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Spike: Shadow Puppets [Kindle Edition]

Brian Lynch , Franco Urru
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Angel once put a stop to an evil children's show, but not before being turned into a puppet during his fight. Now, fresh out of the Asylum, it's Spike's turn! Writer Brian Lynch and artist Franco Urru (Spike: Asylum) are reunited in this collection that sees Spike and Lorne heading off to Japan to stop the latest Japanese kids' show... Smile Time! Will they become "puppetized" themselves? And along the way, find themselves in a fight with hundreds of ninja-puppets, reuniting with fellow Asylum inmates, and be at extreme odds with one other?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 39956 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (24 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00919U5DS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #601,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muppet Madness II 12 July 2014
By Black Squirrel TOP 50 REVIEWER
The story from IDW’s four-issue mini-series ‘Spike: Shadow Puppets’ is collected as Spike: Shadow Puppets, as well as in the Spike Omnibus. This is a very entertaining story, as Spike is summoned to Japan to deal with the return of the Evil Undead, or, the Smile Time Puppets as we prefer to refer to them. This time, they are ready with an army of cuddly Ninjas to face whatever Spike and Lorne can bring against them, which includes Betta George (back from the apparently dead), Beck (the Firestarter from Spike: Asylum), and Tok, a Japanese Ninja girl who has a grudge against cuddly toys: “Anyone who’s not machine washable… best step away from anyone who is.”

Anyway, the Puppets from Hell have moved their operation to Japan, and are planning on going global, thanks to a world-wide children’s broadcast that they are planning on hijacking, and they have prepared for all eventualities by creating puppet versions of the entire Angel Investigations team (with variants) to see off Spike and his band of mere mortals (and Lorne and George).

This is a very entertaining story with excellent voice and speech-pattern matching for the ‘real’ characters, and of course Spike and Lorne get turned into puppets.

Issue #1 – “Once More With Felt” – opens with Spike Investigations in trouble with his investor, a very powerful and angry demon who wants his money back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great spike story 10 Dec. 2014
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another great spike story Always leave you with a smile on your face. they done buffy and Angel and faith More spike please
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spike: Shadow Puppets - Smile Time is Back! 1 Jan. 2008
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Spike: Shadow Puppets is another collaboration between writer Brian Lynch and artist Franco Urro, the team that brought us Spike: Asylum. I like Franco Urro's drawings - I can easily recognize the character he is drawing (not something I can say about some of the other graphic novels I have read)and he does a good job at capturing the expressions and personality of the people he is drawing that makes it a good complement to the story. And as for the story ..

"Shadow Puppets" continues after "Asylum" ends. Several of the characters from "Asylum" are main characters in "Shadow Puppets". While I think you could enjoy the story on its own, you will get a lot more out of it if you read "Asylum" first. "Shadow Puppets" takes place some time after ATS (Angel the Series) season 5 episode 14 "Smile Time". Lorne convinces Spike to travel to Japan with him to put a stop to the new, popular "Smile Time" kids show - apparently Angel and gang didn't put a complete stop to it, and in its new location it has found a way to drain children and "lonely adult males" worlwide. The story has a light hearted and fun approach - not as serious as "Asylum" just as "Smile Time" was a light hearted and fun story for ATS. There are lots of puppets in the story, including some favorite characters from ATS. Spike's adventure as a "wee, little puppet man" is funny, enjoyable, and believable Spike. The pairing of Spike and Lorne is a lot of fun, and one I wish they had done more of on ATS.

One of the things I enjoyed about both "Asylum" and "Shadow Puppets" are the Writer's Commentary at the end of the story. It's like listening to a Director's Commentary at the end of the movie - it enriches the story be explaining some of the inside jokes and hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) sights, pictures and symbols in the story. I like to see how many of them I pick up on when reading the story, and then check in the Writer's Commentary to see how many I might have missed.

To sum it up, if you are a Spike or Lorne fan, I highly recommend Spike:Shadow Puppets and if you haven't already read Spike: Asylum, get that one too. You can never get too much Spike.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read! 1 Jan. 2008
By Raymond A. Miller III - Published on
I own and have read Spike: Shadow Puppets. When I read this Graphic
Novel I was enjoying it very much. I like the way they had Spike and Lorne team up to go over to Japan to stop Smile Time again.
I was glad that they made it that Spike got to expirence what Angel expirenced as a Puppet. Spike and Lorne as puppets was cute and really
funny. If you are a fan of Spike this would be a ready for you and anyone who likes the Buffy/Angel universe. I give this 5 stars because in my opinion it was well drawn and well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, hilarious side story with (possibly) your favorite vampire with a soul 30 Oct. 2013
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Unbridles, unmitigated glee. That's what we have here in this book. So fun, so much Spike. It does not disappoint. It may not be cannon in the strictest sense, but it's entertainment in its purest form.
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and fun 26 Jan. 2008
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Brian Lynch clearly enjoys writing for Spike, and has a wonderful idea to reunite Spike and Lorne in this story. The two are an entertaining team as they end up in Japan and encounter more evil puppets from "Angel" S5's episode "Smile Time."

There are some good character moments for both the leads, and along with the able help of some new and returning characters from Lynch's "Spike Asylum" they return home successful and more sure of themselves in their new lives.

The one drawback for me is that near the book's end the storyline veered from lighthearted into silly with too much emphasis on in-jokes and breaking the fourth wall. However some may enjoy this, and in any case the rest of the story is worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Puppets 17 April 2009
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For those of us Whedon fans who love the character of Spike portrayed by actor James Marsters and find yourself wanting for more, Brian Lynch has answered your prayers by having him star in his own comic!

Even though Shadow Puppets would be more enjoyable if you have read Asylum first, the book can still be enjoyed on it's own. With wacky characters and fun dialogue, this comic will delight fans of Spike and will leave you thirsting for more.
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