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.

Christopher Cantwell’s second foray into comic books doesn’t ease you into it; you’re catapulted into its chaos. His previous series which ended last month, She Could Fly, was about one girl’s mental illness and her desperate journey to be free of it. It was amazing, heart wrenching, surreal, absurd, and one of my favorite series of the last two years. Everything ups the ante.

David Pepose has a talent for combining the best aspects of nostalgic entertainment. His new series, Going to the Chapel, combines the action/adventure elements of Die Hard with that of a classic rom-com. Readers are introduced to the bride, Emily, who is unsure about her perfect soon-to-be beloved, and her rich family who are about to be robbed by a handsome stranger and his gang of Elvis-masked cohorts. And, there’s about to be a very big (and probably awesome) firefight with the sheriff.

Picking up immediately after issue one, issue two of Berserker Unbound sees the Berserker more-or-less befriending Joe Cobb, the transient he encountered after emerging from the cave portal. Though the two characters are unable to understand each other’s speech, Cobb invites the Berserker to his forest camp, where he bandages him up and provides him a tin of food. The next day, after disguising the Berserker in more common clothing, both make their way into the city to visit the food bank and a liquor store. The Berserker is perplexed by the squalor the other transients live in and awed by the skyscrapers of the city; however, when it comes to pass that Cobb is not able to help the Berserker further in his quest to find the wizard, he sets off into the city alone.

The most important thing to remember with any Watt O’Hugh novel is that time is not linear; in Watt’s case, it’s not even sequential most of the time.  It’s been several years since I read the first two installments in Watt’s adventures as reluctant Western hero, time roamer, and member of the movement against the Sidonians, so re-entry into his quirky, time-defying story was a bit like participating in a polar bear swim: slightly terrifying, a little disconcerting, but ultimately refreshing and memorable.

Moon Maid: Catacombs of the Moon is a new series that continues not only from the original Edgar Rice Burroughs’ book, The Moon Maid (1926) but picks up after the events of The Moon Maid: Fear on Four Worlds comic series with references to the Pellucidar and Carson of Venus series, as well. Moon Maid is a unique juxtaposition of the best of all Burroughs’ writing; it's a combination of sword-and-planet along with Hollow Earth, as the setting of the series takes place inside the jungle interior of Earth’s moon called Va-nah.

When you’re running for your life, sometimes, you can’t be too choosy about who you go to for help.

A quick recap of Angel #3: Having met Fred, Angel must travel to the hell dimension to confront the faceless foe he’s hunting. In the meantime, Fred learns of her destiny from Lilith.

This is BOOM!’s first attempt at an anthology of slayer stories in the mode of Dark Horse Comics’ Tales of the Slayers collection. In this collection, we explore the stories of three slayers of the past: a Chumash protector in Sunnydale in 1808 (“The Mission”); a young noblewoman in Bologna in the 14th century (“The Eating of Men”); and a party girl in Paris in 1820 “Behind the Mask.”

Lifeformed: Volume 2 - Hearts and Minds from Dark Horse Books is exactly what fans of the first volume needed. Writer Matt Mair Lowery and artist Cassie Anderson are back together for the second volume in this sci-fi adventure series, releasing September 4, as they dive deeper into the world surrounding Cleo and her shapeshifting alien friend, who also happens to look like her dad.

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