Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is heading back to the Buffyverse to co-write a four-issue miniseries with Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), artist Jon Lam (Gotham Academy: Second Semester) and colorist Dan Jackson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11). Titled Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles, the Dark Horse Comics series will star the resurrected and de-aged Rupert Giles as he heads to high school in an inner city to investigate teachers that have mysteriously disappeared.
“Sunnydale was, apart from being on a hellmouth, a pretty privileged place,” Whedon told 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.”
“Giles will meet characters he’s familiar with,” Alexander added. “Characters loafing around at any high school: shy girls, bullies, crazy principals, mysterious janitors, loony students posing as a teachers’ aides, as well as a few surprises. But the most important character he’ll meet is himself. A version of himself he thought, hoped, he left long ago, will be there to greet him. And that Giles gives our Giles anxiety.”
“For Giles, I think this is the first time I’ve been working on characters that have diverse body types,” Lam said. “It’s a new challenge that I’ve been having a lot of fun with. I think it’s also important to represent people of all sizes and backgrounds, especially in such a great universe.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles arrives in stores Feb. 28.