Buffy: The High School Years Parental Parasite TPB

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!

Lately I’ve been enjoying the experience of sharing one of my all time favorite shows with my daughter. After admittedly not reading any of the comics in ages, it’s nice to pick another one up. Set back in year one, it’s another book for Buffy: The High School Years with Parental Parasite.

It’s sure not easy being Buffy, trying to be both a vampire slayer and a highschooler and handling everything that comes with both. Her mother Joyce wants to spend more time with her for fear that she’s back to old habits and that could make things even harder. A cuclidus demon shows up, which takes on human child form and hypnotizes victims into doing their bidding at any cost. When it ends up using Joyce as it’s new “parent”, Buffy is going to wish her mother would pay more attention to her. With the Scooby gang on top of finding a way to take it out, the foe is defeated, and Buffy appreciates a lazy day with just her and her mom.

The artwork from Yishan Li is one I just became familiar with in the FCBD Buffy book and quickly liked. Seeing this full trade done in this fun and pretty style made me appreciate it all the more. It captures the adventures of Sunnydale wonderfully and really makes me want to read more of the HS Year books.

Whether it’s the extended “seasons” or installments like this, Buffy content is always appreciated. The story written here fits perfectly in the universe and I loved the art. Whether you brave the sunlight or wait til nightfall, go to your local store to get this book.

For more on Buffy: The High School Years or other Dark Horse books, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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