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"The Dust Waltz" is a graphic novel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic comic book series. It was written by Dan Brereton and illustrated by Hector Gomez.


Who are the mysterious sisters who have come to Sunnydale, and what are those nasty beasts that they have brought with them? It’s Buffy’s job as the slayer to find out, and do it but good! Of course, things can’t help but be complicated — one of the sister’s has her sights on Angel! Balancing school books with the undead, Buffy takes the definition of awkward teen years to the extreme. Based on the popular television series![1]


Two mysterious sisters, Lilith and Lamia, arrive in Sunnydale, bringing along some nasty beasts. Buffy Summers tries to find out who or what they are, but her plan is complicated when one of the sisters takes a liking to Angel. The sisters turn out to be ancient vampires, each hoping to bring a champion to town to fight to death in a magical ritual called the Dust Waltz. The Waltz involves ritual murder, blood drinking, an opened Hellmouth, and an apocalypse. Meanwhile, the Scooby Gang shows the town to Giles’s niece, Jane.




Organizations and titles



  • Dust Waltz


Weapons and objects

  • Crossbow
  • Southern Queen cruise liner
  • Stake

Death count

  • Ada, staked by Buffy Summers].
  • An unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy.
  • Five unidentified demons, slayed by Buffy.
  • Cecil, defeated by Buffy with a silver knife.
  • Lamia, eaten by Azogg-Mon.

Behind the scenes


  • This is the first Buffyverse graphic novel to be published.


  • "The Dust Waltz" was the second best selling graphic novel in its publishing month, with 8,074 sales in September 1998 at comic specialty stores.[2]


Pop culture references

  • Xander jokes about the heavy metal band Gwar.
  • Xander refers to Jane as “death-wish spice”, in reference to the Spice Girls band and its “girl power” message.
  • Jane sings the nursery rhyme “This Little Pig”.
  • Buffy refers to Cecil as Queequeg, a fictional character from the Moby-Dick (1851), also a tattooed South Pacific native.

Goofs, bloopers & continuity errors

  • The name of fictional character “Queequeg” appears as “Queequeeg”.


  1. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1: The Dust Waltz TPB”. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved January 03, 2018.
  2. “September 1998 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops”. Comichron. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
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