Angel: The End
by David Peter et al
I’ve had this book for years now. I bought it before some other editions that came before it in the order of reading. This is a chubby and quite heavy omnibus edition collecting Angel After the Fall graphic novel series 7-9. Additionally there are few short stories.
I’ve wanted to read this book just to get to the ones that go after it. I was actually fussing over two different graphic novel series that come after it: Buffy season 9 and Angel and Faith I’m really interested in! Both of them I’ve already have two volumes ready and waiting on the shelf.
The first thing that put me off during reading was the artwork. It’s not as bad as Buffy Season 8 but it’s very close. Problem with graphic novels that have a TV show or a movie is that people will often expect from artwork to be at least similar to the way the actors who portray the characters look like.
Here is a part of the artwork that I actually liked 🙂
Just like with Buffy it took me a while to start making differences between the characters. And right when I did – BAM !– next chapter has a different artist who has a different style and characters again look even more different…
Bill Willingham who did the story for Immortality for Dummies and Crown Prince Syndrome ha has great talent for writing stories and after the initial grumpiness I really liked the story. It had flair and I think he gave characters depth. He made some things go with a bang without much explanations which I thought felt good for the story arc in the future. Same thing sometimes made me feel nostalgic and sad for the TV show and how quickly it was wrapped up.
Angel Yearbook was different than I expected and delved into past of the characters that was only hinted at in the TV series.
Rest of the short stories were OK but the constant change in artists and artwork styles did not sit well with me.
At the end was a rather impressive artwork gallery with many cover variants.
What gave me most grief about this edition is the pain in my wrists from holding the book for more than 10 minutes. This hardcover baby is heavy! I’m actually having second thoughts for future buying plans when it comes to omnibus editions like this one. Apparently the require a book holder of some sorts!
Now I’m torn between starting on Buffy Season 9 and Angel and Faith graphic novels and buying more volumes so I don’t end up forgetting the story until I have the chance to read the next volumes I don’t already have. I read them fast and getting into the story after a long pause can be daunting.