Angel & Faith: Season 9 #22 (May – 2013 – Dark Horse)

Angel & Faith: Season 9 #22

“Angel’s plan to resurrect Rupert Giles has come to fruition – just not exactly as everyone has expected.  But they’ll have to deal with the fallout from that later.  Right now, Angel and Faith need all the help they can get to defeat Whistler, Pearl, Nash and their plan to overhaul life on Earth with a magical virus.” Inset, inside cover – Angel & Faith Season 9, Number 22, Dark Horse Comics Inc., 2013

The UK slayer crew of Angel and Faith has a plan to resurrect Watcher, Giles that is sent in a funny and bizarre direction with the help of Giles’ great-aunts, Lovinia and Sophronia who can only remember him as a ten year old child…

The world is basically out of magic at this point and the resurrection spell that Alisdair uses to bring him back works based upon the thoughts and emotions of his two great-aunts.  Unfortunately their best memories of him are as a child and so that is how he returns.  He is pretty pissed about being 12 years old all over again and allowing his kooky aunts to once again ruin his life.

Being that he was killed by Angelus, Giles’ soul has been trapped inside him and saw everything that happened since his death through Angel’s eyes.  He realizes that Whistler, Pearl and Nash are about to unleash a human destroying plague and gets to work immediately.

The illustration in this book is so straight forward and clean that it successfully stays in the background behind the story.  Rebekah Isaacs handles all the inks and Dan Jackson did the simplified colors.  Purposely understated would be my best description of the art in this book.  The team of Isaacs and Jackson are very competent and I’m sure given the opportunity can shine brightly but not in this book.

The scripting is the star here.  Christos Gage gives us fast paced plotting with plenty of inside jabs and jokes that longtime fans will appreciate.  This is part 2 of a mini-series and works as an arc into what looks like a gigantic battle in the streets of London.  There is also a really cute aspect that Gage introduces:  Giles is now about 12 and Faith is smoking hot and well, you see where this might go?  Pretty cool stuff and well thought out.

It seems that the Buffy-verse is on the verge of either righting itself or completely capsizing.  It is a good time to be reading these titles.

Next Time: Hellblazer #2


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