From Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander comes a series that returns Buffy’s Rupert Giles to high school! But this time — as a grown man living in a teenage body — Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city LA-area school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons; something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he’ll have a chance to find out who, what, and where — but high school is still hell, y’all.
- The story takes place after A House Divided, when Giles got his human certificate, and mentioned his idea of leaving to somewhere he could to act his physical age.
- It’s revealed that, while already in the Safe Zone, Willow and Buffy organized Giles’ trip to Living Legend Academy Charter High School.
- Giles describes being 16 years old, making it about four years since his resurrection (What You Want, Not What You Need, Part Two) — curiously following real-world time (actual date) other than comic book (seasons) time.
- The story happens before One Girl in All the World’s epilogue, in which Giles has returned to San Francisco and tells Faith about his adventures.
- Lloyd Addison
- Principal Boake
- Mr. Crowe (Only mentioned)
- Rupert Giles
- Hazel (Only mentioned)
- Willow Rosenberg (Only voice)
- Buffy Summers (Only mentioned)
- Ms. Wong (Only mentioned)
Organizations and Titles
- Los Angeles
- Safe Zone (Only mentioned)
Behind the Scenes
- This issue is the first to be written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon since Freefall, Part One.
- Writer Erika Alexander, illustrator Jon Lam, and cover artist Arielle Jovellanos debut in the Buffyverse in this issue.
- Jovellanos’ variant cover features the characters Tōru Oikawa and Hajime Iwaizumi from Haikyuu!! series.
- An exclusive variant cover was available for 12th ComicsPRO Annual Meeting, recolored from Steve Morris main cover.
- Girl Blue, Part One was the 173º best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 9,771 sales in February 2018 at comic specialty stores.
Pop Culture References
- Giles compares his undercover situation with the television series 21 Jump Street (1987).
- An unidentified student mentions Snapchat multimedia mobile application.
- Lloyd Addison compares his lament to William Shakespeare.
- Giles mentions Addison have translated works from the N.A.S.A..
- Mrs. Vega mentions technology executive, activist, and author Sheryl Sandberg, also refering to her book "Lean In" (2013).
- Giles mentions rapper Flavor Flav due to his trademark large necklace.
- Giles quotes the song "99 Problems".
A “mixtape” is provided throughout the story:
- A Tribe Called Quest — "We the People…"
- Kendrick Lamar — "Untitled 04/8.04.2014."
- Jessie Reyez — "Shutter Island"
- Pharrell Williams — Lost Queen
- Kendrick Lamar — "Figure Eight"
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — "Requiem in D Minor K. 626"
- Caetano Veloso — "Cucurrucucú Paloma" (Live 1995)
- Sara Gazerek — "Blackbird"
- Franz Liszt — "Liebestraume S541/R211: No. 3"
- Stevie Wonder — "Girl Blue"
|Giles - “I am that guy. A death merchant. Dooming everything I touch. So, on this day without light, my sins lais bare, I condemn myself to death. Yet, through her bloody kiss I will be reborn. Immortal. Because living life is heaven’s hell and chasing demons is chasing one’s own tale.”|