Complete Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Reading Order


Buffy the Vampire Slayer was an unlikely hit that has extended far beyond its television run and into a world of myth and superfandom.  Launching creator Joss Whedon into the stratosphere, we can really thank it for a whole range of comic and television properties, the Avenger films, and the epic Firefly.  Buffy has seen a number of crossovers and spin-offs, and the comics took an interesting choice by essentially continuing the show after it went off the air.  This is why we now have Buffy Season X comics, with each subsequent season running 25 issues and starting over at 1.

To bring together the reading order, we started with the Comics Back Issues great compilation and built on it from there.  Comment below if you find ones that may be missing, or if you think some other spin-off deserves to be in the mainline reading order!  It should be noted that we put the ongoing Season 10 in its own box at the bottom with projected release dates for final issues.  When Season 11 comes out, we will update it for that.

Title Issue # Release date
 SEASON 10
“New Rules, Part I” 1 March 19, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
New season. New rules. The age-old battle of Slayer vs. vampire is the focus of Buffy’s life once again— it’s downright nostalgic! But with all the toying with magic she’s done lately, this girl should know it’s time for another game change … Shouldn’t she?
“New Rules, Part II” 2 April 23, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
The Scoobies are back— including li’l Giles! Revelations about a new kind of vampire menace and the blank Vampyr book have only just begun. Everyone has a job to do, and for Buffy, it’s treading the road of past relationships! Lucky girl …
“New Rules, Part III” 3 May 21, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
Actor Nicholas Brendon joins the creative team as his character Xander acquires help from his old friend—um, master—Dracula. The new vampires are still a mystery, and unquestionably similar to Drac … Meanwhile, Buffy and Willow track down one of those new vampires as a study specimen!
“New Rules, Part IV” 4 June 18, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
Getting help from Dracula seemed like a good idea, until he stole the Vampyr book—and Xander! Now Buffy, Spike, Dawn, Willow, and Giles must save Xander and retrieve the book before it’s too late. Dracula has already begun to study how the lack of magical rules can work in his favor …
“New Rules, Part V” 5 July 23, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
When Buffy and crew try to wrest Xander from Dracula’s control, they begin a battle supreme with the terrifying demon that Dracula has become . . .
“I Wish, Part I” 6 August 20, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Karl Moline and Cliff Richards
What should have been a simple exorcism turns into a disaster for Buffy and the Scoobies when, instead of horrors, a demon fights back with blissful childhood fantasies!
“I Wish, Part II” 7 September 17, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
As Spike and Xander bond—while also seriously getting on each other’s nerves—they are tempted to start writing some rules of their own in the book of magical laws… concerning Buffy and Dawn!
“Return To Sunnydale, Part I” 8 October 22, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs and Richard Corben
A Halloween issue spectacular takes Buffy and crew back to Sunnydale as they follow the stolen Vampyr book, finding a massive magical party at the Hellmouth-and a demon devouring revelers!
“Return To Sunnydale, Part II” 9 November 19, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
The Sunnydale homecoming becomes less than fun as Buffy, Spike, and Willow realize that Andrew is in over his head with the Vampyr rules book and a terrible plan, and the demon they’re up against has a grudge against Slayers and a penchant for eating souls . . .
“Day Off (or Harmony In My Head)” 10 December 24, 2014
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
With the responsibility of writing new rules in the Vampyr book, Buffy and crew are literally the bosses of all magic—but as more baddies learn who has the power, protecting the book is becoming a full-time job!
“Love Dares You, Part I” 11 January 21, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon Penciller: Megan Levens
With the magical side of things momentarily under control, Buffy and crew have a chance to deal with their personal lives: things heat up between Xander and Dawn, young Giles is visited by an old flame, Andrew introduces some new friends, and the Slayer is totally set for round one of speed dating! Then the bad guy shows up.
“Love Dares You, Part II” 12 February 18, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon Penciller: Megan Levens
