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  • #16
    Originally posted by draug View Post
    Wow, this sure looks different from the main series now!

    Look at Drusilla's white, old-timey dress and her hairdo. Pretty much the same as how she wore it when she was first introduced in season 2, and the dress is similar in style too. I'm betting her endeavor to open the Hellmouth will not only leave her insane like on the show, but possibly even trapped beneath Sunnydale like the Master was.
    I think you could be right. She's definitely lost that trouser suit, CEO Boss look she first had. The Hellmouth might be affecting them all in ways they don't even realise.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Priceless View Post
      I think you could be right. She's definitely lost that trouser suit, CEO Boss look she first had. The Hellmouth might be affecting them all in ways they don't even realise.
      Right? I mean, it's not the first time people have lost their minds on the Hellmouth. Season 5, anyone? And her CEO persona can't possibly be made to last. Now when she (most likely) goes insane, she'll be an even bigger threat once the writers inevitably unleash her on the gang again.
      "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it."

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      • #18
        Originally posted by draug View Post
        Right? I mean, it's not the first time people have lost their minds on the Hellmouth. Season 5, anyone? And her CEO persona can't possibly be made to last. Now when she (most likely) goes insane, she'll be an even bigger threat once the writers inevitably unleash her on the gang again.
        And Season 7 when the Seal and the Hellmouth seemed to exert a real shift on people's personalities. I really hope the writers go in this direction because that's what could split the scoobies apart.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Priceless View Post
          And Season 7 when the Seal and the Hellmouth seemed to exert a real shift on people's personalities. I really hope the writers go in this direction because that's what could split the scoobies apart.
          Oh, indeed.
          "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it."

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Priceless View Post
            And Season 7 when the Seal and the Hellmouth seemed to exert a real shift on people's personalities. I really hope the writers go in this direction because that's what could split the scoobies apart.
            It's S7 that comes to my mind. There again, regardless of the topic and the chronology, it's always S7 that comes to my mind. I think S12 re-turned to it - I'm hoping, like you, that Boom's doing something similar.
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            • #21
              HELLMOUTH #1 Is SOUL-ED OUT Before It Hits Stores!

              Spoiler:
              BOOM! Studios announced today that HELLMOUTH #1, the highly anticipated premiere issue kicking off an all-new Buffy and Angel event series from writers Jordie Bellaire (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) & Jeremy Lambert (Doom Patrol) and artist Eleonora Carlini (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), has sold out at the distributor level before its on-sale date of October 9, 2019.

              In order to meet the overwhelming demand from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios is fast-tracking the release of HELLMOUTH #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT, so it can arrive in comic shops on October 16, 2019. Due to this printing being fast-tracked and high demand, quantities are limited and orders may be allocated. This second printing will feature an all-new cover by superstar artist Dan Mora (Once & Future, Klaus).

              From beneath you, it devours…Buffy and the Scooby Gang will have to overcome recent fractures and learn to trust each other again as they race to close the Hellmouth before Evil can be unleashed on, first, Sunnydale, and then, the world. Meanwhile, Angel, the vampire cursed with a soul, arrives in town to seek his redemption by doing whatever it takes to destroy the path to Hell…and no human, demon, or Slayer will stand in his way.

              “HELLMOUTH is exactly what you want from the first Buffyverse event, and we can’t wait for all the Buffy and Angel fans to experience it,” said Filip Sablik, President, Sales and Marketing, BOOM! Studios. “From the first official meeting between Buffy and Angel to the Scooby Gang trying to pull Sunnydale back from the brink of destruction, and Spike’s newfound team battling for the soul of Los Angeles, nothing will go the way you expect! We’re beyond thrilled to have such enthusiastic support for the book, necessitating a second printing to meet the overwhelming demand.”

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              • #22
                Preview with dialog



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                • #23
                  Ooooh, still not keen on how they're depicting Dru here. Even allowing for the vampface it looks bugger all like her.

