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Note: This article is about the Tales story. For the Angel issue, see Prologue (Angel).

"Prologue" is the first story in the Tales of the Slayers comic anthology. Written by Joss Whedon and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, it was originally published on February 20, 2002, by Dark Horse Comics.


Sineya, the first Slayer, fights a vampire just outside of an African village. Afterward a young villager comes to her and offers her food and informs her that, though the village elders are grateful, they want her to leave because she is part demon.

The girl tells Sineya that is also the reason for the Shadowmen to create only one Slayer, and that when she dies, another girl will be chosen and so forth, forever. Silent, Sineya simply leaves, filled with confusion and pity, but also with some comfort.


  • This is the earliest full story in the Buffyverse, preceded chronologically only by flashbacks.
  • Sineya is isolated from villagers she had helped, referencing what she eventually tells Buffy Summers about the Slayer being alone ("Restless").
  • This is the first mention of the creators of the Slayer line, the Shadowmen. They would later appear in the episode "Get It Done."



Organizations and titles[]



  • Africa


Death count[]

  • One unidentified vampire, staked by Sineya.

Behind the scenes[]



Sineya: "Others. The though fills me with feelings I have to struggle to name. Confusion. Pity. Comfort. There will be others... like me."