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Angel – After The Fall (Ch. 15)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

angel-after-the-fall-comic-book-issue-15-preview-mq-01Been looking forward to this one.  We’re nearing the end of AtF, and the action is getting hot and heavy (oh my!).

Okay, first of all . . . Gunn impaled Angel (human Angel, remember) with a big pointy stick at the end of the last issue; why has that wound suddenly up and disappeared?  Oops on that one, eh?

I do have to say, though, that this is probably the closest I’ve ever had to read any comic book.  It’s paced out so slowly and intricately, I can’t just breeze through it like any other type of cheap serial story.  Probably because this isn’t being aimed at the teen-y, young-adult crowd; I think they realize their audience is going to much older and sophisticated, and they want to cater to that with a very board narrative.  Which, of course, I like.  But, as I said before, we’re pretty close to the end; there are only two more issues left before Aftermath starts, so it should be pretty much all action — and whomever important has to die dying — from here on out.

Unfortunately, though, I just keep running into roadblocks.  How could Spike have known Betta George before all this?  I was under the impression that Asylum was going to be said to have taken place after AtF.  Because, of course, the only time Spike could have made it to Nevada before this would have been at some ‘undisclosed time’ in Season 5, after he became corporeal, and, of course, at the end of Asylum, the whole place was destroyed, so how could George have mind-called someone there in AtF #10 or #11 or whenever it was that Gunn told him to send out that call for help?  Argh.  I hate it when they can’t get basic continuity stuff like this straight.  Unless I’m missing something, but I don’t think I am considering I’m a major geek and I live and breathe this stuff.

Also — if Wesley is incorporeal, does he have a brain, a mind?  No.  So can he be said to have memories, in the physical sense?  Probably not.  So how can George get them?  How can he communicate telepathically with a ghost?  Granted, it’s fantasy, so technically the writers can do whatever they want, but this doesn’t really conform to the standard rules about telepathy that all us sci-fi/fantasy nerds are familiar with.  Man, I need to get outside more.

One last thing — Connor, please, please, stay dead.  For all of us.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. tgjkennedy permalink
    Thursday, January 8, 2009 7:45 pm

    Haha. You know there’s no way Connor will stay dead. He’s going to be a ghost, or visions, or dream sequences or something. But all in all a fairly good issue. Although I think you get hung up on sequencing and whether a telepathic fish can get into someone’s memories if they are non-corporeal or not.

    Can’t wait for the next one!

  2. James17930 permalink
    Thursday, January 8, 2009 11:18 pm

    Well, you know how important proper representations of telepathy are to me. Especially when it involves a telepathic fish.

  3. tgjkennedy permalink
    Friday, January 9, 2009 12:29 am

    You should write into Joss with a list of these questions so he can answer them. It will be like that one letter where a supergeek, er um, fan wrote to ask why Jonathan could appear as The First when he didn’t die… I believe the answer was “He did. Just for a minute. Okay we forgot.”

  4. James17930 permalink
    Friday, January 9, 2009 10:53 pm

    Yeah, it does sound like one of those types of rants, doesn’t it? Although, the guy who did point out the whole First/Jonathan had a good point — so good it made Joss comment on it.

    But I don’t think I’ll mail this one in; I’ve done my part simply be Posting-it-on-the-Internet. I’ll let Joss come to me.

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