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While created as part of licensed material, it is not part of the original Buffyverse, but its own developed story.
Buffy '97 is a one-shot graphic novel of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book series. Written by Jeremy Lambert and illustrated by Marianna Ignazzi, it will be published on June 29, 2022 by Boom! Studios.
In this special celebratory issue, Buffy Summers and Willow Rosenberg find themselves trapped... in a '90s teen magazine! But obviously it's not just any old magazine-this one's part of a demon's diabolical plan to feed on teenage insecurities. Meanwhile, in true '90s makeover montage-style, Spike gives Giles a hand with a fresh new look to impress a very special someone! Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jeremy Lambert (Doom Patrol), artist Marianna Ignazzi (An Unkindness of Ravens).
Behind the scenes
- The solicitation for this comics initially listed Max Bermis as its writer and the synopsis as following:
- "That Buffy Show," a The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air meets Dawson's Creek style teen drama sitcom, is a perfect fit for the Buffster. It's all going well until the cast gets a taste of the supernatural when the audience totally vamps out! The Scooby Gang is forced to learn actual slayage skills on live television from "TV" Buffy to save their lives, and more importantly... keep the show from being cancelled!
- Yoshi Yoshitani's cover is a parody to the sitcom The Nanny, which aired in 1993–1999.
- Paulina Gancheau's cover is a parody to the poster for the 1996 slasher film Scream.