Review: Angel & Faith Family Reunion (Season 9, Volume 3)

April 14, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★★

Review: Angel & Faith Family Reunion (Season 9, Volume 3)Angel & Faith: Family Reunion by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs
Series: Angel & Faith #3
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Urban Fantasy
Published by Dark Horse Comics on 4/17/2013
Pages: 136
Format: Paperback
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Chris
5 Stars

Sexual content

Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Angel's quest to resurrect Giles from the dead has brought an old friend to London - Willow! Tensions run high as they 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, Angel's estranged son and the only one who can get them into Quor'toth, a fearsome hell dimension where magic runs deep. Good thing they'll have reliable ol' Faith to keep an eye on their progress and motives...

I don't think I've ever replied to an email faster than I did when Abigail sent one out asking if anyone wanted to review comics set in the Buffyverse. I've been a fan of the show since the first episode aired and I may be a little (scarily, if you ask my fiancé) obsessed. Needless to say I should probably put a big disclaimer at the top of any of these reviews that says something like "Warning: This review is totally biased" because yeah. They are. I'm a Whedon fanboy and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Anyway.

Lots of stuff going stuff going on in this collection. Angel is still working on finding a way to resurrect Giles, Faith is still Faith and Willow drops by to rope them both in to helping her on her quest to restore magic to Earth. Whew. Like I said, there's a lot going on. Thankfully each issue contained in this collection feels just like an episode of Angel or Buffy. Gage has such a knack for the dialogue of the various characters that I had to check and make sure he wasn't one of the writers of the show. He wasn't, and I knew that, but it sure feels like he was. My favorite line of his takes place at the very start of the collection:

Willow: Faith.

Faith: Wil. Everybody good?

Willow: Still alive. Still wacky. You?

Faith: Y'know. Brooding, bad decisions, violence. Rinse and repeat.

I could literally hear Alyson Hannigan and Eliza Dushku saying those lines. If that's not a sign of good writing, I don't know what is. I also really, really like Rebekah Isaacs' artwork. Everybody looks just how you'd expect them to look in a comic book. Her work never feels cartoonish and fits Gage's writing to a 'T'. I wish she could do the art for every book set in the Buffyverse, because the same can't be said for the artwork in some of the others.

I could ramble on and happily recap everything that has happened previously in this series (or in all of the comics series set in this world), but I'll end this review and simply say that if you're a fan of the series you really should track down copies of the trade paperbacks for Season 8 and Season 9.  They get a little crazy (especially Season 8!), but it makes me happy to just know the story is still being told.

Series Titles

  1. Live Through This
  2. Daddy Issues

Similar Titles

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Spike

Willow

2 Responses to “Review: Angel & Faith Family Reunion (Season 9, Volume 3)”

  1. Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

    I’ve quite enjoyed the Angel comic continuation (although I am a bit behind in my reading there), but Buffy went too far into wacky/crazy for my tastes. Normally I’m not a fan of resurrecting characters, since it cheapens their sacrifice, but Giles’ death was so cheap and pointless, I wouldn’t mind seeing that mistake reversed.

    • Chris

      Totally agree on the Angel comics being consistently better overall. Especially Season 8 of Buffy. That season was all over the place quality-wise and just got bonkers towards the end. Not that it wasn’t bonkers right from the start what with Giant Dawn and all. :-)