|'Tales of the Slayer'
“I CAN’T BE… JUST A PERSON, I CAN’T BE HELPLESS LIKE THAT….” – BUFFY, “HELPLESS”
At eighteen, each Slayer must face a terrifying trial: the Tento di Cruciamentum. This time-honored, albeit cruel, rite of passage forces each Watcher to drain the Slayer of all her physical powers and then send her to vanquish a powerful vampire using only her wits. When Buffy Summers underwent her Cruciamentum, she managed to defeat Kralik, a vampire who had been committed to a sanatorium as a human for torturing and murdering more than a dozen young women before he was turned. However, not all Slayers have been so cunning.
Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 4 chronicles the Cruciamentum of eight earlier Slayers. From Prohibition Chicago to beatnik New York City, from the sideshows of a travelling carnival to a small Irish farm, from the fifteenth century to the twentieth, the Cruciamentum has tested the prowess of the Slayers throughout history. Each of them has had to fight: for her job, for the lives of those she loved, and for her own existence…
With contributions from Scott Allie, Greg Cox, Kara Dalkey, Jane Espenson, Nancy Holder, Robert Joseph Levy, Michael Reaves, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
*Published by Pocket Books