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Girl Blue, Part One is the first issue of Giles: Girl Blue comic book miniseries. It was written by Erika Alexander and Joss Whedon, and illustrated by Jon Lam. It was originally published on February 28, 2018 by Dark Horse Comics.


From Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander comes a series that returns Buffy's Rupert Giles to high school! But this time — as a grown man living in a teenage body — Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city LA-area school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons; something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he'll have a chance to find out who, what, and where — but high school is still hell, y'all.[1]




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Behind the scenes[]


  • This issue is the first to be written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon since Freefall, Part One.
  • Writer Erika Alexander, illustrator Jon Lam, and cover artist Arielle Jovellanos debut in the Buffyverse in this issue.
  • Jovellanos' variant cover features the characters Tōru Oikawa and Hajime Iwaizumi from Haikyuu!! series.


  • An exclusive variant cover was available for 12th ComicsPRO Annual Meeting, recolored from Steve Morris main cover.
  • Girl Blue, Part One was the 173rd best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 9,771 sales in February 2018 at comic specialty stores.[2]


Pop culture references[]

  • Giles compares his undercover situation with the television series 21 Jump Street (1987).
  • An unidentified student mentions Snapchat multimedia mobile application.
  • Lloyd Addison compares his lament to William Shakespeare.
  • Giles mentions Addison have translated works from the N.A.S.A..
  • Mrs. Vega mentions technology executive, activist, and author Sheryl Sandberg, also refering to her book "Lean In" (2013).
  • Giles mentions rapper Flavor Flav due to his trademark large necklace.
  • Giles quotes the song "99 Problems".


A "mixtape" is provided throughout the story:

  1. A Tribe Called Quest — "We the People…"
  2. Kendrick Lamar — "Untitled 04/8.04.2014."
  3. Jessie Reyez — "Shutter Island"
  4. Pharrell Williams — Lost Queen
  5. Kendrick Lamar — "Figure Eight"
  6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — "Requiem in D Minor K. 626"
  7. Caetano Veloso — "Cucurrucucú Paloma" (Live 1995)
  8. Sara Gazerek — "Blackbird"
  9. Franz Liszt — "Liebestraume S541/R211: No. 3"
  10. Stevie Wonder — "Girl Blue"



Cover artwork[]



Giles: "I am that guy. A death merchant. Dooming everything I touch. So, on this day without light, my sins lais bare, I condemn myself to death. Yet, through her bloody kiss I will be reborn. Immortal. Because living life is heaven's hell and chasing demons is chasing one's own tale."


  1. "Buffy Season 11: Giles #1". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  2. "Top 300 Comics--February 2018". iCV2, March 12, 2018.