This is basically made up of three short comic stories, detailing Spike, Connor, and Lorne's first night after LA was sent to Hell. The stories are bookended by one-page Betta George bits.
1. Betta George: This character, Lynch's own invention, has one of the strongest voices I've read in comics. He's snarky, funny, and pretty much your average dude... only thing is, he's a telepathic fish. He's quickly become a fan favorite, and as we haven't seen him since he was captured by Gunn in Issue #2, it was quite appropriate to have his story starting and ending this issue. This gives a nice context to the flashbacks, and the art is phenominal. Tim Kane's pages here are very stylized, extremely moody, and just very Angel.
2. Spike: I was very excited for this story, but the writing seemed kind of awkward, which was very surprising, considering how much time Lynch has spent writing Spike over the past two years. He got the character on point in Asylum, Shadow Puppets, and in most of "After the Fall" but here, there are some pretty strange moments. That is in part because of the writing, but also because artist David Messina was never really good with drawing action or movement. However, there are some parts that I loved. I loved the page where Spike looks out at hell and begins to laugh. That is one of my favorite pages of a comic ever. Though after that page, the art seriously takes a plunge and the writing seems to follow.
3. Connor: To my huge surprise, this was my favorite of the three main stories featured here. This story, writted by Lynch and pencilled by Stephen Mooney, picks up right after Angel tells Connor to leave the shaking Wolfram and Hart building.Read more ›