This is a dystopian view of the future "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" world. A bit of back-story in the book hints that Buffy eliminated demons from the world by sacrificing herself. Ever since then, no other slayer has been called... this is where the story lost me a little because vampires still exist in this world. If vampires still exist then why wouldn't a slayer immediately be called when Buffy died? Doesn't make sense to me. Anyway, Fray is the first slayer to be called in centuries, but she has no idea what she is. With no slayers having been called for so long, the watcher's council has deteriorated to consisting of crazy fanatics who offer Fray no help. This is rather disastrous since the vampires are planning an uprising that will wipe out most of the human population.
One of the things I love the most about Joss Whedon is that he not only creates some really kick-ass female heroes, but he also tends to surround them with other strong female characters. This graphic novel was no exception. Fray is an awesome character with some really interesting back-story. She reminded me a little of Faith because she has that hard edge and I could see her moral compass getting pretty screwed up. However, I didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping to. This, in part, is because I'm not a huge fan of dystopian stories. The inclusion of mutants was interesting with how they often reflected demons, but it also had me sighing. It felt like a little cliched to have mutants as the disadvantaged citizens of the future with Fray the understanding and sympathetic heroine to their plight. But it only mildly dampened my enjoyment of the book. It was still a great read that I would recommend to any fans of the BtVS.