In Review: Angel & Faith #15

The covers: Steve Morris provides the Regular cover showcasing Whistler reluctantly hiding, while a vision of Angel and Buffy dance. The Alternative cover by Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson has Pearl and Nash up to no good behind a glass door, and they’re quite happy you can see what they’ve done. Overall grades: Regular B+ and Alternate A-

The story: The first thirteen pages of this issue focus on Whistler: his origin, what he’s been up to, and why he’s been helping Pearl and Nash. Christos Gage has got Whistler’s voice down pat, but this is a character I never cared for on the show and just don’t give a darn about now. His origin is semi-interesting, but that’s all I can really say about this story. The final nine pages are Pearl and Nash’s origin, and this reminds me of a DC Vertigo comic in content and visuals. This is a disturbing, twisted tale that completely overshadows Whistler’s portion of the book. With these nine pages, this evil pair has moved up several notches on the coolness scale for me. This was an amazing story. Whistler was just Whistler. Overall grade: B-

The art: Lee Garbett pencils and Derek Fridolfs inks the Whistler tale. It’s okay, but there’s nothing to write home about. With the exception of the flashback origin, this story is two men sitting in a diner. Not the most exciting subject matter to illustrate, so I can understand why the pair shine only in the past. In the origin the pair really show they’ve got skills, but in the present they’re just average. David Lapham is responsible for the Pearl and Nash tale and it just looks nasty. So nasty I could smell the filth coming off the female lead. That’s a compliment, no matter how gross that sounds. Overall grade: B-

The colors: Both tales are done by Dan Jackson, and as with the story and art, the first story is flat. The setting doesn’t help, but when Jackson is given the opportunity to make backgrounds a solid color even they don’t pop. Disappointing. In the final tale there’s a lot more going on, so there are more opportunities for things to stand out, and they do! Overall grade: A

The letters: A few sound effects but mostly dialogue from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt. Overall grade: B+

The final line: An okay issue, but one that could probably be skipped and it would have no effect on how one understands the overall plotline of the series. I guess no Faith equals no fun. Overall grade: B-


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