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                  • #24
                    https://www.newsarama.com/47347-best...llmouth-1.html

                    Best Shots Advance Review: HELLMOUTH #1

                    By David Pepose, Best Shots Team Lead
                    October 8, 2019



                    Hellmouth #1

                    Written by Jordie Bellaire and Jeremy Lambert
                    Art by Eleonora Carlini and Cris Peter
                    Lettering by Ed Dukeshire
                    Published by BOOM! Studios

                    ‘Rama Rating: 7 out of 10

                    Buffy the Vampire Slayer teams up with the vampire Angel in Hellmouth #1, the series’ inaugural crossover event at BOOM! Studios. Writers Jordie Bellaire and Jeremy Lambert hit the ground running with this tag-team series, so if you haven’t been reading at least the main Buffy title, you might be a little bit lost - still, artist Eleonora Carlini and colorist Cris Peter make this vampire apocalypse feel every inch a threat, with some dynamic layouts and eye-catching colors keeping the production values high. While this isn’t necessarily a flawless team-up between these two characters, the potential for Hellmouth is high.

                    First off, a disclosure: the first time I read this book, I had a bit of a hard time parsing the story. But once I caught up with the previous issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, things started clicking into place - namely, the vampire Drusilla has activated a Hellmouth in Sunnydale, letting loose all sort of monsters to terrorize the city. Bellaire and Lambert don’t spend a ton of time giving us exposition, which can make this a bit of an insular experience, especially since Carlini’s designs don’t necessarily lend a lot of differentiation between characters like Buffy and Anya - but if you’re already familiar with the Hellmouth preludes, you’ll already be primed to enjoy Buffy’s escape from a now literally hellish high school dance. Buffy of course steals the show, as she gets to cross that divide from alienated high schooler to a Slayer with purpose - seeing her in her element makes for some really engaging characterization.

                    While the action that’s on display - not to mention the abject fear of people like Giles - makes Hellmouth feel like it has some real (ahem) stakes, I’d add there’s one other thing that keeps this series from being a slam dunk: namely, why Angel is in it at all. While Buffy’s adventures naturally dovetail into Hellmouth, this meeting between Buffy and Angel feels a little less than organic - the brooding vampire more or less just shows up, and while Bellaire and Lambert give he and Buffy some banter as they try to one-up each other’s badassery, there’s nothing in this issue that makes his quest seem personal like Buffy’s.

                    But the real daring stuff has to be Carlini and Peter’s work. While sometimes her kinetic Dutch angles can sometimes make it hard to follow, Carlini is putting the pedal to the metal with this event book, particularly with a sequence of Buffy racing to save as many of her classmates as possible from the demons of the Hellmouth. There’s a little bit of Dan Mora and a little bit of classic Humberto Ramos in Carlini’s work, and Carlini’s cartoony style automatically injects a lot of energy into a book that could have just as easily veered into oppressiveness. I think a lot of that bounciness comes from Peters’ colors - he does a great job at bringing in bright pinks, reds and greens into the mix while always remembering the nighttime elements of the setting.

                    While it still has its share of imperfections, Hellmouth #1 manages to snag victory from the fangs of defeat, thanks to some beautiful artwork and a likable lead. That said, I wouldn’t necessarily describe this as a standalone event, because there is definitely an expectation that readers are already fully aware of what’s going on, making this a potentially inaccessible read for newcomers. Given that there’s four issues left of this series - not to mention tie-ins in both the Buffy and Angel titles - there’s still plenty of time to smooth out any rough edges in execution, and if Bellaire, Lambert and Carlini’s opening salvo is anything to judge it by, fans of the Whedonverse are likely in for a hell of a good time.

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                    • #25
                      Carlini’s designs don’t necessarily lend a lot of differentiation between characters like Buffy and Anya
                      This seems like an ongoing problem.

                      Buffy of course steals the show, as she gets to cross that divide from alienated high schooler to a Slayer with purpose - seeing her in her element makes for some really engaging characterization.
                      I'm really hopeful that Bellaire has finally given Buffy some characterisation apart from 'petulant teen who fights a lot'

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by BAF View Post
                        why Angel is in it at all. While Buffy’s adventures naturally dovetail into Hellmouth, this meeting between Buffy and Angel feels a little less than organic - the brooding vampire more or less just shows up, and while Bellaire and Lambert give he and Buffy some banter as they try to one-up each other’s badassery, there’s nothing in this issue that makes his quest seem personal like Buffy’s.
                        This! This is clearly a more seasoned Angel than the one we meet on the show. The original Angel had very little confidence in himself and wasn't really sure of what way he could help Buffy. This one already feels like he is the senior partner.

