Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

This jumbo-sized issue picks up immediately after Firefly #12. The Second Unification War is over with minimal casualties on both sides, thanks to Mal and his crew. Ma Reynolds is still at large, and Mal gave himself up so that his friends could skedaddle. Due to his heroics in the Second Unification War, Mal is granted a conditional pardon. The provision: He brings his mother to justice.

Previously, on Buffy Kendra the Vampire Slayer: Kendra’s timely arrival saved Rose and Cordy from the vicious attack of a classmate with some serious Hellmouth-inspired female hate. None of the menfolk seem to be immune to the Hellmouth’s influence, which could prove to be a serious problem for the new Slayer.  

Let’s start with a couple of quick expository facts. The entirety of this hefty tome (some 472 pages) is set between the events of Rise of the Tomb Raider, where Lara encountered the Deathless Prophet in her quest for the Lost City of Kitezh, and the concluding gaming chapter to Crystal Dynamic’s reboot, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Naturally, Trinity still looms large over her; their long shadow and longer reach are a constant threat. This large omnibus consists of 3 collections: Tomb Raider Volume 2 Issues #1 - #12, Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade Issues #1 - #4, and, finally, Tomb Raider: Inferno Issues #1 - #4.

Quick recap: Duncan’s family is a mess, y’all! Unbeknownst to him, his grandma raised him to be a perfect knight, in the off chance that she needed someone to retrieve the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, his grandfather is apparently the Fisher King, but only because Bridgette shot him in the nads after a disagreement about the trajectory of the family? The McGuires sure know how to woo partners…

A quick recap from the last issue: Ma Reynolds has taken over things on the Browncoat front, much to Mal’s chagrin. The crew is all finally reunited, just in time for the Second Unification War to really heat up. Love, war, weapons of mass destruction, disapproving mothers: Life is complicated for a space pirate with morals.

Quick recap: Things are heating up on all fronts in Invisible Kingdom. Grix and Turo have an uneasy truce at the moment, but things don’t look to stay that way for long. Meanwhile, Vess’ feelings for Grix become apparent to all but Grix.

Previously on Hellmouth #2, Buffy and Angel are deep in the Hellmouth, and it’s a good thing that they’re both handy to have around in a fight. Having fought through some of their deepest fears, they finally find Drusilla… but it appears that she isn’t in charge of the chaos after all?

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy and Angel disappeared into the Hellmouth, and their exploits are chronicled separately in the Hellmouth series. Meanwhile, the Scoobies are dealing with a slayerless Hellmouth, and things have definitely taken a wicked turn, and not in a good way. Enter, [redacted] to help even the odds.

A quick recap of Angel #6: With Angel gone, Fred and Gunn were sent by Lilith to recruit Spike to their cause (to find the Master). While the mission was successful, Fred was captured by a mysterious group.

Quick recap: The crew of the Sundog is at the mercy of salvagers. Vess’ vows of celibacy may become a problem for her, and her growing feelings for Grix look to become a point of conflict between her and Eline. Things are pretty tense, to say the least.

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