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Daddy Issues by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs, Chris Samnee et al 
3rd-Dec-2012 09:46 am
cover art for Daddy Issues by Christos Gage and Rebekah IsaacsTitle: DADDY ISSUES
Author: Christos Gage
Artists: Rebekah Isaacs & Chris Samnee et al
Series: book two of Angel & Faith
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Publication Date: 21 November 2012
Pages: 138
Status: electronic (ARC)

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DADDY ISSUES, the second volume of the ongoing Angel & Faith series, picks up soon after LIVE THROUGH THIS ends. As the title suggests, it centers on family. Faith’s father re-enters her life, sober and seemingly determined to forge an actual relationship with his daughter. Angel, meanwhile, has been dodging his son Connor’s calls in the hopes of giving his kid a chance at a normal life--but he has far less success in avoiding Drusilla, who feels a dark obligation to her sire.

DADDY ISSUES forces both Angel and Faith to actively deal with their past sins. Faith’s father shackles her with a request that reminds her of her old murdering days in the most painful way possible. This, in turn, forces her to engage with the fact that there’s no dodging what she’s done--or is there? Drusilla insists she has a solution, and Angel and Faith’s wildly divergent reactions to her offer to "help" highlight the differences between them. Angel, once again, stands as rather a stick-in-the-mud about the whole idea of redemption. He’s rigid and inflexible. Faith, on the other hand, isn’t unwilling to entertain the possibility. The last volume showed us how determined she is to see Angel forgive himself. Now we witness her desperate need to do the same on her own account, and her inability to achieve this result by herself.

Faith’s struggle, and Angel’s reaction to his friend’s turmoil, provide this volume with its core; however, they’re far from the only factor in play. We also learn a fair bit more about Giles’s early life through his journals, and with the arrival of his great aunts. We see how he came to train as a Watcher, the sort of magic he grew up around, and the incident that led him to break from his family and become Ripper. This, in turn, leads into a few more tantalizing hints as to what’s going down with Angel’s presumably ill-advised quest to resurrect Giles. The stakes, it seems, are even higher than they originally appeared, especially since he’s succeeded in drawing Faith into his plan.

We also get the barest reminder of Nadira, Pearl, and Nash; just enough to show us that their story is far from done, and should return to the forefront in future volumes.

All in all, this is a solid, enjoyable installment. It’s a little quieter than the first volume, but it pushes the story forward in some intriguing ways and paves the way for future hellishness. It left me eager to see where Angel and Faith are headed next.

3.5 stars – really liked it

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