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Joss Whedon – Angel: After the Fall, Volume 4

September 7, 2009

105. Angel: After the Fall, Volume 4 by Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch, Stephen Mooney, Franco Urru (2009)
Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 4

Read my review of:
Volume 1
Volume 2: First Night
Volume 3

Length: 136 pages

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy

Started: 29 August 2009
Finished: 29 August 2009

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I had to know how the story turned out.

Getting out of Hell
depends a lot on knowing
just whose Hell you’re in.

Summary: Gunn, now unsure of the source of his visions, is trying to get things back to the way they were before everything went to Hell – by killing Angel. And Angel, now that he’s seen the outcome of the Shanshu Prophecy and his own role in the Apocalypse, is more than willing to let him. But of course Wolfram & Hart aren’t going to let things go down like that, and while the gang thinks they may have figured out a way to get themselves out of hell, things are going to get messy – and more than a little deadly – before they do.

Review: I like this one. I liked this one a lot. Well, a lot better than the first three volumes, at least. It does an excellent job of explaining what the heck’s going on, of tying together loose ends, of bringing things to a satisfying end, and of leaving enough open questions to fuel the start of a new story arc. There were also a lot of really good – and really touching – character moments, even for characters that I don’t normally care that much about. All in all, while I don’t think Angel: After the Fall is going to be knocking Buffy Season 8 off its pedestal any time soon, this final volume did make me appreciate the cool directions in which Whedon & Lynch had been taking the story, and brought the whole thing together better than I had expected. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: The best of the series, I think, and it definitely helps to make sense of what’s come before.

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First Line: So. Come to this.

Cover Thoughts: Oooh, I like it. It’s a good likeness of Angel, and the image of him saluting us as he’s being dusted is very evocative.

Vocab: (see the whole list)

  • p. 5: “‘Spike, abandon your harem of you-worshipers to come play hadji to good ol’ Jonny Bore.’” – A pilgrim; specifically one who has made a pilgrimage to Mecca.
8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2009 12:09 pm

    I’m glad to hear you liked this one better than the first three! I plan on buying it near the end of the month, when the fifth volume is out. (I get most of my graphic novels from, and you have to spend at least $39 to get free shipping).

    • September 7, 2009 3:47 pm

      Memory – I’m so lucky that my local library is so nice about buying graphic novels for me (or in this case, ahead of me). I was under the impression that the fifth one was really more of a first one in a new arc… is that not true?

      • September 12, 2009 3:58 pm

        I think the fifth-one is sort of a stand-alone; like Season Seven, maybe? I believe the next few Angel comics after it are all over the place so far as timeline goes. I know they adapted “Not Fade Away” for comics, and there’s one about some of the stuff Angel got up to in WWII.

        My library takes so long to process new books that I’ve given up on them for the stuff I really want to read. I’m sure they’ll get this one in eventually, but I’d be lucky to read it sometime before February or March. Sigh. I don’t know what’s wrong with them; it sounds like everyone else’s libraries are capable of getting new releases on the shelves good and quick, but mine dawdles something fierce.

  2. September 7, 2009 3:35 pm

    I missed your reviews of the other books in the series. I didn’t follow the television series. Does it make a difference in understanding the books if you haven’t seen the series?

    • September 7, 2009 3:48 pm

      Alyce – Oh, for sure you need to have watched the series, I don’t think these would make a lick of sense otherwise. Heck, I did watch the series, and I’m still occasionally lost because I’ve forgotten some of what happened.

      • September 7, 2009 4:19 pm

        Thanks for letting me know. I’m always on the lookout for new graphic novels, but I want to be able to understand what’s going on in the story. :)

      • September 7, 2009 4:24 pm

        Picky, picky. :)

  3. September 8, 2009 10:55 am

    I just began reading Buffy season 8 (yay!) but I was wondering about Angel; I’ve never watched the show (or only a few episodes when I stumbled on it), so I guess I would be a little lost reading this series?

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