It’s one year later, and the lives of Buffy and the Scoobies haven’t been too eventful for a while — at least as far as fighting demons and the forces of darkness are concerned. But that’s all about to change when Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is interrupted by some familiar faces bringing news of familiar foes from the future. Can you say Harth… and Fray?
- The return of Fray!
- The Reckoning will be the culmination of all the Buffy seasons!
- A same flashback from Ready, Steady... appears, of the last Slayer facing the last demons.
- A flashback includes one of the fights between Buffy and Melaka, from Time of Your Life, Part One–Part Four arc.
- Harth explains that, by the 23rd century, hardly anyone remembers lurks can assume a human visage, themselves included, which explains why he was the only vampire with human face throughout the whole Fray series.
- The Watcher publication refers to Buffy’s quote in The Long Way Home, Part One, slightly modified from the original “The thing about changing the world… Once you do it, the world’s all different.”
- The story takes place a year after the events from One Girl in All the World.
- It’s determined that the events from Buffy Season 8 take place four years before, therefore matching a season by year of the Scooby Gang. As Buffy declares herself as 30 years old, this means there was an hiatus of one year between Angel season 5 and "The Long Way Home".
- Buffy and Spike have broken up; they’d began their relationship two years earlier, in Love Dares You, Part Two.
- Spike quotes to Buffy his own words from "No Place Like Home".
- Giles has his adult form again, as he briefly had in Freaky Giles Day, as consequence of his resurrection in What You Want, Not What You Need, Part Two.
- Willow mentions her worry on the government seeing Slayer as a threat again, as they did with the Slayer Organization in Season Eight.
- Willow recalls Buffy having her vocational test in "What's My Line, Part One" suggesting her law enforcement.
- Andrew is apparently still in Italy, as he left in In Time of Crisis.
- Angel tries to not look smug with the news on Buffy and Spike break up, as he told Willow in Old Demons, Part Three: “It’s not like it’ll ever last.”
- Buffy recalls Richard Wilkins being blow up in "Graduation Day, Part Two".
- Faith blames Wilkins for making her a killer, as he assigned her an assassination mission in "Graduation Day, Part One".
- Buffy describes reading the Watchers Diaries from the future (Time of Your Life, Part Three).
- Angel recalls his last time travel with Illyria, likely in reference to the events of Angel Season Eleven.
- Melaka and Erin threatens Buffy at first sight, and mention their last fight in Time of Your Life, Part Four.
- Winifred Burkle (Only mentioned)
- Riley Finn (Only mentioned)
- Erin Fray
- Harth Fray
- Melaka Fray
- Rupert Giles
- Alexander Harris
- Joyce Harris
- Faith Lehane
- Willow Rosenberg
- Buffy Summers
- Dawn Summers
- Joyce Summers (Only in a picture)
- Andrew Wells (Only mentioned)
- Richard Wilkins
- Unidentified sorcerer
Organizations and titles
- Big Bad (Only mentioned)
- The Key
- San Francisco Police Department (Only mentioned)
- Slayer Organization (Only mentioned)
- United States Government (Only mentioned)
- Wolfram & Hart (Only mentioned)
- England (Only mentioned)
- United States
Weapons and objects
- Unidentified sorcerer, speared then bitten by several lurks.
- Unidentified lurk, staked by Angel.
- Unidentified demon, decapitated by Faith Lehane.
- Unidentified lurk, decapitated by Spike.
- Unknown number of demons and lurks, killed in battle by the Scooby Gang.
Behind the scenes
- In Haddyn, a billboard reads “コカ・コーラ”, which is Japanese for Coca-Cola.
- One Year Later was the 160th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 12,225 sales in June 2018 at comic specialty stores.
Pop culture references
- Xander and Dawn’s home has a poster of fictional character Hellboy on the wall.
- Richard Wilkins mimics a scene from horror film The Shinning (1980).
- A billboard in Haddyn advertises for Coca-Cola.
- ↑ “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1”. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- ↑ “Top 500 Comics--June 2018”. ICv2, July 09, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.