Again I haven’t reviewed the previous issue, so a quick reminder of what we read there. We’ve learnt how Eyghon managed to survive, by jumping on a dead rat and then on a homeless guy. From then and on, he just kept on gathering power in order to rule the Earth or part of it. So Eyghon got a deal with Whistler, Pearl and Nash, in order to get the 2 billion dead people that Whistler plan’s requires, and then they will kind of separate the Earth, keeping for himself some continent to release hell on Earth while Whistler and the rest of living humanity lives happily ever after in another continent(s). Oh, and Spike appeared in the last panels.
I had been trying hard not to spoil things in my last reviews, and quite honestly that spoils all the fun. So be prepared and stop reading unless you want to be seriously spoiled. This time I will just write the review, and since I don’t get advanced copies but I purchase the issues, I don’t care if the book is not out yet in the States. What can I say, too bad you don’t live in Brussels to get it sooner like me :p
So this is the final part of the arc. Spike came in London, and he immediately jumped onto his AtS S5 self. Forget the Spike you’ve seem written by Whedon, Allie, Chambliss and Gischler. This is Gage’s Spike and he is back at been a pain in Angel’s @ss. I will admit that I laughed once, when Nadira recognized him and immediately gave him a free pass and Alasdair’s sword, having Angel complaining about it that she didn’t try to slay him as well, like she did with him. But the rest of the issue, I can’t say I laughed. Maybe it is me, that I have a native language other than english, but that hasn’t stopped me before, I don’t know. Or maybe is the way that the mythology is turning.
So what is the plan? How are they going to attack? We will never know, because Eyghon got to them first. Faith knew what was in his head in the previous issue, but so did the demon. Battle begins, slayers get captured, only 3 of the team left to fight Eyghon (guess which three?). Spike as a secret weapon not only was he useless but almost got them killed since Eyghon in his true form is more powerful than last time with Angel, so he easily possesses Spike who turns against Faith. Later Spike will wonder why his bollocks ache, he will never know I guess, unlike Faith.
So who gets to save the day? Well who’s left? Angel? You got it all wrong. So did I at first reading. It was the second time that I realized that actually Giles saved the day and killed Eyghon. Or Angel with Giles’s help. I am not sure, it is Giles that talks before and Angel that talks after but then Giles again, I think it was Giles the one who cut off Eyghon’s head. In other words, 3 people, or should I say, a demon, a soul and a half soul inside a body was too much for Eyghon to handle and to possess. That actually didn’t surprise me, because I have read that theory in Buffyforums, I don’t remember the name of the poster, months ago. So Angel becomes the conduit and gathers Giles inside of him. Three is a crowd and we are left with a catatonic Angel, again, leaving for #20 and “Spike & Faith” to clear up the mess. World without magic, guys, things will be hard getting back Angel without accidentally releasing Angelus!
What surprised me in this issue?
Angel hitting on a nerve when he told Spike that Buffy gave him the brush off. Actually that was funny, because she kind of did, and Spike immediately gets angry and defensive.
Spike informs Angel that Buffy is kind of seeing a cop, but he wasn’t interested in staying there to find out how would things would work out. I am sorry, timing doesn’t fit, Spike left before Buffy started meeting regularly with the cop (why can’t I remember his name?)
Also, Spike kind of implies that Buffy might have thought Angel as one of the possible fathers of her robot-pseudo-pregnancy. Again timing doesn’t fit, unless Buffy thought she was an elephant with a gestation period of 645 days.
Also, more or less Faith kind of says that Angel was possessed when he killed the Nadira’s squad team.
Oh, and the fandom’s arguments are finally answered. Angel is a separate being from Angelus. That question was answered, not only by text but also by Spike himself. Three is a crowd, and there are actually now 3 residents in Angel’s body: Angel, Angelus and Giles. A soul is what makes a man, Angel becomes and talks as Giles, actually Giles takes over some times in this issue.
I am sorry, but I don’t agree with this theory. It makes no sense for all the mythology of the show. Darla’s arc makes no sense. She was dying from syphilis, so she wanted to get bitten by a vampire in order to die so that a demon could occupy and run her dead body? Huh?