There are a lot of ramifications to deal with when you’re messing with timelines, and there are even more when you’re messing with emotions between two friends turned lovers – especially when one of them isn’t in control of her body at the time. Angel’s gotten himself into quite a situation. Here’s hoping he can work his way out of it.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
We open the issue with Angel waking up, soon realizing that he made out with Illyria. If that wasn’t enough, he now has to face Fred in the aftermath. Talk about awkward! Look, I understand that tense situations might lead to some questionable actions, but Angel has got to remember that Fred and Illyria are sharing her body. Number one, Fred isn’t in control of Illyria’s actions. Number two, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t witness what is going on, though. Illyria does share the blame for what happened, but Angel is not going to be able to just say sorry and get out of this without repercussions.
And Fred’s not going to make it easy on him, either. She is feeling confused and angry, but they don’t have time to drag out all the emotional baggage and deal with it just yet. No, first they need to save the world again. Seems like personal problems are always getting put on hold to deal with the next big disaster, but that’s the life they lead — filled with time-traveling vampires and body-sharing gods.
Once Illyria takes over again, having rested and powered up, she is once again able to control the portal. And she’s determined to get them back home without Angel’s interference again, which she does — though, once they get there, it’s evident that their past actions have affected present times. Police and fire trucks are headed to an emergency close by, and once they follow it’s soon clear that the hotel where they did the exorcism is no more. However, that doesn’t make logical sense to Illyria, since they have returned to just seconds after they left. How can such a large event have taken place in such a short amount of time? Even more confusing, their former selves are off across the street, and they are in danger of creating a paradox.
But paradoxes aren’t the only problem to deal with. The poltergeists are free from the hotel and look to be trying to escape something much worse. Of course Angel and the newly-in-control Fred go to investigate, where they find some huge Venus flytrap monsters where the hotel used to be. And whereas the safe tactic would be to wait and try to figure out what these monsters are, Angel ignores common sense and rushes headlong into danger with Fred having to follow him and lend a hand. Soon the plant monsters are joined by a plague of bugs and the duo fight on, with no clear win in sight as the issue closes. I’m sure they’ll eventually come out the victor, but then they still have to deal with the aftermath of Angel and Illyria’s coupling. That might prove to be more explosive than plant monsters altogether!
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars