Now that they’ve got Giles semi-back, the team has turned their sights toward stopping Nash, Pearl, and Whistler in their path. You saw how they messed up the resurrection. Did you really think their next mission would turn out any better?
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
To be honest, most of this issue was rather boring. Even with the massive fights going on, there was a lot of talking and not enough action for me. We got that Whistler was trying to distill magic into its purest form and, to do that, he’d need to tap into the upper atmosphere to harness the energy when it blows. And we knew that Angel and the team would do their best to make sure that didn’t happen. Good set-up, but not good on the follow-through.
Nadira shows up to avenge her sisters’ deaths, then she dies, as we all knew she would. It didn’t even move me or surprise me because she was obviously inserted into this fight to become a sacrifice. Not very good storytelling. The only brief excitement I got was when Whistler evolved, but even becoming a glowy demon figure wasn’t enough to lessen the monotony of fight, talk, fight, talk. And Angel wasn’t even the one who gave the team a leg up in the battle, to finally break up the boredom. No, that was all thanks to mini-Giles and his spell-casting. Even in miniature size, Giles is still smart and snarky. I love that about him. Maybe if he were featured more my excitement levels would have risen.
The end was the best part, but it came too little too late. I appreciate that the cover gave a clue of what was to come, but also kept us in the dark enough that it was still a surprise when the people started turning into monsters. And it also opens up the question of what comes next. Did Whistler’s plan succeed? It seems that it did. How are Angel and the team supposed to reverse this horrible process? And will they even be able to, or is the world doomed to the master magic plan? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars