Joss Whedon to Write ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Giles Spinoff Comic
Though Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a decades-spanning legacy, one cannot think about the titular Buffy Summers without also thinking of her long-time watcher, Rupert Giles. Thankfully, fans of Giles will get to see him again in a newly announced four-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, titled Vampire Slayer: Giles. Announced by Buffy creator Joss Whedon in a recent interview with AV Club, the Giles spinoff will feature a story by co-writers Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander, illustrations by Jon Lam, and coloring by Dan Jackson.
The new Giles spinoff series will see the watcher resurrected by his friends, only to find that he now has the body of a boy in his early teens, while still retaining his mind from before he was killed at the end of season 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A few years have passed since these events, and at the start of the new spinoff comic series Giles will be 13-14 years old. As with all teenagers, Giles enrolls in a public school, where he ends up investigating the strange disappearance of teachers. While Giles may still have his fully functioning middle-aged mind, he will find the public school very different from his original British educational upbringing. “Sunnydale was, apart from being on a hellmouth, a pretty privileged place,” Whedon said.
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 expansiveand 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.”
The premise of the Giles spinoff series certainly seems interesting enough, and Joss Whedon should have plenty of comedic ammunition given that our favorite watcher is essentially a fish out of water in his younger body. Published by Dark Horse Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #1 will be slaying its way into our hearts on February 28, 2018.
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