Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

As the first issue in the new arc after the Hellmouth Event, Angel & Spike #9 delivers on several fronts. Establishing a new team dynamic. Check. Introduce a new mysterious threat. Check. Trot out a familiar face. Definitely.

As the new sheriff in town, Mal’s got a murder mystery to solve. Despite assistance from Boss Moon, it would appear that their mystery killer is one step ahead of them, with no qualms about committing mass murder. Meanwhile, the rest of the Serenity crew is still dealing with the fallout of the Second Unification War.

Previously on… Hellmouth #4: Having claimed Angel as her vessel, the Hellmother now only needs the blood of a Slayer to have the power to leave the Hellmouth. Good thing she has a Slayer all by her lonesome in the Hellmouth…

Bering Strait is perhaps the most human book I’ve read in a very long time. Ironically, its subject matter is not primarily human, per se. That is to say that the protagonists are not modern Homo sapiens, but rather our cousins, the Neanderthals. Set against the harsh tundra during the sunset days of the Neanderthals, it’s a searing look at what it means to be self-aware, to innovate, to fight for survival, to hope for a better future, to question what it means to be a people, and what makes us human.

Love is in the air at Fanbase Press! In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the Fanbase Press Staff and Contributors decided to stop and smell the roses. Throughout the week of Valentine’s Day, a few members of the Fanbase Press crew will be sharing their personal love letters to the areas of geekdom they adore the most.

Quick recap: With no good options left to them, Grix and the Sundog crew made the decision to steal back their ship. Easier said than done?

Quick recap: In order to assume the role of the Fisher King so that Duncan could pass over and retrieve the Holy Grail, Bridgette shot herself. Having prevented Galahad from procuring the Grail, Duncan must now try and save his Gran. Through a bit of ingenuity and adherence to lore, he beseeches the Ladies of the Lake for the ultimate Arthurian weapon: Excalibur.

After the Second Unification War, Mal was assigned to bring in his Ma in return for his freedom. (See The Outlaw Ma Reynolds.) Through some crafty finagling, Mal came out a winner. The prize: Mal is a newly-minted sheriff. Plot twist, huh?

Previously on… Hellmouth #3: After a brief separation, Buffy and Angel are reunited. While the two may not necessarily have gotten off on the right foot, it’s safe to say that Buffy is not thrilled about seeing Angel’s true face.  Sadly for Angel, it’s not something that a good orthodontist can fix.

This jumbo-sized issue picks up immediately after Firefly #12. The Second Unification War is over with minimal casualties on both sides, thanks to Mal and his crew. Ma Reynolds is still at large, and Mal gave himself up so that his friends could skedaddle. Due to his heroics in the Second Unification War, Mal is granted a conditional pardon. The provision: He brings his mother to justice.

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