Our two protagonists seem to be finding life a struggle at the moment. Angel is still learning about how the citizens of Magic Town are adapting to their new lives and Faith is discovering that not everything in the real world is as black and white as she would hope.
The issue opens just as the last one ended with faith taking on the client she was supposed to be protecting. Unbeknown to Faith this little rocker is also a demon a fact that her employers already knew about. The trouble is the demon likes to pray on underage girls and thanks to an overprotective father the situation has gone to hell in a hand basket. The confrontation is well represented with Faith taking the demon down a peg or two both with her kick-ass moves and her devastating quips. The final resolution of the fight though causes Faith to question herself and her new profession.
You have to feel sympathy for the Faith as it has been ingrained on her to attack demons especially when they are threatening human life, however it his arrogance in not truly understanding her objective that inflamed the situation in the first place. Faith had a briefing packet but she did not read it and so was in the dark about her client’s true identity. I wonder if this wakeup call will cause her to become more dedicated or help push Faith away? I suppose we will find out in time.
Back on the other side of the Atlantic Angel is trying his best to understand his new found guide Nadira. The way she works is cryptic to say the least but as the issue goes on Angel is seemingly beginning to understand her power. The art in the Angel section of the book seems to ebb and flow more than what we see on the Faith side. When our Vampire is wandering around in the dark the art is better the darker tones seem to suit the style to a greater degree than what we see when Angel is lit by candle light. However when Angel need to throw down the art picks up and something tells me in the next issue this will be the focus of the story.
Angel and Faith are still in their establishing phase and this issue feels very suited to this cause. Not every issue in a run is going to be stellar but sometimes you need these mortar issues to hold an arc and a series together. In this it does its job in a solid manner.
Issue Rating 3.5/5
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