In Review: Angel & Faith #22
The covers: The Regular cover is by Steve Morris and it has our two leads with Alasdair looking very somber. This is an odd cover for this issue. The Alternate cover is by Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson showing a smoky, energy encrusted Angel (or is that Whistler? Can’t tell without his hat) with Pearl and Nash off to his left, powering up. Again, an odd cover choice. What was going on with the artists this month? Overall grades: B-
The story: I only give details on the first four pages, so just realize that’s all I’m spoiling in this review of Christos Gage’s second part to “What You Want, Not What You Need.” Rupert Giles is back! He’s alive! There’s a slight problem with his resurrection due to Lavinia and Sophronia. This is an issue to remember for every single Giles scene. This is a classic! Page 6, panels three, four and five are hysterical! Page 13′s last panels are a riot! This issue barely touches on the threat that Whistler, Pearl and Nash pose to the world and instead, wisely, devotes time to the new Giles and how he plans to function in the world. Yes, it’s funny but darned if it doesn’t charm you with its heart on Pages 11, 12 and 14! The most enjoyable issue yet of the entire series’ run! Overall grade: A+
The art: Rebekah Isaacs is incredible showing emotions on her characters. They can be over the top shock, as shown on Page 1, or subtle, conveying a “No duh” smile such as on Page 17, panel three. Her body language on the characters is great–Page 14, panel five, say no more! And magic, definitely a requirement of this series, that the last three pages she’s more than capable of creating. I think that last sentence leads to my closing remark perfectly: Rebekah Isaacs is magic! Overall grade: A+
The colors: Gorgeous work from Dan Jackson. The first page is nothing but blue and white, but it’s stunning! Love the change in colors on the flahsbacks on Pages 2 and 3. When magic rears its dangerous head on the last pages the colors reflect the powers being used. Overall grade: A+
The letters: Perfect dialogue, and there’s a lot of it, from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt. The sound effects are also good, but I really like the font used in the incantation to bring back Giles. Overall grade: A+
The final line: This is a must read, must own comic! Brilliant! Highest possible recommendation! Overall grade: A+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently has been teaching 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.