                        But we know so little about him.

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                        • #27
                          I never thought lack of confidence was ever one of Angel's problems on the show. I do agree comic Angel feels like the adult and Buffy more of a child. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of relationship the writers form for them.

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                          • #28
                            Ooh is this out? *googles*

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                            • #29
                              https://comicbook.com/horror/2019/10...lmouth-review/

                              Hellmouth #1 Review: Buffy and Angel Receive the Blockbuster Treatment
                              By JAMIE LOVETT - October 9, 2019 10:15 am EDT

                              This year, BOOM! Studios took control of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book license. The publisher set about reimagining Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking television series in comics form for the modern era. It rebooted Buffy's continuity, sending the Slayer, Buffy Summers, back to high school. In April the publisher launched its unannounced reboot of the Buffy spinoff series Angel. The series again follows the brooding vampire with a soul as he tries to make up for past sins by defending the innocent in Los Angeles, only this time he hasn't had his star-crossed romance with Buffy. As the first year of BOOM!’s Buffy-verse nears its end, the publisher kicks off Hellmouth, a crossover event between the two series.

                              Jeremy Lambert joins Jordie Bellaire in co-writing Hellmouth #1. Eleonora Carlini provides the art, enhanced by Cris Peter’s colors. The issue picks up immediately after the most recent events of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sunnydale High’s Halloween dance comes to a halt after the vampire Drusilla begins a ritual to open the Hellmouth beneath the school. Buffy scrambles to defeat Drusilla's attempt and finds herself joined by Angel. Buffy and Angel lose the race and, facing a literal hell-on-Earth scenario, take the plunge into the Hellmouth to set things right.

                              In the pages of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bellaire has shown that she knows how to bring out the voices of these characters as well as anyone. That remains true when working alongside Lambert. The alchemy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was always found in the writers’ ability to blend the menacing with the mundane. The show knew how to slice through tension using humor without undercutting the seriousness of a supernatural threat. Hellmouth #1 achieves that same balance; it creates pauses in the middle of madness for Cordelia to question Buffy’s choice of Halloween costume. Buffy and Angel shoot the breeze about Los Angeles while making a mad dash for the Hellmouth. The creative team also peppers emotional beats into the action. Carlini does a fantastic job drawing a moment between Buffy and Xander that could be this reboot's highest emotional peak to date.

                              Carlini is no slouch when it comes to conveying scale and action either. As the Hellmouth comes to life, Carlini depicts dragons swooping over Sunnydale. It's a double-page spread that contrasts Sunnydale's suburban landscape with the demonic horde rising up from beneath it. In another scene, Carlini brings dynamism to a tilted page depicting Buffy sprinting as the floor crumbles beneath her. The Slayer never breaks her stride as she saves a few lives along the way, and Carlini's art sells that intense momentum.

                              These heights make the issue’s stumbles all the more frustrating. For all its style, Hellmouth #1 has some storytelling issues. There are a few instances when Carlini’s artwork isn’t as clear as it should be depicting a specific moment. There’s also a lot happening here, between the snappy dialogue and unleashing the hordes of the abyss, and the issue isn't effective at highlighting what's important. Upon a second reading, things become much more clear since the reader has foreknowledge of where the narrative is going. Having the events of the previous issue of Buffy fresh in mind also helps, suggesting this may not be as much of a problem in the collected edition. As it stands, the issue may leave some readers confused or feeling like they missed something after their first pass.

                              Hellmouth #1 also suffers from a common problem with highly-anticipated events. The first issue only takes readers as far as what the solicitation text already revealed. There’s little here that will surprise anyone who was already anticipating Hellmouth. There’s also not much under the surface of this issue, though we expect it’ll go deeper as Buffy and Angel fall further into the Hellmouth in later issues.

                              Despite a few weak points, this is an entertaining debut for Hellmouth. The creative team brings a significant sense of scale to the issue. It’s Buffy and Angel receiving the blockbuster treatment, and that’s exactly as much fun as you’d expect it to be. It's also a credit to all involved that they don’t lose sight of the characters in the midst of the unfolding apocalypse. Hellmouth #1 sets a hell of a tone, and we’re excited to see where it takes Buffy and Angel next.

