After dying & then being resurrected & de-aged in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, former Watcher Rupert Giles is about to undergo a brand new adventure: attending high school.
As reported by AV Club, Buffy creator Joss Whedon will team up with Concrete Park writer Erika Alexander, artist Jon Lam and colorist Dan Jackson for the new four-issue Dark Horse Comics miniseries Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Giles that begins in February. This series finds Giles enrolling in an inner-city public school in order to investigate the mysterious disappearance of teachers.
“Sunnydale was, apart from being on a hellmouth, a pretty privileged place,” Whedon said. “Giles has never really dealt with the public school system as it exists for most kids. He’s never been to the city. Giles has always had the advantage of being a part of the system that educated him. He was taught to be a watcher in a family of watchers. His education was, in the grand British public school tradition, both expansive and parochial. In-depth views of tiny portions of the world. Of course, he walked over the awkward hormonal coals of adolescence—but now he knows more, and expects better of himself. His once-more 15-year-old body, however, is oblivious to his wisdom/cynicism/impatience.”
While this is a new world of sorts for Giles and a new cast of characters, there will be some things he’s quite familiar with.
“Giles will meet characters he’s familiar with,” Alexander said. “Characters loafing around at any high school: shy girls, bullies, crazy principals, mysterious janitors, loony students posing as a teachers’ aides, as well as a few surprises. But the most important character he’ll meet is himself. A version of himself he thought, hoped, he left long ago, will be there to greet him. And that Giles gives our Giles anxiety.”
This also isn’t that much of a new experience for Lam as an artist as he’s recently finished with DC Comics school set Gotham Academy: Second Semester.
“I feel that the tones for Gotham Academy and Giles have some similarities in that they involve supernatural elements centered around young adults, learning or relearning who they are as people and how they will face new incoming challenges,” Lam said. “That being said, I feel that in Gotham Academy, since there were uniforms, a lot of the character’s costumes were very similar, and in Giles everyone goes to a public school, so the outfits are a lot more personalized, which also adds another layer of challenge in design.”
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Giles #1 arrives on February 28.