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Angel #4

by Alan Rapp on September 10, 2019

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Angel #4 comic reviewThe first arc of the re-imagined spin-off comes to a close in Angel #4 as Angel is transported to a demon realm to do battle with Amarkax (who has been feasting on victims in California through social media). Despite being haunted by his past and visions of a future featuring a certain blonde Vampire Slayer, Angel is able to take down the demon after learning his name and providing the final ingredient in a spell to bind him for the next 10,000 years or so.

The issue doesn’t include any flashbacks to Angelus to help further explain the mysterious woman who the vampire turned. With the comic moving forward to a big crossover event with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I guess we’ll have to wait and see just what role she may play down the road.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones

by Alan Rapp on September 4, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones comic reviewBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones offers three separate tales of Slayers who came before Buffy Summers. “The Mission” involves the arrival of a new Watcher in the Sunnydale mission in 1808 after the death of his cousin by vampires and the rise of a new Slayer from the Chumash tribe named Hutash (who isn’t all that keen on the Spaniard mansplaining Slayer lore to her on their way to prevent the opening of the Hellmouth).

The first of the back-up stories, “The Eating of Men,” centers around the young Silvia Placida Ramberti who is curious about the man-eater discussed in the village… until it turns out to be her nanny.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7

by Alan Rapp on August 12, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 comic reviewThe focus of Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 stays mostly on Willow following her sacrifice to prevent Xander from becoming a full vampire. The result of the ritual has left them both with half of her soul, left Xander as some kind of half-human/half-vampire hybrid, and bruised the carefree Willow’s usually sunny disposition.

Along with a case of the blues, Willow is also haunted by bad dreams and visions of a darker self who she is forced to confront. Has the choice to save Xander prevented Willow from becoming the powerful witch she was destined to be? Or has it made her more, or less, susceptible to becoming “Dark Willow” at some point in the future?

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Angel #3

by Alan Rapp on August 8, 2019

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Angel #3 comic reviewThe third issue of Angel teases us with what our hero’s future will look like on this new rebooted timeline, offers him a bit of context to the villain he’s fighting who is targeting victims through social media, and introduces the handsome stranger to Winifred Burkle. It’s the last of these which is most interesting, as Angel saves Fred from a demon-possessed attacker with the help of a balloon filled with holy water.

As when she was originally introduced on the television show, Fred doesn’t appear to be all there. However, her understanding of math and symbols are intact (along with her random mumbling which turn out to be on point as often as not), and she does prove helpful in sending Angel on to the next stage of his journey.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6

by Alan Rapp on July 16, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 comic reviewFor those of us who know what happened the first time around, there is some interesting foreshadowing the latest issue of the rebooted Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The issue focuses on Buffy and Willow working together to complete to a quest to earn a soul tie to save Xander Harris from life as a vampire. Picking up more than halfway through the quest helps move the issue along. This path includes some physical obstacles for the pair, and an unexpected travelling companion, as well as a hard choice that may lay the initial ground for Dark Willow in the future.

For now it appears that Xander is safe, but at what cost to Willow? And how will the soul tie bind them together? I’m sure there will be plenty of time to delve into this deeper in the coming issues.

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