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Family Reunion, Part Four is the fourteenth issue of the Angel & Faith comic book series. Written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, it was originally published on September 27, 2012, by Dark Horse Comics.

Synopsis[]

In Quor'toth, Angel, Faith, and Connor realize that their problems are only increasing the longer they are in this unpredictable hell dimension. As Willow fervently tapped into the dimension's magic, she engaged a little too much darkness... Now, the crew has another danger to face: Dark Willow!

Summary[]

The dark energies of Quor'toth corrupt Willow into going dark again. She wants to leave the dimension as soon as possible, but that would leave the others vulnerable to attacks from the Old One. Angel instead urges her to stay, convincing her she can beat the darkness long enough. Willow engages Quor'toth in a magical duel, while Connor leads his followers through the portal to Earth. However, Willow attacks it too.

Willow bests Quor'toth by dropping a mountain on it and rants about what a fine ruler of the dimension she would be. Faith then hurls Angel at Willow; he grabs her and sinks his teeth into her. Willow faints, but the dark energies cause Angel to be unable to stop feeding and influence Faith into deciding to kill him. Connor tries to stop her, but Willow comes to and stops Angel from throwing himself at Faith's sword.

The situation calms down and everyone reverts to their normal self. Willow thanks Angel, but reminds him she can't forgive him for the Twilight crisis just yet. She opens a portal to the world without shrimp for the Connor worshipers to escape. Willow allows Angel to take the piece of Giles' soul from the Scythe and warns Faith about not letting Angel lose sight. She was cut off, however, when Quor'toth reawakens. They run, and Willow jumps through the portal to the world without shrimp, while the others use the portal to return to Los Angeles, surprising Gunn at their quickness.

As they tend their wounds at the Hyperion Hotel, Angel promises to call Connor more often. Angel reveals to Faith he is nearly done in his quest.

Meanwhile, in London, Nadira goes after a group of Slayers recuperating from an attack from Drusilla, with Marianne dead and Patsy in the hospital. Daphne also tells her they saw Angel at the scene with Faith by his side.

Continuity[]

  • Angel says he heard about Dark Willow but never saw her like this; she manifested in the episodes "Villains"–"Grave" and briefly in "Selfless" and "Get It Done."
  • Faith refers to her one-night stand with Xander in "The Zeppo," describing the event as something she only did when she was crazy. This could also be a reference to her near-rape of him when he tried to get her confess to killing someone in "Consequences."
  • Angel states that a vampire's bite can stimulate pleasure receptors, which is explored in the episode "Into the Woods" with the existence of vampire dens.
  • Willow sends the demons to the world without shrimp, a dimension mentioned several times in "Superstar" and "Triangle."
  • After giving Angel a piece of Giles' soul to him through the Scythe, Willow realizes she feels Giles in there, describing it now as "very legit" in comparison to her earlier skepticism. She will be proven right when Giles is resurrected in What You Want, Not What You Need, Part Two.
  • Willow's quest to restore magic by journeying through dimensions continues in Willow: Wonderland.
  • Drusilla's attack against Marianne and Patsy would be seen in the canceled miniseries Drusilla: Run and Catch.

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  • Marianne, killed by Drusilla (mentioned).

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  • The variant cover is inspired by the film poster for The Wizard of Oz (1939).
  • Faith throws Angel at Willow using the Fastball Special move seen in many superhero comics. It originated in X-Men and also appeared in Joss Whedon' run on the title.

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Quotes[]

Angel: "I need you to trust me. I know that's hard. After Twilight... after everything. But please, Willow. Can you trust me?"
Willow: "I... I... Yes. But I don't trust me."
Willow: "I'm calling the shots now. What was I afraid of? The power here runs deep. And hot. I can do anything. Quor'toth needs a new god. One with a little more vision... and 'talent. I like it here."
Willow: "Yeah, whatever. Good Willow knows, Bad Willow knows. Sometimes there's no good option. You did what you had to."
Angel: "That's what I've always—
Willow: "Stop. I know. The whole Twilight thing... I get it. You were doing what you thought was right. Necessary. It was still a disaster. You still should've known better. That doesn't just go away. You helped me a lot today, Angel. But it doesn't undo what happened. We're not going back to how it was before. Ever. But even if I can't forgive you... I can't hate you either."
Angel: "I wouldn't blame you if you did. But I'm glad you don't."
Gunn: Damn! My coffee's not even cold. Things either went right or... Horribly wrong it is!"
Faith: "Actually, Gunn? The way are lives have been going... that pretty much qualifies as five by five."
Angel: "If it didn't, I would have killed her. And I'd lost control, I knew you'd kill me. She knew that too. When she told you to be for me what I was for her..."
Faith: "Yeah, yeah. Everyone keeps reminding me. And I gotta say, I'm pretty damn sick of the responsibility. I'm not friggin' Spider-Man."

References[]

  1. "Angel & Faith #14." Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved on July 2, 2024.
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