REVIEW: Angel: Immortality For Dummies(2010)
Angel: Immortality For Dummies is the five issue arc in which the wonderful Bill Willingham stepped on as the writer.Angel is missing, but other than that the status quo is returned to normal. The best thing about this is you don’t have to read the issues before this to get it.
Angel: Immortality For Dummies
Writer: Bill Willingham
Art: Brian Denham
Editor: Maria Huehner and Chris Ryall
Cover Price: $24.99
Previously on Angel: Angel is a celebrity, Kate from season 2 is back, and there are a couple of new characters that don’t really matter. There’s an angel guy, and a cat lady. But they don’t really matter. There is a great recap of the previous issues at the beginning of the book that will catch you up to a point if you need.
What is Up: In Immortality for Dummies we get to see Connor not be a pussy for once. He is out on a mission when he runs into some demons from the dimension he came from. Some demon chicks show up and help him out, call him the chosen one and then tell him they are offering him an army. This can’t possibly go wrong right. I mean its Connor.
Anyway like I said everything is kinda back to status quo. The hangout is the Hyperion and everyone is back, with some extra’s with the exception of Wesley. Which is better than having him back for no reason at all like before. It looks like there will be someone who will fill the whole that Wes left in the group though.
The meat of the story lies in trying to get Angel back from this corporation that is using Angel to turn celebs into vampires, and then restore their souls. It wasn’t with evil intent, but I mean how could this not go wrong.
The art here is pretty amazing. Every character looks just right, and that coupled with the dialogue means that it was very easy to hear the characters in my head as I was reading. Something I can’t say for any other Buffy/Angel comic.
Normally I wouldn’t talk about the book itself, but this one is put together very well. $24.99 is a high price, but it is hard back, and includes an attached thread bookmark. It also includes an interview with Bill Willingham in the back about writing the series.
Bottom Line: I don’t want to spoil anymore of the story, because it is clearly setting up for something big down the line for Mr. Willingham. The art is great, the story feels like an Angel story, and everything just seems to work. Go ahead and give this a try even if you didn’t read/enjoy the previous arc. It will be worth it.