Quick recap: With Merlin’s plan having come to fruition and Arthur back in full power, all of Britain has been cast into the Otherworld. All seems pretty grim at the moment.
After focusing on the crew on the Serenity in the last few issues, Issue #32 takes us to the other side, quite literally. This is an issue that’s focused on the crew members that were on the other ship, namely Inara, Lank, and Stev. A special guest star does appear, too, which is both a boon to the story and a major continuity breaker of sorts.
Quick recap: Having met up with River and an unusual young girl (Shakti), Emma races against time to save her mother and the rest of the Serenity crew. And perhaps screw around with Blue Sun some, too…
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Faith and Wesley seemed to be wrapped up in some major plans that Major Wilkins and Giles’ Mom have cooking up for the future. Meanwhile, the Scoobies are running out of time and space as the consequences of their interdimensional jaunt seem to be catching up on them.
Quick recap: On Earth That Was, after a tense showdown between the Serenity crew and the plunderers, an unlikely alliance was formed between the crew and the Earthers. The question remains: Is this an actual peace treaty or just a temporary truce while they stand against a common enemy?
Quick recap so far: Emma and Lu ran off with Raz, seeking answers on Uroborus. Meanwhile, Zoë and the rest of the group have ended up in some hot water with Blue Sun. Things appear to be going down the metaphorical head. (That’s “toilet” in ship speak.)
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Scoobies seemed to be divided in their mission and affiliations. While Buffy and Giles find themselves losing relevance, Faith and Wesley seem to be currying favor of the Watchers’ Council and the Mayor of Sunnydale. Kendra seems to be the Slayer-in-the Middle, but sides haven’t been taken yet. Meanwhile, Willow seems to be dealing with some major consequences of her portal-opening stunt.
At its core, “Tea Time” is a 40-page exploration of an afternoon/evening with the Scoobies at the Sunnydale High library as they research an arcane artifact called the “Vampiric Altar.” As the Scoobs procrastinate, they conjure up what-if stories that feature Giles as a vampire. Cue bad British clichés. The indignities that poor Giles puts up with… But, do the stories get anything right at all?
Quick recap: On Earth That Was, WashBot led the crew to the Midwestern headquarters of Washburne Industries. Unfortunately for them, they’re not the only ones from their side of the ‘Verse that have discovered the Earth That Was. While most of the crew opted to make a run for it, Zoë takes a stand to protect the Washburne legacy.
Quick recap so far: Seeking a reprieve and some medical help, Zoë and her crew arrive at the doorstep of one Simon Tam and Kaylee. (They have kids!) Despite Zoë’s misgivings, Simon’s sleuthing about the mysterious cargo gets them the wrong kind of notice. Meanwhile, Emma and Lu have run off with the Blue Sun contraband.