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Comic Series
Buffy: The High School Years
No. of issues TBA
first last
"Freaks & Geeks" "TBA"
June 01, 2016 TBA
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Faith Erin Hicks
Kel McDonald
Penciller(s) Yishan Li
Cover artist(s) Scott Fischer
Colorist(s) Rod Espinosa

Buffy: The High School Years is a graphic novel series from Dark Horse Comics, announced during the NYCC' 2015. The first book is written by Faith Erin Hicks and art by Yishan Li. Executive produced by Joss Whedon.


Set during Season 1 and 2 of the television series, Buffy: The High School Years [...] delivers classic Slayer action! Moving to a new school and making new friends will create enough anxiety for any teenage girl. But when you're Buffy Summers, a vampire slayer—the Chosen One (with all that entails)—building a new life can be overwhelming.


The events take place during Season 1 and Season 2 of Buffy.



These graphic novels are published as trade-paperbacks, and are considered as "lost episode[s] from (...) the show" [1]

Graphic Novels

Cover TPB Release Dates
BuffyHSY-01 "Freaks & Geeks" 1 June 1, 2016
Written by: Faith Erin Hicks Artist: Yishan Li
A group of nerdy vampires, shunned by their cooler brethren, decide to climb the vampire social ladder by taking out the Slayer. They play on Buffy's insecurities, wearing her down until she is full-on distracted by the mental warfare. But in addition to her Watcher, Giles, this Slayer has a couple of new friends, Willow and Xander, to cheer her on . . . except, of course, when they're not getting along.
BuffyHSY-02 "Glutton for Punishment" 2 November 1, 2016
Written by: Kel McDonald Artist: Yishan Li
When Buffy and Xander sign up for home ec, assuming it will be an extra-credit cakewalk, they aren't aware that the teacher is a ravenous tiger demon in disguise. The demon's unquenchable appetite has him kidnapping his top students and forcing them to cook for him, and when Xander claims some store-bought treats are his own creations, he becomes the demon's next victim! It's not enough that Buffy has to keep her grades up, but she also has to rescue her friends and fellow students-and give the tiger demon his just desserts!
BuffyHSY-03 "Parental Parasite" 3 June 28, 2017
Written by: Kel McDonald Artist: Yishan Li
Buffy struggles to deal with her mom Joyce’s newfound interest in spending time with her. Balancing that with her schoolwork, her friends, and her regular vampire-slaying duties is a challenge. However, when Joyce becomes hypnotized by a childlike demon that craves motherly care, Buffy experiences a new kind of sibling rivalry—except in Buffy’s case, her “sibling” is actually a monster!
"No Need to Fear, the Slayer is Here" extra May 6, 2017
Written by: Kel McDonald Artist: Yishan Li
Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon), Yishan Li (Paradox Girl), Rod Espinosa (The Courageous PrincessNeotopia), and Tony Galvan (Gold DiggerGhost Cop) show us that the #SlayerStruggleIsReal in a new Buffy: The High School Years story. The FCBD all-ages issue finds sixteen-year-old Buffy trying to reconcile her Slayer duties with typical teenage problems – bad luck and demon battling can really destroy a girl’s confidence.

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