Buffy and her crew are on the cusp of some monumental relationship stuff, but entanglements are waylaid when they’re forced to fight a new evil and the flesh homunculi he creates . . .
“Love Dares You, Part III” 13 March 18, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon Penciller: Megan Levens
Some suspiciously supernatural murders have Spike, Xander, Willow, and Giles in a conundrum. They have to talk to Buffy, but there’s something about the killer they’re pretty sure she’s not going to like . . . Meanwhile, Andrew gets some relationship advice from Buffy!
“Relationship Status: Complicated, Part I” 14 April 22, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
While traveling into Spike’s mind and seeing his past and present, Buffy looks for clues about the newest threat in San Francisco: someone or something with a deep connection to Spike!
“Relationship Status: Complicated, Conclusion” 15 May 20, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
Buffy and the gang come face to face with a terrifying new demon that shares a special bond with Spike, threatening his growing connection to the Slayer.
“Old Demons, Part I” 16 June 17, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
After discovering that the powerful demon Archaeus has deep connections to both Spike and Angel, Buffy invites her former beau for a visit. Things are awkward, and everyone is behaving just a little juvenile—but in order to beat the threat Archaeus brings, the team is going to have to overcome the past.
“Old Demons, Part II” 17 July 22, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
Tensions are on the rise as the gang goes in search of an ancient enemy—Archaeus. Split into teams, Angel and Xander are able to connect over themes of betrayal and love lost, while Buffy pushes Spike to keep his insecurities in check. But they quickly discover there are much more dangerous things to battle as they close in on the demon lord.
“Old Demons, Part III” 18 August 19, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
The Slayer’s advantage against a powerful demon—having super-awesome friends—may be her undoing as Archaeus pits Spike and Angel against one another.
“Freaky Giles Day” 19 September 23, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
With a little help from Willow, Giles is given a second chance at adulthood, and the demon scourge smells weakness. Meanwhile, Buffy and Dawn are reunited with their neglectful father, Hank Summers.
“Triggers” 20 October 21, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Megan Levens
Called in for a supernatural-crimes case, Buffy and Spike discover an incubus demon is targeting women in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Xander and Giles work on an exorcism that stirs up some questions about Ghost Anya.
“In Pieces on the Ground, Part I” 21 November 18, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
Demon invasions are becoming a worldwide threat, and Buffy is tasked with convincing the vampire community that they should help fight the invasions. But to win them over, Buffy and Spike have to triumph in one-on-one battles with the finest vampires around—and Harmony is organizing the event!
“In Pieces on the Ground, Part II” 22 December 23, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Rebekah Isaacs
Willow’s loyalties to Buffy are questioned when she makes a decision behind the Slayer’s back . . . Are the besties growing apart? Also unknown to Buffy, Spike has a conversation with an old friend that leads him to question the patterns of his relationship with Buffy.
“In Pieces on the Ground, Part III” 23 January 20, 2016
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Megan Levens
The Sculptor makes a tempting offer to Andrew that requires a smidgen of Buffy betrayal. But the potential gains seem too good to pass up. Will Andrew go evil, or will Buffy need to keep the former ne’er-do-well in check to ease the tension among the Scoobies?
“In Pieces on the Ground, Part IV” 24 February 17, 2015
Writer: Christos Gage Penciller: Megan Levens
As new jobs, new relationships, and new priorities arise, the Scoobies’ personal feuds are becoming a big issue for the team. When the trail of the Restless Door leads to the Demon Lord’s hideout, the Mistress takes advantage of their discord and presents the team with a terrible decision that could tear them apart.
Trade Paperbacks
Volume Title Issues collected Release date ISBN
1 “New Rules” 1–5 November 12, 2014[3] ISBN 978-1-61655-490-3
2 “I Wish” 6–10 April 8, 2015[4] ISBN 978-1-61655-600-6
3 “Love Dares You” 11–15 September 29, 2015[5] ISBN 978-1-61655-758-4
4 “Old Demons” 16–20 February 23, 2016[6] ISBN 978-1-61655-802-4
5 “Pieces on the Ground” July 26, 2016[7] ISBN 978-1-61655-944-1

