In 2016, Buffy is headed back to Sunnydale High.
Announced at Dark Horse Comics' New York Comic Con panel, Faith Erin Hicks will script an all-new adventure of the teenaged vampire slayer, with art by Yishan Li. "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon will serve as executive producer on the graphic novel, titled "Buffy: The High School Years - Freaks and Geeks."
"I've been offered a few licensed comics over the last year & I always think 'what do I have to say about this character?' Hicks mused on Twitter following the announcement. "Sometimes I don't really have anything to say about a character or property. But I have lots to say about Buffy. :D"
"I've been thinking of this comic as as a lost episode of the TV show from early in season 1," Hicks told The Mary Sue. "It's a fun story from early in Buffy's Slayer life, when things were a little less complicated. Buffy's in high school, recently moved to Sunnydale, she'd adjusting to her new life as the Slayer. She's met Angel, but hasn't yet dealt with all that drama. Buffy's still tough and badass, but less experienced, and she makes mistakes because of that inexperience. I hope the comic will be for both new and old fans of Buffy. More seasoned fans will hopefully get a kick out of a brand new story from Buffy's high school years, and because it's not continuity heavy, a new fan with only a passing knowledge of the show could pick it up and enjoy a stand alone Slayer adventure.
"For me it's a chance to get back to the core of Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Hicks continued. " The excitement of seeing a superpowered teenage girl kicking all kinds of supernatural ass."
"Buffy: The High School Years - Freaks and Geeks" arrives in 2016.