8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I feared this would happen. Volume 5: Aftermath was a good bookend to the "Hell moment" storyline of After The Fall, and it seemed to point to the future. This largely unnecessary volume just drags the storyline out for all that it's worth. Vampire metaphors come easy here, and it hardly even feels like cliché to say that the series editors have sucked out every last drop out of the After The Fall franchise.
The good news - it starts off well enough, with an excellent Gunn storyline that sets up the equally excellent spin-off volume Only Human, and a suitably odd Drusilla story written by Juliet Landau herself. Five stars for these. But they make up less than half of this volume. The rest degenerates into farce as Angel and Spike visit a sci-fi convention and then for the remaining third of the book we get "the movie adaptation" of the Hell moment, with a Nicholas Cage lookalike spoofing Angel and spouting clichéd dialogue like he's possessed (and not by a demon, unless it's the demon of crap). I must be turning into the comic book guy from the Simpsons as words cannot express enough my ire for this stupid idea. After struggling my way through to the end of it I wanted to wash my brain out with industrial grade detergent. After The Fall is not famous enough to be spoofed, and whoever gave the go ahead for this self-indulgent rubbish owes me half my money back.
I'm a fan of the series though, so I couldn't bring myself to actually review this volume without knowing that the next one would be better. Luckily it is, and as the wyrm has finally stopped eating its tail, so to speak, I at last brought myself to write this review - knowing that even if this volume is a major league rip off, there is hope for the series from the very next volume.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2010
This volume of Angel is like one of those comedic/light hearted episodes that Joss Whedon liked to throw in during a season. The Angel/Spike adventure was very funny but the Drusilla story just didn't do anything for me. I'm not sure what it added to the character and I've no real idea where Drusilla now stands in the Angelverse. The first story sets up the Gunn/Illyria Only Human book. The final story is a Hollywood version of After the Fall. It's funny but not as much as it could be. Finally I'm not sure what this volume did for the overall series. It didn't seem to follow up on the previous volume but as I said it was more a standalone lighthearted break.