The show’s creator will co-pen four comics called Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Giles. The story will span across a four-issue Dark Horse Comics mini-series based around Buffy’s former Watcher, Rupert Giles, as he begins life in an inner-city high school–not as a teacher, as a fifteen-year-old student.
Buffy creator Joss Whedon is teaming up with writer Erika Alexander, artist Jon Lam, and colorist Dan Jackson to explore this new phase in Giles’ life. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Giles will see him reach his teenage years and enroll in an inner-city high school very different from Sunnydale, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of teachers.
Check out a preview of the cover art for the first issue of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Giles below:
When the Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series ended after 7 seasons, the story was continued in comic form. Treated completely as canon, the Buffy The Vampire Slayer comics have been officially treated as “seasons” of the original show. Giles’ character was killed in the climax of season eight but eventually resurrected by Angel. One caveat, he is now in a new pre-teen body with all of his middle-aged man memories intact. Now, little Rupert Giles is 15, and about to enter high school in America for the first time.
“Sunnydale was, apart from being on a hellmouth, a pretty privileged place,” Whedon explained to AV Club, adding that “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.”
While Whedon has continued to oversee Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy The Vampire Slayer series in an “executive producer” capacity, this will be the time he’s written for them since the first and second issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, back in 2011.
In the interview, Erika Alexander, who co-wrote the comic Concrete Park, describes the way the collaboration works:
“It’s crazy cool to be entrusted with Joss’ signature series and Giles, a fan favorite. It’s also a little frightening and gives me some anxiety! […] I want Joss to be happy and able to recognize his creation, as rendered and realized in collaboration with my voice. […] He’s building scaffolding in record speed, while I hurry along trying to keep up with the pace of the towers construction and pick out the drapes.”
The first issue of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Giles goes on sale February 28, 2018.
Images: Dark Horse Comics, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox
Source: AV Club