When you have two leads in a story getting the balance right can be difficult. Both characters have a story to tell but if one monopolises the majority of page space you can alienating the other character. This can also lead to drop in sales as sometimes a reader will be more engaged with one lead than the other. However you also do not want to fall into the friends trap. When the TV show friends hit its peak all the actors wanted parity in terms of pay and screen time, this lead to shoe horning in storylines so everyone had equal(ish) air time. Obviously with Angel and Faith we do not have to worry about egos and this allows the narrative to rule.
In this issue the balance goes firmly into Angel’s court and rightly so, his story is action filled and deepening where Faith’s is more cerebral. Her conflict about her place in the world and in Deepscan in particular are being laid out before the reader and her decisions are typical Faith as she decides upon her future. There is an orange hew to all of Faiths scenes and you get the impression that this is either the sun setting on an adventure or it could also signify the sun rising on another but we will have to wait and see which it is in a future issue.
Angel is still playing a geezer in the heart of London’s newly formed Magic town. Unfortunately he is not having a great time exploring the wonders of the city instead he is constantly needing to defend himself against a number of assailants most of all the pixies. His fights scenes are full of colour from Michelle Madsen and dynamism from the art of Will Conrad, I still though am not too sure about the depiction of Angel’s face there is something off that I can not quite put my finger on.
At the fourth issue season 10 of Angela and Faith is highly engaging and full of action. The balance of shared narrative ebbs and flows from issue to issue but when a story needs a longer look Victor Gischler seems able to bend the issue to his will. This new creative team seem to have gotten their feet wet and now are plunging straight into the deep end especially in the way the issue ends.
Issue Rating 4/5
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