Buffy Comics Reading Order

Updated: September 15th, 2013

Discover the Complete Canonical Buffy and Angel Comics Reading Order

Comics have become a great medium to keep older franchises alive, as it can deliver cost-effective storytelling for a built-in fan base, without the chains of production costs or actor availability.  Dark Horse is probably the most successful publisher in this regards, doing great justice to the Star Wars franchise.  When came the time to officially continue Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series in comic form, Whedon went with them, and they quickly became one of the top licensed properties in comics.

Below you will find our complete Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel comic book reading order, aiding you in jumping between the various series.

What Makes the Cut

Though in numbers this series pales in comparison to other decades-old comic series, this franchise needs its own reading order list as not all comics are considered canon.  Dark Horse began publishing Buffy comics when the series was still on air, and most of those stories are considered non-canonical.  Furthermore, IDW’s Angel series is not completely considered canon, though many do include the first run of that series, which was written with input from Joss Whedon himself.

We’ve included only the books which have general consensus of being in canon, though there is always the chance that this will be changed in the future.  If you have any input to provide, please leave a comment.

Here’s a breakdown of the major ongoing titles and mini-series of this reading order:

Ongoing Buffy Titles Other Buffyverse Titles Notable Mini-series

And

Collected Editions

The order below focuses on the single issues.  If you prefer to catch up with the trade paperbacks or hardcovers, here’s a small guide.

Pre-Season 8
Fray Angel : After the Fall 1 Angel : After the Fall 2 Angel : After the Fall 3 Angel : After the Fall 4
Pre-Season 8 Season 8
Angel Vol. 5 Spike After the Fall  Buffy Season 8 Vol 1   Buffy Season 8 Vol 2   Buffy Season 8 Vol 3
Season 8
 Buffy Season 8 Vol 4  Buffy Season 8 Vol 5  Buffy Season 8 Vol 6  Buffy Season 8 Vol 7  Buffy Season 8 Vol 8
Season 9
Angel and Faith Vol 1 Buffy Season 9 Vol 1  Angel and Faith Vol 2  Buffy Season 9 Vol 2  Angel and Faith Vol 3
Buffy Season 9 Vol 4 Spike A Dark Place  Willow Wonderland  Angel and Faith Vol 4  Buffy Season 9 Vol 4

The fifth volumes of each Angel and Faith and Buffy cap the end of the series (in that order, more or less) but weren’t currently available to order as of the time of publication. Alternatively, the Buffy Hardcover / Library edtion of these issues are also available.

How to Use the Reading Order

This reading order comes with a search filter function, which can be used to create a smaller list.  You can search for any word that appears in the list, such as publisher, title or even storyline and especially characters.  We’ve included a lot of characters, but if you believe that other characters warrant inclusion, please leave us a comment.

Do you have to read all of the issues below? No, not at all.  The main narrative is told through the ongoing Buffy the Vampire Slayer titles (Seasons 8 and 9).  Mini-Series and one-shots add depth, but you won’t get lost if you skip them.  Angel and Faith was another main ongoing, and while it did not contain as many “essential” events, it was one of the series that was most true to the tone of the television series.






