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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Comic Review: (ARC) Angel and Faith: Vol 3: Family Reunion TPB

Angel and Faith: Volume 3: Family Reunion TPB
Writer: Christos Gage
Penciller: Lee Garbett
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs, David Lapham
Inker: Derek Fridolfs
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Steve Morris
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: April 17, 2013
Format: FC, 136 Pages; TP, 7" x 10"

Angel’s quest to resurrect Giles has brought an old friend to London—Willow! Tensions run high as these two confront the loss of Giles, but before blood can be shed, Willow has a proposition. She’ll help Angel on his quest if he’ll help her find magic. To do that, she’ll need Connor to get them into Quor’toth, a hell dimension where magic runs deep. Collects issues #11–#15.
“This story takes place during Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 9, created by Joss Whedon.”

“This volume reprints the comic-book series, Faith and Angel #11-13 from Dark Horse Comics.”

It’s been a while since I’ve been immersed in the Joss Whedon universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Yes, I own all the seasons of Angel and some of Buffy, but with my current favorites being Supernatural, The Walking Dead and others, I just haven’t taken the time to revisit the Sunnydale Scoobies and Angel and his co-harts. But agreeing to review this graphic novel has me once more enjoying the paranormal battles of Angel and Faith, the formerly bad slayer now on the side of good, with Willow and Angel’s son along for the ride. Brought up to speed that Giles is dead and magic gone from earth, Willow arrives at Giles’ former residence in England to talk to Angel and Faith about using Giles’ scythe and Connor (back in L.A.) to open the portal to Quor’toth where Conner and the man, Holtz who’d stolen him, had lived until their return to earth when Connor was age 17. She is hoping to get her magic back so she can restore magic to the world. But as she will learn, along with the others, that may not be simple. For besides battling demons of all types, Connor finds he is considered a sort of devil to the beings in this world and the evil in the atmosphere might be overtaking their evil sides. But then, nothing is ever black and white in a Whedoneque universe. Which made me feel back at home.

Part 2: Whistler, is about Angel meeting Whistler and where we learn the demon/Powers That Be (angel?) halfbreed’s back story of how he must straddle the line of balance between good and evil.

Besides Family Reunion and Part 1: Whistler, there is also a Part 2: Pearl and Dash, about the demon halfbreeds, Pearl and Dash, and their back-story. This didn’t jib with me as much; kinda like they wanted to have a sort of Spike and Drusilla, but honestly, these two could not compare. This was the only jarring story in the book.

The artwork is super and the colors perfect, just like being back in the television shows that spawned the comics. The storylines are superb too. I read the whole thing in one afternoon, as I couldn’t put the graphic novel down. Next time, you need to get back to Buffy or Angel, you don’t need to pop in the DVD sets, instead, run down to your local comic store and pick up this up.

I give this 41/2 sheep.

Guest Reviewer: Author Pamela Kinney


  1. I love Buffy and Angel! Not sure about a comic series though.

    1. It is very good! I started reading the new Season 8 when it came out a few years ago. They capture the TV character's personalities perfectly! I would start with the beginning though.