Review – Angel & Faith #11 Family Reunion Part 1

Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse
One flat in England just got a little more crowded. Faith’s (Giles) house is full, Giles Great Aunts, Lavinia and Sophie are still making themselves comfy and now everyone’s favorite red-headed witch has just landed in town. Willow quickly lets Angel know that she’s privy to his resurrecting Giles plan and just as quickly lets him know that she thinks it’s a bad idea. The twist though is that Willow, on her own mission to restore magic to the world, needs Angel’s help and agrees to help him as long as he returns the favor. Angel is leery to help her, making Willow none too happy to which she immediately tells (and shows) him so! After an outburst or two, Willow succeeds and the group is on their way to a fresh locale where they meet up with another old favorite. After some pleasantries their mission begins! Will Willow be able to restore magic to the world and will there be any casualties along the way?

The writing in this issue is fantastic. It harkens back to “Angel” and really comes across genuine and completely in line with the characters we know and love. It ends with suspense and leaves the reader with a lot of anticipation for the next issue. The art, as always, is great. All the feelings and emotions jump out of the page. The new arc/storyline and the special guests are amazing! I found myself completely immersed in what was going on, bummed when it ended and anxious for the next issue. Pretty much everything you could want in a comic. There’s not much more to say except that I absolutely LOVED this issue and this new arc has the makings of being the best yet!

Release Date: June 27th, 2012

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Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Fatima: The Blood Spinners #1

Writer, Art & Cover Art: Gilbert Hernandez
Variant Cover: Peter Bagge
Published By: Dark Horse

Fatima: The Blood Spinners is a unique comic about a bad ass woman and her personal war on drugs. Not all drugs, just one drug in particular, a drug called “Spin.” Spin gives the user the best, most amazing high they have ever experienced and because of this large amounts of the population are spun out on Spin. Did I mention that after taking the drug the users quickly become zombie like creatures? Why would anyone take Spin you ask, well a carefully crafted rumor has circulated that a cure for the after-Spin effect is in the works, this however is not at all the case. Enter Fatima, a one woman, unstoppable, zombie killer. We learn a little of her back story and we get to see a lot of her in action!

Fatima: The Blood Spinners has an awesome and really unique concept it’s working with. The second I read the short description of it I was intrigued and knew I had to read it right away. The comic (minus the cover) is done in black and white and drawn very simply which makes for a minimalistic, very effective feeling of what’s going on. There’s a lot of gore due to the throngs of dead bodies piling up under Fatima’s feet. This issue gives us a small glimpse into Fatima’s past and ends at a point where the reader has more questions than answers. I’m super excited about this four-part comic and I think it has some really exciting potential!

Release Date: June 27th, 2012

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Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