Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Angel & Faith Volume 3: Family Reunion by Christos Gage

Family Reunion by Christos Gage
2013, Dark Horse
Series: Volume 3 of Angel & Faith


Synopsis: Angel’s quest to resurrect Giles has brought an old friend to London—Willow! Tensions run high as these two 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 to get them into Quor’toth, a hell dimension where magic runs deep.

The Good: This volume is pretty amazing. Willow crosses over from the Buffy comics and Connor drops in for an important visit. We revisit the hell dimension Connor grew up in and find some pretty spectacular changes caused by his time there. It was a follow up I never considered and apparently really wanted. I wasn't always a fan of Conner, but here, in this volume, is the person I always wanted him to be. He's got his issues together and he's making a difference. He's, dare I say, delightful.

The Bad: There was less focus on resurrecting Giles than in previous issues. Granted, everything Angel does is working towards that in some way, here it is less pronounced. While I absolutely love the guest spots from familiar characters, their involvement here stalls the overall plot progression of the series. Like a time out to visit with friends and their our of nowhere subplots.

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