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Buffyverse Complete Reading Order Guide!

Discussion in 'Comics' started by AAXL98, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. AAXL98

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    So... before I got into this, I had a LOT of trouble with the comics. So here is the reading order, it will be updated, so if there any mistakes or additions you want to make then I would appreciate if you left your feedback in the comments.

    # = Chapter

    Angel After The Fall #1-8

    Spike After The Fall #1-4

    Angel After The Fall #9-17

    Angel: Aftermath

    Angel: Last Angel In Hell

    Angel: The End

    Spike: The complete series #1-8

    Fray #1-8

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1-40

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #1-4

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1-4

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #5

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #5

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #6-9

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #6-7

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #10

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #8-10

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #11-14

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #11-13

    Spike: A Dark Place #1-5

    Willow: Wonderland #1-5

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #15

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #14-15

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #16-19

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #16-19

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #20

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #20

    Angel & Faith Season 9 #21-25

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #21-25
     
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    You're pretty close, but there's a few mistakes I found.
    1. You're missing a few things:
    Tales of the Slayers
    Tales of the Vampires
    Buffy Season 8 one-shots: Willow, TotV: The Thrill, and Riley. (also missing the BS8/9 shorts from Dark Horse Presents)
    Angel issues 23-27 (Collected in the 6th HC entitled, "Last Angel in Hell").
    Illyria: Haunted
    Angel: Only Human
    Spike: The Devil You Know
    Lorne: The Music of the Spheres (one-shot)

    2. I think Fray, Tales of the Slayers, and Tales of the Vampires should be read before any post-BS7/AS5 comics, but that's just my opinion.

    3. I prefer to read A&F and BS9 separately, but in the inevitable future wherein I reread everything again I plan on alternating trades (5 issues), like so:
    A&F Vol. 1
    BS9 Vol. 1
    Spike: Magical Mystery Tour
    A&F Vol. 2
    BS9 Vol. 2
    In Space, No One Can Hear You Slay
    Spike: A Dark Place
    A&F Vol. 3
    Willow: Wonderland
    BS9 Vol. 3
    A&F Vol. 4
    BS9 Vol. 4
    A&F Vol. 5
    Billy the Vampire Slayer: Love vs. Life
    BS9 Vol. 5

    And here's my reading order for IDW Angel post-AS5. Note that this is NOT chronological order, but if you want that I'd love to give it to you. :)
    1-5. After The Fall Pt. 1 (Urru)
    6-8. AtF: First Night
    Spike: After The Fall
    9-12. After The Fall Pt. 2 (Runge)
    13-17. After The Fall Pt. 3 (Mooney/Urru)
    18-22. Aftermath
    23. After The Fall Epilogue
    Illyria & Gunn: Only Human
    24-25. Drusilla
    26-27. Boys and their Toys
    Last Angel In Hell
    Lorne: The Music of the Spheres
    28-32. Immortality for Dummies
    Spike: The Devil You Know
    33-38. Crown Prince Syndrome
    Illyria: Haunted
    39-44. The Wolf, The Ram, and The Hart
    1-4. Spike: Alone Together Now
    5-8. Spike: Stranger Things
    Angel: Yearbook
     
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    Can you please email me the correct Buffy Season 10/ Angel & Faith Season 10 reading order once Season 10 is over?

    and Also, this is my updated reading guide I made for myself, is it correct?

    Spike: Asylum

    Angel After The Fall #1-8

    Spike After The Fall #1-4

    Angel After The Fall #9-17

    Angel: Aftermath

    Angel: Last Angel In Hell #1

    Angel: Only Human

    Angel: Last Angel In Hell #2-4

    Angel: The End (Immortality for Dummies)

    Spike: The Devil You Know

    Angel: The End (The Crown Prince Syndrome)1-5

    Lorne: Music of the Spheres

    Angel: The End (The Crown Prince Syndrome) 6

    Angel: Illyria – Haunted

    Angel: The End

    Spike: The complete series #1-8

    Fray #1-8

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1-40

    Angel and Faith #1: "Live Through This, Part I"

    Buffy season 9 #1: "Freefall, Part I"

    Angel and Faith #2: "Live Through This, Part II"

    Buffy season 9 #2: "Freefall, Part II"

    Angel and Faith #3: "Live Through This, Part III"

    Buffy season 9 #3: "Freefall, Part III"

    Angel and Faith #4: "Live Through This, Part IV"

    Buffy season 9 #4: "Freefall, Part IV"

    Angel and Faith #5: "In Perfect Harmony"

    Buffy season 9 #5: "Slayer, Interrupted"

    Angel and Faith #6: "Daddy Issues, Part I"

    Buffy season 9 #6: "On Your Own, Part I"

    Angel and Faith #7: "Daddy Issues, Part II"

    Buffy season 9 #7: "On Your Own, Part II"

    Angel and Faith #8: "Daddy Issues, Part III"

