Things That Are Both Recent & Decent

Oh, this also counts as an update! I finished reading Angel: After the Fall and Spike: After the Fall, and they are both pretty great. I can’t say I enjoyed them -as much- as I am enjoying the Buffy comics, but they were both solid self-contained stories and I really liked how they both turned out.


Reading Spike: After the Fall second was probably a good idea even though it takes place first chronologically, because it spoils a few things for Angel: After the Fall, but it does make a few things that happen later in Angel: AtF make a little more sense for the characters and gives a few actions more thematic weight (in my opinion) so, definitely worth picking up both if you’re interested.


Next, Adam Buxton is back on the radio but this time with Edith Bowman and the episodes are available on iTunes as a podcast (Adam and Edith) which is fantastic, definitely losing none of the charm of the Adam & Joe episodes but obviously it’s a different kind of magic.


The Walking Dead videogame was brilliant too, I’m not sure how well it would hold up on multiple play-throughs as that might highlight how little individual choices matter to the way the storyline actually turns out (same deal with Heavy Rain), but as with Heavy Rain, I’d like to come back and play through it again in a few months after I’ve forgotten everything.


Finally, this last season of Misfits started off a little shaky but now seems to be finding its feet and doing a pretty great job of reinvigorating the series with a new group of characters, which I think was a smart way to go, and they all seem pretty interesting. Mind you, I love weird superpowers so it’s always just a fun show for me to see what they do with them.



Gersberms (Yer Gervin Mah)

I only just found out about this recently through the Chris Hardwick episode of Who Charted? available HERE – it’s a hilarious episode and this song is pretty great too.


What is in the Angel: After the Fall Slipcase Edition?

I will tell you what is in the Angel: After the Fall Slipcase edition. Basically it is just the four trade paperbacks and a cool orange relatively hard slipcase with designs of the characters on it. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but basically just the first four trades (the series collectively named After The Fall) are canon in terms of fitting in with Buffy Season 8 and 9, after that there is the pretty much canon Spike: After the Fall (some stuff is referenced lightly in Angel: After the Fall, which is enough to make it canon for me, plus it’s based on discussion about what Spike was up to with Joss) and the official cannon Spike: The Complete Series.

After that you can pretty much just think of the other Angel comics as a continuation of the story in a direction that could be cool. I kinda really like the Buffy series though so I’m pretty much just sticking with what ties in with that for canon (plus it saves on book costs), but if you want to read more (potentially) kickass stories set in the same world, with that continuing story and characters, well, that’s kind of the spirit of what the whole Buffy/Angel comic series is about, so, knock yourself out. Oh wait I just realized this is the internet I have to come down on one side or the other on this: NEVER READ ANYTHING EXCEPT ISSUES ONE, FIVE, TEN, ELEVEN, EIGHTEEN, THIRTY ONE of ANGEL and then read SPIKE: AFTER THE FALL (but only the back half) then start at Willow Wonderland and work backwards in time, including rewinding vhs cassette tapes of Buffy and Angel episodes, this is now the only way I will allow you to enjoy the Buffyverse.


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