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New age: Buffy’s mentor Giles lives, and he’s going back to school – way back …

Sunnydale High’s librarian and slayer-watcher supreme is returning to high school — but as a student rather than a teacher.

Killed and brought back to life by the vampire Angel in previous post-TV Buffy-verse comics from Dark Horse, the character now inhabits an adolescent body after a resurrection ritual gone awry. So Giles (portrayed on screen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel by Anthony Stewart Head) is enrolling in an inner-city Los Angeles school to investigate a mystical case of missing teachers for a new four-issue comics miniseries.

According to Dark Horse Comics, “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.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park) are writing the new miniseries, while artist Jon Lam (Gotham Academy, Batgirl) joins the Whedonverse for the first time, according to Dark Horse. Colorist Dan Jackson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10) brings the story to life. Steve Morris (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11) and Arielle Jovellanos (Fresh Romance) created the covers and variant covers.

The first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles goes on sale Feb. 28, 2018.

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