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Tales of the Slayers
Tales of the Slayers.jpg
Book Cover
Publication information
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Format 96 pages, full color
Publication date July 1, 2002
Number of issues 1
Main character(s) First Slayer · Nikki Wood · Melaka Fray
Creative team
Writer(s) Joss Whedon · Amber Benson · Jane Espenson · David Fury · Rebecca Rand Kirshner · Doug Petrie
Artist(s) Tim Sale · Ted Naifeh · P. Craig Russell · Steve Lieber · Mira Friedman · Gene Colan
Penciller(s) Leinil Francis Yu · Karl Moline
Inker(s) Dexter Vines · Andy Owens
Colorist(s) Dave Stewart · Lee Loughridge · Lovern Kindzierski · Matthew Hollingsworth
Creator(s) Joss Whedon

Tales of the Slayers is a Dark Horse Comics Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novel that consists of multiple stories written by Joss Whedon, Amber Benson, and others which tell of different members of the Slayer line.

The stories are presented in chronological order and offer snapshots of Slayers throughout history, from The First Slayer to Melaka Fray (the Slayer of the future who starred in her own limited comic series). The overarching theme of the graphic novel is on the loneliness and duties of being the Slayer. This is reflected in the juxtaposition of the first line in the first short story ("I am alone"), and the final line in the last ("I am not alone").

This graphic novel was followed by the one-shot comic book Tales of the Slayers: Broken Bottle of Djinn that followed the same concept.


Title Writer Artist Image
"First Slayer" Joss Whedon Leinil Francis Yu & Dexter Vines Tales of the Slayers-First Slayer.jpg
Follows the prehistoric First Slayer, as she is rejected by her African village and instructed to fight alone.
"Righteous" Joss Whedon Tim Sale Tales of the Slayers-Righteous.jpg
A Slayer operating within a walled medieval town during a period of witch-hunts. The Slayer heroically fends off a large-scale attack of vampires, but is burned at the stake afterwards by the very people she saved. Her Watcher, a friar, can do nothing but watch. The story ends as the Watcher lets the vampires into the town, which has no one left to save it.
"The Innocent" Amber Benson Ted Naifeh Tales of the Slayers-The Innocent.jpg
Claudine the Slayer is used by her Watcher lover to kill a Parisian aristocrat during the French Revolution of 1789.
"Presumption" Jane Espenson P. Craig Russell
Elizabeth Weston encounters a vampire at an aristocratic ball in Somersetshire, England 1813.
"The Glittering World" David Fury Steve Lieber Tales of the Slayers-The Glittering World.jpg
Navajo Slayer Naayeeneizghani travels across the American West in a tale told to Richard Wilkins, who plans on buying the land where it happened (and naming it Happydale or Sunny Acres).
"Sonnenblume" Rebecca Rand Kirshner Mira Friedman Tales of the Slayers-Sonnenblume.jpg
Anni a member of the League of German Girls in 1939 Nuremberg who contemplates the true nature of evil as Kristallnacht dawns for her Jewish neighbours.
"Nikki Goes Down!" Doug Petrie Gene Colan
Nikki Wood sets out to avenge the death of her cop boyfriend on the mean streets of 1970s New York.
"Tales" Joss Whedon Karl Moline & Andy Owens Tales of the Slayers-Tales.jpg
Fray discovers a former Watcher’s sanctuary and records of her Slayer forebears in 23rd century New York, realizing that while she is the only one in the world, she is not alone. When Fray is next seen in "Time of Your Life" (Season Eight), the Sanctuary is depicted as Fray's main base of operations.

See also

  • Tales of the Slayers: Broken Bottle of Djinn one-shot comic book
  • Tales of the Vampires comic book limited series

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