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Twilight
First appearance "The Long Way Home"
Created by Joss Whedon
Statistics
Affiliation General Voll, Roden, Lady Genevieve Savidge, Lieutenant Molter, Amy Madison, Warren Mears, Riley Finn
Notable powers

Twilight is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, the canonical comic book continuation of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His first appearance as Twilight was in the first issue of the "Long Way Home" story arc (2007);[1] the name "Twilight" was divulged in the final issue of the "No Future For You" story arc.[2] Within the series, Twilight is a masked person who opposes series heroine Buffy Summers with a plan to bring about the "end of magic" (first alluded to in Whedon's 2003 miniseries Fray) and dismantle Buffy's Slayer army, which was activated in the final episode of the television series.

In 2010, Twilight was identified as Angel, an original Buffy character who is the central character of its eponymous television spin-off and a subsequent comic book continuation. The identification was made by the title's editor, Scott Allie, in a January 2010 interview, three months prior to the character's reveal in the title's thirty-fourth issue in March 2010. Because of Angel's importance to IDW Publishing's own Angel series, Dark Horse Comics editor Scott Allie spoke to IDW's Chris Ryall to assure him that Twilight's narrative will connect plausibly and fully with that of IDW's ongoing Angel series. Bill Willingham, IDW's ongoing Angel writer, was displeased with the revelation.

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Character history

Angel makes his first appearance as Twilight in the first issue of Season Eight from a bird's eye view, where he is overlooking Buffy's headquarters in Scotland.

As Twilight, Angel has led an Initiative-like group (also named "Twilight"). In the guise of Twilight, he has expressed views that the expanded ranks of Slayers are a threat to humanity no better than an army of demons, and made plans to bring about an end to magic, in both its good and evil forms.[3] In "Anywhere But Here", the demon Sephrilian points out the irony of Twilight being Buffy's enemy: his ultimate goal is the destruction of all demons and closing the Hellmouths, essentially what Buffy has been fighting for all these years.

In "A Beautiful Sunset", Angel as Twilight confronts Buffy and Satsu while they are slaying a group of vampires. He instantly knocks out Satsu and flies Buffy into the air. The battle continues with he and Buffy, with he being the stronger of the two. He says that he came "just to talk". When first confronting Buffy, he says, "The Chosen One. Always in pain... and always complaining." He later says, "I know that move, Slayer."[4]

Angel is later seen overseeing his followers Amy Madison's and Warren Mears' orchestration of a mystical missile attack on Buffy's Scottish headquarters, while Riley promises him that his rendezvous with Buffy in New York was a success: they have convinced her that Riley is a spy. By "Retreat", Angel has devised a means to trace Buffy through the organisation's use of magic, ranging from Willow's spells to the Slayer's strength. Under siege in their new headquarters and losing Slayers to demon attack, he forces the converged Slayer forces to Tibet and then unsuccessfully tries to trace them further. He eventually arrives as close as Mongolia before saying to his lieutenants Amy, Warren and Riley that all they can do is wait for the Slayers (who are learning to suppress their powers) to slip up. He mentions out loud that he "knows" Buffy.

Powers and abilities

As Twilight, Angel can fly with great ease and seems to have maintained a great level of maneuverability, able to fight in mid-flight. He also possesses superhuman strength and has mastered several fighting skills. Buffy has met him in his Twilight identity only once so far, an encounter in which he easily bested both Buffy and Satsu.[5]

Revelation

Twilight's identity was not revealed in the comic itself, but rather via comic book cover solicitations and subsequent interviews with Comic Book Resources.[6] Prior to the release, Season Eight artist Georges Jeanty had mocked up a spoof cover depicting the revelation that Twilight was US President Barack Obama.[7] Due to the April solicitations releasing covers by Jo Chen and Georges Jeanty which clearly show Twilight to be Angel, and of actor David Boreanaz' likeness, Scott Allie was interviewed by Comic Book Resources. Allie stated that he had known of Twilight's true identity "from the get-go" and had struggled to keep it a secret all this time; four years ago, Whedon wrote out a "Buffy Manifesto" which included the identity of Twilight which was circulated under strictest confidence to Dark Horse editorial and the various comic and TV writers who would be contributing to the series.

