Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Angel #2 - The Hollower (part 2 of 3)
Written by Christopher Golden - Pencilled by Hector Gomez - First released on June 9, 1999
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writing the vast majority of
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The Short: Angel teams up with a cadre of vampires lead by Catherine
who are attempting to stop the Hollower, which will drain 3000 vampires
then explode releasing their demon souls to inhabit the bodies of living
humans, turning them into vampires. Although he goes to Giles for help, he
is reluctant to involve Buffy. When she discovers that the Hollower drains
the demon from vampires, Buffy begins to wonder if it could make Angel human
The Long: (See Continuity #1) The comic opens on
a female vampire biting a human by Makeout Point (see Continuity #2). The tentacle of the Hollower appears and
drags the vamp off
to feed on her. The human, Hatcher as we learn later in the comic, looks up
in time to see the last bit of the tentacle disappear.
Cut to the Bronze. We see Hatcher talking to his friends explaining what he
saw last night. Buffy, Willow, and Xander overhear their conversation from
their nearby table. Slightly annoyed she has another demon to slay, Buffy
leaves the Bronze to talk with Giles.
Cut to Angel's apartment. Angel is discussing the Hollower with Catherine
and a few other vampires. They don't have much on the demon so Angel makes
the decision to go talk to Giles. He's interrupted when the doorbell sounds.
It's Buffy wondering if Angel would like to come with her. He blows her off
hastily, closing the door in Buffy's face.
Cut to the library. Buffy is talking to Giles about how Angel was behaving.
The Watcher shows mild interest and asks Buffy about the "tentacled thing"
as the Slayer had put it.
(see Reference #1)
Flashback to Vienna, 1892. A scream rings through a house. We see a young
woman with blood on her neck running in fear from something. As she climbs
the stairs, we see that Spike is already at the top. Along with Drusilla,
who is behind the young woman, the two vampires finish her off.
Cut to a large room in the house. Drained bodies lay on the floor or
sprawled on couches. We learn they are the result of a party Angelus has
thrown. Spike comments on the party just before a tentacle of the Hollower
appears. It quickly begins to feed on the vampires from the party.
One vampire, Karl, is attacked and we see what becomes of the Hollower's
victims. The demon from the vampire is sucked out, leaving an empty shell.
What is left of Karl explodes into dust. Angelus, Catherine, Spike, and
Drusilla make a quick escape. Fed up, Angelus is determined to stop the
Flashforward to present day. Buffy is suiting up to go on patrol. She
leaves, leaving Giles to do his research. As he searches for a book up in
the stacks, a creaking sound is heard and Giles assumes it's Buffy. It's
Angel who says he came to see Giles. The vampire immediately mentions the
Hollower and Giles is quick to find a reference of the demon in a book.
The passage reads that the Hollower can only consume three thousand demon
souls from vampires before it can't hold them anymore. When that happens,
the demon regurgitates the demon souls in a spirit form where they can
inhabit a human and transform them into vampires. A vampire holocaust as
Giles puts it. He offers to help Angel, but the vampire refuses. Just as he
rushes off, Giles stops him, telling him Buffy already left to look for the
Cut to three vampires standing where Hatcher got attacked. They're trying to
track the blood scent of the Hollower but with no luck. One claims he found
the scent and the others follow reluctantly. A second later, Buffy appears,
confused by the vampires' behavior. She quickly goes off to pursue them.
Cut to an old man walking his dogs in a park. The three vampires before jump
him, ready for a meal. Before any of them can do anything, Buffy appears on
the scene and kicks the vamp holding the man in the chin. After staking one,
she turns to face the remaining two.
While attempting to stake one, the other vamp is attacked by the Hollower.
Taking the distraction, the last vamp runs off, mentioning Angel as he does
(see Reference #2).
Buffy catches this but the vamp disappears before she can get an answer.
She turns back to the vamp attacked by the Hollower. He turns to dust on
Buffy who is wondering where the
Flashback to Vienna. A mob of vampires lead by Angelus are getting ready to
kill the Hollower. A pair of vampires track the demon's scent back to a
manhole. Pulling out a charm that could kill the Hollower, Angelus stands
ready to finish it off.
