With the A(ngel) team now on the B(uffy) book it's time for a new team to stamp there mark on this most intriguing of titles. I say intriguing as this book has the potential to maybe eclipse the title it spawned from.
With part of London aptly named "Magic Town" now inhabited by creatures thanks to a mishap in season 9 Angel is having to deal with all manner of creatures great and small. This is where we find our Vamp with a soul, patrolling the streets of London saving the general population from all manner of evil. Angel's ability to use his Vamp skill set make him a formidable foe and it could take a small army to take him down.
As the title suggest this tale concerns two main characters and we find Faith flying out to the states with an old friend in tow. Faith’s part of the story is to deliver a young man to the Scooby Gang without harm, of course this can be difficult in normal terms but when you are a slayer everything is more difficult, especially when your package is much more prized than you are. I hope Faiths story will pick and I see no reason why it would not continue to grow.
The art in the issue is generally very good, the mythical creatures we meet all seem to be well crafted and the character’s likenesses are really expertly demonstrated. Tone in the panels also suggests a London in turmoil, and this is plain to see as Angel does some digging into his new home. As Magic Town is essentially Angel fault you get the idea he feels responsible for it. I can see there could be a new Sherriff in town and he only comes out at night.
For a Season opener this is a great way to start. The two stories are pretty separate but you get the feeling this is a duo who do better when talking is not involved. If the new creators can follow in their predecessor’s vein then the future looks pretty bright for Angel and Faith. I look forward to discovering all that Magic Town has to offer both in terms of allies and enemies and I’m sure they will be a s brutal as they need to be.
Issue Rating 4.5/5
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