Go with the flow...
Angel and Faith continue to thread in unknown waters as both must adjust to their new status while events start to pit them against unexpected obstacles.
Gischler is still having a hard time with Angel, but he shines in the Faith department.
Conrad’s art though is a disappointment this issue.
First of all, why did you have to spoil the ending to this book in the FRONT COVER! Sheesh!
Faith’s battle to correlate duty and instincts is playing out beautifully. She’s in the unnatural position of not knowing which side she's on, as Kennedy states quite to-the-point that it’s now business.
The fact that they’ve protecting a rooster headed demon is something Faith isn’t comfortable with, but has to get with the program if she has to stay at DeepScan. And the Buffy bit wasn’t cool, Kennedy.
Not only her superior, but her fellow slayers also have doubts about her due to her A-list and lone wolf reputation.
Meanwhile in London, Angel is totally lost in what he should do. What irony it is that when he first decided to go solo, he opened a detective agency.
Nadira is his salvation here, though it’s conveniently placed and going by Angel’s own doubts, the foreshadowing has begun. She has been badly afflicted by the new magic and time will tell where she will end up – for or against Angel.
Still, it’s heartening to see her sanctum for those not willing to be part of the magic gang war going on in London right now.
Angel is led to the glassblower and while he does get some answers, the fact that every second rate lowlife is now a potentially powerful entity is not reassuring for him.
Nadira’s instructions to go see Inspector Brandt leads to a chance sight of two kids loading a crate of bottles that look like the glassblower’s. Following them, we get to meet Corky’s new enforcer – Pearl.
As most of those who read last year’s book know, Pearl was a very powerful former ally and later enemy of Angel and had to suffer through her brother’s death during the battle in London, which also left Nadira in the state she is in now.
The two halves of the story with Angel and Faith feel a little too disjointed, as if two books were fitted together. Last year with the duo together, it was easier but Gischler has to step up his game to make a better fit now.
While both storylines are great on their own, together they don’t flow that well.
Added to that is Conrad’s subpar work and we get a below average result.
So, I give it 7.0 out of 10.
+Some great material for Faith
+The range of creatures is excellent
-Storylines feel disjointed
-Art is subpar