New Rules, Part Three is the third issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten comic series. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.


Actor Nicholas Brendon joins the creative team as his character Xander acquires help from his old friend –  um, master – Dracula. The new vampires are still a mystery, and unquestionably similar to Drac… Meanwhile, Buffy and Willow track down one of those new vampires as a study specimen![1]


Xander and Dawn arrive at Dracula's castle in Transylvania, where Dracula and his manservant Butterfield are making up all kinds of stories about having a wonderful time in Xander's absence. Xander warns Dawn about the thrall that he is prone to, which she acknowledges. The three discuss the shapeshifting power the vampires sired since the formation of the new Seed of Wonder have, and Xander asks if Dracula has been gambling away his powers again, which is not the case. Learning that the new vampires' powers might outshine his own, Dracula agrees to come to San Francisco to investigate.

In San Francisco, a group of new vampires are about to sire two young men when Dracula intervenes, appalled that they are granting his powers to mere mortals. The group attacks Dracula until Buffy and Spike arrive, and they quickly dispose of the vampires. The group arrives at Xander and Dawn's apartment, where Willow and Giles invoke a spell to get Dracula to talk. Dracula suggests Buffy and Willow to capture one of the new vampires so they can investigate their powers.

Buffy and Willow head out to capture a vampire, while discussing Xander and Dawn's relationship problems and the fact that their family is together again. While they are away, Dracula awakens from his sleep to steal the Slayer Handbook, attacking Giles, Dawn, and Spike, and putting Xander back under his control before fleeing the apartment.




Organization and Titles



Weapons and Objects

Behind the Scenes

Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931) movie poster


  • Rebekah Isaacs's variant cover homages the movie Dracula (1931), mimicking its famous poster.
  • Steve Morris cover was later turned into a poster and bookmark for the American Library Association "Read" campaign, with the phrase "Slay ignorance."[2]
  • Actor Nicholas Brendon debuts as a co-writer on this issue.


Pop Culture References


Cover Artwork



Dracula - “Forgive the mess. I’ve just held the traditional Tuesday evening orgy and it was fantastic fun. Fantastic fun! You remember the Tuesday night orgies.”
Xander - “Wait, what? Wait…no, I think I’d remember a ‘fantastic orgy’.”
Dracula - “Oh yes…we started after you left. How sad you had to miss the orgies.”

Dracula - “Have your child bride pack my trunk. This bears investigation.”
Xander - “Hey, she’s street legal, pal. And she only packs my trunk. Wait. That came out wrong.”
Dawn - “I’ll be in the jet.”
Dracula - “Take special care with my undergarments. If some went missing I doubt I’d even notice.”
Xander - “I’ll be in the jet.”

Buffy - “You expect us to believe you got your powers through positive thinking?”
Andrew - “Holy Deepak, Chopra, Batman!”
Dawn - “If that worked, I’d be Black Widow.”
Xander - “Hey, we can make that happen.”

Andrew - “So this is a clap-your-hands-and-believe-in-fairies situation?”
Spike - “Can’t be that simple. I want plenty o’ things I ain’t got.”

Buffy - “We’re hopeless, aren’t we? It’s just not fair to expect anyone to put up with our crazy-pants lives.”
Willow - “Probably, yeah. That’s what friends are for. The people who aren’t in your live ‘cause they’re related or hot for you. They just love you. And for the first time in ages, we’re all together again.”

Xander - “See, Giles? I always said video games were more interesting than magic books.”
Giles - “I’m simply taking a break. I find myself easily distracted. This…relaxes me.”
Xander - “Wait, rob that hooker. You need money.”
Giles - “I will do no such thing. I am a gentleman.”
Xander - “You’re a pimp and a mobster! It’s a game! Shoot those cops!