The fifth issue of season 10 concludes the five-part story of New Rules. When we last left Buffy and co., Dracula was turning into an Old One, the one Buffy actually fought in the Deeper Well in season 9 thanks to a bad rewrite of some rules in the Vampyr book.
Dracula is disappearing into the Old One, which means his hold over Xander is also waning. Xander starts to see Ghost Anya (“don’t call me that!”) again, who snaps him back into action.
They end up stopping the Old One and saving Dracula through some pretty unorthadox means: giant Dawn, Willow flying in a priest to bless a giant stake-shaped building, and Dawn staking him.
Xander rewrites the rule book to save his pal Drac and himself from his influence:
“Dracula’s awesome willpower gave him the strength to fight off Maloker and give up the new powers he’d acquired….Everyone Dracula had power over also found themselves free.”
Drac and Xander bid farewell and they all return to Xander’s place. They all spend some time trying to figure out who should write the new rules of magic. Buffy obviously turns to teen!Giles, who remains my favorite ever:
“Were I my old self perhaps, but as I am experiencing physical withdrawal after a few hours away from Pimp Slap IV…I may not be the most mature choice.”
Ultimately, they decide to write the book as the Scooby Gang, together.
Xander and Dawn finally have a heart-to-heart. And Buffy and Spike have a really cute conversation that made me all teary. Buffy emotions, man! I can’t handle them!
All in all, this was a fun opening story arc for season 10. I’m looking forward to seeing what more havoc this book creates!
Pick up your copy of Issue 5 over at Dark Horse or at your local comic book shop!