A Wicked Pissah of an Issue of Angel and Faith

Review by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

Angel and Faith Issue 8

Written by Christos Gage, Art by Rebekah Isaacs, Colors by Dan Jackson, Letters by Richard Starkings & Comicraft‘s Jimmy Betancourt, Covers by Steve Morris & Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson and Published by Dark Horse Comics. Retail Price $2.99

If you didn’t have daddy issues to begin with then by the conclusion of issue 8, you will.  Faith’s reunion with dear old dad is cut short when his true intentions become clear.  The book is filled with one bad decision after another, culminating into one extremely bad decision.  Faith attempts to fix her problems but being that this is the Buffyverse, things go from bad to Hellmouth very quickly.  Issue 8 ends on a moment that will have you yelling, “NOOOOO!!!!!” at your comic book.

Faith’s role as leader of the jolly olde London Slayers is put to the test by disgruntled Slayer, Nadira.  With all due respect, if your friends were slaughtered in front of you by bloodthirsty half demons, you’d be disgruntled too.  If things weren’t bad enough, Faith’s father tries to drag her into his morass of poor life choices.  It’s apparent from the get-go he was setting Faith up to tackle his problems for him.  Taking the high road, which involves copious amount of cash, it ends badly and Faith sends daddy packing.  With her life spiraling out of control, Faith is sent right into the arms of, fittingly, a “mother.”

Christos Gage is showing his craft on this issue by starting the book off with a fight that reminds the reader there is a bigger story at play.  He nails it with the consequences from choices and actions by Faith and Angel.  The fight even has ties back to Angel’s days as Twilight when he kept company with the creepy half demon siblings, Nash and Pearl.  Gage is also hitting all the right notes with references to Boston sports such as Drew Bledsoe (though Tom Brady is way better).  Rebekah Isaacs continues to capture the action like no other artist can, making readers feel each and every head butt as they come.  Her rendering of Irish mobsters are spot on as they look like the townie lot you’d rub elbows with at the L Street Tavern in Southie (aka South Boston).  As for the cover, Steve Morris turns in yet another one, creepy but captivating.

Angel and Faith continues to be a wicked pissah and the best of the two Buffyverse books…GO SOX!!!!!

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