Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

The lowdown: This is a direct sequel to Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, loosely inspired by the events of the Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3 video games, with the addition of characters from later games that were retconned into the story with later video game installations.  

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, things were tensing up on both sides of the Slayer schism, with each side gearing up to fight a common enemy (Silas), but are they prepared to work together towards a shared goal? After a good, long while of doubting her place in the world (or multiverse!), Buffy had an epiphany about how to possibly fight a battle that’s stacked against them.  

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?

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