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Spike: After the Fall TPB Paperback – May 18 2010

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (May 18 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160010665X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106651
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #353,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Spike goes on Aug. 31 2010
By Rachel Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had extremely high hopes for this (not expectations; I've been disappointed before). Spike is my favorite character from the Buffy-verse and from several other 'verses besides--and hands-down the one I most want to look at a book full of pictures of--and it's not all because of how hot he is. I like his character, his personality, his attitude, the things he says, and yes, the depth of feeling he has always been capable of, soul or not. And I don't like it when he's written out of character, or misunderstood or not appreciated by the author. As I said, I've been disappointed before. But, thankfully, not by this. Not AT ALL.

This was Spike: The humor inherent in the way he talks and thinks, which here we were privy to. His interesting and unique (I hope) worldview. His passionate loyalty to the few people he allows into his world. His talent for both buttkicking and being tortured (if a tendency to attract torture--dare I say a propensity?--can really be called a skill, which in Spike's case I think it can). The leather coat. Lots of other little habits and quirks that are part of all that is Spike.

Plus there was the incredible cover, which I could stare at for a very long time (I'm so glad I waited for the softcover--even the clerk who rang me up commented on how great it looked). I also really liked the art inside, even of Spike, although I do agree with another reviewer that he could have been "cuter." One page in particular blew me away so much that I have a bookmark there and want to blow it up and frame it.

I should probably also mention the plot. It's great. Basically it's the story of how Spike, along with Illyria/Fred, came to find his place in the world of LA-gone-to-Hell and to collect his ersatz Scooby Gang. He meets people, some of them human and some less so. Some try to kill him, some try to have sex with him. Pretty usual for Spike. The first chapter was funny and a good set up for the darker story of the other three. The end is both a resolution and promise that Spike goes on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For die-hard fans only Dec 18 2010
By Trevor Burnham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Buffy: Season Eight has set a high bar that, unfortunately, no other Buffy comics have met. Spike: After the Fall, which takes place between the TV finale and Angel: After the Fall, suffers from sub-sub-Whedon wit, rushed artwork, and a frustrating distance from the larger Buffyverse. It's not terrible, but it's far from essential.

Let's talk about Spike for a moment. He's one of the Buffy universe's best characters, but he works best when he's in Buffy's orbit in a state of perennial love/hate. "First I'll kill her, then I'll save her," as he once sang. Here, the only major character he's hanging out with is... Illyria. Not a very interesting personality for Spike to engage with.

The setting also works against anything interesting happening. Los Angeles has descended into Hell... and rather than struggling to get out, Spike is merely trying (and repeatedly failing) to protect the few remaining humans. In other words, he's just biding time until Angel: After the Fall begins and things can start actually happening.

Even fans won't get much out of this volume. The few revelations (Gunn is a vampire now!?) are simply dropped in without explanation. Remember that classic Buffy episode "The Zeppo," which centered on Xander as what would ordinarily be the main Buffy-centric plot got pushed to the background? That worked as a smart, self-aware parody of a standard Buffy ep. Now imagine if it were done seriously. Well, that's basically what you've got in Spike: After the Fall; a secondary character stuck in a secondary plot.
Not Great And Not Bad Either Jan. 25 2012
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This graphic novel is a decent read with a lot of pages and value for the money. Yet it seemed to come up short in a few ways. I think the main problem is that I had read Spike Volume 1only a few days previous and that was an amazingly well done take on the Spike character. It's sort of like comparing a Camry to a Cadillac - both get you to the market but one does it a whole lot better.

I didn't really like the psuedo-rotoscope type of artwork. It was just a bit too blocky and detail-lacking. But it didn't get in the way of the story, either. The story itself was missing spark and purpose. It felt a bit like it was trying too hard to create a story for spike: all the characters, villains or friends, did everything revolving around Spike: either wanting to seduce him or kill him. The other male characters (2 of them out of 30?) were grossly underwritten.

The milieu, an alternate universe LA, was bland, underused, and mere set decoration. There could have been fun to had with the quirkiness of that city. But it felt like neither the author nor the artist had ever stepped foot inside the City.

In the end, I think Spike fans will like this. But I ended up slogging through it waiting for something to happen and then realizing at the end that it was just a bunch of scenes put together to give Spike some bon mots dialogue.
Exctied for this book!!! May 4 2013
By SeeKyShop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was so excited when I found that Spike got his own take on things in After The Fall. He is always up to something, after all. He has always been my favorite character, and this story does not disappoint. He is still the most interesting of the bunch. I was very happy with this story.
good Jan. 13 2015
By Daniel Conoscienti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wrong but fixed