Review – Angel & Faith #3 Live Through This Part 3
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Published By: Dark Horse
This issue continues the story of Angel and Faith searching for the Mohra blood and its distributor, Fraser. This issue, despite their conflicting intentions has Angel and Faith really coming together and working as a much more cohesive unit. They’re finding their groove as a dynamic duo, which is nice, as you really begin to believe that they will be able to take strength from one each other depending on who may need it at any given time. Early on in the issue I really thought we may see the snarky groove but that part still seems lacking. The art as always is superb, I really find Isaac’s portrayal of Faith as spot on, she just really manages to capture the essence of the character.
We also see Angel hell-bent on completing his mission, regardless of whether his plan is right, wrong or even possible. Faith has her own ideas, and like Angel will stop at nothing to carry it out. Who will come out the winner? I’m guessing neither of them. As opposed to Angel, who is a very deep character with hundred of years of experiences behind him, Faith is still a young girl whose evolution is still happening. We are really beginning to see the next phase of Faith, the mature, has it together, in charge woman who is quickly becoming the voice of reason and the proverbial rock. She’s the nurturer for once, this is a very nice change. While she is still on the aggressive side, sometimes too much so, she is also aiding all those around her when they need it. There is a new character who shares some of Faith’s concerns about Angel (their interaction is a perfect example of Faith’s aggressive over the top behavior), the character may prove very helpful to both Angel and Faith together and I’m guessing separately too. Angel’s past continues to come back and haunt him but this time Faith has decided to take matters into her own hands, she is on her own mission to solve all Angel’s problems so that he may start over again without the burden of his demons, both the tangible kind and the mental kind.
This was a very good read, although I do wish it were moving just a little bit faster. There are some very riveting aspects to the story and I am really excited to see what is going to happen. I also really hope Angel and Faith’s characters find their voices, it’s close but something is just slightly off. I have complete “faith” though that these characters will find themselves sooner rather than later.
Release Date: October 26th, 2011
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