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Rogues Gallery is a story of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. Written by Andi Watson and illustrated by Hector Gomez, it was originally published from March 1999 to February 2000 by Dark Horse Comics.
Buffy is helping Joyce at a opening at the gallery, her mother is stressed about the food while it's only ten minutes until the event begins. Buffy is replacing Joyce's assistant that got sick, while missing her one night out with Angel. Frustrated, Buffy still makes an effort to help with this one time favor, knowing that tonight is important for Joyce so she can have good reviews.
Meanwhile, three vampires meet up at the cemetery, and they plan going to an event downtown, with dozens of yuppies attending easy to be picked.
The event begins and Buffy greets each visitor, while thinking they're eccentric snobs. Distracted daydreaming about Angel, she even invites the three vampires in, until she accidentally bumps into one of the visitors. More alert, Buffy then notices a vampire for his lack of reflection, and another taking another visitor to a private space so she can bite him.
Buffy intends to stop them, but she's interrupted by a visitor demanding her attention. For Joyce, Buffy makes an effort to be helpful and gets the visitor her requested napkins. Buffy then rushes to the hidden vampire before she bites a man. Buffy stakes her, while also preventing that an art piece stored in the room breaks during their fight.
Buffy goes after the second vampire and spills wine on him in a way to lead him to another room. There, she fights and stakes him with a crochet needle taken from an art piece. Despite Buffy's successful efforts to conceal both slayings, the third vampire charges at Buffy in the main room where all the visitors are. They fight and Buffy stakes him with a wooden sculpture, so the visitors watch surprised as the vampire dusts. Joyce begins applauding and declares that it was all a dada performance piece called "The Death of the Artist". The visitors applaud with her.
Later, as Buffy and Joyce clean the gallery, Buffy apologizes for ruining the show, but explains that people would've died otherwise. Joyce understands she was only doing her duty, and Buffy tells her nothing from the gallery got broken. Joyce says that the performance was probably the publicity stunt she needed. She allows Buffy to go, but Buffy wants to stay and help her finish. They conclude that both have difficult jobs, but wouldn't trade their positions for the world.
- Buffy and Joyce talk openly about Buffy's status as a Slayer (revealed to her in "Becoming, Part Two") and her relationship with Angel, which was resumed in "Amends" and would end in "The Prom".
Organizations and titlesEdit
- The three vampires, staked by Buffy Summers.
Behind the scenesEdit
- This story was originally published in the comic shop catalog Previews, from March 1999 to February 2000, in twelve monthly installments of two pages per issue.
- According to editor Scott Allie, Rogues Gallery "hadn't been properly archived" and therefore could not be collected, making it the only Buffy story not to be reprinted in any Dark Horse Comics collection.
- In April 2020, it was reprinted by Boom! Studios in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Legacy Edition, Book 1.
Pop culture referencesEdit
- The gallery visitors are referred to with the 1980s term “Yuppie”.
- A visitor at the art gallery wears a shirt with the name of the technology company Microsoft.
- Joyce describes the slaying as a performance in the genre of the Dada art movement.
- Joyce's title for the "performance" refers to the essay The Death of the Author.