Home sweet…..Quor’toth? The often talked about but never seen realm that played a huge part in Angel has been the center of the current arc. While this issue is about a worthless side mission, it gives us some great character development.
Christos Gage has shown that he can expertly tip toe through the Buffy-verse continuity, while simultaneously adding to its rich history. Many, myself included, aren’t fans of Connor and the stories that came with him. Gage doesn’t ignore these plot points, but tries to bring them into a new light. Angel and Connor’s interactions are sweet, and come across as genuine. Conor is a character that needed redemption in the eyes of fans. He couldn’t just be ignored, no matter how much die-hard Angel fans wish that he could. Gage has him start to behave like Angel, but he is still his own person. Angel and Faith’s relationship is starting to show similarities of Angel and Cordelia’s. There is a spark there, but are the two going to act on it. Gage has tweeted that he wrote a sex scene for the book recently, so maybe it involves them? The development back in England is an interesting one, and Gage uses it to add some humor to an otherwise serious issue.
This issue is really a filler issue. Not much happens except buy time and create a couple of problems that won’t last long. But Gage uses it well, giving Rebekah Issacs some time to pencils some beautiful artwork. Quor’toth has always been one of the big question marks left by the writers of Angel. We know it was a bad place, but we never knew much about it. Having the entire world be a place of hate to feed a monster is an interesting turn, and backs the group into a corner. And when our favorite group of misfits is backed into a corner, the reader benefits. The ending will leave some readers a little weary, but I’m going to read #14 before I pass judgement. The aliens in this story are generic Buffy aliens, but they serve their purpose. One race is being repressed by a much larger threat, and the group go out to save the weaker race. But when something isn’t broken, why should you fix it?
Rebekah Issacs pencils the hell out of this issue. The huge monster that the group face off against looks stunning. It’s disgusting, but you can’t look away from. Her stunning facial work is on display. She seems to have changed Connor’s look up a bit though. He looks like his actor, but here seems to be some hints of Angel in his face as well. Of course as he gets older, he’d look somewhat like Angel. I’d say the only character who doesn’t look exactly like their actor counterpart is Willow. She resembles Alyson Hannigan, but not as spot on as Faith and Angel. But I’m nitpicking here. The action flows perfectly, and the big bombastic fight scenes leap off the page. Issacs’ inks don’t get enough recognition. The thick line work on the faces helps solidify their facial expressions, but doesn’t clash against the thin inks in the surroundings. Dan Jackson’s colors help sell the otherworldly look.
With this issue bringing in an older character, Whistler, it would be nice if Dark Horse included a recap page. It’s one of those things that all monthly comics should have. Quick recap of what is going on and who everyone is.
Angel & Faith continue to be the best of the Buffy books. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Angle & Faith #13 gets 4/5.