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New Rules, Part Three is the third issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten comic book series. Written by Christos Gage with Nicholas Brendon and illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, it was originally published on May 21, 2014, by Dark Horse Comics.


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!


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[]




Rituals and spells[]

Death count[]

  • One new vampire, staked by Buffy with the Scythe.
  • Joey, staked by Spike.
  • One new vampire, beheaded by Dracula with a sword.
  • One new vampire, burned by Willow with holy water.

Behind the scenes[]


  • Rebekah Isaacs's variant cover mimics a poster of the 1931 film Dracula.
  • Nicholas Brendon, who portrayed Xander in the series, debuts as a co-writer on this issue.
  • Steve Morris's cover was later turned into a poster and bookmark for the American Library Association "Read" campaign, with the phrase "Slay ignorance."[2]
  • The Scoobies slays new vampires in the ruins of the Sutro Baths in San Francisco.


  • New Rules, Part Three was the 118th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 20,556 sales in May 2014 at comic specialty stores.[3]


Pop culture references[]

  • Xander mentions the use of Skype.
  • Xander compares Dracula's inability to control lightning to the character and mythological god Thor.
  • Xander compares new vampires to the photo sharing app Instagram and Dracula to the instant film and camera brand Polaroid.
  • Dracula mentions Bram Stoker writing the novel Dracula (1897), and Giles shows the book.
  • Buffy mentions her neighbor practicing a drag show based on Olivia Newton-John .
  • Andrew mentions that Dracula's positive thinking is alike the alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra.
  • Andrew uses Robin's catchphrase, "Holy..., Batman!" from the Batman TV series.
  • Dawn notes that she should be Black Widow because of her positive thinking.
  • Buffy mentions the fictional pirate Jack Sparrow.
  • Spike refers to Dracula as the new wave musician Adam Ant.
  • Andrew mentions the Tinkerbell effect of "clapping your hands and believe in fairies" from Peter Pan.
  • Xander exclains, "Whoa, Nelly," the title of a 2000 album by Nelly Furtado.
  • Giles quotes Aristotle's syllogism mentioning the classical philosopher Socrates.



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."
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!"


  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3 (Steve Morris cover)." Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.
  2. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Poster." ALA Store. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.
  3. "Top 400 Comics Actual--May 2014." ICv2, June 16, 2014.