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{{DisambigLink|description=2009 comic book one-shot|page=Willow}}
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{{ComicIssue
| released = December 23, 2009
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|coverA = WillowG&M.jpg
| writer = Joss Whedon
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|released = December 23, [[2009]]
| illustrator = [[Karl Moline]]
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|pages = 20
| publisher = [[Dark Horse Comics]]
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|publisher = [[Dark Horse Comics]]
| previous = [[Retreat]]
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|writer = [[Joss Whedon]]
| next = [[Issue #31]]
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|penciller = [[Karl Moline]]
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|editor = [[Scott Allie]]
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|coverart = [[Jo Chen]]<br />Variant cover:<br />[[Karl Moline]],<br />[[Andy Owens]] &<br />[[Michelle Madsen]]
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|inker = [[Andy Owens]]
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|colorist = [[Michelle Madsen]]
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|letterer = [[Richard Starkings]]<br />& [[ComiCraft]]’s [[Jimmy Betancourt]]
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|coverB = Willow G&M 01a.jpg
 
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"'''Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow'''" is a one-shot issue of the '''''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight]]''''' series of comic books, a continuation from the [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer|television series of the same name]]. [[Joss Whedon]] reunites with ''[[Fray]]'' co-creator [[Karl Moline]] for this special one-shot.
 
   
==Plot==
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'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is a one-shot of the ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight]]'' comic book series. It was written by [[Joss Whedon]] and illustrated by [[Karl Moline]].
[[Willow Rosenberg]] has worn many faces--a shy computer geek, a loyal friend, a passionate lover, a fierce Wiccan, and a dark Willow.
 
   
Now in Season Eight of the critically acclaimed, award-winning ''Buffy'' comics series, Willow's powers have grown exponentially. She can fly. Teleport. And may or may not be immortal.
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==Synopsis==
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[[Willow Rosenberg]] has worn many faces — a shy computer geek, a loyal friend, a passionate lover, a fierce [[Witch|Wiccan]], and a dark Willow.
   
All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of [[Sunnydale]], and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful [[Saga Vasuki|serpent lady]] who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.
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Now in [[Season Eight]] of the critically acclaimed, award-winning ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics|Buffy]]''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics| comics]] series, Willow’s powers have grown exponentially. She can [[Flight|fly]]. [[Teleportation|Teleport]]. And may or may not be immortal.
   
==Canonical issues==
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All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of [[Sunnydale]], and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful serpent lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.<ref>[https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/16-684/ "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: Willow (one-shot) Jo Chen Cover"]. ''[[Dark Horse Comics]]''. Retrieved June 14, 2018.</ref>
:See also: [[canon]]
 
   
This series has been described as 'canon' by both Whedon and various commentators. As the creator of ''Buffy'', Joss Whedon's association with Buffyverse story is often linked to how canonical the various stories are. Since Whedon is writing this story, it will be seen as a continuation of the official continuity established by ''Buffy'' and ''Angel''.
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==Summary==
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A few months after having activating all potentials, Willow Rosenberg has decided to take a mystical journey which was traditional for witches. The first level of the trip appears as a train station, where she is greeted by one of her guides, a girl in a wheelchair named [[Muffitt]]. The second level is a field full of flowers, which Muffitt explained means that Willow is gay, as straight witches see a pine forest instead; this also reveals that Willow’s subconscious gis shape to the world around her. The next level has Muffitt and Willow sinking through the ground. Underground they meet another guide: [[Aluwyn]].
   
This may mean it contradicts information given in the previously released non-canonical ''[[Queen of the Slayers]]'', and it could potentially contradict the novel ''[[Dark Congress]]''.
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For a moment Willow thinks back to [[San Francisco]] where she has left [[Kennedy]] behind training other [[Slayer]]s, and a talk about fidelity. Aluwyn urges her not to think about Kennedy, as they have to go down ever deeper. Aluwyn hints at a wound that Willow has, but suddenly they are stopped by a giant man in a dark armor. He claims that Willow should not follow this path, as it will corrupt her. He also believed that Aluwyn, the trickster, is not a suitable guide. He attacks Willow, but Willow defeats him without killing him, saying that is against her nature.
   
