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Buffy: The High School Years” is a graphic novel miniseries from Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics published by Dark Horse Comics.


Set during Season 1 of the television series, Buffy: The High School Years delivers classic Slayer action! 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.[1]


The events take place during the first year of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, prior to episode "Angel".



The series includes 3 graphic novels and 1 short story:

Graphic Novels

Cover Title Volume Release date
BuffyHSY-01 "Freaks & Geeks" 1 June 01, 2016
Writer: Faith Erin Hicks Artist: Yishan Li
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 insecurities, wearing her down until she is full-on distracted by the mental warfare. But in addition to her Watcher, Giles, this Slayer has a couple of new friends, Willow and Xander, to cheer her on… except, of course, when they’re not getting along.
BuffyHSY-02 "Glutton for Punishment" 2 November 01, 2016
Writer: Kel McDonald Artist: Yishan Li
When Buffy and Xander sign up for Home Ec, assuming it will be an extra-credit cakewalk, they aren’t aware that the teacher is a ravenous tiger demon in disguise. The demon’s unquenchable appetite has him kidnapping his top students and forcing them to cook for him, and when Xander claims some store-bought treats are his own creations, he becomes the demon’s next victim! It’s not enough that Buffy has to keep her grades up, but she also has to rescue her friends and fellow students-and give the tiger demon his just desserts!
BuffyHSY-03 "Parental Parasite" 3 June 28, 2017
Writer: Kel McDonald Artist: Yishan Li
Buffy struggles to deal with her mom Joyce’s newfound interest in spending time with her. Balancing that with her schoolwork, her friends, and her regular vampire-slaying duties is a challenge. However, when Joyce becomes hypnotized by a childlike demon that craves motherly care, Buffy experiences a new kind of sibling rivalry — except in Buffy’s case, her “sibling” is actually a monster!

Short story

Cover Title Release date
No Need to Fear cover No Need to Fear, the Slayer's Here May 6, 2017
Writer: Kel McDonald Artist: Yishan Li
In our 2017 all-ages offering, you’ll thrill to a monster-slaying, citizen-saving adventure with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sixteen-year-old Buffy is still learning her trade, and sometimes battles with demons and bad luck can erode a girls confidence — and her ability to have high-school fun… #SlayerStruggleIsReal.

Behind the scenes

  • Artist Scott Fischer shared in February 2017 a sketch for an unreleased “Buffy: The High School Years” cover.[2] With the sudden decision of 20th Century Fox taking the Buffy the Vampire Slayer license back,[3] it’s likely that Dark Horse Comics had planned to publish at least one more graphic novel in the series.


  1. “NYCC 2015: Faith Erin Hicks pens all new "Buffy" tale for young readers”. Dark Horse Comics, October 11, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2016‎.
  2. “"Hair? Check. Shoes? Check. Crossbow? Check." Ready for a night out in Sunnydale. #buffy #buffythevampireslayer #btvs #sunnydale #lineart…”. Scott M Fischer on Instagram, February 01, 2017.
  3. Kiel Phegley, “INTERVIEW: Joss Whedon Teases Buffy’s Surprising End & Dr. Horrible’s Return”. Comic Book Resources, August 15 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
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