The Complete Canonical Buffyverse Comic Reading Order

PublisherBUYCreatorsDetails
Dark HorseFray #1 BUYWhedon, MolineFray
Dark HorseFray #2 BUYWhedon, MolineFray
Dark HorseFray #3 BUYWhedon, MolineFray
Dark HorseFray #4 BUYWhedon, MolineFray
Dark HorseFray #5 BUYWhedon, MolineFray
Dark HorseFray #6 BUYWhedon, MolineFray
Dark HorseFray #7 BUYWhedon, MolineFray
Dark HorseFray #8 BUYWhedon, MolineFray
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Tales of the Slayers #1 BUYPetrie, Espenson, Colan, MatsudaBuffy, Fray
IDWAngel After the Fall #1 BUYWhedon, Lynch, UrruAngel, Connor, Gwen, Nina, Wesley, Gunn
IDWAngel After the Fall #2 BUYWhedon, Lynch, UrruAngel, Connor, Gwen, Gunn, Spike
IDWAngel After the Fall #3 BUYWhedon, Lynch, UrruAngel, Connor, Spike, Illyria
IDWAngel After the Fall #4 BUYWhedon, Lynch, UrruAngel, Gunn, Groo
IDWAngel After the Fall #5 BUYWhedon, Lynch, UrruAngel, Connor, Gwen, Nina, Wesley, Gunn, Spike, Illyria, Groo, Lorne
IDWAngel After the Fall #6 BUYWhedon, Lynch, Byrne, Galloway, Messina, Mooney, SchmidtFirst Night, Angel, Connor, Illyria, Lorne, Spike, Kate
IDWAngel After the Fall #7 BUYWhedon, Lynch, Galloway, Mantovani, Mooney, Pierfederici, RungeFirst Night, Angel, Connor, Gwen, Wesley, Lorne
IDWAngel After the Fall #8 BUYWhedon, Lynch, Kale, Messina, PierfedericiFirst Night, Gwen, Gunn
IDWSpike After the Fall #1 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Illyria
IDWSpike After the Fall #2 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Illyria
IDWSpike After the Fall #3 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Illyria
IDWSpike After the Fall #4 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Illyria
IDWAngel After the Fall #9 BUYWhedon, Lynch, RungeAngel, Connor, Gwen, Wesley, Illyria
IDWAngel After the Fall #10 BUYWhedon, Lynch, Runge, MessinaAngel, Connor, Gwen, Nina, Illyria, Gunn, Spike, Wesley
IDWAngel After the Fall #11 BUYWhedon, Lynch, RungeAngel, Connor, Gwen, Gunn, Spike, Illyria
IDWAngel After the Fall #12 BUYWhedon, Lynch, Mooney, RungeAngel, Connor, Gwen, Gunn, Spike, Illyria, Cordelia
IDWAngel After the Fall #13 BUYWhedon, Lynch, MooneyAngel, Connor, Gwen, Gunn, Spike, Illyria, Cordelia
IDWAngel After the Fall #14 BUYWhedon, Lynch, MooneyAngel, Gunn, Spike, Illyria, Groo
IDWAngel After the Fall #15 BUYWhedon, Lynch, UrruAngel, Connor dies, Gunn, Spike, Illyria, Wesley, Groo dies
IDWAngel After the Fall #16 BUYWhedon, Lynch, UrruAngel, Connor, Gunn, Spike, Illyria, Wesley
IDWAngel After the Fall #17 BUYWhedon, Lynch, UrruAngel, Connor, Gunn, Spike, Illyria, Wesley
IDWAngel 3rd series #23 BUYArmstrong, RossAfter the Fall Epilogue, Angel, connor, Gwen, Gunn, Illyria, Groo, Lorne, Wesley
IDWAngel 3rd series #24 BUYArmstrong, RossDrusilla
IDWAngel 3rd series #25 BUYArmstrong, RossDrusilla
IDWAngel 3rd series #26 BUYArmstrong, RossAngel, Spike, Groo, Connor, Kate
IDWAngel 3rd series #27 BUYArmstrong, RossAngel, Spike, Groo, Connor
IDWSpike #1 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Angel, Illyria, Drusilla
IDWSpike #2 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Groo
IDWSpike #3 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Drusilla
IDWSpike #4 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Drusilla
IDWSpike #5 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Drusilla, Willow
IDWSpike #6 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Drusilla, Willow
IDWSpike #7 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Drusilla, Willow
IDWSpike #8 BUYLynch, UrruSpike, Drusilla, Willow
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1 BUYWhedon, JeantyLong Way Home, Buffy, Xander, Twilight, Amy
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #2 BUYWhedon, JeantyLong Way Home, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Dawn, Amy, Simone
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #3 BUYWhedon, JeantyLong Way Home, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Dawn, Andrew, Amy, Warren, Ethan
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #4 BUYWhedon, JeantyLong Way Home, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Amy, Warren
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #5 BUYWhedon, LeeThe Chain, Giles, Andrew, Simone
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #6 BUYVaughan, JeantyNo Future for You, Faith, Giles, Robin, Xander, Buffy, Twilight
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #7 BUYVaughan, JeantyNo Future for You, Faith, Giles, Dawn, Willow
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #8 BUYVaughan, JeantyNo Future for You, Faith, Giles, Willow
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #9 BUYVaughan, JeantyNo Future for You, Faith, Giles, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Twilight
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #10 BUYWhedon, Cliff RichardsAnywhere But Here, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Robin
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #11 BUYWhedon, JeantyAvengers Beautiful Sunset, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Twilight
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #12 BUYGoddard, JeantyWolves at the Gate, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Andrew
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #13 BUYGoddard, JeantyWolves at the Gate, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Anfrew
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #14 BUYGoddard, JeantyWolves at the Gate, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Andrew, Dawn
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #15 BUYGoddard, JeantyWolves at the Gate, Buffy, Xander, Andrew, Dawn
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #16 BUYWhedon, MolineTime of Your Life, Fray, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Twlight, Amy, Warren, Kennedy, Violet
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #17 BUYWhedon, MolineTime of Your Life, Fray, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #18 BUYWhedon, MolineTime of Your Life, Fray, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Kennedy
