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May 03 2006

(SPOILER) Advance review of the 'Angel Spotlight: Wesley' comic book. Not really a must have item judging by this review.

Not really a must have item judging by this review.

Seems to be a bit of a common theme with these Angel comics :(
They forgot one other thing that created the subtlety of the characters that would be missing, the actors. So basically it sounds like the person who drew the characters was not as good an artist as the actor's were. That is not surprising, considering the subjects.

Having this center around whether or not to save Knox means that it would also need to be very well written on the character level since we all know what happened to Knox. If the reader already knows the ending, it had better be an interesting ride getting there. This was going to be a tough one to make work from the get go.
The Spike one-shots by Peter David and Scott Tipton are very good in my estimation. The two Angel mini-series not so much.

Speaking of which, when is Spike versus Dracula #3 out? Or did I miss it?
Simon I was wondering the same thing. It's usually out a week or so after the Angel series so it might already be out. The back of the last Angel comic had the Spike/Angel one-shot being released in April. Anyone seen this yet?

The story to this Wes comic seems a bit of a none starter as, without giving anything away for those who didn't click the link, we already know what the outcome will be of the situation. So where's the drama in that.

Although, Spesley! :0) I'd have liked to see them work together more on the show.
It would be great if we could get good writing together with good art on one comic! Though 'Old Friends' seems decent enough(don't think I've picked up the last on that one...)

Wesley has to make a moral choice; should he help to cure his rival or let him die and, in effect, eliminate the competition?

Ok, I know Wesley went dark, but he didn't go evil. What kind of choice is that? And do they know the character of Wesley at all? If he saw that Fred was upset over it, he would do whatever he could to save Knox, IMO.
"The story to this Wes comic seems a bit of a none starter as, without giving anything away for those who didn't click the link, we already know what the outcome will be of the situation. So where's the drama in that."

Going by this logic, no Buffyverse comic or novel would ever be worth getting, since you already know nothing serious is going to happen to the characters you know. The drama in these books is in the *how*, not in the *what*.
"The Spike one-shots by Peter David and Scott Tipton are very good in my estimation."

Peter David is almost always a great read that you can depend on. I'm suprised that with the amount of comics he used to be able to put out on a monthly basis of good quality that he hasn't been approached for either "Angel" or "Buffy" in the past, especially with his own wry sense of humor.
"Going by this logic, no Buffyverse comic or novel would ever be worth getting, since you already know nothing serious is going to happen to the characters you know. The drama in these books is in the *how*, not in the *what*."

Which I agree works on screen or in book form as you can get into the mind of the character more. But not imo in a comic, or at least with comics that are only 32 pages long.
Simon, in a forum at the IDW website Chris Ryall said that Spike Vs Dracula #3 and the Spike Lost and Found one-shot would be released on the 10th May.
This Wesley one-shot is written by Scott Tipton who wrote the last Spike one-shot and the next one.
Thanks for that derf. Much appreciated.
I'm a big Wes fan but since I'm lukewarm about comic books in the first place, I think I'll skip this one.
I really like the idea of all the characters appearing in the comics but I will admit, the one I'm looking forward to the most is the Buffy comic by Joss himself. It's been a long time coming.
You know I was pretty negative on the comic books in general until the Spike VS Dracula started coming.

What a difference. Love the writing and the artwork.

I ordered the Wesley one as soon as it appeared on BCB but after reading the reviews I'm starting to regret it. Oh well. It was cheap. And I thought the writing in the last Scott Tipton Spike comic was fine, it was the art that was strange.

It goes without saying that the Joss ones should be great. Good writer, obviously loves the whole comic book thing.
The nice thing is he can write Buffy without the cooperation of SMG. I still would rather have a TV show but that's not going to happen. So after experiencing the excellent Spike Vs Dracula I will definitely look forward to more Buffy comics.

[ edited by Xane on 2006-05-04 09:15 ]

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