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Angel by John Byrne
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Nov 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: buffy-angel, comics, idw, byrne-john, superheroes
Read in November, 2009 — I own a copy

This volume collects the 4 issue miniseries Angel: Blood & Trenches from IDW, written and drawn by none other than comics legend John Byrne. It tells a story set during the First World War and will offer fans of the TV-series a look at Angel's early days after him being re-souled (the first time around), as well as a familiar bad guy.

It is a good story, well worth reading even for people unfamiliar with the TV-series or any of the other comics, but more than anything else it is a piece of beauty. Byrne has opted for scanning his pencils rather than inking them and have then gone for a greyish tone to the pages (creating contrast by whiting out snow, of which there is a bit) and adding the colour red wherever there is blood (of which there is even more), and the result is simply stunning.

So, if you even in the slightest find the concept of a First World War story in the trenches of Europe with the addition of vampires appealing... do not hesitate. This is highly recommended reading and ever so pleasing for the eye.
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