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The Spread of Their Evil is the first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eleven comic book series. It was written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.

Synopsis

Life is good for Buffy and the Scoobies with everyone finally finding a happy and calm place in their lives. But when a supernatural disaster wreaks havoc on their very existence, and the entire city of San Francisco, they are forced back into fighting form.[1]

Summary

Buffy and Spike are in the sewers fighting a large and resistant demon, until they find its weak spot, and successfully kill it. The couple gets close for a kiss, but are interrupted by the arrival of detective Dowling, officer Patterson, and an unidentified police officer, who were supposed to get there earlier for the battle. The officers measure and photograph the demon, and Spike ask for the pictures to ask Giles to identify it.

Buffy, Spike, and Dowling comment on the successful work of the Supernatural Crimes department in San Francisco, and the detective tells Buffy she could be hired full time. She denies the offer, and explains that being a consultant didn’t make slaying feel like work. Leaving the sewers, Dowling comments with Spike that his relationship with Buffy seems to be going well, and the vampire agrees, mentioning they had a rough path but now they are equal and good for each other, without past selfish neuroses. He says he even feels like he’d grown, and Dowling tells he bets Buffy feels the same way, to which Spike only answers with expectancy to be true.

In Buffy, Willow, and Dawn's apartment, Willow is explaining to a group of people about Wicca precepts, and that the point of their reunions wouldn’t be spell casting, despite promising to teach it. She introduces them to the form she conducts her covens, while Buffy and Spike quietly arrive and go upstairs. There, Xander, Dawn, and Giles are having a barbecue. Seeing Spike’s picture of the earlier demon, Giles identifies it as of the genus vermis mysteriis.

Meanwhile, Dawn shows Buffy her grades, making her older sister proud. Buffy also comments on Dawn’s relationship with Xander, and she tells they’re better than the first time they got together. In return, she asks about her relationship with Spike, and Buffy answer it’s good, her problems are with herself. Insecure about her doing the same thing since she was fifteen, Buffy lists her friends recent achievements: Dawn getting her degree, Xander’s relationship with Dawn, Giles being more comfortable with his young body now he’s hanging out with faes, Willow teaching her own covens and “making eyes” at Calliope, and Andrew being out and proud.

Dawn, praising Buffy, tells her she had done even more, recalling she had shared her power with thousands of other women, felt in love with two vampires, and ran the Magic Council. This makes Buffy optimistic about lasting as long as she did as a Slayer, and Dawn tells her she should enjoy things being calm lately, before something happened. In the background, a strong storm is coming.

Xander questions the weather forecast, and Willow arrives telling she noticed something weird about the storm. With a magnification spell, the Scooby Gang sees a giant dragon above a tsunami towards San Francisco. Following Buffy orders, Willow and Giles try to create a magic barrier against the dragon, while Xander, Dawn, and Spike get inside to bring weapons. Buffy jumps into the dragon, while the city is being flooded. Giles identifies it as a Shenlong, and Willow joins Buffy in the battle. The Scoobies continuously attack it, but failing to even hurt the demon, until Buffy pierces its eye. The Shenlong disappears.

Looking at the city from their rooftop, the group see the damage caused by the tsunami, and they all run to help the victims. They spent all night rescuing them, with magic, super-strength, or assistance. While the sun is about to come up, Buffy and Spike begin walking among the disaster relief tents. He tells her that, based in his experience seeing revolutions and wars, what happened changed the world in a big way, and the question was how.

In the White House, the President, Vice President, and Chief of Staff are talking about San Francisco’s disaster. President Malloy consider the situation unacceptable and questions how could this happen. Major Bill explains the creature is nowhere to be found, but it was being investigated. The Vice President then says the question is less how it happened… and more what they are going to do about it.

Continuity

Appearances

Individuals

Organization and titles

Species

Locations

Weapons and objects

Rituals and spells

Death count

  • Unknown number of people, killed by the demon of vermis mysteriis genus.
  • The vermis mysteriis demon, slayed by Buffy Summers.
  • Unknown number of people, including slayers,[2] killed by Shenlong’s tsunami.

Behind the scenes

Production

  • The variant cover features a “deleted scene” from the issue; written by Christos Gage, illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, and colored by Dan Jackson.
  • A third cover by Karl Moline commemorates Dark Horse Comics 30th anniversary, with all previous Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Big Bads.
  • This issue’s title is a reference to the original Slayer prophecy: “Into every generation, there is a chosen one. One girl in all the world. She alone will wield the strength and skill to stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. To stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. She is the Slayer.” This choice echoes in the title of this season’s final issue, One Girl in All the World.
  • The Shenlong dragon is based on the Shenlong from Chinese mythology.

Distribution

  • The Spread of Their Evil was the 160º best selling comic issue in its publication month, with 14,855 sales in November 2016 at comic specialty stores.[3]

Collections

Pop culture references

  • Buffy mentions the fictional private detective Sherlock Holmes.
  • While in the sewers, officer Patterson mistakes a trash bag for an alligator; in reference to the sewers alligator urban legend.
  • Willow mentions the use of we mapping service Google Maps.
  • The demon genus “vermiin mysteriis” is a reference to the fictional grimoire De Vermis Mysteriis (Mysteries of the Worm).
  • Xander mentions Siri, the intelligent personal assistant.

International titles

  • German: Das Böse greift um sich! (The Evil spreads!)

Other

  • Although briefly, non-binarism is presented in Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time, with a minor character questioning Willow about Wicca’s view on their own gender identity.
  • This issue featured in Previews comic shop’s catalog as the “Gem of the Month”.[4]
  • Rebekah Isaacs donated her variant cover original art to the Sixth Annual NYCC Charity Art Auction, in benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.[5]

Gallery

Cover artwork

Preview

References

  1. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #1”. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved August 24, 2017‎.
  2. In Time of Crisis, Part Two
  3. “Top 300 Comics Actual--November 2016”. ICv2. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  4. “Previews #336 September 2016”. Previews World. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  5. “Sixth Annual NYCC Charity Art Auction”. New York Comic Con. Archived from the original on October 09, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2017.