Issue: Angel and Faith #6
Release Date: January 2012
Writer: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings and COMICRAFT’S Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs and Dan Jackson
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Flashbacks to young Giles, a mysterious vampire using mind control, and a few long-lost relatives coming out of the woodwork. It’s an exciting time in the new issue of Angel and Faith. Going by the cover, I was expecting this to be a Ripper issue or maybe Angel raising a younger version of Giles from the dead. That wasn’t quite what transpired, but I can’t say I’m disappointed because the twist ending made up for everything. Things just got more interesting.
Starting off with a Douglas Adams shout-out and going right into a mention of Ray Davies and Rod Stewart was a bit tiresome. I mean, we get it. Highgate is where the famous hang out, dead or alive, so I didn’t see the need to go name-dropping. But, thankfully, it was over quickly so we could get to the exciting bit of the scene — ritual mass murder. Yes, it seems that someone is making people crazy, as evidenced by not only this bloody scene, but also the averted non-vampire attack that Faith had to help break up. It seems the new “it” vampire, Mother Superior, is behind it all. Find the leader, you’ll stop the crazy. At least, that’s what they’re hoping.
I liked the flashbacks we got with young Giles in 1972. At first I thought it was the beginning of the Ripper days, as Philip was in the group, but that wasn’t the one that raised Eyghon it seems. However, we did get a chance to see Giles and his Daddy issues play out explosively. I understand where he’s coming from. He didn’t ask to be a Watcher, it was thrust upon him at an early age as his destiny. Watchers and Slayers, I guess neither can escape what they’re meant to do. But I do hope we get some glimpses at Giles’s Ripper days. I enjoyed that bit of his history the most.
Back to the present, we’ve got two issues to deal with. Number one, there’s a guy sniffing around the pub for information on Faith’s whereabouts. At first I thought it was a bad guy, meant to take her out, but it seems that it’s her father just wanting to reconnect with his little girl. I wonder how that meeting will go, when he finally catches up with Faith. But we can’t worry about that at the moment because there’s a bigger twist to deal with. Faith and Angel do indeed track down Mother Superior and it’s someone we all know well. Drusilla, in her most glorious form, is back in the game. But unlike before, when she was not in her right mind, she’s sane again. That means she’s tremendously dangerous. I cannot wait to see the blood running in the streets as a result of this. We are in for a wild ride now!
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars