The show might be long gone, but Dark Horse has kept the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe alive for more than a decade in comic form. Now the slayer is finally heading back to high school.
The publisher has announced a new graphic novel series dubbed Buffy: The High School Years, which is being executive-produced by Joss Whedon. The first volume will be written by Eisner Award-winning author Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), with art via Yishan Li. The publisher says the series will bring back the “angst, the action, and the cool” to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
“I’m thrilled to be writing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic; the TV show was a formative story for me. I loved it so much that the very first comic I ever created was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer homage. It’s beyond exciting to get a chance to write the real thing!” Hicks said.
Subtitled Freaks & Geeks, the comic will be set during the first season of the television series and dig into the high-school angst, awkwardness and insanity that made those initial seasons so much fun. The storyline of the initial arc will follow a nerdy group of vampires who try to climb the social ladder by killing the slayer.
We’re huge fans of the ongoing seasonal comic run, but in a lot of ways it’s started to stumble under the weight of its own continuity. By taking the story back to high school and filling in the gaps, this could be one heck of a fun series (and maybe even fill the void left by the ill-fated animated series).
Buffy: The High School Years Freaks & Geeks is set to hit shelves June 15, 2016.
(Via Dread Central)