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    As this technically isn't a season 10 comic I thought I'd open up anew thread.

    Preview for Buffy: The High School Years - Freaks & Geeks




    https://bnccatalist.ca/ViewTitle.aspx?id=3777323

    Buffy: The High School Years: Freaks & Geeks

    By (author): Joss Whedon
    By (author): Faith Erin Hicks
    Illustrated by: Yishan Li

    Jun 28, 2016

    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—theChosen One (with all that entails)—building a new life can be overwhelming. 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.

    Award-winning author Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) brings the angst, the action, and the cool to Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

    Series Overview: This is an original graphic novel. Currently two stand alone volumes are planned.

    ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

    Faith Erin Hicks is a Canadian writer and artist. She worked in the animation industry for several years before transitioning into writing and drawing comics full time in 2008. She started making comics “for fun” and putting them on the web when she was in college. Her first published work was Zombies Calling(SLG Publishing) in 2007. Since then, she has published a number of other graphic novels, including The War at Ellsmere (SLG), Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, First Second Books), Friends with Boys (First Second Books), Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen, First Second Books), The Adventures of Superhero Girl (Dark Horse Comics),The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann, Dark Horse Comics), and the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres, Kids Can Press). She won an Eisner Award in 2014 for The Adventures of Superhero Girl.

    Faith currently lives in Vancouver, BC with her partner, Tim, and their helpful cat. Her current project is The Nameless City, a three book series with First Second Books. The first Nameless City book will be out in April 2016. The author lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.








    Last edited by Silver1; 28-01-16, 12:16 AM.

  • #2
    Is she going to let those nerdy vampires walk away because they feel bullied? I guess she's let bad guys walk away to kill another day for less.

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    • #3
      Now, the gimmick here is to be "canon-ready", at least? Leaving aside actually canon or not, but that they are writing these as like the "forgotten tales" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer consistent with Seasons 1-current?

      If so, not a bad start. I think the art style is refreshing, I'm not a huge manga/anime fan and this doesn't go too far into that style for my comfort. Initial concerns, I hope there isn't a lot of prescient humor/fourth wall leaning humor, because that is too easy to get into a habit of and using to say "take THAT!" on old fan arguments. The bit about Xander volunteering to be free labor made me think of that, because troof. Other concern is going to be much harder to police, though -- telling a story that is by necessity set in the mid-late 90s but adhering to mid '10s orthodoxy of social consciousness. To wit; a bullying story, told through the lens of vampires as bullying victims? Hamnoo, I say thee hamnoo.
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      • #4
        * Other than Buffy wouldn't be wearing high heels given it is difficult to run and fight in high heels, Buffy's eyes are the wrong color, and there is no consequence to this story if going by what is in the preview; it is much better than Season 10.


        * I assume Buffy will stake that 'old lady' vampire.


        * It would have been better to do stories which fill in the gaps. A story about Angel's "becoming someone, someone to be counted" and/or stories about what Angel was doing in the BtVS S1 episodes he wasn't in. Stories of what Spike and Drusilla were doing in the BtVS S2 episodes they weren't in. Stories about what Faith was doing in the BtVS S3 episodes she wasn't in. Maybe try to get Juliet Landau to do some stories about what Dru was doing during BtVS S3 and BtVS S4 and pre-AtF. Regarding the Scoobies, there is more than a year after "Chosen" (B 7.22) that we don't know much about. There are the summer months.


        * This preview shows nothing about the Buffyverse we haven't already seen and nothing we don't already know.
        Last edited by MikeB; 28-01-16, 07:22 AM.

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        • #5
          "Buffy wouldn't be wearing high heels given it is difficult to run and fight in high heels"

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          • #6
            I think I'll sit this one out. Coming to BtVS as a grown-up and having been educated in a very different school system from American high-schools (girls-only private school in Europe) I had a hard time identifying with her high-school experience. I really thought the show actually became more interesting after the high-school years were over and she had to figure out how to grow up.

            The manga-esque style of the artwork also doesn't work for me - in fact what made me invested in the other Buffy comics is that with a few really horrible hack exceptions they have pretty individualistic and realistic art styles while yet mostly managing to doing the characters justice.

