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Angel + Spike 13

by Alan Rapp on September 1, 2020

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Angel + Spike 13 comic reviewBefore the new creative team begins their storyline, Angel + Spike 13 offers a single-issue story set in 1962 with Angel investigating the death of an actress he met ten years before who sold her soul for fame and glory (and also to stave off the cancer which was slowly killing her). The story is not connected the current timeline or the present in any way, but it does feature an appearance by Spike.

I don’t know that I would stick around for multiple issues from the pairing of writer Adam Smith and artist Piotr Kowalski but the single issue story does allow the comic to bring in a different look and feel without investing too much in a new team. I’m not wild about the art from Piotr Kowalski that we get here, although the noir setting does seem to lend itself to the art more than some of the characters do.

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Angel + Spike #12

by Alan Rapp on August 3, 2020

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Angel + Spike #12 comic review“All the Devils Are Here” comes to a close as Angel holds off a possessed Gunn who takes a run at Kate Lockley while the fate of the Feeder demon demon, and major repercussions for herself, comes down to a choice for Fred.

Angel + Spike #12 continues the large divergence of events in the rebooted Buffyverse as Fred chooses of her own free will to bond with the demon Baphomet giving her the power to drive the Feeder demon out of Gunn and into the world allowing Spike to destroy it once and for all. Now come the consequences.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1

by Alan Rapp on July 15, 2020

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 comic reviewBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 catches up to Willow Rosenberg following the events of the Hellmouth crossover as she leaves Sunnydale behind. When the overseas stay in London fails to break her out of her malaise, she can’t find it in herself to return to a Sunnydale without Xander and instead hits the road in an attempt to deal with what she has lost and to find herself.

This first issue meanders a bit, but that’s part of the point as writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Natacha Bustos offer a look at a familiar character in unfamiliar surroundings. While Willow isn’t exactly lost, the path in front of her is anything but clear as she searches for some measure of peace.

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Angel + Spike #11

by Alan Rapp on July 1, 2020

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Angel + Spike #11 comic reviewAngel + Spike #11 features multiple characters searching for answers but not many finding them. Lilith offers Angel some cryptic advice concerning Kate Lockley. Kate looks for understanding after Fred and Gunn save her life. Fred seeks to better understand the power within her and how to fight the Feeder demon, even turning to Lilah for direction.

The only one who seems sure about who he is and what to do next is Spike, although his clarity of allowing a demon into a human host to kill it doesn’t sit to well with the group’s other vampire.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Every Generation

by Alan Rapp on June 10, 2020

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Every Generation comic reviewSimilar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones, the new one-shot anthology Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Every Generation features a trio of stories on Slayers throughout history. “Where All Paths Lead” offers an alternative series of event to those of “Hellmouth, Part Five.” In this version Buffy enters the Hellmouth alone to face the Hellmother. As a result, events turn out less well for Buffy and the world.

Both of the other two stories take place well-before Buffy’s time. “The Hilot of 1910” offers a story featuring the Slayer Matay who searches out an Aswang her village believes is responsible for a series of gruesome murders. Despite being hunted by the Slayer, the monster professes her innocence and eventually leads Matay to the true villain.

The final story “The Sisters of Angelus” is the most interesting as it features a young Slayer named Una who searches for a missing friend sent to an asylum for troublesome girls which turns out to be cult of vampire nuns sired by Angelus (who it seems had a thing for nuns besides just Drusilla).

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