Allie also spoke to Chris Ryall, editor of IDW Publishing, to assure and "make clear" to him that that their parallel narratives would "jibe", so as to prevent "some big conflict with IDW continuity". Allie also stresses that for readers, the big reveal should not be who Twilight is, but rather why Angel is Twilight and how Buffy will react to this, commenting:

'The Big Bad' is a phrase that originated from Joss in 'Buffy' – this idea that in a season you might have a whole lot of people to fight, but there's one Big Bad, one major villain that you have to defeat at the end. But this is not like that. Right now it feels to everybody on the outside like, 'Oh, the cat's out of the bag! Twilight is Angel!' but the question [of how the end game rolls out that] all the fans are asking is not really the right question. If this was any other book and Twilight was any other villain, that would be the question to ask. But the question right now is 'How does Buffy react to the fact that Twilight is Angel?' It's not as simple anymore as 'Now we've got to deal with the bad guy.'

'It's all about relationships.' I remembered that, and it's been a guiding principal in my career. That line jumped back at me this morning thinking about this spoiler being out there. Because it is all about relationships – if it was any other villain, it'd just be a question of who kills who, but it's a much bigger question than that. Who's going to ally themselves with Angel and Twilight? There are still some big surprises in store. It's not as clear as it appears to be with those covers slipped out.

—Scott Allie on storytelling and the Twilight reveal.[6]

The reveal led to the trending of the #twilightisangel hashtag on the popular microblogging site Twitter.[6] Subsequently, Dark Horse Comics posted on their Twitter, "Readers, we mean not to offend you. Knowing what you do will not spoil the great ending of Joss's Season 8. Trust us."[8] IDW editor Chris Ryall posted a related teaser poster for the upcoming Spike ongoing, a spin-off from the Angel series which will focus on the heroic vampire Spike. The image, drawn by artist Franco Urru, is in the format of a comic book cover headed "Spike", and depicts Spike burning Twilight's mask with the tagline "He definitely isn't Twilight."[9] Brian Lynch, writer of Angel: After the Fall and the upcoming Spike series came up with the idea on the night of the announcement. Franco drew it to completion the very next day, and it posted to Chris Ryall's blog shortly after.[10]

While Lynch, Urru and Ryall seem to support Whedon's move, Angel writer Bill Willingham took offence with Allie's comments, which he interpreted as Allie and Whedon "taking credit" for his work on the ongoing series. Willingham stated "I am not coordinating, nor have I ever coordinated stories with Scott Allie, Joss Whedon, nor anyone else at Dark Horse Comics ... as long as I am writing the Angel series for IDW, I will not be coordinating stories with any Dark Horse comic, period."[11] Previously, Urru and Lynch's 17-issue After the Fall series for IDW had been considered canonical due to Whedon's tertiary involvement. Whedon later clarified by stating that the Dark Horse Buffy storyline took place, by internal chronology, after the resolution of the still-ongoing IDW Angel storyline.[12]

Appearances

As Twilight, Angel has appeared five times in the canonical Buffyverse:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight

See also

References

  1. ^ EpisodeGuides: Buffy: Season 8 Comic detailed episode guide
  2. ^ Exclusive! New Buffy Comic Keeps the Faith - TV Guide News Report | TVGuide.com
  3. ^ iFMagazine.com: Review: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - SEASON EIGHT - ISSUE #4
  4. ^ IGN: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #11 Review
  5. ^ Buffy Season 8, #11 ¬´ Comics Daily
  6. ^ a b c Phegley, Kiel (January 8, 2009). "Behind Buffy's Twilight Reveal". Comic Book Resources. http://comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=24354. Retrieved January 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ Manning, Shaun (December 3, 2009). "Is Obama "Buffy's" Twilight?". Comic Book Resources. http://comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=23920. Retrieved January 9, 2009. 
  8. ^ http://twitter.com/DarkHorseComics/status/7534538646
  9. ^ http://ryalltime.blogspot.com/2010/01/canon-fire.html
  10. ^ http://twitter.com/BrianLynch/status/7550816031
  11. ^ Phegley, Kiel (2010-01-11). "The Buffy/Angel Continuity Conundrum". Comic Book Resources. http://comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=24374. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=24393
  13. ^ Whedon, Joss (w), Jeanty, Georges (p). "The Long Way Home, Part I" Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight 1 (1) (March 14, 2007), Dark Horse Comics
  14. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Jeanty, Georges (p). "No Future For You, Part IV" Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight 1 (9) (December 5, 2007), Dark Horse Comics
  15. ^ Whedon, Joss (w), Jeanty, Georges (p). "A Beautiful Sunset" Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight 1 (11) (February 6, 2008), Dark Horse Comics

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