In Review: Angel & Faith #24
The covers: Stylin’ Steve Morris has created the Regular cover showing Faith punching Nash as Pearl powers up and flies up behind her. I like the yellow as a background; the book really stands out on the shelf and the hot pink of the lettering is nice, but there’s just too much empty space. The Alternate cover is by Rebekah Isaacs with Steve Morris. A confident looking Angle spins Whistler’s hat on a finger. What this means for Whistler, I don’t know, but after last issue’s transformation I know he won’t be wearing a hat again. Overall grades: Regular C+ and Variant B+
The story: Whistler has released the magical virus, his attempt to balance the scales by returning magic to the world. On the streets below people are mutating into different forms and creatures. However, the magical orb hasn’t exploded yet, so the transformations occurring won’t go global unless it gets into the atmosphere. Angel takes Whistler, Faith Pearl and Nash. As the penultimate battle wages above, Rupert, his sisters and Alasdair plan to move elsewhere, though Alasdair seems annoyed at the prospect. Christos Gage is juggling plotlines during the coming Armageddon, and he’s doing a great job! I’m impressed that characters can grow and change as the population is warping into something else. Highlights were Pages 5 – 8, “Not…finished…yet” on 9, Page 15′s confessions, Pages 18 and 19′s “GHAAA!: and “-ik–” Things are so ramped up my head will explode waiting for the final issue. Overall grade: A+
The art: On the television series Angel, I always found Whistler to be a visually boring character. I knew he was powerful, but he looked like a schmo. No longer, thanks to Rebekah Isaacs. Whistler is gloriously frightening to look at, yet he’s still able to convey emotions that allow me to see how he feels (Pages 5 – 8). Both title characters looks as awesome as even, though this issue is truly stolen by some ghastly images: the mutations on the people in the street (Page 7, panel two–Yucko!), and the reappearance of “Not…finished…yet.” As with the story, I can’t wait to see what Isaacs has got for the final issue! Overall grade: A+
The colors: Supernatural elements are always more startling when brightly colored. It’s almost as if the perversion on the page is compelling you to stare at it with all of its colors. Dan Jackson masterfully makes the monstrosities real in this book! Pages 6 and 7 have two fleshy creations that are just so repulsive, yet you can’t help but look at them! Ditto for “Not…finished…yet.” Can I hype that character enough? But Whistler is the scene stealer in brilliant blue. Jackson is great! Overall grade: A+
The letters: Plenty of dialogue and sound effects from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt. Page 6′s “GGHA” hit all the right chords. Sorry, couldn’t help myself with that one. Overall grade: A+
The final line: The penultimate issue from a consistently tremendous series. I’m already missing this book. Highest possible recommendation. Overall grade: A+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s 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. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th 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.