Saturday, May 7, 2016

Crossover Cover: Undeadsville

This anthology of stories featuring Buffy Summers' predecessors as Slayer includes “Undeadsville” by Michael Reaves, set in December 1952. The current Slayer is Zoe Kuryakin, an 18-year-old first generation Russian Jew, who says she has no family she’s aware of, except for her cousin Illya, who is a few years older than her and attending college in the Ukraine. Zoe’s cousin is Illya Kuryakin from the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. If Zoe is eighteen in 1952, she would’ve been born around 1934. Since Illya was born in 1933, he would be only one year older than Zoe, not “a few years older.” In 1952, Illya was in the Russian Navy doing intelligence work, so perhaps his alleged college attendance was a cover story of some sort.

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