With Giles back into the fold with Buffy it’s time for Faith to do the somewhat unexpected and start working for the man in this Deepscan. Her move into corporate work seems to go against all that Faith has stood for in the past. Of course she has been part of a team before but generally she acts as a lone gun, this is probably why this series with Angel has been so engaging as we get to see a different facet of her character.
There is a very touching goodbye at the start of the issue between her and Little G aka Giles. The best part of the scene is what is not said but shown by in the art by Will Conrad, the look that Faith has on her face as she stares out of an airplane window is full of sorrow. Some aspects of the art do wobble especially a close up of Angel it seems the artist has more of a handle on Faith than Angel, however this is more than made up for by his creature models which are great.
The two stories although separated by the Atlantic are well intertwined with one blending into the other. This is mostly done with Text boxes being added to the last panel of a section preparing you for what is to come. This is well done and makes the reading of the issue as easy as it can be for the reader. Victor Gischler does a very good on both stories with Angel doing what he does best by investigating a rather nasty set of pixies, Faith however seems to be in full on Echo mode as her first gig is reminiscent of the work done in Whedon’s short lived show Dollhouse.
I do however have one issue with the writing and that is the depiction of the English accent. It is not Dick van Dyke (in Mary Poppins) level but at time sit is not far short. The book is set in London of today where we have a multicultural melting pot with a variety of accents and dialects to be heard. Obviously this includes Cockney but what I’m reading falls more into the realm of Mockney. If you are not from these shores I doubt you will even notice it but for me it is just a little jarring.
The mix of storylines are really drawing me into this series, I do prefer the Faith plot at the moment but both work really well together. There are a few issues such as language and art drops but overall this is a solid issue that backs the opening up but does not really enhance it.
Issue Rating 4/5
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