Thursday, June 3, 2010

Angel: Smile Time

Title: Angel: Smile Time

ISBN: 9781600104817

Price: $24.99
Publisher/Year: IDW, 2009
Artist: David Messina, Elena Casagrande, Stephen Mooney, Frank Urru
Writer: Scott Tipton, Jeff Mariotte, Brian Lynch
Collects: Angel: Smile Time #1-3, Angel: Masks and Angel: Shadow Puppets #1-4

Rating: 4/5
Smile Time was one of my favorite episodes from the Angel television series. Scott Tipton did a good job adapting Ben Edlund's script.
This trade is split into 3 parts. The first part is the main Smile Time storyline adapted from the TV series. It sticks fairly close to the episode with a few additions thrown in for flavor. A group of demons tries to gain power by siphoning the life energy from children who watch the show, Smile Time. For those people who have always felt that there was something sinister behind kid shows like Barney or Teletubbies, this is a real eye-opener.

The 2nd part gives us a look of what happened after the episode, when Nina and Angel went out to see what puppets eat for breakfast. You would think that nothing horrible would happen to a werewolf and a puppet vampire at breakfast time, right? Guess again. 2 Angel's. One puppet, one normal. What's the deal? This is an interesting little side story to wrap-up the events of Smile Time.

Part the 3rd involves Spike as he get's a solo storyline that takes him to Japan after seeing the Smile Time gang on TV overseas. This is definitely not a story that would be easily translated to television. You have demon puppets, flying fish and ninja puppets just to name a few things to entice you to this trade. Could Spike suffer the same fate that happened to Angel during the Smile Time story? Ever wonder what the whole main cast of this series would look like as puppets?

Pick this up if you're a fan of Angel. This is a good read with easy to enjoy artwork.

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