Saturday, February 28, 2009

Last ATF Answers Part VI

This is it! The last round of questions, re: ANGEL:ATF. Let's go!
Veiriti said...

Hello, Mr. Lynch,
I'm so excited about new Spike comic book series and I made a trailer. Actually it is a Spike spin-off tv series trailer, but I included some comic book characters. And as a huge fan of Spike I would be really happy to see your comic book stories for Spike on tv series. I hope you'll like my fan trailer!;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pak7Wv9BnI

LOVE IT! Thanks, that was really cool.

When is coming out the first issue of the new Spike comic book series?

Not sure. I am writing up an outline for the first bunch of issues now. I’d hate to give a definite month just yet.

SaveALemming said...

Ooh! Thought of an Angel/Spike related question-

With Spike saying he knows George in the last few issues of After the Fall; I like to believe that Asylum and Shadow Puppets are now canon.

All it really means is that Spike and George have history. Sure, I picture them hanging out at Mosaic, but the readers of ATF that haven’t read ASYLUM don’t have to know specifics about their relationship for the scenes to work. In fact, if you haven’t read ASYLUM, I think Spike just happening to be pals with the fish is a funny, surprising moment.

And yeh, I'm sure you're sick of the whole canon vs non-canon crap online,

Words can’t describe.

but I was wondering when you'd place Asylum and Shadow Puppets in Angel continuity.... if you had to. I keep thinking Asylum may have been around Smile Time time (who's to say Lorne doesn't like heading off to Vegas for the odd show? We don't see him constantly at the office in Season 5) And Shadow Puppets is sometime after Fred's death but before Girl In Question. Does this sound about right? I know it's not important, but I'm oddly anal retentive about timelines and love for things to fit together. Especially if it means George is canon. (And Beck and Tok, they rock too... but mostly George)

Not sure. Terrible answer, I know. I’m sorry, it’s been a while since I wrote those. Your calendar sounds good, though, let’s go with that.

Jen said...

I loved the series, Brian! You added a lot of colorful characters to it. Who was you favorite villian/big bad to write?

Definitely Gunn. I know I didn’t create him, but I did get to give him a new state of mind and “voice”. Plus his story in, I think issue 23, is among my favorite scripts. It came out fantastic.

Beyond him, I would say Non is a-number-1. She is a lot of fun to write, I think she fits in with the classic characters very well. I could see her on the TV show, if that makes sense. Kr’ph is a blast, and Smile Time’s Japanese faction in SHADOW PUPPETS was a joy to write. And Dr. Ray from ASYLUM was a handsome devil, wasn’t he?

Also if our still looking for ringtones for Angel, how about Soul Meets Body by Deathcab for Cutie.

I think we’re keeping “The Girl From Iponema” for the trade, but I think Spike will need new ringtones for the solo series, so thank you!

Anonymous Flashdisk said...

Here is my question:

Will you be writing a continuation of Angel after aftermath?

I am writing a Gunn follow-up in issue 23 and a Drusilla AFTER THE FALL tale with Juliet Landau (still can’t get over that) in issues 24-25.

marvel-knight said...

It's really great of you to answer all the questions, I will ask mine again :)

There is something I really can’t understand. Here it is – Wolfram and Hart really wanted Angel to fulfill his destiny, the Shanshu, right? But then why did they want him to sign it off?

Wolfram & Hart asking Angel to sign away his Shanshu was a test of Angel’s commitment. They wanted to see if he was truly on board, and him signing away the thing that means the most to him was the way to do it.

Why? In issue 12 Wes says that they never filed it, because the whole LA was sent to Hell.

They got new info, they worked quickly to carry it out. “Oh Angel will help us win? Well, we just had him sign it away.” Not exact words (but truly emmy-worthy dialog, no?), but Wolfram & Hart seems to think he’ll be the fall of all that is good, and took drastic steps to put him on the right track for that.

But will they file it now?

Doubtful, right?

Do they really want it to be filed and if not – why did they ask Angel to sing it anyway?

Now they asked Angel to sing stuff? Wolfram & Hart IS cruel!

And if they wanted it to be filed - why didn't they do it when they brought LA back from Hell?

They don’t anymore, I would assume, huh?

Thanks for the great story. We will really miss you :)

Thank you, very very much.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the series Brian! Angel was actually slipping from my mind before you brought it back in comic form, and I'd just like to thank you for re-introducing such a colorful mythology to me. One thing that's been bothering me for awhile now is how Fred/SeniorPartners said in First Night: Wesley that Wesley would be the reason that SeniorPartners win (somewhat paraphrasing since I don't have the issue in front of me). Issue 16 confused me though since he really won it for Angel there. What was Wesley SUPPOSED to have done for the SeniorPartners or did the Senior Partners anticipate that he would be the key to undoing everything? If so, then why would they bother bringing him back? Thanks again Brian!

Well, a big part of it was having Wesley deliver the news to Angel that HE was the fall of man (much easier to believe if Wesley tells him). But the big reason was in issues 16/17. Angel won the day, he and Wesley figured out a way to make it all go away, which Wolfram & Hart figured/feared he would…BUT if did so, he’d return to a time when Wesley was dead. It was a quick turn of the knife, so even when Angel triumphed, it felt like a defeat.

Remember when Connor died and Wolfram & Hart said it happened sooner than they thought, but it was going to happen eventually…that’s because (a substantial) part of W&H’s plan was to take away what mattered to Angel…so with Wesley gone, they succeeded. Angel feels alone (as evidenced in issue 17), and that’s not good, Angel needs the human connection.

That’s it for now! Thanks guys!

5 comments:

marvel-knight said...

They just wanted to test him! Wow, I really should have thought of that :(

Thank you for your answers, for me as a fan it really means a lot that you spared some of your own personal free time and answered my questions. I don’t really think there are a lot of great writers who would spent time explaining the readers what they didn’t understand, so I just want you to know that I appreciate it :)
I still haven’t read issue #18, but I have it here and I will get to it soon. If the new writer is even half as good as you were, that would mean that the arc will be at least fascinating. ^^
Oh, and btw, I wanted to thank you about that amazing scene in the last issue when Cordy gave Angel a sign that she was there and she was watching and she didn’t like when he’s pessimistic. It was such a fine, delicate touch and I really loved it. :)
Now I really can’t wait for issue 23 :)

So I won’t bore you anymore :D
Have a really, really nice day and good luck with everything. :)

Marto

Veiriti said...

Hello, Mr. Lynch,
Thank you for the answer and I'm really happy that you liked my Spike Trailer!;)) And please, excuse me about my English – it's not good enough...
I've got my last issue of Angel ATF yesterday and this is my favorite Spike's quote:
"To top of the all they create a temporary Shanshu to make you human. You can breathe and get fat, while the rest of us run around and get beaten and heartbroken and have sex with spiders." LOL It is brilliant – you're genius, and I almost can see the expression of Spike's face during to reading the comics! I've order the first issue of Angel Aftermath comics, but I have heard that Spike and Illyria aren't on it...I hope Spike would appears later - I love Spike and Angel together! And I'll miss your scripts and Franco Urru's art.. I'm glad to see his art again on issue 23 ;)
I don't like Buffy season 8 and after the issue 3, I've stopped to buy the comics – I don't like the storyline much, the art is a bit childish and the main reason – no Spike! ;)
So, I'm waiting for your new comic book series for Spike!
p.s. What's happened with Maria-Spider? She was a funny character. Will she appear on Spike's new series?

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