as their BUFFY novels were stuck in season three for ages, Pocket Books' ANGEL series seemed reluctant to make it past HERO,
meaning we were stuck with the show's original line-up.
after featuring Doyle in as many original novels as episodes of the TV
series (which, let's face it, is ridiculous given the timescale they have
to have taken place in), they've finally dragged themselves up to date,
or at least, more up to date. Not only does HAUNTED feature the later line-up of Angel, Cordy, Wesley and Gunn, but we've
skipped forward to the second half of season two.
disappointing UNSEEN crossover aside, Jeff
Mariotte has generally produced the goods in both the ANGEL and BUFFY ranges, and HAUNTED is no exception.
Doyle out of the picture, it's Cordelia's job to provide the visions that
give Angel Investigations their cases. But there's just one problem -
she's taking part in reality TV show Haunted House, which means
she can't actually tell the others that her friend Kirsten St. Clair is
course, the resourceful Cordy finds a way, and while she tries to win
the gameshow, it's up to Wesley, Gunn and Angel to find Kirsten.
investigation leads them to cross paths once again with Wolfram & Hart, as well as investigating the usual series of deaths.
storylines work well, only really coming together at the end, although
neither the haunted house or demon aspects are particularly original.
However, some good dialogue, interesting characters and good situations
help minimise this. There's no Kate Lockley, but a couple of other recurring
characters do feature, although one of them seemed a little gratuitous.
I had to find fault, the scenes with Wesley on the beach seemed rather
stereotyped, and perhaps not how he'd behave towards the end of season
two, But the scene doesn't last too long, and overall this is a reminder
of how good ANGEL was before the disaster
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