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #19 BUYWhedon, MolineTime of Your Life, Fray, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Twilight, Amy, Warren, Riley, Kennedy
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #20 BUYLoeb, Jeanty, WightAfter These Messages, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #21 BUYEspenson, JeantyHarmonic Divergence, Harmony, Clem
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #22 BUYDeKnight, JeantySwell, Buffy, Xander, Kennedy, Harmony
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #23 BUYGreenberg, JeantyPredators and Prey, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Andrew, Simone
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #24 BUYKrueger, Cliff RichardsSafe, Faith, Giles
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #25 BUYPetrie, JeantyLiving Doll, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Andrew
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Tales of the Vampires #1 BUYCloonan, Lolos
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #26 BUYEspenson, JeantyRetreat, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Kennedy, Oz, Warren
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #27 BUYEspenson, JeantyRetreat, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Oz, Riley, Twilight, Amy, Warren
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #28 BUYEspenson, JeantyRetreat, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Andrew, Kennedy, Oz
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #29 BUYEspenson, JeantyRetreat, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Kennedy, Oz
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #30 BUYEspenson, JeantyRetreat, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Riley, Oz, Twilight, Amy, Warren
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Willow #1 BUYWhedon, MolineWillow
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #31 BUYWhedon, JeantyTurbulence, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Oz, Twilight
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #32 BUYMeltzer, JeantyTwlight, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Twilight, Angel, Amy ,Warren
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #33 BUYMeltzer, JeantyTwlight, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Twilight, Angel, Amy ,Warren
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #34 BUYMeltzer, JeantyTwlight, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Twilight, Angel, Amy ,Warren
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #35 BUYMeltzer, JeantyTwlight, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Twilight, Angel, Amy ,Warren, Spike
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Riley #1 BUYEspenson, MolineRiley, Twilight, Angel, Twilight
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #36 BUYWhedon, JeantyLast Gleaming, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Andrew, Twilight, Angel, Amy ,Warren, Spike, Master
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #37 BUYWhedon, Allie, JeantyLast Gleaming, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Angel, Spike, Master
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #38 BUYWhedon, Allie, JeantyLast Gleaming, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Dawn, Twilight, Angel, Spike, Master
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #39 BUYWhedon, Allie, JeantyLast Gleaming, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles dies, Faith, Dawn, Twilight, Angel, Spike, Violet, Kennedy
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #40 BUYWhedon, JeantyLast Gleaming, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Faith, Dawn, Angel, Spike, Kennedy, Simone
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #1 BUYGage, IsaacsLive Through This, Angel, Faith, Pearl, Nash, Whistler, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #2 BUYGage, IsaacsLive Through This, Angel, Faith, Pearl, Nash, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #3 BUYGage, IsaacsLive Through This, Angel, Faith, Pearl, Nash, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #4 BUYGage, IsaacsLive Through This, Angel, Faith, Pearl, Nash, Whistler, Nadira
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 BUYWhedon, JeantyFreefall, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Riley, Spike, Andrew, Simone, Dowling, Koh
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2 BUYChambliss, JeantyFreefall, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Spike, Dowling, Koh
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #3 BUYChambliss, JeantyFreefall, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Spike, Dowling, Koh
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #4 BUYChambliss, JeantyFreefall, Buffy, Spike, Simone, Dowling, Koh
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #5 BUYGage, NotoIn Perfect Harmony, Angel, Faith, Harmony, Clem
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5 BUYChambliss, MolineSlayer Interrupted, Buffy, Willow
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #6 BUYGage, IsaacsDaddy Issues, Angel, Faith, Drusilla, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #7 BUYGage, IsaacsDaddy Issues, Angel, Faith, Drusilla
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #8 BUYGage, IsaacsDaddy Issues, Angel, Faith, Drusilla, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #9 BUYGage, IsaacsDaddy Issues, Angel, Faith, Drusilla
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6 BUYChambliss, JeantyOn Your Own, Buffy, Dawn, Spike, Robin, Dowling
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #7 BUYChambliss, JeantyOn Your Own, Buffy, Dowling
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #10 BUYGage, SamneeWomen of a Certain Age, Angel, Faith, Lavinia, Sophronia, Willow
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #8 BUYChambliss, Allie, RichardsApart (of Me), Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Spike, Andrew, Simone, Dowling
