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New Rules, Part One is the first issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten comic book series. Written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, it was originally published on March 19, 2014, by Dark Horse Comics.


New season. New rules. The age-old battle of Slayer vs. vampire is the focus of Buffy's life once again — it's downright nostalgic! But with all the toying with magic she's done lately, this girl should know it's time for another game change… Shouldn't she?[1]


The immediate aftermath of accelerating the maturation of the new Seed of Wonder and restoring magic back to the world finds Buffy and the Scoobies in Santa Rosita slaying zompires. A new vampire named Vicki shows up to help Buffy with the zompire problem, and it's clear to both parts that Vicki and her crew of new vampires plan to turn on Buffy once all zompires are slain. Spike shows up to assist in the midst of a heated battle, while Buffy reflects on her healthy friendship she now has with him. Willow then magically teleports two civilians, named Abby and Zoey Miller, to Dawn and Andrew, who have been driving a van together rescuing people to outside the town.

Willow states that the new magic is different, and she can't not perform another spell while maintaining the force field around Santa Rosita keeping the remaining zompires in. Buffy then leads the others to Xander's trap, consisting of a trail of tanning beds. While he puts the finishing touches on his trap, he mentions to a ghost of Anya how strained his relationship with Dawn has been, and she reminds him of all the problems he caused in their relationship before she was killed. Buffy and others then arrive and Xander's trap is a success. Anaheed, Billy Lane, and Devon congratulate the Scoobies.

With no more zompires, Buffy and Vicki turn their attentions on each other, and the sunrise reveals the new vampires' immunity to sunlight. Both sides begin to fight each other, and Buffy and the Scoobies are overwhelmed by Vicki's forces, who are tougher to stake and capable of turning into mist, panthers, and giant bats. Buffy blames herself for a imminent defeat, until the timely arrival of Faith, Giles, Kennedy, Holly, and Leah in the fight. Buffy is happily reunited with Giles, recently resurrected as a teenage boy. When she turns back to the battle, she now believes they're going to win.




Organization and titles[]





Rituals and spells[]

Death count[]

Unknown number of zompires, dusted by the Scooby Gang and Vicki's gang of new vampires, including:

  • 8 zompires, beheaded by Buffy.
  • 5 zompires, staked by Buffy.
  • 3 zompires, staked by Vicki.
  • 6 zompires, magically incinerated by Willow.
  • 2 zompires, beheaded by Spike.
  • 5 zompires, incinerated by Xander.
  • 1 zompire, staked by Spike.
  • 2 zompires, staked by unidentified new vampires.

Unknown number of new vampires, dusted by the Scooby Gang and Deepscan, including:

  • 1 new vampire, staked by Buffy.
  • 3 new vampires, beheaded by Buffy.
  • 1 new vampire, beheaded by Dawn.
  • 1 new vampire, beheaded by Faith.
  • 4 new vampires, magically incinerated by Giles.
  • 1 new vampire, incinerated by Xander.
  • 1 new vampire, beheaded by Kennedy.

Behind the scenes[]



  • New Rules, Part One was the 75th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 27,851 sales in March 2014 at comic specialty stores.[2]


Pop culture references[]

International titles[]

  • French: Nouvelles Règles, Première Partie
  • German: Neue Regeln, Teil Eins
  • Italy: Nuove Regole, Parte Uno



Cover artwork[]



Buffy: "Seriously? 'Vicki the Vampire'?"
Vicki: "Right. Because 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is downright Shakespearean."
Xander: "So I'm not making this up, right? I'm not just being crazy?"
Anya: "Well, you're talking to the ghost of your ex-fiancé. So that's kind of a loaded question."
Xander: "Here they come. Anya, I'm not trying to be a jerk, but can you go back to your magic lamp or…"
Anya: "They can't see me. I'm like Pete's Dragon."
Xander: "Some people could see Pete's Dragon. There was that drunk lighthouse keeper."
Anya: "You realize I'm probably a sign of a brain tumor or encroaching mental illness. People seeing me is the last of your worries."
Xander: "Fine, but my relationship is hanging by a thread here, so…"
Anya: "Oh, sure. God forbid the woman who gave up her vengeance-demon powers for you only to be left at the altar and eventually killed inconvenience you romantically."
Andrew: "If I were any greener with envy, I'd be gamma irradiated. Billy just decided to live the life he wanted, to hell with convention or rules. And he was accepted."
Dawn: "Oh my God, Andrew, you could totally do the same thing. Why would you think for a second you wouldn't be accepted?"
Andrew: "You really think I could be a Slayer?"
Dawn: "A… Slayer. Of course I do. Because that's what you meant. And me too!"
Faith: "Ain't that just typical. If it's not in the States, it doesn't exist to you people. Broaden your horizons a little."
Buffy: "Faith? How'd you— You're in London!"
Faith: "'Bout a hundred years ago, a couple dudes invented a machine that flies. Kennedy's got one that goes wicked fast."
Buffy: "What the what? Faith— I don't care if he knows magic, you can't bring a kid here."
Willow: "And tell him you don't need to cast spells in dead languages anymore."
Giles: "I'm sure that's lovely for those of you who never bothered to master the correct pronunciation… despite my best efforts. But as long as I know Latin, I'll use it, thank you very much."
Willow: "Oh my God. Giles?"
Buffy: "Giles?"
Giles: "Hello."


  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1." Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved on February 19, 2018.
  2. "Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2014." ICv2, April 7, 2014. Retrieved on February 19, 2018.