Boom! Studios shared has released the fourth issue of its Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic series reboot, which we first reported back in September. The 32-page full-color comic written by Jordie Bellaire & illustrated by Dan Mora, with series creator Joss Whedon serving as story consultant. The issue features cover art by Matthew Taylor and variant covers by Kevin Wada & FeiFei Ruan. Taylor’s cover features “Xander Harris” with a wooden stake in-hand, surrounded by vampires, while Wada’s features “Xander” as his video game vlogger alter-ego @theXeppo, and Ruan’s cover features a Slayer from eighth century China:

Boom! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer: “Every time Buffy thinks she’s got it figured out, a bomb gets dropped that changes everything, reinforcing her fears that she isn’t good enough, that the future is uncertain, and that she might not live long enough to put things right. Amidst this uncertainty, the explosive events that break into Buffy’s life will happen when she least expects them, leaving longtime fans and new readers stunned by the events unfolding behind Buffy’s back.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer issue #4 is now available in both print & digital for just $3.99:

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Catch the first appearance of a major character in Buffy’s life in this issue, as well as the life-altering turn of events that changes one character’s destiny forever. The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking series reaches the game-changing final chapter of the first arc as Buffy and the Scooby Gang (the name was Xander’s idea, he’s workshopping it, it probably won’t stick) delve deeper into the heart of Sunnydale’s underbelly – and make a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Hellmouth. There’s no turning back for anyone on Team Slayer in this absolutely mind-blowing issue that fans can’t afford to miss.

Buffy Summers thinks she’s faced the worst Sunnydale has to offer – like the Mistress Dru and her mysterious ally Spike – but this is the moment that changes everything for her. One member of her newly formed Scooby Gang won’t survive Dru’s master plan – and the shocking first appearance of one of Joss Whedon’s most popular characters may not be enough to save the day. Not to mention Buffy’s got a date with Robin Wood that’s gonna be completely ruined now!

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  • Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on 1/10/2019 for the issue’s Matthew Taylor variant cover reveal, updated on 1/14/2019 to include two additional covers, updated again on 3/25/2019 to include interior art previews & additional quotes, and updated once more on 4/17/2019 to reflect the issue’s release.