Graphically Speaking: “Angel & Faith #1” review


Angel & Faith #1

Written by Christos Gage
Art by Rebekah Isaacs
Executive Produced by Joss Whedon
Colors by Dan Jackson
Letters by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
Published by Dark Horse Comics

This review contains SPOILERS for the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8” comic series, which in turn contains spoilers for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” the TV show.  If you haven’t experienced anything Buffy before, what the heck are you doing here anyway?  Did your older sister make fun of you for your love of Twilight? If so, turn back, see the latter, read the former, and come back.  I assure you, it’s the right thing to do.

Stop! Exposition time: towards the end of “Buffy: Season 8,” the canon comic continuation (whew!) of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV show, Joss Whedon announced that Angel, her former nemesis/boyfriend was getting a series of his own.  Of course, he already had “Angel: After the Fall,” a canon series on IDW, but now Whedon was having Angel join his ex in the pages of Dark Horse Comics.  Later on it was announced that current slayer/former psychopath Faith would be joining him in the title “Angel & Faith.”

Here are two characters on a never-ending search for atonement who are paired together for the first time as headliners.  The concept alone could fuel a series for years and if the first issue is any indication, it’s one you’ll want to follow.  Faith has inheirited the apartment of the late Rupert Giles, as well as the “Watcher’s Files” (a history of Giles’ exploits and loose ends).  The pair set out to “help the helpless” as Angel Investigations would say, saving a girl from a Lovecraft-ian beast in the first few pages.  But like all of Whedon’s stories of redemption, the past comes back to bite them.  Get it? Bite? Vampi…okay, but really, they’re in trouble.

The creative team of Christos Gage (“Avengers: The Initiative”) and Rebekah Isaacs (“DV8”) set the foundation for an ongoing I can’t wait to read.  It even attempts to bridge the gap between Season 8 and Angel’s IDW run, both executive produced by Whedon, himself.  As per usual, the man knows how to pick his talent.

“Angel & Faith #1” takes place immediately after the final issue of Buffy: Season 8.  It isn’t a great starting point for first-time readers. However, if you’ve been following the “Scoobies” for a while, consider this issue to be a good investment for your pull list.

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 17:42 by Lowell Greenblatt · Permalink
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