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January 05 2006

No more Angel for author Jeff Mariotte. "I've written 11 Angel novels (some of them with Nancy Holder) and 11 Angel comic books. Seems like a good place to stop."

That's too bad. I hope it doesn't mean an end is coming soon to all the Angel comics. I understand Mariotte needing to move on, but I'm not ready yet and hope there are other good authors to carry the torch.
I'm rather happy he won't be writing Angel, I've never enjoyed his work. I thought Angel: The Curse was a complete waste of my money. I do hope the comics continue, though. Perhaps Joss would like to write some since he's planning on writing Buffy comics for DH?
I have to agree with AuburnTiger, not a fan of Mariotte, though I will say Old Friends at least started out better than The Curse, which *ptooey* I shall speak of no more. Now if we can just get David Messina to draw action sequences that flow and make sense, and Joss writing...I'd be a happy camper. But ya know, if wishes were horses and all that.
I liked some of the stuff Jeff did. And the first issue of Angel: Old Times was really good. And he was actively involved in the fandom (huge Cordy fan from what I gather) so it will be a shame to see him go.
I wasn't that impressed with the comics either, but I thought that the Angel novels he was writing a few years back started out good, and then just better and better, and were of far higher quality than anything Nancy Holder has recently been releasing.
Personally i'm kind of hoping that the IDW Angel comics do come to an end and that they release the license back to Dark Horse so that the characters can be used in the canon series that Joss is planning. Especially if Jeff is done with the writing, as this suggests.

I really don't like that Joss and the other writers are going to be forced to avoid using Angel and the surviving members of his team when they plan the Buffy season eight stories. It was bad enough when that was an issue between UPN and the WB but it seems ludicrous that the same problem has arisen for the comics.
It brings back memories from back when every single Star Trek series (there had been four at the time) was being sold as a separate comic book licence. In that case, they finally saw reason and lumped them all together, which promptly inspired a lot of comics that didn't specifically follow one incarnation, but explored the universe. Ah, Star Trek: The Early Voyages, how we miss thee, (and how thee kicked Enterprise's ass in every way.)

[ edited by Telltale on 2006-01-05 22:11 ]
The Curse was awful.

Whoever did the Spike one shot that came out a few months ago was good.
I havent talked to Jeff recently, that's sad to hear.
Peter David did the Spike:Old Times, he's a really good writer, and a massive fan of the shows.
I really don't like that Joss and the other writers are going to be forced to avoid using Angel and the surviving members of his team when they plan the Buffy season eight stories. It was bad enough when that was an issue between UPN and the WB but it seems ludicrous that the same problem has arisen for the comics.


Say it isn't so. It's too horrible to contemplate. I thought the new series was going to let us know what happened after the alley. And I was hoping that maybe without the pressure of a continuing series, Buffy could be allowed to reunite with her one true, enduring love.

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