Cover A
'The Core'
(Part 5)

by Andrew Chambliss
Cover B

Koh takes on Doffler, allowing Willow and Xander to tend to Buffy’s wounds; but the zompire Slayer escapes, leaving Koh and the injured Buffy to deal with the giant demon, Maloker. Koh stabs the demon, causing it to lose its grip and fall back into the Well – just as Sevrin activates the Seedling, incinerating himself, Illyria and Maloker in a massive release of power. As the energy blasts up the Well, Willow manages to cast a protective field around Buffy, Xander, Koh, D’Hoffryn and herself, lifting everyone to safety; however, just as they reach the edge of the Well, Doffler grabs Buffy and drags her back for a final battle. The Well explodes… and as the dust settles, a victorious Buffy pulls herself out of the abyss. A relieved Willow explains that Severin and Illyria sacrificed their lives so that the Seed could take root: magic has at last been restored to the world. But the gang have no time to rest – can they reach San Francisco in time to save Dawn...?

Penciled by Georges Jeanty
Inked by Dexter Vine
Coloured by Michelle Madsen
Lettered by Richard Starkins and Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt
Executive Producer Joss Whedon

*Featuring Buffy, Willow, Xander, Dawn and Spike

*Published by Dark Horse Comics, September 2013