Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
The final piece of Giles’s soul has been gathered, but naturally, bigger problems arise for our heroes! Having three personalities within Angel -himself plus Angelus and Giles- has the ensouled vampire struggling for his sanity. And, since he’s the only one who was actually privy to the ultimate plan for Giles’s resurrection, Spike and Faith have their hands full working out how to safely bring Angel back to his senses…
First of all, full spoilers will follow.
And second, I will adopt my Spike fan persona in this review. I haven’t done that so far, but I will in this one. Be prepared.
So, we’re almost reaching the end of this book, at least for this season. One more arc to go, and before that we have today’s issue, named as “Spike and Faith”. And of course it’s Spike and Faith, since the two of them are left to clean up the mess from the previous issue. A crazy/catatonic Angel, no fellow slayers, just them and Alaric. And the way things are right now, with no magic, only one kind of artifact can work to reach out for Giles’s soul, out of Angel’s body without having any danger of releasing Angelus into the world. Problem is that this artifact is in the hands of some demons who feed on souls. To make a long story short, Faith with Spike get it, and then get Giles’s soul out of Angel, all went well.
Now, let’s talk about it for a while. First of all, I’d like to address the “best bad guy” title that Spike got from editor Scott Allie in one of the previous issues. You really can’t have the cake and eat it too. If Angel is a totally different being from Angelus, the exactly same thing must work on Spike as well.
Spike, the one with a soul, is a totally different being from the one without the soul, let’s call him Spikelus to make things more clear. So, all the bad things were done by Spikelus. What is the worst thing that Spike, the ensouled one, has done ever since The Grave, when his body took his soul back and he was brought back into this world? Burnt Buffy’s hand in Chosen? Run a playboy mansion for a cover? Crush on the Big Ben? Tortured the Doctor? Was rude to his bugs? What has the “best bad guy” of the Buffyverse done to deserve such a title?
Then let’s go back to Angel. Watch the slideshow with the preview pages and tell me what you think of it. In just one page, every single one is mentioned: Angelus is a demon, no he is a personality, no he is a being, no he is a persona. In the previous issue, Spike talked about 3 beings into Angel’s body, meaning Angelus, Angel and Giles. Now he takes it back, and he says that Angelus is not a being, but he is a demon who is always present. As if as Spike says that a demon is always present in everyone, so that makes Angelus the dark side of Angel, so the same being, two different aspects of the same person. I am confused, either make up your minds on which way you’ll follow, or if you want to keep it vague and an eternal argument, just don’t come up with stories and arcs that have to do with it. Simple as that.
Then we have Spike. In just one single issue, he made a move on Faith and on both of the aunts, only to get the door slammed right in front of his face and he was left only with the company of a bottle to drink from. He is still not over Buffy, and maybe Buffy actually preferred him as a monster. Even since he’s been able to feel human emotions again, he’s been rejected. I personally enjoy sex. And I don’t mind fooling around. I was the one to tell friends that I don’t mind if I see Spike getting some fun. He owes nothing to Buffy, it’s not like he would be cheating, they are not together. He is a guy, and he’s hot, why shouldn’t he? But like that?
And what I mean. On my first reading, I thought that Angel texted Spike although he was right next to him, to thank him for his help. And I actually found that cute, I liked it. It was in the second reading that I realized that Angel couldn’t keep on seeing Spike like that, so what he actually texted him was not a “thanks”, but it was Harmony’s phone number. In other words, so that Spike could have some sex to get over that mood. With Harmony? Really? Couldn’t they think of something better? Not to mention that I actually hate the fact that Harmony, from a blond chick that was in the show, has actually become a pornostar in the Dark Horse Comics.
Oh, and Angel is not over Buffy, he also admits that, not only Spike. Make both shippers happy. I just hope they won’t try to also make Banders happy in the following Buffy issue in two weeks.
A little bit about the art. I enjoy Rebekah’s art, really, a lot. Her Faith is great, Angel not that much, faces look the same in almost every panel, characters don’t look the same if you change the colors, background details, emotions, everything. But like I said, my inner Spike fan talks in this review. So, unfortunately, her version of Spike is not that good. There are panels that Spike really looks awful. And others just he’s just average. So, I give her a 5 out of 10 in this issue, I’m sorry.
So, was that a good issue? The first half of it, yes it was. Spike was brave, risked to help Faith and Angel, actually killed the demons almost by himself, Faith was clever to push his right buttons to make him get the best out of him, etc. The problems with this issue actually come at the end of it. Angel acting as a pimp? Harmony back for sex? Spike so desperate for sex? No, I could have actually done better without reading the last part of the issue. Sorry.
At least I can be happy thinking that he didn’t make a move on Sebastian. Or Irene the bug-zompire. I can be happy that there were worse options out there that weren’t followed. (Crossing my fingers I don’t give them any future ideas though).