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Date Posted: 14:01:41 12/26/07 Wed
Author: KdS
Subject: After the Fall #2 (SPOILERS)

Generally enjoyable, but I'd better get the complaining about the art out of the way. Urru can draw male characters who look distinguishable and like the actors who played them on TV so why are all his women scantily-clad figures with huge breasts (even Illyria!) and very little facial difference? I know it;s a common fault in superhero comics, but I'd have thought Whedon would have used whatever influence he has to get an artist who can draw actual women, especially given how self-congratulatory he's been about avoiding that kind of art on his other comic work. The writing's still a bit dodgy as well, what with heavily sexualised animalistic Nina, although Spike's harem is in character rather than imposed sexism.

I saw some reviews suggesting convoluted theories about Spike being under some kind of magical influence or drug, but I think his characterisation here is pretty organic. He's fallen into depression about the situation and everyone's misfortunes, but where Angel tends to show such feelings by brooding until he kills or tortures someone gratuitously and counter-productively Spike reacts slightly more healthily by falling into debauchery and bragging about his imaginary wonderfulness. I was a little concerned by comments that Lynch is a Spike fan but not a Spuffy shipper since my experience of such people is that they tend to hate Buffy to a ridiculous degree. I was afraid we'd get a long conversation between Angel and Spike about how Buffy was a shallow pathetic bitch who didn't deserve either of them but it looks like I was fortunately wrong.

Gunn's developing in a very interesting way since it looks as if Angel didn't sire him. Hence he probably doesn't have a Lawson-style vestigial soul but he still thinks he's overall righteous despite the eating of liberated sex-slaves. And since the souled guy got all his friends killed and LA consigned to a hell dimension he might even have a point. I'm wondering whether he deliberately intended to pit Angel and Illyria against each other or whether Angel just made the wrong deduction from the mystic writings.

I enjoyed the Angel-Connor and Angel-Spike interaction, and the scene with the rival Lords of Glendale was amusing.

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