Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Yes, Tommy Gun Wizards has become Machine Gun Wizards in the final issue of the series. The events wrap up and some threads are left dangling for possible future installments. We pick up right from wherewe left off, which is to say that the speed basically start at a 60! And they don’t really let off the accelerator until the end.

Quick recap: Duncan and Bridgette have enlisted the help of Duncan’s failed date Rose (a doctor of history) on their quest. Meanwhile, Elaine pledged her son Galahad to Arthur’s service, promising him the Holy Grail, leading Elaine to take a drastic step.

Quick recap from the last issue: Inara’s still trying to use her diplomatic clout to save lives, but herding cats seems to be a more plausible life goal. Wash and Book are trying to stop the Browncoats from all-out war, while Simon, River, and Kaylee are stuck with Jayne and his latest great idea. Mal, Zoe, and Boss Moon’s attempt at calming down the other Browncoats is abruptly derailed by the arrival of Ma Reynolds, Mal’s tough-as-nails mother.

Previously on… Hellmouth #1, Drusilla successfully opened the Hellmouth and entered it to claim whatever dark destiny awaited her. Hot on her heels are Buffy and her mysterious (rather broody, definitely handsome) acquaintance, Angel.

The nitty-gritty: This is a pretty massive graphic novel with 110 pages of story that reads entirely like a feature film starring the female crew of the Serenity who team up with Saffron for a one-night caper that is most certainly a wild ride. When exactly it’s set isn’t absolutely stated, but given certain context cues, it’s definitely set before the Serenity movie but presumably after Book had left the crew.  

In Our Encounters with Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox, we return to the world created by Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. For this new anthology of capers and hijinks, the eponymous duo is joined by Ms. Mary Van Sloan, vampire huntress and demon slayer extraordinaire.

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.

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