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The Blood of Carthage, Part Five is the twenty-fifth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. It was written by Christopher Golden and illustrated by Cliff Richards, Paul Lee, Brian Horton, and Chynna Clugston. It was originally published on September 27, 2000, by Dark Horse Comics.


The conclusion to "Blood of Carthage" is so big, we had to add four extra pages to tell it all! The questions that have been building since issue #21 will finally be answered. Learn the secret history between the demons Vraka and Ky-Laag, and what it means to the Scooby Gang. And Buffy must deal with the aftermath of allying herself with Vraka, leading to an explosive fight in the heart of downtown Sunnydale. This issue features a special wrap around cover by Jeff Matsuda![1]


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  • The flashback takes place in the year 149 B.C.E.
  • Hiram lies on the whereabouts of the owners of the mansion, who were killed in The Blood of Carthage, Part Three.
  • After considering abandoning it, Buffy decides to stay in college. She won't be able to conclude her studies after she takes a semester off to take care of her mother ("Family"), and her own death will prevent her to apply for admittance on time ("As You Were").
  • After using the Eye of Persia one last time, Giles will return it to the Watchers Council, as he claims in Giles: Beyond the Pale.



Organizations and titles[]




  • Eye of Persia

Rituals and spells[]

  • Binding spell
  • Memory spell (Only mentioned)
  • Sleep spell (Only mentioned)

Death count[]

  • Unidentified woman, killed by Ky-Laag.
  • Xiu, eaten by Ky-Laag.
  • Hiram, hearts ripped out by Vraka.

Behind the scenes[]


  • The photo cover features promotional pictures taken for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4.
  • Senator Cato is likely a reference to Cato the Elder, known for concluding his speeches with "Carthage must be destroyed," although he wasn't in office since 194 BCE and would die in the same year as the flashback.


  • The Blood of Carthage, Part Five was the 96th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 22,468 sales in September 2000 at comic specialty stores.[2]


Pop culture references[]



Cover artwork[]


Buffy: "It's hard work, the whole living thing, like one long battle. But what are we without it?"
Lucy: "Ghosts, Buffy. Just ghosts."


  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer #25." Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved on May 17, 2019.
  2. "September 2000 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops." Comichron. Retrieved on May 17, 2019.