Buffy The Vampire Slayer Is Going Back to Middle School Thanks to a New Comic Book

Image: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Entertainment Weekly
Image: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Entertainment Weekly

Buffy Summers and the Scooby Gang haven’t been on television in quite some time now, although they live on in a rather intense comic book series from Dark Horse that pushes boundaries the show never would have. But Buffy’s getting another new story that reinvents the character for an all-new series aimed at middle school readers.

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Today, Entertainment Weekly announced New School Nightmare, the first in a comic book series written and illustrated by Carolyn Nowak chronicling Buffy’s earliest days when she first became a slayer back... in the seventh grade.

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Though Nowak’s take on the character is noticeably different from the traditional Buffy canon, the author emphasized that series is true to the spirit of the original. Buffy’s still going to be kicking vampire ass and making friends with a witch and a werewolf and struggling to keep her slayer status secret from those around her—it’s just that she’s going to be a bit younger while she does it.

You can read the first eight pages of New School Nightmare at Entertainment Weekly’s site now.

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.

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pastaman44
pastaman44

I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve become increasingly more uncomfortable with plots surrounding secret societies/groups/cabals recruiting children into ranks to fight, especially when the fighting is very violent and ends up with participants frequently dying.

I know vampires are a threat and all, but I don’t really want to cheer on a 12-year-old girl being trained by shady British people on how to best stab things through the heart in battles to the death.