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The Nyahs have it

In general, I’ve liked the Angel & Faith comics a lot better than the BtVS S9 ones. They haven’t been perfect, but they’re telling a decent story, where the characters have goals, and emotional reactions that make sense, and actual conversations with other characters about things that matter. There have been some places where I want to thump Gage (notably the conversation between Angel and Willow where it’s heavily implied that if only that blabbermouth Buffy had shut up and let Twangel explain things properly, we’d all be living in paradise now, well, except for the bad people, whom Angel is supremely qualified to identify and toss to the demon hordes.) But overall, it’s been miles better than the dull, meandering mess Buffy’s been mired in.

However, it’s still a bit sad that the only thing in either series that has filled me with unadulterated glee is the bit in A&F 21 where Spike remembers Dawn, and Angel doesn’t. I mean, seriously, that has me grinning like a loon. Not just because of the my-vampire’s-better-than-your-vampire-nyah-nyah-nyah factor, but because Spike’s reaction to the news that Dawn is sick is the best evidence we’ve had since S6 that he still cares deeply about her, even if she doesn’t reciprocate. And as a Dawn & Spike friendship fan, this pleases me. I’m sure that once he’s back in Buffy’s title, they’ll go back to writing him never interacting with anyone but Buffy, if you can call what they do interacting, but for one brief shining moment…

To conclude, my vampire's better than your vampire, nyah nyah nyah!

ANYWAY, Mom goes in for surgery tomorrow. She’s totally calm about it; I’m a bit nervous. They’ll be keeping her overnight; apparently many people who have this surgery can go home the same day, but in light of her age, I’m glad they’re taking some extra precautions. Argh. Probably everything will be fine. :bites nails:

Our refinancing venture ought to close next week, knock wood.

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Apr. 24th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
I am holding good thoughts for your Mom.

Apr. 24th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :bites nails some more:
Apr. 24th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)

And wish your mom good luck.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Thanks. She's 91, and any surgery's gonna be hard on her system. :/
Apr. 24th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
I hope your mum will be okay.

Also, I was very pleased too. Not just because Spike remembers Dawn and Angel doesn't (that only makes sense, Angel doesn't know Dawn at all), but because of Spike's reaction.

At last, he's allowed to care about someone not-Buffy.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
I don't expect it to last, of course - these are the comics, after all!
Apr. 24th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Good luck to your mum!

And of course Spike cares about Dawn!!! This fits perfectly with my theory that since about Angel S5 he's been trolling the world (except for Buffy sometimes, maybe, and sometimes other people) that he's just an obnoxious so-and-so who doesn't give a shit.* Because who wouldn't try starting over if they came back from the dead...???

*This theory is only part in jest.

And I don't actually think the comics are canon anyway. Most of the time. I'm not sure I really believe in canon as a concept anyway. Too much ancient literature.

Edited at 2013-04-24 08:00 pm (UTC)
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Your theory is not that outlandish, I think!
Apr. 24th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who was thinking that... and I didn't want to, because it was giving me something approaching hope for them dealing well with Spike as a character. But yeah... right there with you!
Apr. 24th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you and your mom.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Apr. 24th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm liking A&F a lot of more than Buffy season 9 too.
I haven't still read the latest issue, but I like the arc until now.

I agree with you, I'm afraid that once Spike will be back in Buffy season 9 he will forget everyone but his precious Buffy.
I mean, Willow saved his Drusilla's a... in the the Spike issues, but once he was back in the Buffy season 8 he hardly exchanged a word with her.. sigh.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
I would love it if they'd have ALL the characters interact with each other more. This sending them all off on separate (and mostly pointless) stories is the pits.
Apr. 24th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that everything goes fine for your mother. <3

I loved the moment in which Spike remembers Dawn. LOVE IT. Because I loved so much their friendship and I would love to see their relationship grow stronger. Again, LOVE IT.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
Well, I don't expect the Buffy comics to foillow it up. I don't always agree with the way Gage handles the characters' relationships, but at least he remembers they have relationships. Chambliss, not so much.
Apr. 24th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
here's hoping all goes well for your mom.
Apr. 24th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Parents shouldn't be allowed to get old. :P
Apr. 25th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
Apr. 24th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Well, of course (y)our vampire is better! But the Faith thing is bothering me. She, unlike Angel, has actually met Dawn, so why is she drawing a total blank? Because she just doesn't give a s&*t? I don't think so. Yeah, she doesn't care as much as Spike, but I'd have been happier with different levels of Dawn memory:

1. Spike remembers her VERY clearly,
2. Faith sorta/kinda/vaguely remembers something. ("So, you're saying that there's some sort of connection between this Dawn chick and Buffy?")
3. Angel has no clue.