==Variant covers==
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When Aluwyn brings Willow to a shore where a boat is laying, Willow realizes that she wasn’t helping her on her journey and that the world around her is an illusion. Then the illusion disappears and gargantuan goddesses appear in the void. They reveal Willow that she can choose her own guide, and point out that Willow already had [[Tara Maclay|Tara]] in mind. They show her an image of Tara, who appears in an idyllic setting. Willow figures it is either an illusion or Tara is indeed in heaven, in either case, she doesn’t not want her as a guide.
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Elsewhere, in a mystical forest near a lake, Aluwyn and the other guides are discussing how they had failed in keeping Willow with them, when suddenly Willow emerges naked from the lake. She tells Aluwyn that she has chosen her as her guide, much to the surprise of the others. They walk off together.
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==Continuity==
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*The events of the story take place after the formation of the Slayer Organization, between "[[Chosen]]" and ''[[The Long Way Home, Part One]]''.
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*Willow meets Aluwyn and the elemental goddesses for the first time, which already happened by the time a vision of the demon appeared in ''[[Anywhere but Here]]'', and the group helped her in ''[[The Long Way Home, Part Four]]''.
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*Aluwyn is first identified as such, previously only named “Saga Vasuki” (''[[Wolves at the Gate, Part Four]]'').
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*Willow would also comment on the use of the word “dyke” in ''[[Wolves at the Gate, Part Two]]''.
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*Willow reflects on Tara’s death ("[[Seeing Red]]") and her being in peace, as she will again in ''[[Return to Sunnydale, Part Two]]''.
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==Appearances==
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===Individuals===
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*[[Aluwyn]]
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*[[Ganderfleb]]
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*[[Gnog]]
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*[[Ronok]] {{Om}}
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*[[Kennedy]] {{FBO}}
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*[[Tara Maclay]] {{OV}}
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*[[Muffitt]]
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*[[Willow Rosenberg]]
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===Organizations and titles===
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*[[Elemental Goddesses]]
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*[[Higher being]]
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*[[Slayer]] {{FBO}}
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*[[Slayer Organization]] {{FBO}}
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*[[Witch]]
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===Species===
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*[[Demon]]
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*[[Demigod]]
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*[[Human]]
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===Locations===
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*Unidentified [[dimension]]
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*[[Earth]] {{FBO}}
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**[[San Francisco]] {{FBO}}
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==Death count==
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*None
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==Behind the scenes==
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===Distribution===
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*''{{PAGENAME}}'' was the 38th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 45,136 sales in December 2009 at comic specialty stores.<ref>[https://icv2.com/articles/comics/view/16618/ "Top 300 Comics Actual--December 2009"]. ''ICv2'', January 12, 2010.</ref>
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===Collections===
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*"[[Twilight (TPB)|Twilight]]"
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*"[[Season 8 Library Edition, Volume 2]]"
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*"[[Omnibus: Season 8, Volume 1]]"
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===Pop culture references===
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*The first level of the mystical trip includes references to characters and scenario from ''[[w:c:harrypotter:Harry Potter (book series)|Harry Potter]]'' novel series.
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*Muffitt mentions the first level used to reference the novel ''[[Wikipedia:Alice's Adventures in Wonderland|Alice in Wonderland]]''.
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*Willow quotes the songs’ titles: "[[Wikipedia:Stop! In the Name of Love|Stop! In the Name of Love]]", "[[Wikipedia:I Believe I Can Fly|I Believe I Can Fly]]", "[[Wikipedia:Do You Really Want to Hurt Me|Do You Really Want to Hurt Me]]", "[[Wikipedia:Don't Go Breaking My Heart|Don’t Go Breaking My Heart]]", and "[[Wikipedia:Love Is a Battlefield|Love Is a Battlefield]]".
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===International titles===
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*'''French:''' ''Willow: Déesses & Monstres'' (Willow: Goddesses and Monsters)
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*'''German:''' ''Göttinnen & Monster!'' (Goddesses & Monsters!)
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==Gallery==
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===Cover artwork===
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<gallery captionalign="center">
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Willow-G&M-00b.jpg|Jo Chen cover
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Willow G&M 01b.jpg|Karl Moline variant
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</gallery>
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===Preview===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Image:WillowB.jpg
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Willow G&M P1.jpg
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Willow G&M P2.jpg
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Willow G&M P3.jpg
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Willow G&M P4.jpg
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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==Quotes==
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{{QuoteBlock
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|Muffitt|“Wow, are you ever a dyke.”
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|Willow Rosenberg|“That term is offensive. Or maybe it’s empowering — I can’t always keep up.”
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{{QuoteBlock
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|Kennedy|“Man, I just mastered monogamy, now I have to practice not-getting-any-at-''all''gamy.”
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}}
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{{QuoteBlock
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|Willow|“I wanted. I hoped. I lied. I said I wanted to understand my power — and I do. But under that, I wanted to know my fate. Darkness? Enlightenment? Was I a good witch, or a bad witch? I feel the pull of each. That was my secret motive… But it’s not. Under the under, I just wanted her. She was my light. She was my order. She was my journey. Completed. But either she’s an illusion… or Tara is at peace. And either way, no thanks.”
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}}
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{{QuoteBlock
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|Willow|“I’ll know if you lie.”
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|Aluwyn|“I always lie.”
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|Willow|“That’s how I’ll know.”
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}}
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==References==
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{{references}}
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Latest revision as of 15:40, November 9, 2019

