“Slay the Critics” is the title of the section featured exclusively in the last pages of single issues, reserved for letters to the editor. It was published in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel comics at Dark Horse Comics, from 1998 to 2018.
The section served as well as a channel of communication for the editor, often answering fan mails, talking about the issue, and advertising upcoming publications. The e-mail for contact was Buffy@DarkHorse.com, to be received by the latest editor: Scott Allie, Sierra Hahn, Jim Gibbons, then Freddye Miller.
Letters to Buffy
The first time the section appeared was already in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic first issue, Wu-Tang Fang. Entitled “Letters to Buffy”, it included the guidelines to a contest asking for title suggestions. This original title last one more issue, until the third issue revealed “Slay the Critics” as the winning title. It had been suggested by Frans Jansen from the Neaterlands, who won a poster signed by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast.
To Hell and Back
Initially, Angel comics had a separate title for the letters to the editor section: “To Hell and Back” (1999–2002). It differentiated from “Slay the Critics” solely in title and page design, and lasted for a total of 22 issues. The column passed through three different designs, corresponding to the three Angel titles in Dark Horse Classic: “The Hollower”, the Angel main series, and “Long Night's Journey”.
With Angel returning its publications to Dark Horse Comics in 2011, “To Hell and Back” had been abandoned, and the section shared the Buffy the Vampire Slayer title “Slay the Critics”.