Despite not all comics being canonical, series creator Joss Whedon and a number of writers involved with the television series authored many of the comic books. Overviews summarizing the comic books' storylines were written early in the writing process and were 'approved' by both Fox and Joss Whedon (or his office), and the books were therefore later published as official Buffy merchandise. The Buffy comic takes place in between episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon and continues after the television series has ended. Issues 1 to 63 take place in the storyline during the period that the series was still on air and none are written by Joss Whedon himself. The earlier issues are not very easy to place in the series except for the season it takes place in, such as Issue 1. The comic gets more specific later on, however, such as with the Oz Buffy comics which fills in the story line of a character and Death of Buffy which clearly takes place between Seasons 5 and 6 of the series.
Starting in 2007 a new series of Buffy comics has been produced, also published by Dark Horse Comics. These are a canonical continuation of the television series and as such are considered Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight. One of the other comics considered canon is the 8-part series Fray, since the main character, Melaka Fray, appears in Season 8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight takes place after the series has ended and the issues connected are written by Joss Whedon to continue the storyline.
First Night begins! What happened on the very night Los Angeles went straight to hell, the incident that ended the Angel television series with such a shocking cliffhanger? Why did the team go their s..
The excitement of After the Fall continues in this latest offering from Whedon and Lynch. With truths revealed, master plans laid out, and people dying, it's clear evil is winning the fight in Los Ang..
"Not Fade Away" is the 22nd and final episode of season 5, and the series finale of the television show Angel. Written by series creator Joss Whedon and directed and co-written by Jeffrey Bell, it was..
Volume Four of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus series concludes Buffy's high school career, wrapping up Season Three of the show's storyline. Collected in this volume are: Buffy issues #9-11, 13-..
Volume Five of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus series begins immediately after Season Three, after Sunnydale High has gone up in flames. Buffy is plagued by dreams of fellow Slayer Faith, who now..
While slaying the zompires that have overrun a small California town, Buffy and her pals are shocked to discover a new kind of vampire: harder to kill, able to transform and walk in the light of day--..
Buffy and her crew get their fight on, as they try to take control of the new rules of magic! While new living arrangements take some getting used to, Buffy and the Scoobies head for adventure in Sunn..
While writing the new rules of magic seems to be under control, the romantic scene for Buffy and her friends amps up in unexpected ways. But as always, personal lives are soon put aside to deal with d..
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer faces an ultimate Big Bad, Archaeus, who is connected to many from her past. She calls in reinforcements to help the Scoobies in this battle-her old flame, the vampire Angel"..
With the Scooby gang on the skids, Buffy finds herself increasingly alone. When faced with some tough decisions grounded in "real world" problems (i.e., not the slaying of pesky demons), Buffy is dete..
In a bold move to give disenfranchised Slayers a meaningful societal role (with pay), Kennedy recruits Buffy to act as bodyguard for high-profile clientele. But unlike the other recruits, Buffy strugg..
When Dawn falls ill, it's up to best friends Buffy, Xander, and Willow to join forces and find a supernatural cure in a world sorely lacking magic. The trio must fight their way into the Deeper Well, ..