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02 August 2014 @ 10:32 pm
Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments: Spike  
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Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments:


Spike, After the Fall Issue #2


As we following Spike through his journey in W&H's Hell-Angeles, we also get introduced to another one of those infamous Lords of Los Angeles. This one is a spoiled princess type who has set up in, where else, Beverly Hills.

Our Characters to be examined in this issue include: Spike, Jeremy Johns, Illyria and Cordelia the Dragon.



Our Heroes Are Aces!


Spike- I'll not be kudo-ing our vampire hero.


Jeremy Johns- Ever the chivalrous gentleman, Jeremy tries to shield Fred by taking the blame for her whispering out of turn. It's a bad attempt at passing off Fred's feminine voice as his own, but it's still noble. He gets a Half-KUDO for playing the White Knight.


Illyria- I'll not issue a kudo to anything that Illyria/Fred-persona does in this issue.


Cordelia- Cordy tries to play messenger, but we can't know what she was intending and she doesn't earn a kudo.


I'm going to go ahead and issue an Anti-KUDO to Non, Lord of Beverly Hills for her rapid and brutal takedown of Illyria, even though I think it's only because addle-brained Illyria forgets she is supposed to be a master at fighting.



Our Heroes Are Zeroes!


Spike- Spike doesn't do anything to earn a demerit.


Jeremy- I also don't find anything to complain about here.


Illyria- Illyria's arrogance is really an issue. She could've easily killed Non if she'd just punched through her or snapped her neck. Instead she gave the energy-drainer time to use her powers, bringing suffering to all of the humans around her [conveniently excepting Jeremy] and allowing the parasite to defeat her and imprison Spike. She gets a Half-DEMERIT.


Cordy- Again, we can't know what Cordelia intended with Spike in the W&H HQ but she doesn't do anything that makes me think she should be demerited.


I've no special demerits to hand out.



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H Landinghts_wasrubbish on August 3rd, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
The BTVS comics universe is often really unflattering to it's core group of characters. There have been a large number of head scratching moments for every character throughout the run of post series books. I feel like this is only a problem because of the medium. Actors can put so much more nuance into weird character choices than is possible in written form.

That's enough rant from me. Thanks for these entries.
harsens_rob: spike2harsens_rob on August 3rd, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
Half-Agreed.
I do agree with you about the problem the writers are having with, well "really unflattering" is a nice way to put what they've done to some of our characters.

I'll quibble a bit with your second point though. I think if you have a talented artist with the time available, they can do a wonderful job with facial expressions that can bring out secondary emotions that a character is going through. And, there is always the ol' stand by in comic books... the thought-balloon.

But, I'm more bugged by how they seem to forget that characters have more than their super powers. Illyria and Connor [as I'll probably continue to complain about, sorry] seem to keep forgetting they know how to dodge and throw a punch.
H Landinghts_wasrubbish on August 3rd, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
Half Agreed.
It has been a while since I've read these books but I do remember being really frustrated at Ilyrias almost complete uselessness.

Do you think the art has been a particular strong point with these books? (I am including all the BTVS books.)
I feel like they were really spotty. I would say that the art was good more than half the time, about 60 percent, but that is not really a great percentage.

I fully concur with the thought-balloon point though.
harsens_robharsens_rob on August 3rd, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: The art.
I'd say that you're spot on with the 60% ratio. There are some really beautiful panels spread across all of the series, but then you find panels only a few pages from there that look like crap. Same book, same artist, absolutely not the same result.

I can't explain it. I liked the artwork in Spike AtF #2 for the most part, but there are other issues/series' issues where you'll see me bitterly complaining about it.