Monday, March 31, 2008
After the Fall: Angel Season 6
Written by Brian Lynch and plotted by Joss Whedon
Art: Franco Urru
The first thing that came to mind was CROSSOVER!!! Imagine Angel, Spike, and Buffy together again! Unfortunately, Angel is published by IDW while Buffy is published by Dark Horse. I have no idea why Joss allowed this to happen. Anyway, the series is set to be a canonical continuation of the Angel television series, and follows the events of that show's final televised season: which showed Angel’s gang charging towards—oh just all the demons in LA. I hate endings where you don’t know what happened to the heroes you have become so attached to. I filled the void by reading all Angel books that I could get my hands on.
So when Season 6 came out…No need to state the obvious. There are five issues out and available at your friendly comic book shop. If you don’t want to be spoiled leave now and no harm will befall you….
Imagine Los Angeles in HELL. The whole city transported to hell! Wolfram & Hart literally sent the entire city to hell in retaliation to what Angel and his gang dismantled the demon cartel in LA. In Hell, demons gained more power and they divided the city into territories. Angel is in trouble since he got pissed off at a demon and killed him—he sorta killed-off the son of a demon-mafia leader. Angel, on a dragon continues to rescue citizens from the destruction and sends them to Connor, Gwen, and Nina for sanctuary. Meanwhile, the ghost of Wesley is now an incorporeal representative of Wolfram & Hart – since the contract with W&H extends after death, and Gunn has been turned into a vampire—how ironic, no?
Spike has a harem of humans and demons and he’s with Illyria whose powers have gone bonkers – she’s time jumping as n the series. Spike and Angel fight of course. After a series of surprising reveals they spring the biggest… Angel got wounded during the fight and he is not healing fast because he is human. THEN I HAD TO WAIT A MONTH TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
The demons will keep on killing humans to avenge the demon that Angel killed and to stop this Angel dared ALL the demon lords of the city to send their champions against him at the same time. . The battle begins with Angel and all his friends at his side—including Groosalugg, Conner, Gwen, and Nina thanks to Lorne's last minute rousing (By the way, Lorne controls one city district where everything’s sunny and rosy and happy!). In the meantime, Gunn and his vampire gang demolished the W&H building. Wesley was in a “meeting” with his W&H bosses and when he arrived Spike said that Angel didn’t tell him that Wesley would be there. Enter Illyria… she saw Wesley and she transformed into Fred! NOW THEY WILL MAKE ME WAIT FOR THREE MONTHS!
Next month they will be publishing a three-issue arc about “The First Night” – focusing on what happened exactly after season 5 ended. I am of course very interested in knowing what happened but my God, why do creators have to make me wait after how issue 5 ended! Lynch’s story-telling and pacing is excellent. The art—ummm, I like the art of Buffy Season 8 better. But the cliff-hangers are a bitch.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Match 25's the Tuesday after Easter,people. And you all will be there.
Free food, free beer, free art and the jams will run long and sweet and knock your socks off. What's your excuse?
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Series finale is airing in a bit.
And revisiting the last four seasons these past few weeks has made me even more of a fan, if that's possible.
Best Show on TV, indeed.
And better than what? You name it - - - X Files. Lost. Galactica. Dr.Who. Miami Vice. The Prisoner. Six Feet Under. The Shield. Deadwood. The Sopranos. Star Trek. Walker Texas Ranger. Jojo A All The Way. And some days, sex.
Two words: Omar rocks.
Friday, March 07, 2008
ECHO #1, Terry Moore Strangers in
JUSTICE LEAGUE THE NEW FRONTIER CLASSIFIED #1, Darwyn Cooke Trinity origin! Titans together! And Wonder Woman’s breasts on fire! It’s predictably good all around. What’s surprising though is the Black Canary and Wonder Woman team-up that delivers the funny. It’s not a necessary read but when did we care about necessary, right?****
TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE #3, Amy Wolfram, Karl Kerschl, Serge Lapointe, and Steph Peru Got on board this title mainly for the art—rest in peace, Mr. Peru—and as always, it’s worth the cover price. But it’s turning out to be as fun as the cartoon with subtle characterizations that work. Batman and Robin’s relationship was succinctly defined in one panel, and that’s quite an achievement. ****
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT #12, Drew Goddard and Georges Jeanty What the fuck? Drew Goddard, with Jane Esponson, wrote Conversations with Dead People, one the best Buffy episodes in its 7-year run. It’s purely a character piece with a few genuinely frightening moments so I was looking forward to his arc on this title. While the writing is funny, with a few well-planted surprises, the biggest surprise was totally, glaringly, out of character. Okay. I’m calm. When you get Buffy to sleep with another woman, that’s just. Grr. Not calm. See if it were Captain Janeway, I wouldn’t be surprised because somehow, flirting has been implied with Seven of Nine. But with Buffy, zero. Maybe it’s a dream sequence, just like Xander said. Will get back on this when the arc finishes, but for now, it’s disgruntled much. **