When last we left the Darkhold Redeemers they were jumping out of the frying pan and into the fryer. Deep in the south of Perfection, South Carolina, Sam Buchanan was just about to get eaten by demons, when he is saved by a not so nice benefactor, Sabretooth. Fortunately the demon that Sabertooth thought he killed isn’t dead, and has a grip of friends to back him up, giving Buchanan a chance to get away and try to find his partners.
Meanwhile Aurora, the woman who unleashed The Other on this unsuspecting little town, gets to witness firsthand what her foray into black magic has caused. Demons that she let loose tear apart her only friend in the town. While those same demons were surrounding Vicki Montesi they passed her by like she was invisible. Sitting in the basement of the local school in shock she is found by Louise Hastings and Buchanan just in time for Sabertooth to catch up with them. Who in spite of his mutant healing factor is just about dead.
Buchanan talks Sabertooth down, and everybody takes a second to catch their breath which is when Louise figures out where the demons are coming from. They are the N’Garai and they come from a portal that is located in the rock quarry. Vicki, who is invisible to the N’Garai, and Sabertooth decide to make a run for the portal to destroy it, but upon arriving find Modred there already. He has no plans to close the portal, all he wants to do is test if humans can go through it so he can get into Chthon’s realm. Throwing someone that is caught up in the battle against the demons into the portal he finds that he will not be able to cross over into that realm, at the cost of innocent life. Only one person can stop them, so with a belt of grenades Aurora (the woman who used the Darkhold page in the first place) pitches herself into the portal, blowing it to smithereens. The Darkholders save the day again, but just in time for the Dwarf to show up with another black envelope. This time for a man named Styge.
Chris Cooper hits the plot line of Darkhold full stride in this issue. At this point it has moved forward from episodic to ongoing, and it becomes the kind of title that, at the time, I had to pick up month to month. I was always wondering what was going to come up next. The art from Nick Felchle seems less chunky and bold than previous issues, but he has no problem conveying different kinds of N’Garai. Nothing to crazy though, everything seems to be cut from a superhero with a cray head or body mold. Overall this is a decent issue that keeps me coming back for more.