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December 28 2005

IDW releases solicitation information for April, 2006. New releases include Angel Spotlight: Illyria (One Shot), Spike: Lost and Found (One Shot), Spike Vs. Dracula #3 (of #5), Angel Scriptbook #2.

Written by Peter David, art by Nicola Scott.
Presenting an all-new series of Angel one-shots focusing on different members of the supporting cast. Each issue will be presented by a different creative team. First up, Peter David and Nicola Scott focus on Illyria‹a goddess without worshippers, existing in a world not her own, surrounded by humans whose emotions she is trying to comprehend. And her greatest sin was the means by which she arrived here in the first place: she destroyed Winnifred Burkle's body and soul in order to use it as her own vessel to exist. Now witness Illyria as she tries to find a personal touchstone by which she can at least understand the human‹she returns to the remnants of Fred's old life to try and make herself feel guilty over having destroyed Fred's very existence. This first issue features covers from Nicola Scott, Zach Howard, Russell Walks, and Steph Stamb. Covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
32 pages, $3.99.
Cover A.
Cover B.
Cover C.

Written by Scott Tipton, art and cover by Fernando Goni.
There's a vampire preying on the citizens of Los Angeles‹nothing new for Spike and company, right? Only one problem: the attacks are happening in broad daylight! As Spike and Angel try to track down the killer, Spike finds himself struggling with something even more unexpected‹his own guilty conscience. Can Spike put aside the demons of his past in time to face the vamp feeding on L.A.?
48 pages, $7.49.

Written by Peter David, art by Joe Corroney.
The third installment of the centuries-spanning Spike saga. With Darla a prisoner of the Third Reich, Spike must become an agent of Hitler and help deliver gypsy tribes into the hands of the Nazis­forcing our vampire hero into an unlikely and uneasy alliance with his foremost rival, Dracula. Artist Joe Corroney will also provide covers for all five issues, as will variant cover artists Zach Howard, Sean Murphy, and Eric Wight. Covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
32 pages, $3.99.
No Cover Art Available.

Written by Joss Whedon, art and cover by Jeff Johnson.
Presenting monthly-illustrated scriptbooks based on the very best Angel episodes pulled from its five-season run. Each specially priced 48-page scriptbook will feature the entire shooting script and full-page and spot illustrations from the episode by artist Jeff Johnson. The second script offered in this series is from the episode "A Hole in the World," written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon.
48 pages, black and white, $3.99.
Photo Cover.

Can't wait for the Illyria one shot. Will also be getting the rest. Looks like IDW are out to make April a financially challenging month.

Also glad I didn't buckle and consider buying the season 5 scripts from Fox.
Does anyone know when the TPB for "Old Times" comes out? I never got the last ones so I'd like to see how it ended. Or can I just get the last ones from IDW's site?

And the 3rd Illyria cover is good.

[ edited by eddy on 2005-12-29 03:08 ]
If I'm not terribly mistaken, "Old Times" TPB hasn't been listed yet, since the #5 conclusion was featured in March '06 solicitations.
It did not appear in April, maybe we'll see it being released in May or June.
Mmm, Illyria. I'll probably get all of these, but, is it me, or is $7.49 a lot of money for a 48 page comic?
$7.49 is a lot of money, but it doesn't feature any ads and has the trade paperback binding as opposed to the staples. They're really nice.
On the Spike: Lost and Found cover it looks to me like Angel is rolling his eyes and saying, "Oy vay!".
I hate so sound stupid, but none of these comics are considered to be cannon right? Does Joss have any input whatsover?
I so wish they would use someone besides that Goni guy, I swear it looks like he just put some Photoshop filters over Spike pics. I'm going to make a prediction that many of the panels will look like very recognizable screencaps....
I think these are meant to be part of the canon, aren't they? As a prelude to the ones that will be written by Joss. But don't quote me on it.
I'm confused. What does TPB stand for? Also, "Old Times" the name of the Spike one-shot. Is there something else called "Old Times" too?
TPB is "Trade Paperback," a bound book that collects part or all of a comic book release. Not to be confused with Numfar PTB. Or PB&J.
I think these are meant to be part of the canon, aren't they?

I think what happened was that Joss told the writers where not to go, so that he could still write his own stuff. I'm not sure I'd consider these canon, but just that they won't go against what Joss writes.
Well I'll give'm a glance and I hope they'll be better than what IDW has put out so far. Especially that Angel mini series was money and time I'll never get back. As for it being canon or not, that'll differ per person but in the case of that Angel story I'd say the plot was so inconsequential it doesn't even matter whether it is or not. Practically nothing happened in 6 issues, so...

And yes I'm also severely tired of that particular 'artist' whose work consist of tracing promo shots and being only capable of a basic outline, so that the colorist has to paste in hair photo elements. And if this was the editor's idea: what the $@*&$@ were you thinking?? And get an inker who can do more than one line-thickness okay? Because this really starts to look like one of those cheezy photo-romance pulp mags now.
Mariotte answered a question about the canonness of the comics.

