In the final issue of Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer, Buffy is up to her jugular in vampires while Thess and the coven try to jumpstart the sun’s powers again. Sacrifices are made and Buffy’s fate is decided.
As the title boldly states, this is a brand new continuation of the Firefly title, complete with rebranding, renumbering, and a new creative team at the helm. So, where are we now? Well, things are pretty much as we left them at the end of the previous run. The crew is still mostly together with Kaylee as Captain. It appears a bit of time has passed, with Mal and Inara back in the mix, and Emma appears a bit older, too.
Previously on Angel: Angel and Cordelia are actors acting as a private detective and a straight-laced cop, respectively, on a hit TV show, while actually running Angel Investigations. Along for the ride are Spike, Gunn, Fred the Slayer, Wesley the Watcher, Lorne, and Andrew. Tragedy struck when Wesley was stabbed by a cursed dagger, prompting a desperate Hail Mary move by Fred that had unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, a refugee from another dimension arrived with awful news.
Never mind that the weakened sun no longer kills vampires and that Slayers (well, Slayer, since she’s the only one left) are persona non grata, Buffy’s trying to keep Thess – a Potential AND Willow and Tara’s daughter – alive. Oh, and the newly reformed Watchers’ Council is actually being headed by a vampire. Oh, and Spike is back… so y’know, complicated feelings all around.
Daisy #3 gives us a reunion to root for while explaining some of the mythology behind the story. While the mystery behind Conor’s disappearance is coming to light, the mystery behind Daisy’s existence and purpose feels to be deepening.
The end of BOOM!’s current Buffy the Vampire Slayer series is here! Issue #34 generally ties up some loose ends, sets a few characters off in new directions, and gives the Scoobies a moment of reprieve before the next Big Bad inevitably breathes down their neck.
Quick recap: With two legendary kings fighting over the land, Bridgette’s idea to meet a third legendary king seemed a tad batty, but then again, why not add another player to the board?
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.
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.