|The canonicity of this article's subject remains dubious. Though it doesn't contradict official continuity, it has not been referenced in any confirmed canonical material.|
|Freaks & Geeks|
|Publication date||June 01, 2016|
|Buffy: The High School Years #1|
first issue in series
Glutton for Punishment
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Writer(s)||Faith Erin Hicks|
|Editor(s)|| Freddye Miller &|
|Cover artist(s)||Scott Fischer|
|Colorist(s)|| Rod Espinosa &|
|Letterer(s)|| Richard Starkings &|
ComiCraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
For a Slayer, high school is hell!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is back in classic action in a tale set during her first year at Sunnydale High School! Burdened with the stress of a new school, making new friends, and sleepless nights spent slaying the undead, Buffy becomes the target of a group of nerdy vampires hoping to climb the vampire social ladder.
- Set during Season 1 of the television series.
- Buffy mentions being popular before being a Slayer, and Joyce referes to her past friends at her previous school ("The Origin").
- Buffy and Willow talk about Angel as a mysterious stranger; they’ll discover he’s a vampire in episode "Angel".
- Giles awkwardly consoles Buffy by saying “there there,” something he'll repeat with Cordelia in "Some Assembly Required".
- Xander will eventually deal with his self-confidence and his role in the Scooby Gang in episode "The Zeppo".
- In her “Dark” persona, Willow will describe her grudge with being a “side man” for the Slayer in "Two to Go".
- Angel (Only mentioned)
- Cordelia Chase
- Fraser (Only mentioned)
- Rupert Giles
- Xander Harris
- Harmony Kendall
- Willow Rosenberg
- Buffy Summers
- Joyce Summers
Organizations and Titles
- Apocalypse (Only mentioned)
Weapons and Objects
- Seven unidentified vampires, staked by Buffy.
- Lisel, Stephen, and Greg, sacrificed by Hester.
- Hester, killed by the unidentified demon.
- Unidentified demon, slayed by Buffy.
Behind the Scenes
- The title is a likely reference to the TV series Freaks and Geeks.
- Writer Faith Erin Hicks as well as artist Yishan Li debuts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics in this issue. This makes Freaks & Geeks the second story to have female writer and illustrator working together (after Sonnenblume), and the first volume ever.
- "Freaks & Geeks" was the sixteenth best selling graphic novel in its publication month, with 3,865 sales in June 2016 at comic specialty stores.
Pop Culture References
- Buffy mentions eating Wheaties for breakfast.
- Buffy and Willow study about the French Revolution.
- Xander quotes “With great power comes great coolness,” in reference to the popular phrase from Spider-Man franchise: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
- Hester mentions buying a book on eBay and foresees the popularity of internet shopping.
|Giles - “You had a bit of luck with that slaying.”|
|Buffy - “C’mon, Giles, give a girl credit.”|
|Giles - “Nevertheless, your vampire-slaying skills have improved greatly in the last few months.”|
|Buffy - “All thanks to you, Giles. And a balanced breakfast of protein and Wheaties.”|
|Xander - “Okay, we’re not cool like Buffy. But as the Slayer’s friends, we provide an important service by hanging back and cheering on her exploits. Plus, sometimes she lets me hold her stakes.”|
|Willow - “You’re right. We’re an important part of Team Slayer.”|
|Buffy - “Maybe I was a popular girl once upon a time. Maybe I wore the right clothes and had a lot of friends. I’ve made mistakes dealing with people, but I was never cruel to my friends. I never used them so I could feel better about myself. You murdering your friends makes you cruel. Makes you a monster.” (pause) “Also, you’re a vampire. That also makes you a monster.”|
|Giles - “I’m thrilled by the show of camaraderie, but that creature’s body doesn’t seem to be vanishing the way a vampire body does. I suppose we must dispose of it the old fashioned way.”|
|Buffy - “Oh, Giles, so reliable. Of course you have shovels.”|
|Giles - “Yes, I am quite wonderful. Let’s get digging.”|
- ↑ "Buffy: The High School Years--Freaks & Geeks TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved November 01, 2017.
- ↑ "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--June 2016". ICv2, July 11, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2018.