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30 review for Angel & Spike Vol. 2: What's Done is Denied

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    The art. My eyes. My poor eyes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jozic

    How did this happen? How did things go off the rails this thoroughly and this quickly? After Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov left it was a foregone conclusion that there were big shoes to fill. They way they reimagined the Angel corner of the Buffyverse was fresh, new, and exciting while capturing the characters' voices and essence perfectly. This volume? That all goes away. The voices are entirely wrong. The tone is abysmally wrong. The story utterly fails to pick up the threads left by the How did this happen? How did things go off the rails this thoroughly and this quickly? After Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov left it was a foregone conclusion that there were big shoes to fill. They way they reimagined the Angel corner of the Buffyverse was fresh, new, and exciting while capturing the characters' voices and essence perfectly. This volume? That all goes away. The voices are entirely wrong. The tone is abysmally wrong. The story utterly fails to pick up the threads left by the previous creative team and clumsily drops them into a messy pile on the floor then kicks them down a sewer drain. It's terrible. I know Zac Thompson is a better writer than this so I will be shocked if I ever hear that he wasn't just phoning it in. Ugh. If you're reading this series and checking out reviews before embarking on this final volume you are better off leaving things how they ended at the conclusion of the last book. Just stop. Don't sully a wonderful reading experience with this as the finale to an otherwise very enjoyable series. Just skip this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Loredana

    full review to come

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    It reads just like a comic that has been cancelled prematurely so the author has to cram a bunch of conclusions into a single issue. Which is ok, because that's exactly what happened. But it's also not ok, since Angel's sh!tty parent comic Buffy is still chugging along despite being demonstrably worse. But then again, 'quality of work' is so far down the list of reasons for doing things at comic companies today, no one should be surprised. It reads just like a comic that has been cancelled prematurely so the author has to cram a bunch of conclusions into a single issue. Which is ok, because that's exactly what happened. But it's also not ok, since Angel's sh!tty parent comic Buffy is still chugging along despite being demonstrably worse. But then again, 'quality of work' is so far down the list of reasons for doing things at comic companies today, no one should be surprised.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    I feel mean being mean to this volume, but there's not much else I can do. The final arc of Angel & Spike didn't even know it was going to be the final arc until right at the last minute, so it ends up setting up a load of stuff that it never gets to pay off. After a one-off fill-in (which is kind of a problem start when Boom! trades are only four issues) Zac Thompson throws Angel, Spike, and Kate into a mystery story featuring Oz that dovetails into some of the multiverse stuff that's been going I feel mean being mean to this volume, but there's not much else I can do. The final arc of Angel & Spike didn't even know it was going to be the final arc until right at the last minute, so it ends up setting up a load of stuff that it never gets to pay off. After a one-off fill-in (which is kind of a problem start when Boom! trades are only four issues) Zac Thompson throws Angel, Spike, and Kate into a mystery story featuring Oz that dovetails into some of the multiverse stuff that's been going on over in Buffy. It's all a bit rushed and unfinished, but I'm not surprised. Apparently Thompson only learned that the series was cancelled midway through writing the final issue, so he had to pivot right at the end to try and tie things off. The results are mixed, but I can't really blame him - he did his best. Angel also lost series artist Gleb Melnikov between volumes, and that shows too - in his place we get Hayden Sherman, who doesn't do a bad job, but feels a bit too sketchy for books inspired by actual actors. Think Felipe Andrade, that kind of vein. Angel & Spike don't go gently into the good night, and it's a shame. There was a lot of potential here, but the title flounders at the last minute due to poor timing. I hope it can recover if/when it gets relaunched.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Buchanan

    This series run has been more consistent than its Buffy and Hellmouth counterparts, but these final issues fall flat with a rushed finale inflicted upon new series writer Zac Thompson by BOOM! Studios while he was still writing issue #16. The result is the events leading to the finale feel like an unnecessary diversion from the main plot. Issue #13 is a one-shot story set in 1962. I didn't like illustrator Piotr Kowalski's rendering of Angel, which when combined with Mattia Iacono's colours someh This series run has been more consistent than its Buffy and Hellmouth counterparts, but these final issues fall flat with a rushed finale inflicted upon new series writer Zac Thompson by BOOM! Studios while he was still writing issue #16. The result is the events leading to the finale feel like an unnecessary diversion from the main plot. Issue #13 is a one-shot story set in 1962. I didn't like illustrator Piotr Kowalski's rendering of Angel, which when combined with Mattia Iacono's colours somehow looks more like Data than David Boreanaz. Along with Thompson being introduced for issues #14-16, Hayden Sherman takes over illustrating. There were elements of his style that I like, but times when the body proportions of characters are like a circus mirror where they appear far wider than they were on the previous page. And the werewolves were way too big.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    I read this two weeks ago and don't remember a single thing about it except that it was kinda ugly and that I liked the beginning more than the end. This ended poorly, and it wasn't the author's fault. I read this two weeks ago and don't remember a single thing about it except that it was kinda ugly and that I liked the beginning more than the end. This ended poorly, and it wasn't the author's fault.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Spike's snark and one-liners are the only thing that bumped this up from a 2-2.5 stars to a grudging 3 stars . . . and it's hard to earn a 2-star rating from me! Spike's snark and one-liners are the only thing that bumped this up from a 2-2.5 stars to a grudging 3 stars . . . and it's hard to earn a 2-star rating from me!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy Adams

    I feel like the artwork really fell off during the series, but the story had such a great ending!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mick

    All the storylines ends in an anticlimatic finale that makes this entire series feel pointless in retrospect The writer never stood a chance. He was informed that this would be the end while he was already writing the last issue - and before he truly had a grasp on each of the characters. BOOM should at least have continued this series for another 4 issues to give it a proper ending. And I really don’t like the art either.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Allyn

  13. 5 out of 5

    James Landsaw

  14. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wil Carpenter

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laurie A Friedman

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cookie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Scott

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cormon03

  22. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Robbins

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jawanza Barial-Lumumba

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krzysztof Maja Bożejewicz

  26. 4 out of 5

    Taelor Rye

  27. 4 out of 5

    Glenn

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lethe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christophe Knebeler

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angelique (reading_inbloom)

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