Keanu Reeves.




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  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Jonathan." Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved on June 6, 2019.
  2. "January 2001 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops." Comichron. Retrieved on June 7, 2019.