Buffy: The High School Years – Freaks & Geeks written Joss Whedon & Faith Erin Hicks, and illustrated by Yishan Li
Published by: Dark Horse Books on June 14, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Supernaturals, Young Adult
Plot: Buffy, former cheerleader / present “Chosen One” / vampire slayer extraordinaire is back!
Review: I always get nervous with remakes, especially when it involves a much beloved blast from the past. In my experience, there usually isn’t a middle ground either. It’s either completely awesome, or a heartbreaking abomination of the original. Thankfully, this version of Buffy nails it.
If you are a fan of the original TV show, you will find a lot of the same cheesy charm in this rendition. The classic cast of characters are all accounted for, and this version feels very much like its predecessors. Willow still digs Xander, Xander still likes evil Cordelia, and Buffy is smitten with Angel. In fact, Whedon and Hicks waste very little time on introducing readers to Sunnydale High, its residents, or its current “Hell Mouth” situation. However, even new readers will latch onto the plot and learn as they go. There is a slight stylistic change with the illustrative work. Yishan Li’s style echoes what one would typically see in manga, more so than American comics, but it works.
Overall, this graphic novel doesn’t break any new ground, but it has mass appeal that will help Buffy and her crew live on for future generations. Personally, I’m fangirling pretty hard right now and will snap up vol. 2 when it is published.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: Diehard fans of Buffy, lovers of all things supernatural, or those looking for a entertaining series for young adults will like this one.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*