Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy and Angel disappeared into the Hellmouth, and their exploits are chronicled separately in the Hellmouth series. Meanwhile, the Scoobies are dealing with a slayerless Hellmouth, and things have definitely taken a wicked turn, and not in a good way. Enter, [redacted] to help even the odds.
A quick recap of Angel #6: With Angel gone, Fred and Gunn were sent by Lilith to recruit Spike to their cause (to find the Master). While the mission was successful, Fred was captured by a mysterious group.
Quick recap: The crew of the Sundog is at the mercy of salvagers. Vess’ vows of celibacy may become a problem for her, and her growing feelings for Grix look to become a point of conflict between her and Eline. Things are pretty tense, to say the least.
Yes, Tommy Gun Wizards has become Machine Gun Wizards in the final issue of the series. The events wrap up and some threads are left dangling for possible future installments. We pick up right from wherewe left off, which is to say that the speed basically start at a 60! And they don’t really let off the accelerator until the end.
Quick recap: Duncan and Bridgette have enlisted the help of Duncan’s failed date Rose (a doctor of history) on their quest. Meanwhile, Elaine pledged her son Galahad to Arthur’s service, promising him the Holy Grail, leading Elaine to take a drastic step.
Quick recap from the last issue: Inara’s still trying to use her diplomatic clout to save lives, but herding cats seems to be a more plausible life goal. Wash and Book are trying to stop the Browncoats from all-out war, while Simon, River, and Kaylee are stuck with Jayne and his latest great idea. Mal, Zoe, and Boss Moon’s attempt at calming down the other Browncoats is abruptly derailed by the arrival of Ma Reynolds, Mal’s tough-as-nails mother.
Previously on… Hellmouth #1, Drusilla successfully opened the Hellmouth and entered it to claim whatever dark destiny awaited her. Hot on her heels are Buffy and her mysterious (rather broody, definitely handsome) acquaintance, Angel.
The nitty-gritty: This is a pretty massive graphic novel with 110 pages of story that reads entirely like a feature film starring the female crew of the Serenity who team up with Saffron for a one-night caper that is most certainly a wild ride. When exactly it’s set isn’t absolutely stated, but given certain context cues, it’s definitely set before the Serenity movie but presumably after Book had left the crew.
In Our Encounters with Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox, we return to the world created by Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. For this new anthology of capers and hijinks, the eponymous duo is joined by Ms. Mary Van Sloan, vampire huntress and demon slayer extraordinaire.
The last time we were in Sunnydale, the Hellmouth was just opened and Buffy and Angel were quite literally in it. Hell was breaking loose everywhere. Fast-forward a few days, and that’s where we are now. It’s pretty clear that despite both the Buffy and Hellmouth titles being set in Sunnydale, the focus of each series is clearly divided, with the Hellmouth series focusing on Buffy and Angel, and the Buffy series shining the spotlight on the rest of the gang.