Previously, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Even without her powers, Buffy still retained some link to her destiny. Unfortunately, that also meant that her Slayer essence could still be sensed by Hungrus the Vampire Devourer. Will Buffy prove to be an easy snack or a meal that Hungrus will choke on?

Previously, the Cameron Brothers, along with Stella and Frankie, returned to their childhood stomping grounds to start over in an old, abandoned mansion. Things go sideways pretty quickly due to the Cameron Brothers’ mutual interest in Stella.

Mexican-American (and questioning) teenager Javi and his friends want to host a party the weekend his parents are out of town. This party will be different, though, as it’s their chance to propel themselves to popularity. Javi just has to convince his sister and avoid the party getting too rowdy. But just as things are starting to look up, everything takes a turn for the absolute worst in the first issue of It’s Only Teenage Wasteland.

You might think I live under a rock, and, sometimes, I think I do, but I came into this graphic novel cold. I’d heard the name before, and though I’m not a big fan of horror, I like to expand my horizons. I’m happy to say I was glad I chose this story.

Since 1983 when Return of the Jedi first premiered, Jabba the Hutt has been a character who has been (in my opinion) underutilized. Like Boba Fett, his demise came far too quick. Despite a handful of appearances in other Star Wars media, including a cameo in The Phantom Menace, a restored sequence in A New Hope, an ill-fated role in The Clone Wars movie, and a couple of episodes of the series (as well as a few flashbacks in the old Extended Universe and the Darth Vader comic published by Marvel), there has been far too little of the infamous Hutt.

When Star Wars premiered in 1977, it was - and still is - recognized as a reflection of many genres. Mythology, religion, and history all claimed a part of the construction of its narrative. So, too, did the American Western. In fact, in Mary Henderson’s book, Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, there is an entire section devoted to Star Wars’ relationship to the Western. While there have been several tips of the hat to the genre, including, most recently, the Disney+ series, The Book of Boba Fett, there has been no true direct reference imagery depicted… until now.

With Jayne charged with the possibility that his son is still alive on Earth That Was, the group coalesced around the plan to rescue Simon and find an available portal to take Jayne back to Earth That Was. You probably already figured this out, but there are… complications to that plan. When has it ever been simple with this crew? They’re the Grey’s Anatomy of space opera, I guess.

Did you remember to lock the door?  I’d better go check.

Here we are, like the main adventuring party, returning to the world of Die. And like the group of longtime friends turned adventurers, it was with hesitation and anxiety that I returned to a world that I loved so much after taking some time apart from it.

Can you say action? Cool settings? Magic that has nothing to do with European elves, wizards, and witches?

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