                              Published by BOOM! Studios

                              On October 9, 2019

                              Written by Joride Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert

                              Art by Eleanora Carlini

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                              https://butwhythopodcast.com/2019/10...mouth-issue-1/

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                              REVIEW: ‘Hellmouth,’ Issue #1
                              10/09/2019 - by Kate Sánchez - Leave a Comment
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                              Hellmouth #1
                              It’s time for the first event of BOOM! Studios’ all-new Buffy Universe with Hellmouth #1. Leading up to this event, both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel had prelude issues that brought Angel to Sunnydale and brought Buffy to a Halloween party in her gym that went horribly wrong. Now, in Hellmouth #1, written by Jordie Bellaire and Jeremy Lambert, with art from Eleonora Carlini, colors by Cris Peter, and letters by Ed Dukeshire, it’s all come to a demony head.

                              As the Slayer, Buffy is supposed to protect the world but with the Hellmouth opening after Drusilla and Spike took the key from her mother’s museum in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5, her job just got harder. With time running out, Buffy must team up with a new ally that she doesn’t fully trust, everyone’s favorite broody vampire: Angel. By bringing together the 2019 versions of the characters, as I’ve come to refer to the new BOOM! continuity Buffy-verse, both Bellaire and Lambert had a lot to manage in the expectation department.


                              Buffy and Angel are one of the defining television couples of the 1990s, which means if any readers were existing fans of the Buffy-verse, like me, they were coming into Hellmouth #1 with expectations. Thankfully, once I started reading those expectations faded away and Bellaire and Lambert’s dialogue filled the space.

                              On Buffy, Bellaire has proven their ability to capture the essence of characters we already know and bring them into a new story, with new identities while still feeling like, well, them. Now, in Hellmouth, the chemistry between Angel and Buffy is undeniable and not at all predatory – a comment many have had for the original television iterations of the characters’ relationship.

                              Hellmouth #1 not only seamlessly introduces Angel to the Scoobies but it also fills Cordelia in on Slayer business and reimagines the hells of the Hellmouth in a deliciously monster-filled way. As the Hellmouth begins to come alive, with Drusilla making her way to open it fully, monsters seep out and Carlini’s art is perfection. This is extended from the creature designs for the monsters that come out to the Drusilla’s bumpy vampire face.


                              One of the issues that has plagued the Buffy-verse is making the bumpy face vamps work as evil beings and not jokes. In the last few issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it’s been the latter, but in Hellmouth #1, Drusilla is terrifying. There is an epic scale to Carlini’s art that truly makes this Hellmouth into an event. Additionally, his take on the characters reflect the real-life actors in a way that is completely noticeable without being exact copies – most notably with Angel.

                              The colors in this issue from Peter are so beautiful. Awash in reds and oranges, Peter helps build out the scale for the Hellmouth’s awakening, you can feel the heat from the page. Additionally, as the palette mutes and cools into blues and grays in Buffy’s hardest moment deepen the emotion.

                              The best part of Hellmouth #1 is not only Angel and Buffy’s banter but Buffy’s confrontation with her own perceived failure. When she sees one of the Sunnydale students dead, Buffy spirals, the weight of the Slayer crashing down on her at once. Angel coaches her up, and that’s when it hooked me. Bellaire and Lambert are giving us some of the best Buffy writing over the entire character’s tenure in pop culture.

                              Hellmouth #1 is utter perfection. As a life-long Buffy fan, as a critic, this issue moved me and brought the depth and stakes needed for a crossover event. Hellomouth #1 is a must-read.

                              Hellmouth #1 is available where comics are sold.

                              Rating: 5/5

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Priceless View Post
                                I never thought lack of confidence was ever one of Angel's problems on the show. I do agree comic Angel feels like the adult and Buffy more of a child. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of relationship the writers form for them.
                                It was early on. In S1, he is very reluctant and unsure about his role. In this comic, Angel is trying to push Buffy to the side, even knowing that she is the slayer. It feels more like the Angel from IWRY and Sanctuary, than the Angel who refused to help Buffy in "The Harvest."

                                On the show, Angel's confidence feels earned, while here, it is hard to tell why Angel feels more capable than a vampire slayer.

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