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4.0 out of 5 stars Season 6 part 5
The story running through issues #18-22 of IDW's comic-book continuation of Joss Whedon's TV-series `Angel' is collected as Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath (Angel (IDW Hardcover)). This is an excellent Angel (and co.) adventure. LA is back on Earth and the trip to Hell never happened, except for the fact that everyone remembers it. The Demon Lords who ruled LA are not happy at...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
First off, a bit of history. Joss Whedon collaborated with Brian Lynch on the After the Fall storyline (Volumes 1-4). Whedon was not involved with this volume or Armstrong's work.

Armstrong doesn't seem to understand the characters she has inherited. The dialogue is wooden (and gone is any noticeable trace of witty repartee for which the Buffy/Angel universe is...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 8 July 2010
This review is from: Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath (Angel (IDW Hardcover)) (Hardcover)
First off, a bit of history. Joss Whedon collaborated with Brian Lynch on the After the Fall storyline (Volumes 1-4). Whedon was not involved with this volume or Armstrong's work.

Armstrong doesn't seem to understand the characters she has inherited. The dialogue is wooden (and gone is any noticeable trace of witty repartee for which the Buffy/Angel universe is famous). Established characters tend to act in strange ways that don't fit in with what we know of them. New characters are introduced that just don't fit comfortably within the Angel universe.

Angel fans would do well to avoid this volume (unless you're simply satisfied with slapping the "Angel" label on any generic story).

Pick up Volumes 1-4 and then Volume 6 (Lynch's brief return to the series for an After the Fall "Epilogue").
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great., 10 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath (Angel (IDW Hardcover)) (Hardcover)
Picks up where After The Fall left off and I was pretty excited to read this, however from the first page I could tell this wasn't up to snuff. First off the artwork definitely isn't top quality, in fact the characters faces are particularly bad as none of the characters resemble their on screen counterparts or incarnations in previous books and are, at times, hard to identify, also Angel himself looks like some kind of exaggerated caveman who's taken a few harsh punches to the face and has a constant expression of constipation.
Then there's the story, which reads more like unadventurous fan-fiction than anything else. There are a few redeeming moments but otherwise I would not recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed After The Fall. Very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 6 part 5, 17 April 2014
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This review is from: Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath (Angel (IDW Hardcover)) (Hardcover)
The story running through issues #18-22 of IDW's comic-book continuation of Joss Whedon's TV-series `Angel' is collected as Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath (Angel (IDW Hardcover)). This is an excellent Angel (and co.) adventure. LA is back on Earth and the trip to Hell never happened, except for the fact that everyone remembers it. The Demon Lords who ruled LA are not happy at being killed and demoted, so are out for revenge on Angel and Connor. Kate is back and reopens Angel Investigations with the titular hero, but they have problems with stalkers, groupies and assassins. One assassin happens to be a were-jaguar, and has comes with a proposition for Angel. The Powers that Be also have a proposition for Angel - they have lost some of their own angels and need Angel (with a capital `A') to find them. The city council also hire Angel Investigations to clean up the loose ends of the apocalypse.

It is back to regular service for Angel and Co. in this collection of issues. The art and scripting are excellent, and the sub-plots keep rolling forward. As old stories are closed, so new mysteries are starting to appear. This is an excellent collection, and a lot more up-beat than we have seen for a while.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well though out continuation, 24 Sep 2009
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This review is from: Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath (Angel (IDW Hardcover)) (Hardcover)
This picks up from the After the Fall storyline and finds Angel in a changed world from where he was left. The old team is no more and many characters are not included in this arc, so far.

Aftermath follows a changed role for Angel with some familiar faces backing him up, as well as new characters. The story fuses the shades of grey challenges that made Angel at his best when he fights anyone who challenges his view of morality.

As good as the storyline is, the artwork left me disappointed. Sometimes a lot of good will is needed to recognise sometimes who a person is. Angel in particular often bears no resemblence to David Boreanaz and thus the likeness that we have come to know. He also appears to have developed extra muscles from somewhere...

Overall, the storyline means that the book is well worth picking up. You can enjoy it many times as the quality of the binding is excellent. Don't let the drawbacks put you off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, not as great as the other but none the less a good read, 9 Jan 2014
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Its lacking some of the charm of the characters and other things like that, the story is fine, the art in my opinion as an artist myself is a bit crap, but it does the job overall I recommend it if you want to read all the angel books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Filler, Really fun, but still filler., 30 Nov 2012
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Angel aftermath suffers from 1 major problem, Its set right after the after the fall series. The story itself is rather interesting, a few twists and turn, some nice new characters and good character development that follows naturally from the last few issues. The return of a few old faces back into the mix is great and show that Angel can be great without the other main characters we all know and love as there MIA for a few reasons (Gunn and Illyria have there own spin-off, only human, and spike is just... well he's not there) this is good as it lets returning faces like Kate Shine and the new characters like Dez not feel undermined. Also the story adds a lot to the established Buffyverse mythos if your a fan of knowing everything and anything about the universe. If this story was read alone it would shine as a hidden gem, the problem though is that after the previous few issues the story just cant stand up to the fantastic run of after the fall, so if you've just read them you might feel a little let down as the story returns to a more grounded and slower pace. Overall its a good story which serves as some great filler until they decide where to go next.
Oh and it looks pretty awesome to, different but still awesome.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great standalone story and superb epilogue to After The Fall, 17 Sep 2009
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This review is from: Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath (Angel (IDW Hardcover)) (Hardcover)
If you've read After The Fall 4 and thought like I did that the arc from the TV series is all wrapped up nicely, you may be wondering if it's worth buying more of Angel and committing yourself to another story arc. Don't worry, this volume is self-contained and wraps itself up at the end. Even better, the writers wisely leave most of the major Angel characters out of this volume so as to set it apart as being something different. Though it calls itself Volume 5, Aftermath is not After The Fall part 5 - it just takes the legacy of that plot and weaves from it something new.

The only main characters in this volume are Angel, Connor and Kate (plus one other who appears later), and a couple of new characters are introduced, including a shape shifting leopard woman who doesn't wear clothes a lot (but does it in strategically placed shadows).

The artwork is different from previous volumes, but is crisp and unhurried, with every character clearly recognisable. There is only one gripe I have, which is that for a couple of pages when Angel has his shirt off he looks uncannily like the Incredible Hulk. It's more funny than annoying.

The story is very well scripted and it's great to see Kate back again (though I do wonder what happened to Nina?) There's some great classic Connor dialogue too, which I missed in After The Fall. The hardback binding of this series has been the best you're ever going to find. I hope they continue it with future volumes.
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