Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Quick recap from the last issue: The Second Unification War seems inevitable. It’s up the Mal, Moon, and the rest of the crew to keep things from blowing up. Well, blowing up more than usual, that is.

A quick recap: Having witnessed the resurrection of King Arthur and a few of his faithful knights, Bridgette and Duncan have the daunting task of stopping them. Armed with a magical scabbard that heals all wounds, Arthur seems pretty unstoppable right now…

A quick recap of Angel #4: Angel traveled to the realm of the social media influencer demon and banished him. Meanwhile, Fred having regained her coherence, informed Angel of an ally in Los Angeles that he needs to recruit to his team.

Previously on Tommy Gun Wizards: We met Ness and his colleagues, a bunch of cops with perhaps a few secrets of their own. Set in 1931 during the Lick Prohibition, Al Capone is involved, and their shady business has bled into the Catholic Church. Cue Issue #2.

First things first: Congratulations are called for, as this series has been promoted to an ongoing series due to overwhelming fan support. That’s super exciting, as I think that this series has some really interesting places to go.

Quick recap from the last issue: Mal and Boss Moon have a begrudging truce going on. Meanwhile, the rest of the Serenity crew is fractured, with each group trying to get their captain back. In her attempt to get Mal back, Zoe may have inadvertently started a second Unification War…

As the title of this issue alludes to oh-so subtly, this issue serves as a prelude to BOOM!’s first epic Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel crossover event: “Hellmouth.” After the relatively slow burn of the last arc (Xander almost turned into a soulless vampire, and Willow sacrificed a bit of her soul to prevent that, NBD.), this issue is laser-focused on its mission to get us to the Hellmouth.

A quick recap of Angel #3: Having met Fred, Angel must travel to the hell dimension to confront the faceless foe he’s hunting. In the meantime, Fred learns of her destiny from Lilith.

This is BOOM!’s first attempt at an anthology of slayer stories in the mode of Dark Horse Comics’ Tales of the Slayers collection. In this collection, we explore the stories of three slayers of the past: a Chumash protector in Sunnydale in 1808 (“The Mission”); a young noblewoman in Bologna in the 14th century (“The Eating of Men”); and a party girl in Paris in 1820 “Behind the Mask.”

The year is 1931, set in Chicago. History buffs will probably recognize this as being set during the Prohibition era… In this case, the contraband is not hooch, but magic. Issue #1 comes with all of the standard fixin's of a standard crime thriller, but with a magical twist. You get cops with personal demons, Al Capone, mysterious wizards, a pentagram, and, this being Chicago, the Church.

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