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Comic Issue
"Freaks & Geeks"
Publication date June 01, 2016
Pages 80
Buffy: The High School Years #1
first issue in series
"Glutton for Punishment"
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Faith Erin Hicks
Penciller(s) Yishan Li
Editor(s) Freddye Miller &
Sierra Hahn
Cover artist(s) Scott Fischer
Inker(s) Yishan Li
Colorist(s) Rod Espinosa &
Tony Galvan
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings &
ComiCraft's Jimmy Betancourt

"Freaks & Geeks" is the first graphic novel of Buffy: The High School Years comic book series. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.


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.[1]


This story takes place during Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1, specifically prior to "Angel", as the Scoobies are not yet aware that Angel is a vampire.

The fact that Willow makes no mention of Owen during a conversation with Buffy may imply the events also take place prior to "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date."



Organizations and Titles



Weapons and Objects

Death Count

  • 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 first issue to have female writer and illustrator working together, and the second story (after Sonnenblume).

Pop Culture References


Cover Artwork




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