This shit is ridiculous.
I know Joss loves shocking his fans/viewers/readers, I know he loves an unexpected cliffhanger, an unpredictable reveal, but this doesn't work for me.
Sure, I didn't expect or predict that Angel was the masked villain acting as Buffy's "Big Bad" for the past four years, but that's because...it's stupid and doesn't make sense.
Let's count the ways this is retarded:
1. In his own series, and then his own canonical comic book continuation of his series, Angel and the city he protects, LA, went to Hell. Or became Hell. Or just became more blatantly evil, with demons fighting over territory, dead allies returning, old friends turned into vampires, and Angel himself turned into a human; the one thing he always fantasized about most, at the worst time possible. Somehow, with his son and warrior friends, he reversed the whole Hell thing Wolfram & Hart unleashed, and set up shop in his old HQ, that Hyperion Hotel from the mid-to-late seasons of the show (halcyon days, except for the disastrous Season 4.) The point is he's been pretty damn busy. Dying, living, saving, fighting, moralizing, avenging, etc. etc. Far too busy to assemble an army of sexist American military men looking to kill young superpowered women. Far too busy to recruit old personal enemies of the woman he loves and sic them on her and her allies. Far too busy to use her other ex-boyfriend as a spy slash weapon. In short, where the hell did he find the time to be Twilight?
2. Angel isn't evil. Sure, that isn't a blanket statement that applies to him at all times, historically, but for the overwhelming majority of the time Angel is as noble and moral and committed to the protection of innocents as Buffy...perhaps more so, as he has a guilty conscience and years of horrors he constantly tries to make amends for. And I can imagine Scott Allie and Joss' arguments here; who said Twilight was evil? "His aims are the same as Buffy. He seeks to protect humanity from the dangers of magic and the hellmouth." Albeit by eradicating magic, which he himself, far after parting ways with the Scooby Gang, used on a weekly basis to fight his own battles, and protect his city as well as his own people. Even as Twilight he uses magic to track the slayers, and his involvement leads to the deaths of at least dozens of young girls and army soldiers alike. He. Has. Killed. People. That is not Angel. That's Angelus, and either they wrote him sloppily or they're retarded, cause Angelus is a character you'd recognize, whether or not it was in comic form.
3. Buffy didn't recognize him. She fought him. He beat the crap out of her (something Angel would never do, unless he had been turned evil or they were training, of course. But he wouldn't. He loves her.) And he also talked a hell of a lot. Said some nasty things, but the point is, they conversed heavily. Judging by Angel's briefly heard Irish accent, he's not very good at changing his voice. And this is the guy Buffy lost her V-card too, killed and sent to hell despite loving him more than anything, resurrected him with her love (unwittingly), dated him again, broke up, and then saved each others' lives a few times, laying the groundwork for a potential reunion years in the future. So now he puts on a mask and displays some new powers, and she can't recognize his voice? His build? His hints? ("I know that move" - because he saw her slice Caleb in half with it.)
4. He can fly. Buffy's got some thin plot twists to justify her new superpowers. But Angel, who has been magically multitasking between Los Angeles and Scotland, never could, and shouldn't be able to sans magic, which he is trying to end forever.
So, to be honest, I don't really believe it yet. They've officially confirmed the news, they've released cover pictures and Trade Paperback solicitations that show Angel, someone even changed Twilight's entire wikipedia page. But I don't buy it. Maybe Angel comes in as a character, which was never ruled out, just as Spike was never ruled out. Doesn't mean he's Twilight. His past with Buffy and place in her story is more than enough to merit him cover treatment and even the main story of an arc or two. Doesn't prove he's the villain of the piece.
And neither does the editors and writers and artists saying publicly and officially that he is Twilight...at least not for me.
Why must Joss cause me so much pain these days? Back when he wrote Buffy I felt pain, sure, whenever tragedy struck. But it was never for tragedy's sake. There was always a story, and I always felt it in equal parts with love for the show and characters. The comic has been flimsy, despite no one wanting it more than me. It has fumbled in the past year, and dragged on, saying little and stretching out a legacy and world that gave Joss all the attention and adoration he now enjoys, more for entertainment purposes it seems than the need to tell an actual meaningful story. Why did he have to stab that slayer in the chest? Why did he re-open the long dead romantic tension with Xander and Buffy? Why make Faith so boring and Buffy sexually experimental? Why build up a villain for so long, keeping it secret, and leaving so many plot holes and characteristics that make no sense and violate continuity? It sounds a lot like running out of ideas, but refusing to let go.
Sure the comics are pretty. And it's all Buffy. So of course I'm gonna keep buying it and reading it. But if Angel really is Twilight? If he's not even evil or manipulated, and its all some shades-of-grey saving-the-world-a-different-way rationalization? Then I might stop buying and reading. Well, no that's a total lie. But my own respect and adoration for Joss' and his work will most certainly continue its' steady and continuous descent.