            I agree with MikeB that I'd probably be more interested in comics that told stories that we haven't been privy to, even if it's through the eyes of other characters. It would be easier that way to prevent the pitfalls that KingofCretins pointed out. You could cover the same ground that the series already covered, you could get a lot of retcons that could be just plain annoying; and if it's true to the 90s, then it's actually more of a flashback than a story with contemporary relevance...

            On the other hand, if the manga art tempts some younger people to pick up the books and gets some next generation folks interested in the series and maybe wanting to check out the original show, then it's all good. For now I'll just sit back and instead keep following Season 10 out of sheer pig-headedness...
            Last edited by Clavus; 29-01-16, 12:13 AM.
            Smile, listen, agree - and then do whatever the f**k you wanted to do anyway... (Robert Downey jr.)

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            • #7
              I'm less interested after that tbh. I didn't mind the manga style on Buffy but it recharacterises Willow in a way that undoes important layers to the character. Her clothing was a significant social indicator for the high school years and reflected her lack of confidence as an attractive girl, and showed her nerd outsider status etc. I also found the conversation with the vamps odd/daft. I'll wait on reviews, but I'm certainly not going to buy it based on that now.

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              • #8
                The cover on the second installment says EP: Joss Whedon.

                http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511xDVxT9yL.jpg

                These things supposed to be canon or what? I ain't having it, I'll tell you that.

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                • #9
                  As much as I love the high school years of BtVS, what is the point of this? How is this any different from the old non-canon comics Dark Horse put out back when the show was airing? It has Joss's name on it, but is he really involved in the writing process or is he just saying OK to the idea and letting them slap his name on it?

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                  • #10
                    None of the old books had his name on them other than in the 'Based on the works of' sense which is what I thought these were supposed to be. The EP credit seemed to be reserved for the intended-canon stuff. Or not.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by VisionGuy View Post
                      As much as I love the high school years of BtVS, what is the point of this? How is this any different from the old non-canon comics Dark Horse put out back when the show was airing? It has Joss's name on it, but is he really involved in the writing process or is he just saying OK to the idea and letting them slap his name on it?
                      Its mostly Dark Horse testing a different art style to maybe attract manga fans and S1 stories to attract show fans who don't follow the comics. Could S11 reference it and cause a canon fight? Sure. do they have t be read? Probably not.

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                      • #12
                        It has Joss' name on it, its canon. I doubt very much that it will disrupt tv show canon, it is just supposed to pad out with early stories I think. I'd hope they would have put it through some canon consistency testing. There was a reason why Joss didn't choose to put his name to JM's tripe story, it isn't that he will put his named endorsement on the cover to absolutely anything and everything.

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                        • #13
                          Considering Buffy's appeal was that the characters grew and changed down the years going back to before season one doesn't hold a lot of interest for me. We've covered that ground.

                          it isn't that he will put his named endorsement on the cover to absolutely anything and everything.
                          Well there's the first two seasons of the comics. *runs*
                          Last edited by Silver1; 26-02-16, 12:51 PM.

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                          • #14
                            My suspicion is they'll try to lace in some BS establishing stories for the comics.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Silver1 View Post
                              Considering Buffy's appeal was that the characters grew and changed down the years going back to before season one doesn't hold a lot of interest for me. We've covered that ground.
                              Buffy's overall appeal was that it captured the way in which we must face the universally relateable challenges of life in a way that appealed to our sense of adventure/fantasy, which is why it was already working before anybody had actually grown or changed; it was married instead to the process of growing and of changing. So there's every reason to think stories that are told in the timeframe in which the series was unambiguously doing a better and more consistent job of that (the high school years) would have an audience, and perhaps a new audience.

                              But going back and trying to coyly thread them in as "stories that happened on Thursdays instead of Tuesdays" or whatever is not a great way to do that because the growth and change can't by rights be very big or you'll start tripping over the extant Buffyverse.

                              This would be better as hard reboot, then, an Earth 2, or something, a chance to go back and tell it all another way.
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