This article is about the 2009 comic book one-shot. For other uses, see Willow.


Willow: Goddesses and Monsters is a one-shot of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book series. It was written by Joss Whedon and illustrated by Karl Moline.

SynopsisEdit

Willow Rosenberg has worn many faces — a shy computer geek, a loyal friend, a passionate lover, a fierce Wiccan, and a dark Willow.

Now in Season Eight of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Buffy comics series, Willow’s powers have grown exponentially. She can fly. Teleport. And may or may not be immortal.

All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of Sunnydale, and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful serpent lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.[1]

SummaryEdit

A few months after having activating all potentials, Willow Rosenberg has decided to take a mystical journey which was traditional for witches. The first level of the trip appears as a train station, where she is greeted by one of her guides, a girl in a wheelchair named Muffitt. The second level is a field full of flowers, which Muffitt explained means that Willow is gay, as straight witches see a pine forest instead; this also reveals that Willow’s subconscious gis shape to the world around her. The next level has Muffitt and Willow sinking through the ground. Underground they meet another guide: Aluwyn.

For a moment Willow thinks back to San Francisco where she has left Kennedy behind training other Slayers, and a talk about fidelity. Aluwyn urges her not to think about Kennedy, as they have to go down ever deeper. Aluwyn hints at a wound that Willow has, but suddenly they are stopped by a giant man in a dark armor. He claims that Willow should not follow this path, as it will corrupt her. He also believed that Aluwyn, the trickster, is not a suitable guide. He attacks Willow, but Willow defeats him without killing him, saying that is against her nature.

When Aluwyn brings Willow to a shore where a boat is laying, Willow realizes that she wasn’t helping her on her journey and that the world around her is an illusion. Then the illusion disappears and gargantuan goddesses appear in the void. They reveal Willow that she can choose her own guide, and point out that Willow already had Tara in mind. They show her an image of Tara, who appears in an idyllic setting. Willow figures it is either an illusion or Tara is indeed in heaven, in either case, she doesn’t not want her as a guide.

Elsewhere, in a mystical forest near a lake, Aluwyn and the other guides are discussing how they had failed in keeping Willow with them, when suddenly Willow emerges naked from the lake. She tells Aluwyn that she has chosen her as her guide, much to the surprise of the others. They walk off together.

ContinuityEdit

AppearancesEdit

IndividualsEdit

Organizations and titlesEdit

SpeciesEdit

LocationsEdit

Death countEdit

  • None

Behind the scenesEdit

DistributionEdit

  • Willow: Goddesses and Monsters was the 38th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 45,136 sales in December 2009 at comic specialty stores.[2]

CollectionsEdit

Pop culture referencesEdit

International titlesEdit

  • French: Willow: Déesses & Monstres (Willow: Goddesses and Monsters)
  • German: Göttinnen & Monster! (Goddesses & Monsters!)

GalleryEdit

Cover artworkEdit

PreviewEdit

QuotesEdit

Muffitt - “Wow, are you ever a dyke.”
Willow Rosenberg - “That term is offensive. Or maybe it’s empowering — I can’t always keep up.”
Kennedy - “Man, I just mastered monogamy, now I have to practice not-getting-any-at-allgamy.”
Willow - “I wanted. I hoped. I lied. I said I wanted to understand my power — and I do. But under that, I wanted to know my fate. Darkness? Enlightenment? Was I a good witch, or a bad witch? I feel the pull of each. That was my secret motive… But it’s not. Under the under, I just wanted her. She was my light. She was my order. She was my journey. Completed. But either she’s an illusion… or Tara is at peace. And either way, no thanks.”
Willow - “I’ll know if you lie.”
Aluwyn - “I always lie.”
Willow - “That’s how I’ll know.”

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: Willow (one-shot) Jo Chen Cover". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  2. "Top 300 Comics Actual--December 2009". ICv2, January 12, 2010.
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