This issue marks the end of Greg Pak’s 3-year tenure on this series, and it feels like a fitting farewell. Befitting a denouement after all the tumultuous events that the crew has gone for, the tension in this issue largely lies in the possible choices of certain crew members, being faced with the possibility of a relatively safe and secure future on the Earth That Was, or one with more of the same shenanigans for the foreseeable future on the Serenity.
So… this appears to be BOOM!’s second iteration of the Angel title, after canceling the previous run in late 2020. With the Buffy the Vampire Slayer books going hard on the multiverse, it makes sense that this particular iteration is set in an alternate universe. As should be expected, some of the basics are still intact while a few characters have been remixed a bit. Angel is still a vampire, presumably with a soul. On top of running his private investigator gig, he’s also a popular actor on a TV show with Cordelia. A bunch of familiar faces turn up, too, so this almost feels like an episode of the show, but through a funhouse mirror.
It seems we've about reached the halfway point in what was originally envisioned for this series by its creator, and with that milestone, we've also reached the end of the current “Possibilty” arc. For a series as wild as this one, this arc was the wildest of them all. It brought American culture - and the ideal of the American Dream - to the forefront, the idea of creating great works that will leave their mark throughout all of history and creating a lasting legacy. This issue was packed with set-ups and payoffs, allowing for a satisfying ending to the arc and several major question marks that will leave us wondering until the series' return in a few months.
With her Slayer powers on the fritz for no apparent reason in a dystopian future in which the sun no longer kills vampires, all Buffy Summers needs is a new charge to keep alive. Which is, of course, why she now has a young Potential crashing with her. Oh, never mind that it’s Willow and Tara’s daughter.
On a gorgeous summer day in Boulder, Colorado, Honeysuckle nervously awaits the arrival of her girlfriend Yolanda who is moving in. Their relationship is filled with romance and rife with opportunity. They are surrounded by those who accept their relationship wholeheartedly, like Yolanda’s mother, and those who aren’t quite sure what to make of it, like their neighbor, Mr. Waldman. Even the kid next door, Blake, is cute and charming in all the right ways. It would be a happy time if the death of everything that Honeysuckle has ever known and loved wasn’t right around the corner.
I never know where Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hillary Jenkins will take us next, but at this point, they have to be a well-oiled machine. When I saw a new title with their names on it (Apache Delivery Service), I had to see. I wanted to know where a new story by this wonderful trio would take me.
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: With allies, both from this universe and the multiverse converging on Sunnydale High, Operation Slayerverse is a go.
Kidnapped and with his liver removed, Matt fights for survival, but just when he thinks all is lost, the most unlikely person saves him—Robert. Matt’s former mentor insists the real culprit is Frances, but Matt refuses to believe him. Matt’s mental health is challenged as he keeps having hallucinations of Pamela Wilton and his family, or are they something else? Spirits? His conscience? Added to his anxiety is Matt’s relationship with Robert. Though they once shared a deep friendship, it isn’t enough to convince Matt that Robert is telling the truth. Meanwhile, Ava struggles with her feelings for Matt as Robert re-evaluates his relationship with God. But the real question is, what does all this mean for Matt now that he has a Regenerist liver?
You could almost begin the story of Paleocene with the words, “Once upon a time,” but that would give you the impression this was a fairy tale, and it is not. It is a tale of those animals who survived the end of the world. Not the present world as we know it, but far into the past, when a massive asteroid slammed into the Yucatán peninsula over sixty-six million years ago.