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Discussion of Angel & Spike #10 - Released 3/25/20 (Boom! Studios)

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Spike and his, uh, Team Spike of Fred, Gunn & their new ally Lorne race against the clock to find a supernatural artifact before Wolfram & Hart. But if they're going to save the day, Team Spike is going to have find a way not to kill each other first. AND WHAT HAPPENED TO ANGEL?

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Really enjoyed this issue. The first few pages were all fight scene, but pretty well done. Surprisingly it got better when the dialogue kicked in. Spike got all the best lines, he was good when poking fun at Angel and trying to give him a pep talk. Kate was also written well and I liked her jibes about kids, millennials and the woke. The characters are far more interesting than the story so far, though we still don't really know who the baddie is or what he wants.

So much better than the Buffy comic I'm sad to say.
 

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Angel + Spike #10 (REVIEW)

ANGEL + SPIKE #10 (REVIEW)
By B Ferg
March 24, 2020

Angel + Spike #10
BOOM Comics

Created by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Bryan Edward Hill
Illustrated by: Gleb Melnikov
Colored by: Roman Titov
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire

It really is starting to feel like this is Team Spike. Not that its upsetting to me, more along the lines of a surprise change of pace. While Angel is showcased in the action sequences, it is Spike who has the best dialogue of the issue.
The issue picks up where the last left off. Angel is facing off the unknown entity who has been sent to deal with Detective Lockley. Melnikov does a superb job capturing this sequence. From the subtle changes in Angel’s face when he vamps out to the battle itself the artwork made this section stand out.
Much of the issue deals with the aftermath of this encounter. Angel, sulking already from the Hellmoth now has this loss weighing him down. It turns to Spike to be both the humor and the inspiration of the issue. Hill does a great job writing Spike. He captures the arrogance, annoyance yet still managing to highlight the empathy of the character. Both Gunn and Fred have already bought in to his style so who knows this may end up as Team Spike.
I enjoyed this issue because of the continued emphasis on Spike as a much deeper character. This issue shows less of the angry pitiful individual and instead someone who has accepted who they are. Taking into account all that has happened to them and all they have done to others. Used to be Angel’s thing, thankfully we have the addition of Spike for that now.

8.6/10

I pretty much agree with this review, it did feel very much like Team Spike and he does get all the best dialogue.
 

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I was really enjoying the Angel series before Hellmouth and this is really disheartening for me. I hated Spuffy, I hate that Spike just became Angel 2.0 and a lot of people think he’s better than Angel, and it kind of sucks that he’s taking over Angel’s solo comic already.
 

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I was really enjoying the Angel series before Hellmouth and this is really disheartening for me. I hated Spuffy, I hate that Spike just became Angel 2.0 and a lot of people think he’s better than Angel, and it kind of sucks that he’s taking over Angel’s solo comic already.
And the alternate cover from Melnikov has Spike not so subtly look like John Constantine.... which I'd be perfectly fine with instead of the shorter leather look designated for him.
 

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This is a great issue! I’m really enjoying this Angel run an awful lot, it’s a shame I’ve kind of fallen off the Boom Buffy run but maybe I should dip back in as Angel has massively improved again post Hellmouth. I feel like the comics lost a load of momentum with the event so I hope people are still reading, Angel (and Spike as it is now!) is in great hands at the moment.
 

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Why team Spike ? isn't he with Buffy at Sunnnydale ?
Spike joined Gunn and Fred in LA when Angel went to Sunnydale. Angel's back in LA now and he and Spike have joined forces. So far in the Boom comic there has been no Bangel or Spuffy.
Buffy is dating Robin Wood
 

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Spike joined Gunn and Fred in LA when Angel went to Sunnydale. Angel's back in LA now and he and Spike have joined forces.
Thanks fot the explication. I don't read the comic but I try to be aware of what happens in them. At least in a "general situation sense". Does this issue takes place after BuffyS12 and the Spuffy's Break Up ?
 

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Thanks fot the explication. I don't read the comic but I try to be aware of what happens in them. At least in a "general situation sense". Does this issue takes place after BuffyS12 and the Spuffy's Break Up ?
The BOOM! comics are about a brand new Buffy, Willow, Xander Giles etc. They've gone back to high school. It's a whole reboot of the show. You'll recognise the characters, but their personalities are a little different and the stories have been updates. Such as,
Willow is a lesbian from issue one, Giles and Jenny are together, Joyce has a boyfriend etc.
 

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The BOOM! comics are about a brand new Buffy, Willow, Xander Giles etc. They've gone back to high school. It's a whole reboot of the show. You'll recognise the characters, but their personalities are a little different and the stories have been updates. Such as,
Is it canon ? I mean, I suppose it is but... if that is a "canon" reboot, can we consider S12 of Buffy as the last season of the "original canon Story" ? Let me know if you don't understand what I mean.

In fact, I'm surprisingly really intrigued by what you said in spoilers. I may give a chance to this Boom Comics. Seems fun. I check out the price and it's only 3.99 dollars, I don't think it's expensive but of course I live in France so I need to know what is the price in Euros.. need a converter devise money or something like that...
 

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Is it canon ? I mean, I suppose it is but... if that is a "canon" reboot, can we consider S12 of Buffy as the last season of the "original canon Story" ? Let me know if you don't understand what I mean.

In fact, I'm surprisingly really intrigued by what you said in spoilers. I may give a chance to this Boom Comics. Seems fun. I check out the price and it's only 3.99 dollars, I don't think it's expensive but of course I live in France so I need to know what is the price in Euros.. need a converter devise money or something like that...
Season 12 is canon until Joss says it isn't, as he helped write it (unfortunate, because it's not good :( )

The comic rights are now with Boom, so I guess this is canon too, but a rebooted canon. Currently the new story is about multiverses, and I guess you could see the whole of the Boom Buffy canon as a different universe in the multiverse.

The Buffy comic has some good issues, the last one being one of the best yet, but some of the issues are really poor. Some of the art is really really bad, which doesn't help. The Angel comic from Boom is actually much better, with better dialogue, art and characterisation. There's been one crossover, called Hellmouth, where Buffy and Angel went into the Hellmouth and fought together, which was really bad. It was 5 issues and should have been done in 3.

But you should definitely give the comics a go and make your own mind up 👍
 

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Because it was a kinda Bangel storyline ?
It started off Bangelly and was quite good, but it got less Bangelly as it went on. They meet at a high school dance and it's really cute and the dialogue is fun, but once they get into the Hellmouth it goes downhill. Angel and Buffy fight together and there is a hint of romance, but it's buried under a messy story and bad dialogue.
 
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Totally agree that Angel is far better currently and Hellmouth really slowed the momentum of both comics. Very much liking's Angel and Spike bean frenemies so early on, dynamic works so well.

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This - I might buy - particularly if they do it as a Library Edition. It's reading like the illegitimate offspring of Dark Horse and IDW Spike/Angel.
You should it’s the best Buffyverse things I’ve read in a long time.
 
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Have to agree, it's better than Season 12
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