Unless the "magic memory pellet" is that you have to love Dawn to remember her or something. IDK.

But Spike wins.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
My top theory is that Faith forgot because the plot required it. :P But if I wanna wank it, then people who had the longest/closest relationships with Dawn would remember her the longest. Faith didn't have nearly as many 'real' memories of Dawn as Buffy, Spike and Xander do.
Apr. 24th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Aww. I'm singing the nyah-nyah song right along with you.

Hope your mom's surgery goes smoothly.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! Fingers crossed...
Apr. 25th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
Good thoughts for your mom -- and for your anxious time waiting, too.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Thank you - hopefully by this time tomorrow I'll be looking back and thinking how silly I was to worry!
Apr. 25th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Your vampire is better ... joins in a chorus of nyah, nyah's.

Best wishes for your mother too.
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! Fingers crossed...
Apr. 25th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Good thoughts for your mom.

I actually want to read this issue now. And it makes me wonder if maybe the writers have been reading fanfiction. Like the story where Spike gets Dawn tatooed on his arm in the form of a poem, and the other one where Buffy writes her name over and over in a notebook after she runs away with Spike post Dawn's death. Can't remember the story names or who wrote them, but I remember loving them both (although the second is not a HEA... which makes me think it must be Annie Sewell-Jennings who wrote it for some reason?).
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
The tattoo one is the second(?) story in nandibble's Blood series, and the other one does sound like Annie Sewell-Jennings, though I couldn't say which one. Pretty much all her stories are major downers.
Apr. 25th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC)
The one with the notebook is "Ebbing of the Tide" by Eowyn315.
Apr. 25th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks!
Apr. 28th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
The one with the notebook is "Ebbing of the Tide" by Eowyn315.

I'll have to check that out, thanks!
Apr. 28th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
which makes me think it must be Annie Sewell-Jennings who wrote it for some reason?).

The Ballad of Randy and Joan is where "Joan" tattoos her body with words and names that come to her in dreams, (borrowing from the film Memento); I don't recall any of her stories quite as you describe (but I see Barb and giantpanda have answered anyway.)
Apr. 25th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
All the best for your mom.

I liked very much the Spike/Dawn thing. so yay nyah-nyah
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! Hopefully all will be well by this time tomorrow!
Apr. 25th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
I've loved the Angel & Faith comics much, much more than Buffy: season 9. I fanwank the "if only she'd let him explain" as Angel's justification; after The Nipple Ring of Soul I take him with a grain of salt. Maybe a shaker.

But I hadn't heard that spoiler, and I'm squeeing! I ship Spuffy, but Dawn & Spike are my favorite. I've never forgiven canon for not fixing that one!

Oh, and many prayers for your mom! Scary at any time, but especially at 91!

Edited at 2013-04-25 05:51 am (UTC)
Apr. 25th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
It may be the only good moment we get all season; best squee while the squeeing's good. *g*
Apr. 25th, 2013 05:59 am (UTC)
Can't comment on the comics as I don't read them, but hell yeah Spike wins!

I will hold your mother(and you!) in prayer to the highest good. It's hard when our roles are reversed.
Apr. 25th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Apr. 25th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
I applaud your well-deserved "nyah" and bask in it as well. :)

Apr. 27th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
Many hugs for your mom!
Apr. 28th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
my vampire's better than your vampire, nyah nyah nyah!

I've been looking back at the early seasons of Buffy again, and comparing to the later seasons and - how is this any contest? Spike is 1000% more interesting.

Is your mom ok?
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