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August 07 2006

(SPOILER) Sneak peek at Spike vs. Dracula #5. The last issue of Peter David's fantastic mini-series is out this week and Spike and Dracula face-off at... well you'll see.

Is that the third artist to have worked on this?

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Preview page 4
Preview page 5

I'm not quite sure what to make of the art. It's ... different.
They look nothing like their characters.
It's kinda like AU fanfic, only just the reverse. In AU fanfic, although the surroundings are completely different, the characters look the same. But in this comic, the surroundings are the same, but the characters look completely different!
But I like the artwork, I think it's rather good.
Wow, that's a bit of a departure art wise. Have to wait and see it in context to decide if it works or not.

Was issue 4 delayed then because it seems like it was only the week before last that that came out (not that i'm complaining mind) ?
I think the art looks fantastic, really strong. And I'm not just saying that because I work for these guys. It can be very frustrating for the artist when forced to adhere stringently to photographic likenesses. I'd much rather see images that are fluid and dynamic, which obviusly conjure the spirit of whatever given character, than a staid, lifeless facsimile of the relevant actor. I guess a happy marriage of the two would be ideal... I think Zach Howard drew these pages, he worked on IDW's Shawn of the Dead adaptation and that stuff was just fantastic.
Was issue 4 delayed then because it seems like it was only the week before last that that came out (not that i'm complaining mind) ?
Saje | August 07, 20:28 CET


The scheduling got out of synch.The same thing happened with the character one-shots.Everything seems to be on schedule now.
I like the art style, although I have to agree that the characters don't really look right. However, it's pretty hard to screw up Spike. As long as he's blonde and in a leather duster, he'll be identifiably Spike. Harmony looks especially peculiar.

The last issue wasn't very good, I thought. Kind of stupid for there to be an issue of Spike Vs. Dracula where Spike doesn't, you know, face Dracula. Hopefully the last issue will work out well.
I'd much rather see images that are fluid and dynamic, which obviusly conjure the spirit of whatever given character, than a staid, lifeless facsimile of the relevant actor. I guess a happy marriage of the two would be ideal...

I agree, as I've had my fair share of complaints about F. Goni's work, but I'd like more than just the 'spirit' of a character. A mix of likeness and dynamic would be splendid. But it seems to be rare.
Is it just me or does Spike look a little like Jean Claude Van Damme?
I love the art. It's different, but full of energy. Really fun to look at.
Hey it's Spike...I'm happy, and I kinda like seeing the art get changed around a bit. Gives each artist and author a chance to flex their creative muscles.
I'm looking forward to this book and seeing how the fight is resolved (if it is). I'm also a tad sad that the series is ending. Peter David did an excellent job. He really had fun with both the characters and the canon. It's too bad that he can't write anymore Spike/Angel books -- at least for the time being.
I had no idea who the blonde girl and brown haired guy was until I saw the group shot.
Ow! Ow! Sorry, but what the frag is that?? No, even apart from likeness this is awful. Even within the realm of 'cartoony style' this is...the very prespective of the faces is all shot to hell. Pfff, SO very much not to my liking...

Also couldn't be further removed in style from the previous issues which is always grating. Pity. PAD did a good job with the writing.
Peter David did an amazing job. The trouble is that for what ever reason IDW have umpteen artists working on this mini-series. Issue 4 had two artists on it and that did detract slightly from the story. The TPB collection is going to very interesting.
I definitely like the different art-styles. Looking through all my Spike comics and viewing the different drawings of that character.
Too bad that the final confrontation isn't going to be a physical fight between Spike and Dracula, since he's not yet corporeal.
Oh well, on to the next Spike mini-series(Asylum).

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