Long Night's Journey

Authors: Brett Matthews & Joss Whedon
Artists: Mel Rubi & Chris Dreier
Titan Books
RRP 8.99
ISBN 1 84023 443 1
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An enemy from Angel's past has come to LA, and enlisted three powerful supernatural creatures to break Angel's spirit before killing him. In one catastrophic night, Angel has to figure out who's after him, and then bring them down, in a climatic battle above the glittering Los Angeles skyline...

Buffy and Angel creator Joss Whedon told Dark Horse comics that he wanted to revamp Angel as a unique comic series and he would write the first story himself. Together with writing partner from the TV staff, Brett Matthews, they took on the challenge of creating a more action filled comic, and writing all the story lines that it would be near to impossible to show on TV.

Long Night's Journey is not too bad, but Joss has been known to write better. But with the medium of comic book, you don't have that much time or room to tell an in-depth story. This one tells of a vampire the brooding one met in the past, one which wants himself to have a soul, so tries to take Angel's.

The best thing about this graphic novel is the artwork, and the evolution of it. It brings the Angel series back to life with much more vivid imagery. Characters stand out more, and you forgive them for their artistic licence as they look so great. There are also some well-drawn baddies in there, a gold bikini which some might say has a likeness to that of Princess Leia's!

Overall defiantly worth picking up, if you're not an Angel fan I'm sure you will still like the artwork.

Keri Allan

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