    Buffy season 9 #8: "Apart (of Me), Part I"

    Angel and Faith #9: "Daddy Issues, Part IV"

    Buffy season 9 #9: "Apart (of Me), Part II"

    Angel and Faith #10: "Women of a Certain Age"

    Buffy season 9 #10: "Apart (of Me), Part III"

    Angel and Faith #11: "Family Reunion, Part I"

    Buffy season 9 #11: "Guarded, Part I"

    Angel and Faith #12: "Family Reunion, Part II"

    Buffy season 9 #12: "Guarded, Part II"

    Spike: A Dark Place #1

    Angel and Faith #13: "Family Reunion, Part III"

    Buffy season 9 #13: "Guarded, Part III"

    Spike: A Dark Place #2

    Angel and Faith #14: "Family Reunion, Part IV"

    Buffy season 9 #14: "Billy the Vampire Slayer, Part I"

    Spike: A Dark Place #3

    Angel and Faith #15: "The Hero of His Own Story"

    Willow Wonderland #1

    Buffy season 9 #15: "Billy the Vampire Slayer, Part II"

    Spike: A Dark Place #4

    Angel and Faith #16: "Death and Consequences, Part I"

    Willow Wonderland #2

    Buffy season 9 #16: "Welcome to the Team, Part I"

    Spike: A Dark Place #5

    Angel and Faith #17: "Death and Consequences, Part II"

    Willow Wonderland #3

    Buffy season 9 #17: "Welcome to the Team, Part II"

    Angel and Faith #18: "Death and Consequences, Part III"

    Willow Wonderland #4

    Buffy season 9 #18: "Welcome to the Team, Part III"

    Angel and Faith #19: "Death and Consequences, Part IV"

    Buffy season 9 #19: "Welcome to the Team, Part IV"

    Angel and Faith #20: "Spike and Faith"

    Buffy season 9 #20: "The Watcher”

    Angel and Faith #21: "What You Want, Not What You Need, Part I"

    Buffy season 9 #21: "The Core, Part I”

    Angel and Faith #22: "What You Want, Not What You Need, Part II"

    Buffy season 9 #22: "The Core Part II”

    Angel and Faith #23: "What You Want, Not What You Need, Part III"

    Buffy season 9 #23: "The Core Part III”

    Angel and Faith #24: "What You Want, Not What You Need, Part IV”

    Buffy season 9 #24: "The Core Part IV”

    Angel and Faith #25: "What You Want, Not What You Need, Part V”

    Buffy season 9 #25: "The Core Part V

    Spike: Into the Light

    Thanks for your help ;)
     
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    Yea, pretty much. I do have a few thoughts though...

    1. I see you included Spike: Asylum. If you're gonna read that it would be silly to not read Spike: Shadow Puppets. It's by Brian Lynch and Franco Urru and is kind of a spiritual successor to Smile Time. It takes place somewhere between Smile Time and Power Play I think. Lynch has said that he sees Asylum, Shadow Puppets, and Spike: AtF as a trilogy.

    2. Aftermath is a truly awful piece of crap. I wouldn't recommend you read it unless you're just interested in getting the "full" experience (as I have felt before, multiple times).

    3. It's confusing how you number Last Angel in Hell, but I think I get it. The Angel: Vol. 6 HC contains issues 23-27 and the Last Angel in Hell one-shot. The one-shot should be read any time after issue 17, but it's puts a nice capper on Brian Lynch's Angel run if you put it after issue 28.

    4. Angel: The End contains issue 28-44 (as well as the yearbook and a few short stories starring the devil, Eddie Hope), and the story names can get confusing as well. In reality, the titles are something like this (and even this is probably a little off somewhere):
    28. Crown Prince Syndrome
    29. Immortality for Dummies
    30. The Trouble With Felicia
    31. The Big Dustup
    32. Roman a Clef
    33. Letters Home: A Jamesian Interlude
    34. Bedroom Follies
    35-37. Prophet for Profit
    38. Cats in the Cradle
    39-44. The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart
    When IDW collected these issue into hardcovers they made a little simpler (while making it more confusing to discerning readers). Not sure if you know this info already though...:
    Vol. 1: Immortality for Dummies (issues 28-32)
    Vol. 2: Crown Prince Syndrome (issues 33-38)
    Vol. 3: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart (issues 39-44)

    5. Lorne has to come before Immortality for Dummies I think.

    6. Spike: Into the Light takes place before Season 7 supposedly, but it's not very good, and makes little sense, chronologically. I wouldn't recommend it.

    7. Season 10 still has a little more than a year to go, and so far it looks like it'll just be the two main books alternating like S9.
     
