Friday, October 21, 2011

(SPOILERS) Angel and Faith #3 - REVIEWED!

What it is: Angel & Faith #3
Who done it: Christos Gage (w), Rebekah Isaacs (a)
When it comes out: October 26, 2011

The review

Some issues, there’s a lot of metaphor to tackle, the down and dirty “read between the lines” kind of stuff. This issue? Was good. However… it’s very heavy on the expositiony, move-the-story-forward fare. Basically, it’s nearly impossible to review this one without spoiling the crap out of you. I’ll give it a shot but, word to the wise, I’m a gonna have to reveal some stuff otherwise all I’m going to say is “I sure did like it, hurr”.

This is another focus-on-Faith issue which I love. There’s a lot of talk about how Faith has taken over the role as the responsible adult and how conflicted she feels about that. I dig it, though. She’s a lot like Spike, actually – she went through some dark times, made mistakes, went through a baptism of fire, and came out the other side not unscathed but still whole.

Angel is being very, well… Angel. He broods, he fights, he feels really bad about his checkered past. There’s some nice interplay between him and Faith which almost made me forget how completely delusional he’s being about the Giles resurrection thing.

We’re still rolling along with great secondary character support. Nadira and a few of her slayer buddies get into a bar brawl at one point which causes Faith to come to their rescue. The scene that takes place there really puts Faith’s evolution on full display.

No Giles flashback this time, but we do get a former arch mage who is decidedly very Giles-like. Through him we get a little more understanding of how the whole “no more magic” thing is affecting the supernatural population. There’s also some more “seedy underbelly of demon crime” fare that accomplishes the same.

We asked Scott at NYCC about Faith’s conflicted feelings re: bringing Giles back from the dead. There’s another wrinkle introduced here and, I gotta say, where they leave us off is very intriguing for both the future of Giles and Angel.

Good issue, but it’ll probably read better in the trades when I don’t have to wait a month to see the payoff for all the set-up this book offers.

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