HELLMOUTH #2 review (Bellaire, Lambert, Carlini, Peter, Dukeshire) BOOM! Studios – Everything is a trap

Review by Ali Raphael

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Writers: Jordie Bellaire and Jeremy Lambert, Interior Artist:Eleonora Carlini, Colorist: Cris Peter, Letterer: Ed Dukeshire, Cover Artists: Main Cover: Jenny Frison, Hellmouth Connecting Cover: Goñi Montes

Thanks to BOOM! Studios for the review copy!

Well, this issue started off with an interesting twist. The comic begins with ominous quotes from someone by the name Manifold, and the person talking is a type of wolf creator. I think it’s safe to say that this wolf is evil and this will not be the last we’ll be seeing him. Because, as he goes on talking-he lets us know he lives off people fighting and their anger. He ends his little monologue with this pretty cool line, “your worst memories are delicious”, which is also a lot of foreshadowing. 

But, lets step away from the doom and gloom that will be coming for us by the end of this issue (spoiler? Eh). Where we last left off Buffy and (hot) Angel were fighting side by side against demons and having a conversation at the same time. So, the norm. Angel has decided this is a great time to give Buffy a lecture, did I not get the memo? Is Angel her dad now? Cause last time I somewhat checked he was a potential love interest. We don’t have the time for your lectures Angel!

It’s all good, Angel gets pulled down into a hole by what Buffy calls, “a discount Medusa”. Don’t worry folks, we’ll see Angel’s handsome face again, because Buffy jumps into the hole after him. But, it’s not going to be that easy. The underground lower tunnels turn into a cityscape, where Buffy’s mom is now in front of her. I’m just going to point this out, no she is not. Look at the title of this review, that is your answer. Anyway, while all of this is happening Angel breaks was way from “knock off Medusa”. Though she is still in his head, showing him illusions of people he knows talking to him (I have no clue who any of these people are). The “Medusa” makes the comment of Angel being “the vessel, and she’s life. With your body and her blood, the mother may walk above”. I’m going to take a shot in the dark that the “she” is Buffy, and that whatever is planned is not good. 

Now back to Buffy, the illusion of her mom, now includes her family and friends. Telling her they need her, then fake mom attacks Buffy and Buffy kicks her ass. After this Angel meets back up with Buffy and won’t tell her anything. Naturally, Buffy is frustrated by this because they are both fighting these demons and running to stop the same thing-the least he could do is fill in some of the gaps. Reluctantly, Angel gives in and admits some of what’s going on. Mostly, they are being manipulated and everyone is trying to separate them and wipe them out. Buffy then chooses this moment to reply back with a smart-ass comment about it feeling good to share. To which Angel replies “Doesn’t feel good. Feels like getting stabbed a bunch of times with tiny knives”. I feel you on a deep spiritual level here Angel. At this point my eyes are mostly open to read more of Angel’s dialog and laugh, because he next says, “Silent suffering is more my cup of tea”.

I think we are reaching the end of this issue, as the two come upon a city underground to remind you all, of what looks a lot like LA (but I also think it’s supposed to be hell. Huh, nice coincidence there). Vampires surround them and they are very much outnumbered, but hey! Lucky break, the ghouls/vampires leave. Running off in another direction. Uh-oh. This is not good. By the way, Angel got hurt (his shoulder) and they find who they have been looking for- Drusilla. The one they think is planning to open Hellmouth, the same one who they have been trying to catch up to to stop.

Do you guys remember that narration by the wolf creator I was talking about before? Because, surprise! He’s back and narrating again, saying everything is not as it seems. No shit. Apparently it was not Drusilla they should have worried about, cause she is chained up. She wanted to make sure Hellmouth would not be opened, but because Buffy and Angel being there now-well they have fallen into a trap and will be used to open Hellmouth. Pretty much at this point, I’m 50/50 rooting for Buffy/Angel and the other half I’m rooting for the evil wolf creature because he’s keeping it interesting. But, I guess to find out more and who the heck is behind the opening of the Hellmouth (more importantly, who wants out), we will have to pick the next issue to find out more!

HELLMOUTH #2 is now available.


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