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4.0 out of 5 stars Muppet Madness II, 12 July 2014
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This review is from: Spike: Shadow Puppets (Paperback)
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.

THE SPOILER ZONE
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. Fortunately, Lorne has received a call for help from Japan, where the Smile Time Puppets have set up a new home, and they get out of town for a while for things to cool off. Spike’s contact is not waiting for them when they arrive, but a gang of cuddly Ninjas are…
“Do we fight them or merchandise them?”
“Fight. Then maybe merchandise.”

The Smile Time gang show up for a witty exchange of insults, quips, puns and threats, before unleashing an avalanche of cuddly Ninjas…

Issue #2 – “Plush” – opens with a flashback to a Smile Time puppet who got out of the game, and took refuge with Spike’s old therapy group from Spike: Asylum, which will tie in to the story development later. Meanwhile, Spike and Lorne are facing an avalanche of Ninja puppets in Japan, when some mysterious figures appear from the shadows and rescue them. These turn out to be Betta George (back from the apparently dead), Beck (the Firestarter), 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.”

After some catching-up, the team infiltrate the Smile Time headquarters, where as you would expect, someone gets turned into a puppet…

Issue #3 – “Two to Sew” – sees Spike, Lorne and George turned into puppets. The two female fighters rescue them, and they escape to think again, and sew up their wounds. The team meet some strange characters while looking for information and clues, while the Smile Time puppets reveal their secret weapon…

Issue #4 – “Doppelgangbang” – reveals Tok’s background, and the gang set out to crash the global broadcast that the puppets are hijacking. Spike is confronted with a puppet Angelus, as well as the Angel Investigations team, though things don’t go quite as planned by the Muppet Masterminds…
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 April 2015
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