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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 03:31 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.