Angel & Faith Season Ten

Single issues
Title Issue # Release date
“Where the River Meets the Sea, Part I” 1 April 2, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Angel’s work is never done. During his most recent world-saving, a part of London was transformed and flooded with magic. Who better to watch over this magical community than Angel? At least, that’s what he thinks. Meanwhile, Faith starts a new chapter in her life—slaying zompires alongside Buffy?!
“Where the River Meets the Sea, Part II” 2 May 7, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
As Faith awkwardly settles into her new job at Kennedy’s bodyguards-for-hire company, Angel is finding that he knows less than everyone about what is going on in London’s magic town. Trying to get to the bottom of a fiendish group of scheming pixies, Angel travels further down a really wrong road …
“Where the River Meets the Sea, Part III” 3 June 4, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Angel has found everyone is going to the same person in London’s Magic Town for advice—and it’s decidedly not him. But she is someone Angel can take partial credit for . . . And the pixie menaces have stepped up their muscle with another lady from Angel’s past. Meanwhile, Faith is screwing up. Again.
“Where the River Meets the Sea, Part IV” 4 July 2, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Angel’s taking some beatings in Magic Town, while Faith is dishing them out, whether they’re deserved or not. The two remain a world apart, dealing with a demonic rock god and a city preyed on by the magical powers exploding inside it.
“Old Habits” 5 August 6, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Derlis Santacruz
Angel is plagued by nightmares and another menace for the streets of London: The new vampires, like the zompires before them, are leaving a trail of victims for the local police and Angel to pursue.
“Lost & Found, Part I” 6 September 3, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Faith’s next mission for Deepscan is one she can’t resist—tracking the missing Riley Finn in South America. The girl has got some residual guilt over that military demon hunter… Meanwhile, in London’s Magic Town, Angel is confronted by yet another old frenemy.
“Lost & Found, Part II” 7 October 1, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Amy the Rat has been seeking favors in Magic Town, and Angel is on alert-what is this witch really after? Meanwhile, Faith has tracked Riley into the jungle to find a tribe of vicious new vampires! Casualties be happening . . .
“Lost & Found, Part III” 8 November 5, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
The tribal vampires have the upper hand, with Riley back to being vampire food. Faith works on a straight-up strong-arm jungle rescue, while Angel plans to turn the tables on Amy the Rat, to keep her from her real target.
“Lost & Found, Part IV” 9 December 3, 2014
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Clearly in a magical mire with Amy the Rat, Angel brings in backup to shut down the witch and save Magic Town . . . Faith is reunited with Riley in a brawl with the tribal vampires—staking, dusting, and feeling awkward!
“Lost & Found Part V” 10 January 7, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
While Faith fights the newest breed of vampires to save Riley, she’s shocked when she discovers the identity of their illustrious leader . . . Then, in London, Angel calls in a favor to deal with Amy’s trap!
“United, Part I” 11 February 4, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Faith Lehane returns to London! Long missing from the scene in Magic Town, the Slayer is back and ready for action—which is going to come as a surprise to her old evil-fighting teammate, Angel . . .
“United, Part II” 12 March 4, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Though she’s returned to London, Faith isn’t planning to join up with Team Angel again. But circumstances will throw the Slayer and the vampire together when someone searching for Illyria brings his quest through Magic Town . . .
“United, Part III” 13 April 1, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Angel and Faith join forces in an attempt to save Fred and keep the powerful goddess Illyria from taking over. Without Illyria present, the honor-bound demon Koh may never discover who slayed his family and imprisoned him . . . a devastating reality for this unlikely hero.
“United, Part IV” 14 May 6, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Fred continues to struggle against the power of Illyria and reveals to Angel and Faith her great fear of losing control. Meanwhile, Koh deals with the reality that his quest for vengeance may be futile.
“Fight or Flight” 15 June 3, 2015
Writer: Kel McDonald Penciller: Cliff Richards
Taking a break from the stress of reality in London, Angel and Fred hop on a ferry to Angel’s homeland! Though both were hoping for a leisurely holiday, something is rotten in the Emerald Isle. Angel can’t resist helping the helpless—but will that be the best thing for Fred . . . and Illyria?
“Those Who Can’t Teach, Teach Gym, Part I” 16 July 1, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Cliff Richards
While Angel is stateside, Faith is suddenly the go-to adviser for London’s Magic Town police detective. She enlists Fred to help scope out a situation, and the girls stumble onto some teenage vampires at Cuthbert Prep. Who better to delve further into the situation—from the inside—than a vampire slayer?
“Those Who Can’t Teach, Teach Gym, Part II” 17 August 5, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Cliff Richards
Investigating Angel’s nightmares and real-life missing students, Faith and Fred have discovered a group of teenage vampires at St. Cuthbert’s Preparatory School, where the girls are working undercover! Delving deeper into the origins of the teen vamps, Slayer and scientist are walking a dangerous road when they uncover a fearsome foe!
“Those Who Can’t Teach, Teach Gym, Part III” 18 September 2, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Cliff Richards
Faith and Drusilla go head to head!
“A Little More Than Kin, Part I” 19 October 7, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
While Faith and Fred are still reeling from their unresolved encounter with Drusilla, Angel returns to Magic Town . . . and brings a Big Bad along with him!
“A Little More Than Kin, Part II” 20 November 4, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Angel, Faith, and Fred have only just begun to delve into the plans that Drusilla and the Big Bad Archaeus have made for London’s Magic Town. With Nadira in danger and so many unknowns—including how to fight against this demon that is literally a part of Angel, Drusilla, and Spike—the team has to quickly gain distance on a long road . . .
“Issue Twenty-One” 21 December 2, 2015
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Attacks in London’s Magic Town by Archaeus and Drusilla’s vampires reach a fever pitch, putting Angel and Faith back on their heels. In an attempt to turn the tables on the Big Bads, Faith seeks their new hideout and Angel walks into a trap—on purpose!
“Issue Twenty-Two” 22 January 6, 2016
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Faith faces off against Drusilla in a grudge match that could level Magic Town as Angel attempts to withstand Archaeus’s power over him. Meanwhile, a mysterious statue—a magical relic of great power—has been obtained by the Big Bad. What does Archaeus have planned for his new toy?
“Issue Twenty-Three” 23 February 3, 2016
Writer: Victor Gischler Penciller: Will Conrad
Archaeus attempts to lure the magic of Magic Town into the dysfunctional family he’s building. But the sentient magic is young, erratic, and a danger to everyone. The team must come together to stop the Big Bad and his malicious plans, but to be a cohesive unit they’ll have to learn to trust each other first.
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