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Joss Whedon – Angel: After the Fall, Volume 2: First Night

August 22, 2009

98. Angel: After the Fall, Volume 2: First Night by Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch, Tim Kane, David Messina, Stephen Mooney, John Byrne, Nick Runge, Fabio Mantovani, Kevyn Schmidt, Mirco Pierfederici, Robbie Robbins, Chris Ryall (2008)
Angel: After The Fall, Volume 2

Read my review of:
Volume 1

Length: 104 pages

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy

Started: 16 August 2009
Finished: 16 August 2009

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I’ve gotten myself good and hooked on my weekly graphic novel and need some way to get my fix.

Go to Hell! And, uh…
make sure to tell us what you
did when you got there.

Summary: After the big reveals in Volume 1, Volume 2 takes a step back to look at what happened between the end of the Angel the TV show and the beginning of Angel: After the Fall… specifically, how each of our main characters (except Angel himself), and a few of the minor ones, spent their first night after Wolfram & Hart sent all of Los Angeles into Hell. Each character’s story is only a few pages long, each is done by a different artist, and each is in a very different style. (Lorne’s story, appropriately enough, is done in verse!)

Review: Eh. These short stories are interesting enough, I suppose, but I didn’t really find much here to get worked up about one way or the other. Maybe because I was able to extrapolate how characters got to where they were at the beginning of Volume 1, that I didn’t really have a pressing need to have it spelled out for me here. I think the story I found the most interesting was Connor’s, mainly because it featured a surprise – but very fitting – reappearance from someone who I’d thought was long gone. Funny what you can do when you’re in a graphic novel and have an unlimited number of guest stars, eh?

Actually, what I enjoyed most about this volume was not the story itself, but rather Brian Lynch’s notes and commentary. He’s a funny dude, and the stories behind the stories are oftentimes more interesting than what’s happening on screen. And the fact that the Groosalugg’s blog (which provides the recap of Vol. 1 at the beginning of this book) lists him as “Listening to: Cries of my enemies, squeals of lust from the local townswomen. Also Coldplay.” just makes me giggle. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: It doesn’t provide a whole lot of new information that couldn’t have been guessed at from Vol. 1, but on the other hand, it doesn’t take long to read, so… at your leisure.

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First Line: Man. I bet there’s total excitement out there and I’m missing it all.

Cover Thoughts: Transparent Wesley is cool and all, but it doesn’t really sum up the book particularly well. On the other hand, I guess just an “L.A. in Hell” cover with none of the main characters on it would be weird too.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2009 10:01 am

    Doesn’t sound too interesting. I guess if I wanted to read about Hell I would be more drawn to Dante, although a modern update wouldn’t be bad if it were done in a clever way!

    • August 24, 2009 8:52 am

      rhapsody – Joss Whedon’s Hell is a pretty stereotypical hell – one of his characters even says as much in this book. :)

  2. August 22, 2009 2:22 pm

    The commentary was my favourite part of this, too.

    • August 24, 2009 8:53 am

      …because there’s nothing Joss Whedon fans like more than snark. :)

  3. August 23, 2009 8:57 am

    I read Vol 1 – It was good, but now that I just read the Buffy comic series, I know what I was missing – Buffy Season 8 (right after the tv series ends) is head and shoulders better than Angel!! Try that one if you haven’t already.

    • August 24, 2009 8:53 am

      Susan – Yeah, I’ve been reading those too, and I agree… they’re way better. But, then again, I liked Buffy the show better than Angel the show, too.

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