Always nice to know what you think , Shade of Pale, because your review is always so fair and balanced. I'm afraid I'm still in the not liking it at all camp.
Shade of Pale wrote:I've read this issue over the weekend and I'm still finding it all kind of confusing. I know that the characters are supposed to be acting out of character and that I need to be in 'wait and see' mode, but again, I found myself really disliking Spike as well as being slightly irritated by Gunn and Connor. Until all is revealed and I can get a real handle on how Bill is going to write these characters when they are being written as behaving more 'in character again, then I think confusion will continue.
See, the problem for me is that, though Mariah said there was a reason why Spike was behaving the way he was, she didn't actually say it was because there was something physically wrong with him. She just said there was a reason for his behaviour and we would get an explanation for it. The same, I assume, holds true for the other characters. Which or course leaves us with an utterly unlikeable Spike for however many issues.
Shade of Pale wrote:Connor makes a big point of saying how he still trusts Spike - probably meaning that at the moment he can't. All of which makes me think that whatever changes Spike has undergone it must be something pretty drastic.
I can't think why Connor trusts him. I wouldn't.
Shade of Pale wrote:I liked that Connor and Gunn are finally getting their differences out in the open. It was hard to see Connor act so bratty(because I love Connor) and Gunn not being at his best either, but at least emotions are being bought into play which I've missed from the story so far. Again, though, I'm not sure how much they are being affected by the AtF stress disorder which seems to be affecting everyone.
I'm sceptical about this 'stress disorder' until it's revealed it actually exists. I still think this is just how Bill Willingham sees the characters, and again, as with Spike, it's not that they are entirely OOC, just that only their unpleasant characteristics are present.
Hmm, maybe they all left their souls behind in Hell?
Actually, no, that doesn't work, since everyone was perfectly okay in A: AtF 17.
Aargh! 'Shippers! There goes the neighbourhood.