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Welcome Back to the Hellmouth, Part Two is the second issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) comic book series. Written by Jordie Bellaire and illustrated by Dan Mora, it was published on February 27, 2019 by Boom! Studios.

Synopsis

The reimagining of Joss Whedon's groundbreaking series continues as Drusilla, the self-proclaimed Mistress and her pet, Spike, make their debut with their sights set on Buffy! Meanwhile, Giles is determined to teach Buffy about her destiny, responsibility, blah blah… can someone tell him to chill? How bad can it get? Welcome back to the Hellmouth![1]

Summary

Buffy walks through the hallways of school and is come upon by decaying, otherworldly forms of Xander, Willow, and Giles. She wakes up screaming, relieved slightly it was only a dream.

Downstairs, Joyce and her boyfriend Eric are having breakfast; Buffy comes downstairs and they discuss her nightmare. Eric attempts to converse with Buffy, who shows no interest in Eric's attempt at step-parenting and leaves to school. Joyce chalks her attitude up to normal teenage angst and tells Eric that even though they have been together for a year, her and Buffy have only lived with him in Sunnydale for a month, so Buffy needs more time to warm up to him.

Later that morning, Buffy is in the school library with Giles. He indicates the jewelry is of ancient Assyrian origin, and was made to protect mortals from weapons. They again end up squabbling about Buffy's supposedly lack of focus or interest in her destiny, but are interrupted by a very polite, courteous student, Cordelia. She introduces herself to Buffy and has come to the library carrying balloons to hang up her campaign poster for Student Body President.

Cordelia leaves the library and visits with Willow and her girlfriend, Rose by the lockers. They discuss the campaign for Student Body President, as Willow is running against Cordelia once again. Cordelia wishes Willow luck with the campaign and gives her a hug before retreating to her group of friends. Willow compares herself to Cordelia, and Rose assures her there's no need to compare, she is all the things Cordelia is and then some.

In the running track, the coach is impressed with Buffy's agility and is surprised that she isn't tired from running. Buffy feigns a leg cramp and takes a break, while Xander has to do another lap around the track. Buffy takes a seat next to Robin Wood, who is revealed to be the captain of the track team. They exchange some words as Robin praises her running abilities. Buffy signs his cast and they smile at each other.

It is now sunset outside Sunnydale High and Cordelia is walking to her car when the balloons she was carrying float off into the woods beyond the school. She follows, worried about what the balloons would do to the environment. A stranger hands her one of the balloons. They introduce themselves to each other and it is revealed the mysterious blonde stranger is Spike. Cordelia and Spike talk a bit and Cordelia takes the balloons back to her car as Spike watches from the shadows.

Back at the occult shop, Drusilla has tied up Anya and is interrogating her about an artifact she is searching for. Drusilla destroys some of the items in the shop as a way to force Anya to give her what she wants, but Anya refuses. Eventually Drusilla comes upon a large vessel with strange pictograms on it and smashes it. Anya is visibly worried about what she just did. It is revealed Drusilla released a large bat creature who vows death to all vampires.

Xander, Buffy, and Willow have a text conversation; Buffy and Willow stood Xander up — Buffy bailed due to ongoing Slayer stuff and Willow bailed to spend time with Rose. Xander starts typing a message telling them both how he feels but he ends up deleting it and responding with something more passive. He looks sad and alone in his bed. He concludes his blog entry: "When am I finally going to get what I want?"

Continuity

Appearances

Individuals

Organizations and titles

Species

Locations

Weapons and objects

  • Stake (Only mentioned)
  • Unidentified magic jewelry set (Only mentioned)

Death count

  • None

Behind the scenes

Production

Distribution

  • Welcome Back to the Hellmouth, Part Two was the 71st best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 24,880 sales in February 2019 at comic specialty stores.[2]

Collections

Pop culture references

  • Buffy says "fire, bad", the catchphrase of Frankenstein's Monster in Saturday Night Live skits "Tarzan, Tonto and Frankenstein" (1987–1991).
  • Joyce says Buffy is full of "teenage spirit", which Buffy recognizes as a reference to the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991).
  • Xander has a poster of the film Jaws (1975) on his bedroom wall.

Gallery

Covers

Cover artwork

Preview

References

  1. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2”. Boom! Studios. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. “Top 500 Comics--February 2019”. ICv2, March 18, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
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