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The Blood of Carthage, Part Three is the twenty-third issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. It was written by Christopher Golden and illustrated by Cliff Richards, Paul Lee, and Brian Horton.


Who are the Blood of Carthage, and what is their relationship to the demon Vraka? Buffy will find out as she confronts them for the first time. We also discover how Spike is connected to this shadowy group. And Buffy may decide to leave college forever! Buffy fans cannot miss this issue![1]


  • Spike mentions Xander has been working delivering pizza, as seen in "Doomed".
  • Xander recalls Spike tried to dust himself falling on a stake ("Doomed").
  • Buffy describes Brad as "two-time loser", in reference to his attempts of rising demons both times she met him (A Nice Girl Like You and The Food Chain).



Organizations and titles



Weapons and objects

  • "Spells of Hammurabi" (Only mentioned)
  • Stake

Rituals and spells

  • Blinding spell

Death count

  • Unidentified couple, killed by the Blood of Carthage (only mentioned).
  • Unidentified Astrides demon, killed by Drusilla (in flashback).
  • Unidentified demon, killed by the twin vampires.
  • One of the twin vampires, staked by Buffy Summers.

Behind the scenes


  • The photo cover features a promotional picture taken for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4.
  • Buffy and Willow's dorm has a poster of "Cliff Richards", the illustrator of this issue.


  • The Blood of Carthage, Part Three was the 91st best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 24,542 sales in July 2000 at comic specialty stores.[2]


Pop culture references

  • Buffy and Willow's dorm has a poster of actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • The character Hellboy makes a cameo in a portrait on Giles's apartment.
  • Buffy compares Xerxes's tree climbing abilities with fictional character Tarzan.
  • Spike refers to Willow as the fictional character Glinda, the Good Witch.

Goofs, bloopers & continuity errors

  • On page 13, Spike has his eyes colored brown, instead of blue as they most commonly appear.


Cover artwork


  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer #23". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  2. “July 2000 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops”. Comichron. Retrieved May 15, 2019.