By the way, are all of these comics going to make it to a trade paperback, cos if they are I wanna save my pennies. I know The Curse and Old Friends will get TPBs, but what of the rest of those described above, and also 'Spike: Old Times'???
Not Old Times. Yeesh. I mean The Curse. All of these "old"'s are confusing me. Is that coming out in TPB? The first Angel mini.

[ edited by eddy on 2005-12-29 08:13 ]
The Curse will def have a TPB and Old Friends also has one lined up. But what do peeps think about the others:
*Spike: Old Times,
*Spike: Old Wounds,
*Spike vs. Dracula 5 parter,
*chracter one shots (starting with Illyria)
*illustrated scripts?
RE: Spike: Lost and Found. Could you get a more Spangel cover? That's just awesome.
The Illyria one-shot has me intrigued, but I'm guessing we won't ever be getting a Cordelia one...

Lol. Spike vs Drac sounds like fun, as do Old Times and Old Wounds.

[ edited by Emma Frost on 2005-12-29 10:31 ]
yeah, april seems like very good month for comics. I can't wait for the Spike vs Dracula series to begin. I am saddend that Fernando G. is gonna do the art of the one shot Lost and Found.
Not to be confused with Numfar PTB.

Good One, SNT.
The TPB of The Curse will be available at the end of January, or at least so says Amazon
Where do you guys get your single issues from? My comic book store has trouble getting all the issues in for IDW comics (not sure why), so I'm looking for a good online backup which won't put me back bundles in shipping to Europe. Anyone have any recomendations?

Other than that, I do hope the comics'll get better. The first Angel mini wasn't great, after all. But I'll probably buy them regardless. Just can't resist Buffy and/or Angel themed comics. It's a thing. ;-)
im liking the sound of the spike ones...
GVH The first issue of the second Angel series is already better than the whole of the first one, if that's any help.

Simon The Spangel is much in evidence. Also, the Illyria cover has them snuggling behind her back. Sweet. :0)
The description for the Illyria one-shot (and for the character in general) gave me shivers. I miss Winifred Burkle but I've been dying to see where the writers go with Illyria whether on TV or in comic books. I curse WB for axing Angel almost as much as I curse Fox for axing Firefly. Angel season 6 would have kicked some serious boo-tay.
Finally took a look at the Illyria covers. Who is that woman on the first cover??
Who is that woman on the first cover??

Someone with a pretty weird airbrushed forehead, that's for sure ;-).

I miss Winifred Burkle but I've been dying to see where the writers go with Illyria whether on TV or in comic books.

I know. I miss Fred too. It's as close as I've ever come to actually falling in love with a tv character (a beautifull, slightly odd girl with a degree in physics? Yes, please :-p), but Illyria (after getting over my initial 'you killed Fred!' dislike) was a very, very intriguing character I'd have loved to see more of. I'm glad she's getting a comic (and hope it's any good, but with Peter David as a writer I feel pretty confident), even if it's just a one-shot. But I'm still rooting for a tv-movie.
Where do you guys get your single issues from? My comic book store has trouble getting all the issues in for IDW comics (not sure why), so I'm looking for a good online backup which won't put me back bundles in shipping to Europe. Anyone have any recomendations?

Maybe it's a distribution thing, you should confirm it with your comic shop.
Mine they import comics through Diamond Comics system, but sometimes something slip out. Like the first Spike OS for example, I couldn't get a copy, which I still plan to do sometime, since I'm a crazy buffyverse comics compleitist. But I already got my copies for the final chapters from Angel's first LS.

Before taking out. If I do not comment in any more thread tomorrow before going to the airport, I'd just like to wish everyone at Whedonesque a Happy New Year. May 2006 be a better year for us.
You know, I'd like to see posts as such appearing in Whedonesque:

"Universal greelights Serenity 2 and 3"
"Joss Whedon named entertainer of the year"
"Buffyverse telemovies on the way"
"Now that Whedon finished his WW script, WW is gonna be.... Morgan Freeman"
"Whedon announces Fray 2 for 2007"
"Whedon announces a new tv project"

Anyone can dream, right? Well Happy New Year for everyone.
Man, how I miss Fred as well. And I can't remember which thread it was on, but that mention of season 6 of Angel possibly finding a way to bring Fred back broke my heart just as much as the rumour of Buffy's wish bringing Tara back.
In fact, it breaks my heart so much that I wish I had never heard of them because it hurts too much to imagine the possibilities :(
Oh, big tease. That would be so fab.

exoticmushroom (did I just type exoticmushroom?) is right! The first Angel of Old Friends is so much better than the Curse! Looking forward to my next issue. I'm excited about Spike vs. Dracula and the Illyria one shot. Interested to find out who the other one shots will be. It would be interesting to know what Connor, Lorne, and Anne are up to. I loved how Anne popped up in 2 Buffys and 2 Angels. I would like to know what happened to her.

ETA: Anne has an "e"... oops.

[ edited by Harmalicious on 2005-12-30 06:47 ]
You all know that anything written by PAD is better than we deserve right?
Numfar, if all those posts appear in 2006, I might just die of happiness. Well, apart from Morgan Freeman as Wonder Woman. I love the guy, but have trouble picturing him in the costume ;-).

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