In Review: Angel & Faith #17

The covers: Giles’s graveside service is illustrated by Steve Morris. There are his sisters, Buffy, Faith, and “that” guy. Don’t know who that is? Oh, you’ll find out inside! Great choices and execution by Morris. The Alternate cover is by Rebekah Isaacs and Dan Jackson showing Faith and her former friends surrounded. This image partially occurs within, but I still love it: I always love to see heroes go against armies of evil. Overall grades: Both A

The story: “Death and Consequences” continues as Angel and Faith race to find out where Giles’s corpse has gone, while Nadira and her friends have found the corpse, doing quite well, who promises to resurrect their fallen friend Marianne. Christos Gage nicely sneaks in a flashback or two to tell the readers who the real villain is in this book. Angel and Faith are putting the pieces together the entire issue as Nadira and company realize they are in the belly of the beast. If you think the story is going too slowly with the title characters, you’ll be more than satisfied by the creeping, and eventual running, sense of doom over the girls. Great to read! Overall grade: A

The art: The present and the early 1980′s get covered by artist Rebekah Isaacs in excellent style, and does she ever get her demon on with this issue! Page 2 is a great transformation sequence and Page 3 is a great entrance. I loved the reoccurring deomon icon and the panel that had the sound effect “KRIKK” was grossly fun! And how in the world can Isaacs surpass the content of the final page? Overall grade: A

The colors: I really like how Dan Jackson is able to maintain the horror of this book without resorting to dark colors. Things are consistently bright throughout all the horrors. Overall grade: A

The letters: Solid work from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt, though nothing really showy. Overall grade: B

The final line: Consequences are looking to be worse than death. A great read! Overall grade: A

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