Angel & Faith #23 The tale of two families pt 3 review

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Cover of Angel and Faith issue 23Angel is having a tête-à-tête with a newly vamped policeman, Fred and Nadira are spending some time with a dog petting statue thing and Faith learns that NOT listening to Angel now and again can be useful. This review is of the spoiler kind

WRITTEN BY: Victor Gischler
PENCILS: Cliff Richards
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 3rd

Angel has figured out that it must have been inspector Brandt that ratted them out to Archeus, and thus has turned into a fanged copper. He heads of to have some words with the traitor. Their chat turns into a fight very quickly and it seems Archeus has got a whole bunch of not so friendly policemen under his bony thumb. Luckily for Angel, Faith storms in and dusts Brandt just as the policemen looked like they had the upper hand. Angel admits to maybe not being a great team player and getting it wrong at times and him and Faith have a nice bonding moment.

Across town Fred is giving Nadira a peptalk. The Slayer-turned-Magic-Towns- Magical-go-to-person is feeling some odd disturbance in the force, err I mean magic. This would be Archeus and Drusillas new friend; the big old statue that has awoken and petnapped a doggie from an old lady that looks like a goblin. Nadira is at first scared to go to have a look at what might be wrong, but as both Fred and Koh convinces her that they will help her, she heads out there, just as the statue is about to take a beating. Nadira tries to calm “him” down instead. But the statue feels threatened by Fred and grabs her, this doesn’t sit well with the old blue one that sits inside Fred and Illyria comes out to play and all hell is about to break loose.

I have to admit I am not sure about Archeus’ end game still. Sure he wants his faaahmily together, but what role this statue plays in it I am not sure about. Previous naughty statues in the Buffyverse mostly come to do wrongdoings and destruction, or start the apocalypse if possible. So is this what Archeus wants? Or something else? I am not sure. Also it may be that the dreaded V- day is looming and my head is filled with pink fluffy clouds, but Faith and Angel did share a bit of a moment in this issue right? Would the writers march down this way? Angel nor Faith has had much action bin the love department lately and the fact that what they feel for each other is really strong is obvious, but is it love-love? Again not sure here. Will just have to wait and see I guess!

Helena