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Love Dares You, Part One is the eleventh issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten comic book series. Written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Megan Levens, it was originally published on January 21, 2015, by Dark Horse Comics.


With the magical side of things momentarily under control, Buffy and crew have a chance to deal with their personal lives: things heat up between Xander and Dawn, young Giles is visited by an old flame, Andrew introduces some new friends, and the Slayer is totally set for round one of speed dating! Then the bad guy shows up.[1]


Buffy tries out speed-dating but only finds dissatisfaction with each of her prospective dates. She goes through a man who just wants a peaceful, quiet life; another doing the exact opposite; someone who recognizes her as the leader of the Slayer Organization; a nerd who just wants info on vampires; and two vampires who fight each other. Buffy gives up and storms out, griping that "speed dating sucks."

Xander and Dawn go out to see The Princess Bride, and afterwards he tries to take her to a fancy restaurant. Dawn calls it off as she still doesn't have the same feelings for him anymore and tells him that he's trying too hard.

Elsewhere, Willow and Aluwyn meet at a Wiccan house party. Willow wants to discuss strategy regarding Aluwyn's coven, but Aluwyn is more concerned with flirting, declaring that, now that Willow is shaping the new laws of magic, they're more equal. Willow decides she needs to slow down and process everything, and she departs.

At Hotel Luxe, Giles meets up with his old flame Olivia, now working as a supernatural consultant for the San Francisco Police Department, but she is disenchanted to see him looking like a child. Although Giles assures her he was the same person she remembered, and insists on continuing their relationship, Olivia refuses, arguing that his insistence itself is an indication he is not the same, and the age difference is not ethical. Olivia agrees to support him and assures they can still be friends. Giles leaves even more frustrated with his condition.

In Oakland, Andrew visits a coven party with his old demonology student Julie, who uses the opportunity to play match maker with her coven leader, Clive. Andrew expresses some discomfort and explains he's really after the potion she told him about, one that can create a new body. Julie explains the Asclepian vial doesn't actually create new bodies out of nothing but transforms the drinker into their perfect self. After drinking it, at Julie's urging, Andrew admits to picturing himself kissing someone like Clive and declares he thinks he is gay.

Before they can say anything else, the Sculptor smashes through the wall with an army of flesh golems, demanding the vial. At that moment, Andrew grows a tall, muscular body, which he uses to attack the Sculptor and rip apart some of his flesh golems, forcing the demon to retreat. Clive thanks him for saving them, declaring Andrew a superhero.

Elsewhere, Spike is out with Dowling investigating a crime scene at a meat-packing plant, involving the theft of a half-ton of beef and the loss of a guard's legs and left arm. While Dowling believes it may have been a pack of werewolves, Spike rules that out, pointing out that werewolves would have simply torn the man to pieces, and deduces that flesh golems are involved. Dowling then tries to set Spike up with Officer Hardwicke — she loves Anne Rice novels and has a crush on Spike — but he declines. Dowling reminds Spike that, although Buffy is wonderful, he can't keep comparing other women to her and has to eventually move on.

After leaving Dowling, Spike goes to question a group of demons at the Suppurating Sore Social Club about flesh golems, and they inform him of the Sculptor, whom Spike admits to having heard of back in World War I; since the Sculptor needs access to body parts, he'll be found near morgues, slaughterhouses, and cemeteries. Spike pays them for their services but stops short when he sees the demons are about to play kitten poker, which had been outlawed since the supernatural became public. Looking at the little kittens, Spike suddenly has a plan.

Back in Buffy, Willow, and Dawn's apartment, the three girls help themselves to ice cream while bemoaning their current relationships. Willow admits she can't bring herself to fully trust Aluwyn and fears she may end up becoming addicted to magic again, but Buffy assures her she will not. Dawn admits to not feeling the same comfort, trust, and love for Xander.

In Xander and Spike's apartment, Xander talks with Anya, the two bantering back and forth over his relationship with Dawn. At that moment, they hear a knock on the door, and Spike enters, carrying the cats he rescued from the demons.

In their apartment, Buffy insists Dawn should get back together with Xander, but Dawn turns the tables by calling her out on her current relationship with Spike, pointing out that he has a soul now and she should give him a new chance. Willow admits Dawn has a point, and Buffy grabs her jacket and leaves, remarking they suck at girl talk.

Meanwhile, Xander starts to object to keeping the cats, but Spike insists he'll find them homes tomorrow, but, in the meantime, he has police business to take care of. As he goes out, he's met with Buffy, who offers to accompany him on his job.

In the graveyard, Buffy and Spike take care of flesh golems while exchanging banter, and Buffy pulls him into a kiss.


  • Buffy is publicly recognized as leader of the extinct Slayer Organization, outed in Harmonic Divergence.
  • Xander and Dawn go to the movies to watch The Princess Bride, as he had invited her in I Wish, Part Two. They eventually watch the play in Own It, Part One, and she mentions it was one of her favorites stories.
  • Willow and Aluwyn meet each other on the Earth dimension for the first time.
  • Olivia has her first appears since "Hush." She was mentioned in "Who Are You?", seen in a dream in "Restless," and mentioned in Death and Consequences, Part Two.
  • Olivia also learns about Giles' resurrection (What You Want, Not What You Need, Part Two).
  • Olivia reveals to be working for S.F.P.D. Supernatural Crimes Unit.
  • Andrew is interested on the Asclepian Vial in search of a potion that could make a new body, ostensibly for Jonathan, as he promised him in Return to Sunnydale, Part One. However, the Asclepian Vial was intended only to alter an existing one.
  • Andrew recognizes himself as gay for the first time; his sexuality had been previously hinted in comical contexts.
  • Andrew reveals his sexuality with "I think I'm gay," as Willow did in "Doppelgängland" and "Tabula Rasa."
  • Spike recognizes the Sculptor from the World War I, as the demon has mentioned an "old friend" who had allied with the Slayer (Day Off (or Harmony in My Head)).
  • Spike rescues seven cats from Kitten Poker and adopts them with Xander; this contrasting with when Spike himself gambled them in "Life Serial" and "Tabula Rasa."
  • Anya replicates Anya Jenkins' dislike for rabbits ("Fear, Itself," "The Gift," "Once More, with Feeling," "Tabula Rasa", "Chosen").
  • Buffy and Spike kiss for the first time, as pointed out by Dawn, since he got a soul ("Grave"). Their relationship had ended in "As You Were."



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Death count[]

  • Unidentified guard, killed by the Sculptor (only mentioned).
  • One flesh golem, ripped apart by Andrew.
  • At least four flesh golems, killed by Buffy and Spike (only mentioned).
  • One flesh golem, bisected by Buffy with the Scythe.
  • One flesh golem, beheaded by Spike.

Behind the scenes[]


  • This issue celebrates the 34th birthday of Buffy Summers with a special cover by Georges Jeanty.
  • The tile Love Dares You is based on a verse from the song "Under Pressure."
  • Megan Levens debuts as guest artist for Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics in this issue.
  • About Dowling mentioning that he "and a lady from the L.A.P.D. really hit it off" on a convention of supernatural law enforcement agents, Christos Gage said: "The funny thing is that I did have in the back of my mind that it could be Kate [Lockey], but after talking with my editors I agree that it would be too coincidental for those characters to just happen to meet. If there were a specific story reason, great, but without Angel being part of the book, there's not much mileage to get out of it. So, probably, we won't see Dowling's lady friend. But if you like to think it's her, go nuts!"[2]
  • The Asclepian vial is a reference to Asclepius from Greek mythology.


  • Love Dares You, Part One was the 130th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 16,493 sales in January 2015 at comic specialty stores.[3]


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