WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer #28 from Boom! Studios, on sale now
Introduced formally in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
has quickly been setting himself up as the ultimate villain of not just the series but perhaps the entire Slayer-Multiverse as a whole. For that plan to work though, he's been seemingly hunting down targets -- and is finally making his move.
has officially begun his attack against the defenders of Sunnydale in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
#28 by Jeremy Lambert, Valentina Pinti, Raul Angulo, and Ed Dukeshire -- and he has his sights set on turning one notable hero into his greatest ally.
Teased out as the Scoobies of Boom! Studios Buffy the Vampire Slayer
series learned more about the multiverse, Silas has increasingly revealed himself to be perhaps the most dangerous villain in the history of the franchise. The Lurkers -- skeletal dogs that hunt multiversal visitors when they're in different realities -- were established as his malicious agents. However, it turns out they are fully extensions of him and his will. Silas is capable of seeing through them and having them act on his behalf. When they consume the memories and minds of those they hunt, this fuels Silas and his power. Traveling across universes, Silas has been consuming more and more beings from various realities -- seemingly with the intent to ultimately wipe out the entire multiverse
Anya describes him as a "starving God who gets his kicks through everyone else" while hinting at a former relationship with him, while her ally Morgan describes him as the ultimate Memory Vampire/Universe God. The sheer power of Silas has the Scoobies preparing for full-blown war with him -- while also prompting Ethan Rayne to run back to Wesley and the Watcher's Council to inform them of their plans and the importance of bringing Willow onto their side. Silas clearly has dark intentions for all of existence, threatening more than just the core reality of the comic series. But he may have also found an ally on the primary world of the series: Faith
. One of the three currently active Slayers, Faith has been working -- alongside Wesley and Robin Wood
-- with the Watcher's Council and Mayor Wilkens.
But things have been teased to be far more complicated regarding her, with Faith's memories confirmed to be tampered with by the Watchers
in an attempt to mold her into a more controllable and ruthless Slayer. It turns out Faith isn't even actually from the core universe of the series. This gives the Watchers more autonomy with her, as she's an unknown with no family or friends actively looking for her. Their experiments might finally come back to haunt them, though.
Noticing Faith's status as a multiversal visitor like himself, Silas approaches the young woman while she's asleep. Silas offers her the chance to stand by his side and fight alongside him. In exchange, he'll unlock all of her hidden memories -- and allow her to live forever outside of time with him. Surrounded by Lurkers, Faith's final choice isn't made clear. But given the original character's tendency to betray the other Scoobies, it wouldn't be surprising to see her commit such a betrayal to learn more about herself.