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Buffy: The High School Years - Freaks & Geeks

(Buffy: The High School Years #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  857 ratings  ·  165 reviews
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--the Chosen 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 ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Dark Horse
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fitting is murderous!

This is the first book of three, part of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer – The High School Years”, featuring new stories set at the very early arrival of Buffy to Sunnydale. Most likely before the TV episode “The Pack”, even I guess that they’re set even before of “Teacher’s Pet”. Published in prestige format and in a special reduced size. Each story is stand-alone, therefore each book (of three) can be read in any order.

Creative Team:

Writer: Faith Erin Hicks

Illustrator: Yishan
David Schaafsma
A reboot of the Buffy tv series situated in the high school, maybe for tween/middle/high school audience. Not part of the elaborate continuation "seasons" of the show, but imagines we are in the world of Buffy and friends and Giles within the first season of the tv show, when it was particularly fun. I read this because this is a Buffy house, and also because I am a fan of Faith Erin Hicks, so the writing was solid, fun. The story focuses on a typical story of that time: A teen vampire club ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I dunno, a lot of people are ragging on this one for being simple and not as good as the Season 9 and 10 comics and "the arts is too manga", which I guess is a matter of taste, but the whole point of this "High School Years" concept is to bring the storyline back to that Season 1 period where it was 1997 and the X-Files was still on TV, and Buffy was all about being a jank-ass, episodic show where the monster-of-the-week was a thinly-veiled allegory for the adolescent experience. I think it hit ...more
Michelle Morrell
I little snippet of life, way back from Buffy S1. Quite a melancholy read, actually, knowing all that is to come for these fresh-faced kids, not quite yet aware that the world is on their shoulders and tragedy will be their spice of life.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic, ya
Slight. If you've seen the show and imagine the characters' voices it reads okay, otherwise it is pretty flat. The art isn't ugly but doesn't have much expression. Certainly not Hicks' best work.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Jun 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was mildly excited to see that we were to get new Buffy stories set during high school, because all previous comic attempts at this time period had failed miserably in the art and storytelling departments. Sadly this reboot is just the same. Bad, just horrid, manga art of the characters, and why do the vampires all look like little old ladies? Totally unoriginal story, any good lines are lifted straight from the show. Oh, and the whole plot... it was basically the season four opener, "The ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This was 100% terrible. The worst Buffy comic ever written and drawn. The art was awful and the storyline was silly. I hated it.
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
For what this is, it's wonderful!!

Longer review to come soon! :)
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly, if you don't remember Buffy plot details with the clarity that I seem to, and you somehow managed to miss the start-of-book text telling you so, this book is set during Season 1 and somewhat early on at that. As this is planned to be a series, I guess the stories will gradually progress through the time period of the first three seasons.

The writing is what gives this book four stars. I'm not such a fan of the artwork; the manga style isn't my favourite style, but it's by no means bad
Susan Rose
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the things I really like about early Buffy is how often the plot is based around friendship and teen drama even while having supernatural end of the world type stuff as a background. So I jumped at the chance to go back in time the book is written in a YA style which is well done and not overly simplistic. It completely fits with the book and is an easy quick read but it’s very different from what the Season 8 Buffy books I’ve been re-reading lately.

The art is in a manga style (Yishan Li
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very quick read, I gulped it down in one sitting! I miss the Buffyverse of yesteryear and am NOT a fan of the comic continuations. Actually, some of the very first comics I ever read as a teen were stories of Buffy while still a student at Sunnydale High! :) I liked the artwork for the most part (even if Buffy's nose looked a little weird), the story was simple -but sweet- and it makes sense for Buffy to be feeling insecure, as I'd gage this story as set in Season 1 some time during the first ...more
This was pretty mediocre. The usual vampire shenanigans, but as a background point more than anything for a story about Buffy becoming insecure about her friendship with Willow and Xander. Not up to the level of the other Buffy comics I've read - this seems like it should be marketed more to younger readers.

