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Turkey Day Entertainment

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2020

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Although not as numerous as Christmas themed programs, there quite a few Thanksgiving specials and movies worth a look. Aside from some NFL football, Thanksgiving always makes me pull out some old favorites to watch.  There are two things I make time to watch every Thanksgiving. The first is a very special episode of WKRP and the second is Home for the Holidays. Here’s a little about them and some other Thanksgiving themed fun you might enjoy.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2020

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19 comic reviewIt’s been a bit since I read a Buffy comic. There’s an awful lot happening in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19. First, we get astral Willow checking in on her former best bud turned vampire Xander Harris. The scene has a mix of melancholy mixed in to the pair’s usual banter. We also get to see a bit of Kendra (Slayer #2) and Rose (Willow’s ex-girlfriend) together. When did this happen? Nice to see Kendra getting a bit more developed in the revamped Buffyverse. And Buffy, no matter what timeline it is, is still struggling with relationships.

This issue also gives us Willow astral moseying on a dark omen of things to come just before the first appearance of Faith (Slayer #3). Three Slayers, no waiting! I’ve missed quite a bit, but there’s some promise in this issue that rekindles the interest that was dampened by the hit-and-miss Hellmouth crossover.

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Angel + Spike #15

by Alan Rapp on November 2, 2020

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Angel + Spike #15 comic reviewThe reimagined Buffy/Angel universe continues to chug along as Angel and Spike rely on the help of Oz, who they come to realize isn’t the werewolf they are looking for, to track down the real source of several werewolf attacks across Los Angeles. The search entails Spike being uncharacteristically helpful in making a new friend.

The change in creative teams is certainly obvious here. Artist Hayden Sherman goes for a very blocky style that takes some getting used to, and one I’m still struggling with. As for Oz, without the relationship to Willow in this reality his past is a little less clear (although he did reside in Sunnydale, where he was transformed into a werewolf).

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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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