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"Spike: Shadow Puppets" is a miniseries spin-off from Spike (IDW series) comic book series. Written by Brian Lynch and illustrated by Franco Urru, it was originally published from June to February 2007 by IDW Publishing.

Premise

Angel once put a stop to an evil children's show, but not before being turned into a puppet during his fight. Now, fresh out of the Asylum, it's Spike's turn! Writer Brian Lynch and artist Franco Urru, the creative force behind the all-new Angel: After the Fall series, are reunited in this miniseries that sees Spike and Lorne heading off to Japan to stop the latest Japanese kids' show — Smile Time! Will they become "puppetized" themselves? And along the way, find themselves in a fight with hundreds of ninja-puppets, reuniting with fellow Asylum inmates, and be at extreme odds with one other? We're not telling (but, um, yes)![1]

Continuity

Appearances

Publications

Issues

Cover Title Issue Release date
Spikeshadowpuppets1a Once More, with Felt 1 June 20, 2007
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
Angel once put a stop to an evil children's show, but not before being turned into a puppet during his fight. Now, fresh out of the Asylum, it's Spike's turn! Spike and Lorne are heading off to Japan to stop the latest Japanese kids' show... Smile Time! Will they become "puppetized" themselves? And along the way, find themselves in a fight with hundreds of ninja-puppets, reuniting with fellow Asylum inmates, and be at extreme odds with one other? We're not telling (but, um, yes)!
Spikeshadowpuppets2a Plush 2 July 18, 2007
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
The evil puppets of Smile Time are back and taking over Japan and Spike is going to bring them down. All that stands in his way are thousands of puppet ninjas. Fists will fly, cotton will spill. But Smile Time isn’t going down that easy… and by the end of the issue, Spike’s going to have more in common with the evil puppets than he thought possible.
Shadow Puppets 3 Two to Sew 3 August 15, 2007
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
Well, now they did it. Smile Time has turned Spike into a puppet. But if they think that’s gonna stop him, they don’t know Spike. Half as tall. Twice as mad. Five times as adorable.
Shadow Puppets 4.1 Doppelgangbang 4 October 3, 2007
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
He’s been kicked, beaten, stabbed, blown up, and worst of all, turned into a puppet. Now Spike has to battle Smile Time for the fate of every child in Japan! But Smile Time has one more trick up their adorable, murderous felt-covered sleeves– puppet versions of ALL of Spike’s friends and foes!

Collections

Cover Title Issues Release date
ShadowpuppetsTPB "Shadow Puppets" 1–4 March 31, 2008
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
Angel once put a stop to an evil children's show, but not before being turned into a puppet during his fight. Now, fresh out of the Asylum, it's Spike's turn! Writer Brian Lynch and artist Franco Urru, the creative force behind the all-new Angel: After the Fall series, are reunited in this collection that sees Spike and Lorne heading off to Japan to stop the latest Japanese kids' show — Smile Time! Will they become "puppetized" themselves? And along the way, find themselves in a fight with hundreds of ninja-puppets, reuniting with fellow Asylum inmates, and be at extreme odds with one other? We're not telling (but, um, yes)!
Smile Time HC "Smile Time" 1–4, others August 19, 2009
Writer: Brian Lynch, others Artist: Franco Urru, others
From the same team behind IDW's bestselling series from creator Joss Whedon, Angel: After the Fall, comes three tales about the fan-favorite puppet characters! This collection features the re-adaptation of the fan-favorite episode "Smile Time", the mini-series "Shadow Puppets" (which include puppet Spike and Lorne), and a puppet story from the special collection "Angel: Mask".
Spike Omnibus "Spike Omnibus" 1–4, others November 3, 2009
Writer: Brian Lynch, others Artist: Franco Urru, others
Wise-cracking and showboatin' William the Bloody has had his share of adventures during his long un-dead life, and the "Spike Omnibus" pulls them all together! Learn more about the bad boy of the Buffy-verse in Spike's earliest stories like "Lost & Found", "Old Wounds", and "Old Times", then read along as Spike battles the lord of the undead in "Spike vs. Dracula", and finally, catch up with Spike as he heads to the "Asylum" on a work-for-hire mission before heading to Japan to stop maniacal puppets in "Shadow Puppets". It's more Spike than you can shake a sharp, wooden stake at!

References

  1. "Spike: Shadow Puppets – Collected Edition". IDW Publishing. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
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