Decent illustrations.
Matthew Lloyd
The theory behind this series of comic books is solid. Of all the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that could be fleshed out by additional stories, season one is the best; the basis for this story in particular - a group of nerdy vampires highlight how Buffy's old life as a popular girl in LA conflicts with her new life as an outcast in Sunnydale - fits with the high school fears manifest as monsters theme of early Buffy. The error, then, lies in the execution. Pages and pages of this story ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute, kind of slight, little story. Good friendship moments, and the dialogue was p Buffy-y. The art style is fine, but I do wish the characters looked a biiit more like themselves (especially Willow and Cordelia). Kind of just makes me want to rewatch Buffy, though? Also, for the record, Xander is *not* the best.
Jenn Estepp
It's nice to be back in the Buffy-verse, during the early years. The story is fine, but it's all very slight.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A classic Buffy 1st season episode comic, good for a rainy Friday after work with a cup of tea.
Amanda Mehaffey
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Man these are a blast from the past! Definitely feeds my Buffy addiction. I also love the artwork in these. It feels more like a manga than the traditional graphic novel style.
Jennifer Abella
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute but much too short
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There are probably two points that make or break a graphic novel based up a TV series/movie: is it true to the canon and does it positively add to it? Unfortunately, Buffy: The High School Years missed the mark on both counts: the characters and story are flat and missing the trademark B:TVS zing. Manga-style artwork, complete with sanpaku-eyes, further deviates and alienates from what fans expect and desire from a
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Negatives: This was *extremely* short (I think it took me about 15 minutes to read), which is a downer. Plus it is a throwaway story - doesn't really have any continuation it seems going into volume two, and doesn't have any super-interesting big bads or characters outside of the immediate Scooby bunch.

Positives: This was very true to the original, the Season One TV show, which was the whole point. These are supposed to be "extra" stories from Buffy's first year(s) at Sunnyville High School. I
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Many, many years ago did I start to watch a TV series called Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I got hooked and enjoyed watching it, well until Angel got his own TV series and then the TV series got less interesting to watch. I mean Riley...Ugh! Then, it got a bit better and S5 was rally god. Personally, I felt it could have ended there, it would have been a great ending, but no it goes on a couple of seasons more and I'm not even sure I watched the whole last season.

Anyway, what I want to say that I
Paula  Phillips
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Buffy Summers has just moved to Sunnyvale and learning how to be a Slayer after she discovered that she was new generation Vampire Slayer. Giles teaches her and supported by her two best friends Willow and Xander. In Freaks and Geeks, we are also introduced to Cordelia who is the school's Queen B. She is the type of person that Buffy would have been friends with in her old school, a life before she discovered that she was the chosen one - Slayer. In Freaks and Geeks, we watch as Buffy trains in ...more
Gretchen Alice
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
There are a couple of good zingers, but the themes of the story (friendship! coolness!) are a too on-the-nose for Buffy. Maybe that's the point of this series? Buffy-lite? I'm honestly not sure. The artwork leans more towards manga than traditional comic book style, but the colors and character expressions are all spot on. It's probably not going to fill the Buffy-shaped hole in your heart. I would totally hand it to teen readers who aren't familiar with the Scooby Gang and hopes it sparks their ...more
Edward Davies
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't mind the Japanese style of artwork in this Buffy comic, and the old-school story was fun enough, though in spite of being 80 pages long this took me about the same amount of time to read as a Buffy Season 8 or 10 story which is a quarter of the size.
Rachel Sheehan
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
It could have been better (if it had more witty dialogue, better characterization, a more original plot, etc.) ,but it's Buffy so five stars is a given for me.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Good preview. Definitely want to read more!
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this! It was very short, but it was still a satisfying read! The character voices stay true to the show's, especially Buffy's. Definitely an awesome Buffy fix :)
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Captures the tone and feel of Buffy season 1. Bonus points for the Sweet Valley High-esque cover.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have never seen any Buffy episodes or read any Buffy comics prior to reading this.

Maybe I should have.

The dialogue wasn't as witty and fresh as I'd have liked and the art in the book varied slightly from that on the cover (the cover art is what drew me in to pick this up in the first place). The characters were a bit flat and the story wasn't all that engaging.

In the pages, you read about Buffy and how she feels outcasted by her 'friends'. While she is dealing with the 'loneliness', a group
Jim C
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating is 2.5 stars.

This collection is based on the television series. It takes place during the first season. A group of four vampires plan to make a name for themselves by taking out the slayer. Meanwhile, Buffy is still getting use to her life being changed.

I will start with the positive first. The story is excellent until the final act. It fits wonderfully with the first season arc as we get to see the Scoobies develop their friendship. Buffy is hanging with a totally different crowd
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