The last time we were in Sunnydale, the Hellmouth was just opened and Buffy and Angel were quite literally in it. Hell was breaking loose everywhere. Fast-forward a few days, and that’s where we are now. It’s pretty clear that despite both the Buffy and Hellmouth titles being set in Sunnydale, the focus of each series is clearly divided, with the Hellmouth series focusing on Buffy and Angel, and the Buffy series shining the spotlight on the rest of the gang.
I will come right out and say it: The Blue Road is a beautiful read. It’s a gorgeous book, as well, and I don’t mean just visually. It’s a tenderly written narrative that really works as an exercise in empathy in today’s age. In fact, it’s a very age-appropriate tool to serve as an allegory for the hardships of migration, even for children.
Quick recap: The Sundog crew is still on the run, having barely escaped with their lives in their previous escapade. Grix’s personal life seems to be getting more complicated, and Vess made a fateful choice to go against the establishments of her faith in order to find true belief. Despite their heroic efforts at uncovering some terrible truths underpinning the current status quo, the crew is left with the bitter lesson that people just don’t care about the truth if it makes life uncomfortable for them.
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.