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #9 BUYChambliss, Allie, RichardsApart (of Me), Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Spike, Andrew, Simone, Dowling
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #10 BUYChambliss, Allie, RichardsApart (of Me), Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Spike, Andrew, Simone, Dowling
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 FCBD #1 BUYChambliss, JeantyIn Space, No One Can Hear You Slay, Spike, Buffy
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #11 BUYGage, IsaacsFamily Reunion, Angel, Faith, Willow, Connor, Sophronia, Lavinia, Gunn, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #12 BUYGage, IsaacsFamily Reunion, Angel, Faith, Willow, Connor, Sophronia, Lavinia, Whistler, Pearl, Nash
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #13 BUYGage, IsaacsFamily Reunion, Angel, Faith, Willow, Connor, Sophronia, Lavinia, Whistler, Pearl, Nash
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #14 BUYGage, IsaacsFamily Reunion, Angel, Faith, Willow, Connor, Gunn, Nadira
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #11 BUYChambliss, JeantyGuarded, Buffy, Kennedy, Koh, Dowling
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #12 BUYChambliss, JeantyGuarded, Buffy, Kennedy, Koh
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #13 BUYChambliss, JeantyGuarded, Buffy, Kennedy, Koh
Dark HorseSpike #1 BUYGischler, LeeAvengers Dark Place, Spike
Dark HorseSpike #2 BUYGischler, LeeAvengers Dark Place, Spike
Dark HorseSpike #3 BUYGischler, LeeAvengers Dark Place, Spike
Dark HorseSpike #4 BUYGischler, LeeAvengers Dark Place, Spike
Dark HorseSpike #5 BUYGischler, LeeAvengers Dark Place, Spike
Dark HorseWillow Wonderland #1 BUYParker, ChingWonderland, Willow
Dark HorseWillow Wonderland #2 BUYParker, ChingWonderland, Willow
Dark HorseWillow Wonderland #3 BUYParker, ChingWonderland, Willow
Dark HorseWillow Wonderland #4 BUYParker, ChingWonderland, Willow
Dark HorseWillow Wonderland #5 BUYParker, ChingWonderland, Willow
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #15 BUYGage, Garbett, LaphamThe Hero of His Own Story, Angel, Whister, Peal, Nash
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #14 BUYEspenson, MolineBilly the Vampire Slayer, Billy
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #15 BUYEspenson, MolineBilly the Vampire Slayer, Buffy, Billy, Dowling
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #16 BUYGage, IsaacsDeath and Consequences, Angel, Faith, Giles, Lavinia, Sophronia, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #17 BUYGage, IsaacsDeath and Consequences, Angel, Faith, Giles, Lavinia, Sophronia, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #18 BUYGage, IsaacsDeath and Consequences, Angel, Faith, Giles, Ethan, Lavinia, Sophronia, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #19 BUYGage, IsaacsDeath and Consequences, Angel, Faith, Giles, Spike, Nadira
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #16 BUYChambliss, JeantyWelcome to the Team, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Billy, Illyria
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #17 BUYChambliss, JeantyWelcome to the Team, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Billy, Illyria, Dowling, D'Hoffryn, Koh, Severin
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #18 BUYChambliss, JeantyWelcome to the Team, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Billy, Illyria, Andrew, D'Hoffryn, Koh, Severin
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #19 BUYChambliss, JeantyWelcome to the Team, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Billy, Illyria, Andrew, Simone, Koh, Severin
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #20 BUYGage, IsaacsSpike and Faith, Spike, Angel, Faith,Spike, Sophronia, Lavina, Harmony
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #20 BUYChambliss, MolineThe Watcher, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Angel, Andrew, Simone, Severin,WIllow
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #21 BUYGage, IsaacsWhat You Want Not What You Need, Giles, Angel, Faith, Spike, Sophronia, Lavinia, Whistler, Pearl, Nash
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #22 BUYGage, IsaacsWhat You Want Not What You Need, Giles, Angel, Faith, Sophronia, Lavinia, Whistler, Pearl, Nash
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #23 BUYGage, IsaacsWhat You Want Not What You Need, Giles, Angel, Faith, Sophronia, Lavinia, Whistler, Pearl, Nash, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #24 BUYGage, IsaacsWhat You Want Not What You Need, Giles, Angel, Faith, Sophronia, Lavinia, Whistler, Pearl, Nash, Nadira
Dark HorseAngel & Faith #25 BUYGage, IsaacsWhat You Want Not What You Need, Giles, Angel, Faith, Sophronia, Lavinia, Whistler, Pearl, Nash, Nadira
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #21 BUYChambliss, JeantyThe Core, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Willow, Billy, Spike, D'Hoffryn, Simone, Severin
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #22 BUYChambliss, JeantyThe Core, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Willow, Billy, Spike, D'Hoffryn, Simone, Severin, Andrew
Dark HorseDark Horse Presents #25 BUYEspenson, MolineLove vs. Life, Billy
Dark HorseDark Horse Presents #26 BUYEspenson, MolineLove vs. Life, Billy
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #23 BUYChambliss, JeantyThe Core, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Willow, Billy, Spike, D'Hoffryn, Simone, Severin, Andrew, Koh, Illyria
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #24 BUYChambliss, JeantyThe Core, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Willow, Billy, Spike, D'Hoffryn, Simone, Severin, Andrew, Koh, Illyria
Dark HorseBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #25 BUYChambliss, JeantyThe Core, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Willow, Billy, Spike, D'Hoffryn, Simone, Severin, Andrew, Koh, Illyria

