Joss Whedon to write new Buffy spin-off comic focusing on Rupert Giles

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Mar 26, 2021, 2:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Fans of the Buffyverse rejoice! Creator Joss Whedon is heading back to the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ... the comic book, that is.

The AV Club says Whedon is going to be writing a new four-issue mini-series for Dark Horse Comics based solely around Rupert Giles, Buffy’s Watcher (played by Anthony Head in the television series). It’s an interesting move for Whedon, who stopped writing for the Buffy comics around Season 9 (it’s currently in its 11th season.)

If you haven’t been keeping up with the comics, and are wondering why Giles has been drawn looking more like Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell, it’s because the character was killed off in Season 8, only to be brought back from the dead by Angel in the body of a teenage boy (but thankfully still with his wise, old mind in one piece.)

Now, considering this means we’ll get to see Giles go back to high school – and be a student himself again – you can color us extremely excited. Nobody writes high school quite like Whedon, and this promises to be a total riot.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles

(Image: Darkhorse, cover by Steve Morris)

According to Whedon (via the AV Club):

“Giles has never really dealt with the public school system as it exists for most kids. He’s never been to the city. Giles has always had the advantage of being a part of the system that educated him. He was taught to be a watcher in a family of watchers. His education was, in the grand British public school tradition, both expansive and parochial. In-depth views of tiny portions of the world. Of course, he walked over the awkward hormonal coals of adolescence—but now he knows more, and expects better of himself. His once-more 15-year-old body, however, is oblivious to his wisdom/cynicism/impatience.”

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