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    Oh... a lot of people have been complaining about the Angel comics that came after ATF, I'm intrigued to know why. I'm gonna read the Angel comics anyway, I want to know how he defeats Wolfram and Hart, how his relationship with Gunn pans out and all that stuff. And okay thanks for the information on the Spike comics, I'm going to read Shadow of Puppets after I finish reading Asylum, as for Spike into the light, I might skip it since I've been hearing it's not good. But yeah I want to email you a few questions :D
     
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    Now that I have completed Buffy and Angel the shows, I'm really looking forward to starting the comic books. All of these posts have really helped me. Now I'm even more excited! Thank you very much. :)
     
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    Here's a rundown on how to collect almost every single comic. List of everything you'll want to collect if you want the "complete" comic experience. It's up to you to figure out what you consider canon and what's not.

    Buffy Omnibus 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - Dark Horse (these are going to get you every single old Buffy comic ever printed, with the exception of one - Rogue's Gallery. The first one starts before Season 1, then jumps to Season 3, all the way up to Season 7. Not necessary canon with the new stuff, but doesn't really contradict much of the story so far. Not hardcover.)

    Angel Omnibus - Dark Horse (Set in Angel Season 2 or 3. The same as the Buffy Omnibuses. Also not hardcover.)

    Angel Omnibus 1, 2 - IDW (Features a random assortment of issues. Some of these are stories set after Season 5, but before After the Fall came out, so they're not canon. A couple of the stories in here are good, though. There's a few episode adaptations. Angel: Only Human is in the second one, and it's pretty important to the end of After the Fall.)

    Spike Omnibus - IDW (Features some pretty important stuff for Spike. Asylum and Shadow Puppets are especially important, usually considered canon. They lead into Spike stuff that leads into Buffy Season 8, so this is something you probably want. Again, not hardcover)

    Angel: After the Fall - Here's where the main canon stuff comes in. You want to collect all six volumes in Hardcover. They are: After the Fall Volume 1, First Night (Volume 2), After the Fall Volume 3, After the Fall Volume 4, Aftermath (Volume 5), Last Angel in Hell (Volume 6). The first four are considered canon, the rest aren't, but they continue the story. There's also going to be three other parts after this: Immortality for Dummies (Volume 7), The Crown Prince Syndrome (Volume 8), and The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart (Volume 9). But you don't want to buy these three individually. Instead, buy Angel: The End. It collects these three Volumes, the Angel Yearbook (exclusive comics to this edition), and the short story Eddie Hope and the Crew. This story ran in the back of each floppy issue of these volumes. Unless you want to collect it issue by issue, then this is the only place to really get it.

    Angel: The John Byrne Collection - This is another hardback that fits in perfect with the After the Fall Volumes. It has some stupid stuff in it, but it has two stories that are essential to After the Fall: A Lorne short story (I guess not essential, but important), and Lorne: The Music of the Spheres. (This is essential).

    Spike: The Devil You Know - Not hardcover. It has Spike teaming up with Eddie Hope for a few issues. It's not necessary to the After the Fall storyline.

    Illyria: Haunted - This is a pretty important book, but it's only in trade paperback. It's discontinued, so prices are pretty high. Last time I checked, they were selling for $40. Either track the issues down individually or buy it in eBook if you're not wanting to drop the cash. I'd say it's pretty important to the story.

    Spike: The Complete Series - Essential to tying everything from After the Fall to Buffy Season 8. Just in trade paperback form, as far as I know.

    Fray - Another trade paperback that's extremely important to Season 8. You have to read this.

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales - Collects Tales of the Slayers and Tales of the Vampires. This is a huge library edition hardcover that fits in right alongside Buffy Season 8, Season 9, and Angel & Faith Season 9. Get this. It's essential reading.

    Buffy Season 8, Library Editions 1, 2, 3, 4 - Collects all of the Season 8 stuff, including the one shots. You'll have every comic from Season 8 if you buy this.

    Buffy Season 9, Library Editions 1, 2, 3 - The same as Season 8. Everything is included here.

    Angel & Faith Season 9, Library Editions 1, 2, 3 - The same as the others.

    Spike: A Dark Place - Set in Season 7, but important to Season 10 (I guess, I haven't read it). But it comes in hardcover, that fits in right with the After the Fall stuff. Looks great.

    Buffy and Angel & Faith Seasons 10

    Buffy and Angel Seasons 11

    The only things not collected here are: An Angel short story, which can be found as a motion comic on Dark Horse's website. There's also the Rogue's Gallery Buffy comic, which is near impossible to track down. Finally, in the Buffy: Haunted trade paperback, there's an extra two pages of Faith talking that's not in the Buffy Omnibuses. Not really worth the extra purchase, if you get the Omnibuses.

    If you're wanting to collect everything, this is the best way to do it. It'll get you every comic with the least amount of crossover between books and volumes. It's pretty expensive o_O
     
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    Nice! Yea, I think that would be the simplest way to get every single Buffyverse comic.

    They split 'Spike' into two hardcovers. Vol. 1- Alone Together Now and Vol. 2- Stranger Things.
     
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