Although Buffy the Vampire Slayer
generally garners more media attention than its spin-off, Angel
, editor Abbott and the contributors to this collection decided it was time to bring the show about the vampire with a soul out of its predecessor's shadow. The collection takes a look at everything from Angel'
s setting to the evolution of the show's characters and the series' untimely end. Phil Colvin's essay looks at the character of Faith, the rogue slayer who was Buffy's nemesis, and how her appearances on Angel
actually helped set the show apart from Buffy
, as both Angel and Faith evolved beyond their roles on the parent show. Stan Beeler's contribution addresses the character of Lorne, who as a performer was a microcosm of Los Angeles' entertainment industry, while Michaela D. E. Meyer examines the transformation of Gunn, the series' only African American regular. Jennifer Stoy analyzes the noir elements of the relationship between hero Wesley and femme fatale Lilah. Angel
fans who are still mourning the loss of the series won't want to miss this smart, engaging compilation. Kristine HuntleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
'Miraculously readable.' - Sight and Sound