This little series really picked up, found its voice, and re-found the Buffy-spirit with the addition of Willow. Spike seemed to become more Spike, Dr...moreThis little series really picked up, found its voice, and re-found the Buffy-spirit with the addition of Willow. Spike seemed to become more Spike, Dru was more Dru, and Willow was--as ever--spot on Willow. So hurrah for re-discovering the voice of the 'verse! (I always said that Angel: the Series lost that special quality after season 2, and only regained it with Spike's return, so I'm glad to see that characters other than Spike can help a story find that characteristic Buffyverse feel.) There was just something about the dialog in the first four issues that didn't manage to pull off the characters, and since the comics are basically storyboards and should be making me play movies in my head, if the dialog isn't spot-on Spike then I can't even get the movie started. Willow fixed that problem.
The great thing about the last half of this series is how it suddenly seems to become "film noir with a punk rocker in the lead and Quentin Tarantino fight scenes." The Spike-narration bubbles are so incontrovertibly Spike-ish, and the narration-style seems to smack of faux-Noir. Also, every time someone says "but it's not Angel, it's just Spike!" And then Spike kicks their ass--that makes me very happy, particularly given how much Angel has pissed me off in the past few seasons/books.
The 8th issue of the series saw the appearance of the very strange, absurdist bug-army-in-a-dimension-jumping-spaceship that Spike shows up with in Season 8. Funny how I read this whole thing just to see how the hell he got that ship. At any rate, I adore how utterly foul-mouthed and badass the bugs are. The spaceship bit only came into play just at the very end, and seriously felt almost like an "oh, yeah, I'm supposed to have those bugs in here somewhere." For all that, it was done well enough (and an army of bugs calling Spike "sire" is priceless, anyway).
Also note, I didn't actually read the omnibus edition since the omnibus doesn't currently exist, but I read all the issues intended for this omnibus and this is pretty much the only way to say I read comics on GoodReads.(less)
This mini-series bridges the gap between After the Fall and Buffy Season 8, and since Spike shows up in Season 8 in an absurd way, I was pretty excite...moreThis mini-series bridges the gap between After the Fall and Buffy Season 8, and since Spike shows up in Season 8 in an absurd way, I was pretty excited to read these.
This volume covers the first four issues of the Spike mini-series. So far, I'm a bit disappointed. The story seems to have potential but feels disjointed. The leaps of logic that the characters take don't quite seem to follow from the things that are happening. Also (and I've noticed this in all the Buffyverse comics, not just this one) the genius of Spike is the way that James Marsters plays him. The subtleties of voice, the little mannerisms, all combine for the massive snark and irresistable charisma. That's lacking in the comic form and is no fault of the artists or writers. Marsters just owns the character and is so much Spike (and Spike is so unpredictable) that the illustrations which, in Buffy Season 8 (for example) suggested to the mind exactly what would be happening on the screen, are just too static to capture or suggest all of Spike.
And Drusilla is so unbelievably out of character that I'm having a hard time getting into her parts at all. Drusilla's dialog is supposed to be made almost entirely of non sequiturs and nonchalantly delivered innocent lines in the face of extreme violence. She's supposed to be so bug-f***ing crazy that pretty much nothing she says makes sense except in an extreme metaphorical way. I guess it's hard to have an expository character who is incapable of meaningful dialog, but that was always Drusilla's marvelous charm. I've always had a little love affair with Dru, mostly because she is so crazy, so believe me when I say that Drusilla is not crazy enough, and this is a major problem. (ETA: After reading further along in the series, Drusilla is apparently supposed to be the way that she is. That still doesn't mean that I have to like it.)
By the by, the "Twinkle" and "Re-clipse" jibes had me rolling for a good long while. I love when this franchise takes jabs at Twilight.(less)
I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the very first time a little over a month ago. Today I finished the last episode of Angel and found my...moreI started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the very first time a little over a month ago. Today I finished the last episode of Angel and found myself sort of befuddled, a little bit lost, and verging on depression. So I went to the library and picked up every Whedon-canonical comic book in existence.
Fray is the second one that I read (the first being Origin, which was not that great.) I pretty much adored Fray. The characters were rich, alive, snarky, and troubled which is what I've come to expect from Joss. The story was future dystopia meets Buffyverse-mythos which, I have to say, is a pretty damn good mash-up considering how much I love future dystopias and the Buffyverse. Basically, even if you haven't seen Buffy or anything concerning the series, if you like dystopic sci-fi or dark urban fantasy (you know, actual urban fantasy, not the fluffy romance crap), you will like this. There were enough twists (albeit "Jossian" twists) that it kept it interesting and there was enough predictability that you still feel like a genius for having figured it out.
My only complaint is that the fiction-eating monster in my brain devoured this in less than an hour. I'm going to run out of comics pretty quickly. And then there will be nothing left but the bastions of fan fiction.
And seriously--every time I meet a new Slayer I just want to be her for Halloween.(less)