Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor

Previously on Angel: With Angel overseas in Romania to shoot a feature film, the gang is sorta figuring out their new dynamic. With Spike negotiating a pretty ambitious deal for himself to hop onto Cordi’s show, a werewolf on the loose, and murderous alterna-selves siring up an army, things sound pretty dire.  

In the first installment of Heirs of Isildur: The Perilous Prospects #1, we’re basically flung into limbo and things are a bit confusing at first, but they quickly clear up. There’s a handy primer for newcomers to the universe in the Prologue/Foreword which does a pretty good job of catching you up. I’m fairly new to the Heirs of Isildur universe, having only read the Tales of Nocturnia title before, but there seems to be a common thread of taking the genre to an over-the-top space that runs through the universe. In this case, think sci-fi/steampunk through a heavy metal lens.

With the arrival of the Sword in the Stone, all bets are off as all three Arthurs are predictably in hot pursuit of the literal kingmaker, a boon to their claim of legitimacy. With Bridgette’s plans hinging on them surviving past Christmas, things are looking rather grim. Meanwhile, Mary has her own plans to save her Galahad. A Hail Mary if you will. This issue does feel like we’re ratcheting up the stakes and that things are about to get pretty nutty soon.

The low-down ('coz I’m trying to be totally ‘90s about this): This is a story that’s set in an alternate universe but with a heavy ‘90s tinge. We’re talking catalogs and a heavy reliance on mall culture here. In a nutshell, this feels very Season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and your mileage may vary.

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: With the revelation that Willow took over Buffy’s mantle as the Slayer, we’re pretty caught up on that front. Of course, with her not being the “rightful” Slayer, Willow’s suffering from some pretty serious side effects that are working overtime on her psyche.

Previously, well, Jayne was having a bit of an identity crisis, and it got weirder with the sudden appearance of his brother… and son in tow. Let that sink in… Jayne’s a dad!

Previously on Angel: The schism between Fred and Spike reached a boiling point, despite a heroic gesture on Spike’s part to save Wesley. Despite the arrival of his interdimensional doppelganger in LA, Angel at the end of his rope takes a lucrative offer for a feature film in Romania to get away from it all.

Quick recap: Okay… so we have three Arthurs running about, each one thinking the others are usurpers and that they’re the one true king of Britain. To throw a metaphorical wrench into their plans, Bridgette roped in Robin Hood and his Merry Men to make things uncomfortable for the Arthurs. Oh, and using the play on the word, “merry,” it would appear that the passage of time can be shortened by joining the group.

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In an alternate universe, much seems familiar, with the starkest difference being that Willow is the Chosen One. It would appear that there are secrets between Willow and Giles that hint that things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be here…

Last time around, the crew was successful in procuring the medical supplies that Simon needed to attempt to save the life of the monk that the Tax Collector shot. Despite Simon and, in a surprising turn of events, Jayne’s best efforts, they were unsuccessful. Requiem really is living up to its name, huh?

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