Now That's More Like it! Team Spike Reporting For Duty In Angel #6.
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
I'm not going to sugar coat it; I didn't like Hellmouth #1. It was the first real stumble, for Boom's shiny new BuffyVerse and it came at probably the second worst moment possible. The only less opportune moment being the climax of the event.
So, it was with no small amount of trepidation, that I sat down to read Angel #6, which just happens to be the first real tie in, for the Hellmouth Event.
But I needn't have worried. Bryan Edward Hill has shown time and again that he understands the character, and more importantly, he understands the universe that the character exists within. This Hellmouth tie-in is no different. Because, quite simply, it does what all great tie-ins should do; namely, it nods to the over-arching story of the event, while also telling an interesting, self contained story.
And when it comes to plot, this issue is practically bursting at the seams. They reference the Hellmouth opening, but the core plot of the issue revolves around Fred and Gunn, the BuffyVerses second best couple, being sent on a mission by the mysterious Lilith. Along the way, we'll get a couple of fairly important pieces of Lore, a namedrop that will make many Buffy fans happy and the introduction of not one, but TWO potentially major villains. What more could you ask for?
How about a load of Spike being mopey and hilariously sarcastic? Because you'll get a good dose of that, too.
Overall, a FAR better issue than Hellmouth #1. Writing was solid, art is fantastic, and it had a strong plot that not only made me want to keep reading this issue, but left me very excited to see what comes next.
So, next up, in The Hellmouth Event: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9. I'll see you then.