21 thoughts on “Buffy Comics Reading Order

  1. I was wondering… Are you going to be updating this as the new seasons are released?
    I found this incredibly helpful and would like to thank you as I know how much time goes into something like this.

    THANK YOU!!!

    1. I will do season 10, though since both books are just at the beginning of their arcs, I feel it’s too early to start. I’ll probably do one update midway through the runs (after 12 issues/1 year) and the one at the end of the run.

  2. Just wanted to say Thanks as well for all the heavy lifting in assembling this! Will you be doing one for the non-canon issues, just for completionists’ sake?

    1. Not really. Being non-canon, those issues may fit in a certain timeline relative to the TV series, but not necessarily to each, which make putting a reading order together 1) difficult and maybe impossible, 2) irrelevant. Just read the non-canon issues in publication order.

  3. Thank you for this really helpful list! I’m just wondering: You’re going from After The Fall #17 to Angel 3rd Series #23. Is the numbering continued from After The Fall to 3rd Series? And why the gap in issues?

    1. Some don’t consider those issues in the gap as canon. The original writer of those first issues returns for an epilogue to his story with #23.

  4. Angel After the Fall Vol 5 is available online, but online in hardcover as far as I can tell. Is there anyway of finding out if it was ever printed in paperback? Nitpicking is terrible, but I have everything leading up to it in paperback, and it would just screw the whole thing up.

  5. will you be posting up the order for season 10 soon? and some are missing such as oz, origin, haunted, etc. unless those were after season 10, then I understand why they’re missing.

    1. “Oz” mini-series is considered non-canon (and it was released in 2001. It follows the story of Oz when he went away on Season 4. “Haunted” mini-series is considered dubious canon, because it was written by Jane Espenson (Buffy’s screenwriter), and it was released in 2001/2002. It tells a story between the end of Season 3 and the beginning of Season 4. But overall is considered non canon. “The Origin” is considered canon, but It’s not in the list (I don’t know why). It was released in 1999. It should be the first one to read, because it tells the story about Buffy before she went to Sunnydale (basically, the movie script but with Joss’s ideas). All of these stories are way before Season 10. Hope it helped!

  6. hi, would like to thank you as well this is very helpful. I was wondering about the comic called Spike – Into the light, released in 2014 and written by James Marsters himselff. When should it be read ?

    1. “Spike – Into the Light” is considered dubious canon and it takes place somewhere at the beginning of Season 7 of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. Hope it helped!

  7. Hello! I was wondering if the library version and the other version contain the same story and if its okay to alternate between the issues, or if it wouldnt flow and work?

    1. The trades have 5 issues while the library editions have 10 issues plus extras. They tell the same story. It really depends on how much you want to spend with this series. The trades are easier to read but I prefer to collect the library editions because in 4 volumes you can get all Season 8 and with 3 volumes all Season 9 (6 volumes total – 3 for Buffy and 3 for Angel & Faith) including one-shots, short stories and specials, and mini-séries – Willow Wonderland and Spike A Dark Place.

  8. Hello, before reading the eighth and ninth series of Buffy in my language (Italian) I’m looking for the rest in English (many comics here have not come out). I just finished Fray and soon will begin After the fall. I just wanted to know, the comic “Spike” (in the order the one you put between Angel 3rd series and the eighth of Buffy) which is? Angel 3rd series would be some numbers dell’Aftermath right? Thanks for your help, in Italy they print just some comics and even on wikipedia I can understand the right order XD

  9. Hi there,
    I’m completely new to all the comics, are there seasons 1-7 or is that the tv series? I only ever hear about comics for season 8+

    Thanks,
    Also this list is awesome and very helpful!

  10. Great list, THANK YOU! Been looking all over the internet for something like this! It would be awesome if you could include all non-cannon just for completionist sakes 😉

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