Angel: After the Fall #13
Reviewed By David O' Leary
Story by: Joss Whedon & Brian Lynch
Art by: Stephen Mooney
Colours by: Art Lyon
Letters by: Robbie Robbins
Cover by: Alex Garner
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
Book Summery: Gunn wants to save Los Angeles. Angel will do anything to stop him. Plus, someone makes Wesley an offer he can't refuse... even if it means certain doom for everyone around him. Revelations, surprises, and battles to the death, in the lucky 13th issue of the official continuation of the Angel series.
I was actually surprised at the decency of this issue. Of the two Buffy-verse titles on the shelves this one has been the weakest. Lets call it like it is... for some reason this issue pulled it together a little more so than before. Only a little though.
The writers have really made Angel a back seat character in his own book for a while now but that isn't necessarily bad as it gives the others a chance to come to the fore. Take Gunn for example, if anybody in this series has become the standout character, then it is him. In this issue for example his breakdown in front of Illyria and her subsequent reversion to Fred was the perfect set-up to kill Fred. He showed more development in those pages than in the whole series so far. One thing that made little sense here was Spike getting staked and reappearing later in the issue. The whole sequence seemed just pointless. Try as the might the production team can they just cannot make Conner a likeable guy. He was hated in the TV series and even though they try and change that here and try they do, you just still don't like him. But I suppose, any character you care about one way or the other is just what the writer's want. Spike's dialogue is just spot on here, right down to his dry wit and mannerisms like how he presents himself. This was one of the very strong points of the issue.
Mooney is long enough drawing licensed characters now that he must be sick of them. I have a load of questions I want to ask him later this month at Dublin City Comicon about how much effort is put into the likenesses of the actual characters and is it frustrating having to work from a template like that. For example his Cordelia in parts is hideous and his Angel is spectacular throughout the series. But overall the work is solid. If anything the colouring is starting to get depressing a bit, which is to be expected as after all they are in hell but the big red exteriors and brown and grey interiors add little to Mooney's commendable efforts.
We are nearing the end of the series now and I am actually willing this book to a finish somewhat. Which kind of annoys me as I love the idea of a series 6 but not the execution. It is a little difficult to put my finger on what the book lacks. I am sure that there is a lot more left in it but it will take more than a sporadic semblance of standing to make me rave about it. Pity.
Rating the Issue
Story: Overall 6.33
Storytelling - 7 out of 10
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Name: David O' Leary
Been reading comics: for about 12 years now.
Review Bio: I am a 26-year-old Hotel Manager from the west coast of the Republic of Ireland and think this is a great way to talk to others about this cool medium. I am a husband to one wife and father to one girl (so far).
Favorites: ONI's Whiteout, Vertigo's Scalped and Garth Ennis Preacher and Punisher in Trades. In comic form I am reading a lot of Marvel and a bit of IDW, Dark Horse & WildStorm among others.
Website: Sorry, I don't have one!
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