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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.

Tales of the Slayers
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Publication information
PublisherDark Horse Comics
Format96 pages, full color
Publication dateFebruary 20, 2002[1]
No. of issues1
Main character(s)
Creative team
Created byJoss Whedon
Written by

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. Tales of the Slayers and Tales of the Vampires have been collected with "Broken Bottle of Djinn" in a 2011 Hardback collection titled 'Tales'.



Title Writer Artist Image
"Prologue" Joss Whedon Leinil Francis Yu & Dexter Vines
Follows the prehistoric First Slayer, as she is rejected by her African village and instructed to fight alone.
"Righteous" Joss Whedon Tim Sale
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
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
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
Anni, a member of the League of German Girls in 1938 Nuremberg, 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 City.
"Tales" Joss Whedon Karl Moline & Andy Owens
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.

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