Flashforward to the present day. Giles is interrupted from his research by
Buffy. She's ready to warn him of the Hollower, but he tells her he already
knows. After briefing Buffy on his recent findings, Giles informs his Slayer
he believes he has a way to destroy the Hollower.
The information remains ignored by Buffy who is more concerned about Angel
going off to kill the Hollower by himself. Giles reassures her that they're
going to help no matter what, but something else is bothering her. Buffy
states it's not like Angel to go off on a solo mission and wonders if he has
another intention besides killing the Hollower.
Buffy says: ''See, Giles, the only thing keeping a vampire walking around is the demon
inside it. When the Hollower sucks that out, the vampire is destroyed. But
Angel has a human soul in there as well. There's no telling what would
happen if the Hollower sucked the demon out of Angel. Maybe even a miracle,
maybe all that'd be left is a human being. Maybe Angel doesn't want our help
because he wants to find out.''
Cut to Angel. Catherine and a few other vampires sport flame-throwers while
Angel weilds a sword. Charms much like the one he did back in Vienna sit out
on a table in front of him. ''All right. Let's do it right this
time,'' are Angel's closing words. Concluded in part 3.
We learn more about the Hollower in this issue, that it drains the demon
soul from vampires, and how it will get 3000 of them then explode, releasing
the demons to turn living humans into vampires.
We see that certain vampires have better enhanced senses of smell then
others, as Angel uses two of his best trackers as bloodhounds in the
- Buffy: ''See, Giles, the only thing keeping a vampire walking
around is the demon inside it. When the Hollower sucks that out, the vampire
is destroyed. But Angel has a human soul in there as well. There's no
telling what would happen if the Hollower sucked the demon out of Angel.
Maybe even a miracle, maybe all that'd be left is a human being. Maybe Angel
doesn't want our help because he wants to find out.''
- The flashbacks in this issue take place in Vienna.
Vienna is the city and Bundesland (federal state), the capital of Austria.
Of the country's nine states, Vienna is the smallest in area but the largest
- Buffy: ''...wow, he's fast. Now the Flash is a vampire,
The Flash is a super fast costumed crime fighter from DC Comics that inspired
television shows, cartoons and films.
- This story is set during season 3 of the television series. Since
Rupert knows Angel is back is must happen some time after Revelations.
- The makeout point shown in this issue may be the same one Cordelia and
Xander went to in Phases.
- Buffy: ''If I've said this once, I've said it a thousand times
-- Nobody messes with my boyfriend!''
What's My Line Part 2 - Buffy said this about Spike
when he was planning to use Angel to revitalize Drusilla.
- We learn Angel speaks German.
- Anonymous female vampire: In Sunnydale, drained the Hollower.
- Anonymous male vampire: In Vienna, drained by the Hollower (in flashback).
- Anonymous male vampire: In Sunnydale woods, staked by Buffy.
- Anonymous male vampire: In Sunnydale woods, drained by the Hollower.
Note: At the party that the Hollower breaks into in Vienna, it looks like
there were at least 12 vampires in attendance and at least 8 humans drained
by them. Only Angelus, Spike, Drusilla and Catherine survived, but we only
saw one of the vampires die. There would be at least 7 more vampires and 8
humans, but we don't actually see them die.
Alexander LaVelle Harris, Angel
Buffy Anne Summers, Rupert Giles
Catherine the Vampire, The Hollower
Points Of View
We learn more about the Hollower in this part and how Angel is connected
to it. I find this part is much like the first. Flashbacks to Angel's past
with present day stuff mixed in. Buffy's concern for Angel shows just how
much she still cares for him. Though I don't favor B/A shipper stories too
much, this one I like. Christopher Golden does a wonderful writing job and I
enjoyed how there's a possibility for Angel to become human. The tension
created when Angel blows off Buffy also adds to the enjoyment of the
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