This installment felt a little rushed and definitely seemed like more of a bridge. That said, I think it's setting us up for some fun teamwork betweenThis installment felt a little rushed and definitely seemed like more of a bridge. That said, I think it's setting us up for some fun teamwork between the various entities residing in Magic Town. Anything that gets us closer to more interaction between the disparate storylines is fine by me!...more
Last season, A&F was my favorite of the two Buffyverse properties. The two leads were fantastic together, the art was tight, the storylinFinally.
Last season, A&F was my favorite of the two Buffyverse properties. The two leads were fantastic together, the art was tight, the storyline kept hitting new drama highs...and lows. Everything clicked.
This season, I feared the writer/artist change-up. I think that concern was well-founded, since this season's Buffy has flourished while A&F has floundered.
But I think it's even simpler than that: it's the separation of these two characters and the insistence on splitting their issues between two disparate storylines that truly hurt the flow.
Maybe Angel and Faith would've been better served by having proper stand-alone arcs. Then the loss of the dynamic between them wouldn't have been felt so keenly. The last 11 issues might not have seemed so disjointed.
And yet...while I would have eagerly read a Faith-centric story, would I have jumped to read something all about Angel?
I'm not sure I would have. Faith's desire to fit in while always holding herself apart, her need to make amends, the sheer obviousness of the fact that she really doesn't have anything left to prove to the readers so would she just believe in herself already, goddammit, and bring back just enough of that wanttakehave to carve out a place for herself because she fricken deserves it...I'd read that. I genuinely want Faith to become comfortable in her own skin. She mirrors my ever-favorite Spike that way: both are characters with depth and potential, indomitable spirits who've taken full ownership of their reactions to shitty circumstances. Both are striving to feel whole and at peace with themselves. I get that.
Angel? The only thing Broodybrow strives for is...more hair gel?
Okay, perhaps a tad unfair. But even though I appreciated Angel looking to Nadira for guidance, it's not that big a change for him, is it? He had Whistler. And Buffy. And Doyle. And Cordy and [insert countless conduits for TPTB plus some pretenders, too]. Angel has always needed a guide. Broodybrow isn't any more introspective here than he's ever been, and his strength lies not in his own sense of purpose, but in his single-minded pursuit of whatever goal his current guide has set before him. Leave him to his own devices and I shudder to think what fresh hell he'll create in his supposed quest for the greater good--
What was I supposed to be talking about? Oh, yes. THIS comic. Which finally brings Faith and Angel back to the same place and time, just as a problematic character makes their return. I'm looking forward to their stories intertwining once more. Especially if it allows Faith's instincts to shine. And if it eventually means her giving Angel a smackdown, ALL the better......more