Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Nine Begins With Angel & Faith

Script: Christos Gage; Art: Rebekah Isaacs; Executive Producer: Joss

Left in a near-catatonic state following the events in Buffy Season 8, Angel will need a seriously rude awakening if he’s to make amends for his ill-conceived deeds. Enter rebel Slayer with a cause–Faith Lehane. Together they’ll have full access to the Watcher files and opportunities to make amends for all they’ve done . . . and will do.

And so begins Season Nine of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Actually, the issue begins with a flashback of Rupert Giles battling a demon who has possessed a little girl. Unable to defeat the demon he is able to bind it to the girl and make it dormant by sacrificing one of the best days of his life. back in the present, Angel has been brought out of his withdrawal by being read about the incident in Giles’ Watcher Journal by Faith. Seems the pair have decided to take up Giles work and once again find redemption through helping others. Finally freeing the girl from the monster, Angel finds out what day Giles sacrificed and understands even more what he did by murdering the former Watcher. This leads Angel to a decision that is as monumental as it probably is unwise. Meanwhile, Faith has taken to helping out a group of former Slayers readjusting to normal life. However, Faith discovers the girls have given themselves a new mission, one that surprises her, especially since she realizes it puts her on the opposing side of those she has taken responsibility for. Then her day gets worse when Angel tells her what he’s decided to do.

This is a really great return to the world of Buffy and it is especially cool to have Angel back under the same publishing roof. However, it is clear that this title and the main Buffy book can be enjoyed separately, so no worries about the same story going between the two books. It seems like Faith is the only character that doesn’t hate Angel right now and is actually willing to work with him and, more or less, be his friend. And it makes perfect sense, considering the history between the two. Angel was willing to forgive Faith for trying to kill him and even basically started her on the road to redemption. It is interesting to see the tables now turned, with Faith essentially being the one who has it together and is being responsible. And, if this first issue is any indication, Giles is still playing a big role, if only as an influencing memory for Angel. Given the history between those two, that is a surprise. Angel gets the memory of the day that Giles sacrificed and with the memory of the day, especially the person that Giles shared it with, Angel is pretty much inextricably linked with the late Watcher. Of course Angel comes up with a plan to make everything right, but there is no way it’s going to work.

Great first issue, awesome writing by Gage, terrific art by Isaacs. Longtime fans will love it and new readers will have no trouble following along and figuring things out. I can’t wait for issue #2!

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