In Review: Angel & Faith Season 10 #10

Each character faces dangers on different continents, but together they make one hell of a story. Always recommended.

The covers: Each character continues to get their own cover for this series. The Main cover is by Scott Fischer and it is a spectacular image of Faith looking taken aback by a rose colored mask. Behind her is the gigantic form of one of the Amazon vampires that’s been plaguing her and the rest of the Deepscan crew. Gorgeous in every possible way. The Variant cover is by Will Conrad and Michelle Madsen. This one has Nadira front and center, smiling as she begins to wield her magic, while Angel is behind her with a huge sword. I’ve found myself taken with this new Nadira, so this is the one I had to pick up. I really like the candles with all the flame trails about them. Overall grade: Main A+ and Variant A

The story: This is the final chapter of Victor Gischler’s “Lost and Found” and he closes things out in dramatic fashion. Faith and Deepscan have finally located Walt Zane in the Amazon, but he’s a vampire. He explains to his daughter how he arrived in his new state and he shows his true colors when Faith asks if he’s going to turn the entire population of the world, “If we turned everyone into vampires then who would we feed on?” Back in Magic Town, Angel is getting his butt kicked by super powerful Amy who is doing all that she can to resurrect Warren. Last issue, she destroyed a monstrous spider demon that Angel released, and he’s out of options on what to do next. She wants him to bring Willow to her, so she lets him go. However, he goes to Nadira where a deal is made. In the Amazon, things take a surprising turn on Page 11. I’ve got to hand it to Gischler, that was not on my list of possibilities in any way! Things get fast and furious in the jungle after that, which matches the action back in London when two magic users hash things out the hard way. The last panel on Page 18 had me cheering! That was how to end that battle! The scene on 19 and 20 had some solid resolutions as things move in a new direction. And like the superb writer he is, just as a reader is breathing easily and there’s nothing left to tell, Gischler has Angel bump into someone on the last page that will make the wait for the next issue unbearable. Curse you and thank you, Mr. Gischler! Overall grade: A+

The art: The first three pages of this book are delicious and deadly. Walt is reunited with his shocked daughter and he goes into his undead origin in a perfectly created three panel origin, which then goes into his new, deadly personality on Page 3. This is perfect visual storytelling from Will Conrad. I don’t think the man is capable of doing a bad panel, let alone a bad page. Look at the layout of Page 1 on its own. It’s only three panels, but each perfectly moves the reader into the story, with the first establishing our protagonists’ conflict, the joy in the father, and then the surprise in the daughter. I felt as though I was looking at a lost chapter of Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates with how lush this locale and its denizens look. That small, single panel on Page 3 is brilliant. To have it smaller would have rendered it useless, and any bigger would have lessened the impact on the humans. Instead, Conrad gives that panel a border that the colorist can exploit to make it stand out. My favorite page of the book is 16 when the two magic users meet. Both characters look incredible and the emotion in panels two and three are terrific. This book is perfection because of Conrad’s contributions. Overall grade: A+

The colors: I know as a reader I’m supposed to be paying close attention to the characters and their actions, but Michelle Madsen’s coloring on this book has me exploring every inch of the illustrations. I love the reds used in the vampiric origin of Walt, the eerie green behind the same character in his spotlight panel on Page 3, the superior shades of the tribe’s village which are lit by flame, and the green tattoos on Nadira are stunning. Sound effects are especially strong in both characters’ surroundings, making them sound intense. Loved the bright WHAPs. Overall grade: A+

The letters: The talented team of Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt provide this issue’s text, which includes dialogue, story titles, vampire speak, setting identifications, sounds, excellent whispers, Latin casting, and “The End.” I’d loved all of their work, but one sound made me smile–SKWEEK SKWEEK SKWEEK. How could it not? Overall grade: A+

The final line: Each character faces dangers on different continents, but together they make one hell of a story. Always recommended. Overall grade: A+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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