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Family Reunion, Part Two is the twelfth issue of the Angel & Faith comic book series. Written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, it was originally published on July 25, 2012, by Dark Horse Comics.

Synopsis[]

Using remnants of magic, Angel, Faith, Willow, and Connor have entered the hell dimension where no one should — or really, could — dare go: Quor'toth! Willow's quest to restore magic to Earth was her objective in attempting the impossible; Angel's objective was... something else. And Faith? She's along to make sure that everyone's feet stay on the ground, and out of anything they might regret.

Summary[]

After entering Quor'toth, Angel is shocked to see the environment Connor grew up in. Connor, however, reaffirms he did not blame Angel (or Holtz or Wesley for that matter). Willow discovers she can use magic again, but it works somewhat differently here, and she needs to attune to it. Angel gets angry, telling her that staying here was not the deal.

They are interrupted by two flying demons that attack them. Faith kills one, and Connor confronts the other. It recognizes Connor as the Destroyer and quickly flies away heralding his second coming. As they anticipate this would draw in more demons, the gang decides to hide. Willow puts a spell on the portal so nothing native of Quor'toth can escape, and they go to hide in a nearby forest.

They enter an abandoned hut, where they find a religious painting of Connor. Suddenly, a large demon crashes through the wall of the hut. Connor kills it with ease by ripping out its heart, stunning the others. Angel comments on how good Holtz must have taken care of Connor, but Connor says the fake memories Angel implanted made him realize how crazy it was to grow up in Quor'toth. Connor reveals he lost these memories since the end of magic; he remembers them vaguely, but the Reilly family does not remember him at all. Connor tells Angel he is okay with it, but Angel says Connor seems darker since coming to Quor'toth.

Willow confirms that Quor'toth brings out the darkest in people. They discuss the ramifications and their plan, but an attack of multiple flying demons interrupts them. These demons raise fire bombs at the group, but these suddenly explode in their hands. Another group of demons reveal themselves and kneel before Connor, calling him their master. Connor doesn't recognize them and asks for an explanation.

One of the demons tells of one of their ancestors who lived centuries ago, during Connor's time in Quor'toth. He followed Connor to his campsite to learn the source of his power, and he overheard Connor and Holtz speaking about love. Since then, a small group of demons has devoted itself to love, an emotion punishable by death, as well as mercy and compassion. They have been waiting for Connor's return.

The demon further reveals that many of his group were captured the day before and are about to be executed, but he believes Connor came to save them. Willow opens a portal to the world without shrimp, and Angel leads the group of Connor-worshipers through it to safety. Their leader asks about the prisoners. Connor decides to stay to help them, and so Willow, Angel, and Faith decide to stay as well.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Sophronia and Lavinia arrive at the Giles residence, finding the door open and the place trashed. They quarrel over who forgot to turn on the magical alarm, when Whistler, accompanied by Pearl and Nash, carrying bags of robbed items, tells them the alarm would not have stopped them anyway.

Continuity[]

  • Connor argues it was not Angel's or Wesley's fault he grew up in Quor'toth, referring to the time Wesley was manipulated into stealing him in "Loyalty"/"Sleep Tight."
  • Willow advises Angel to not wear his vampire face, being in a different dimension than usual. Angel listens to her, not wanting to go through the same thing he did in Pylea in "Through the Looking Glass."
  • Willow opens a portal to the world without shrimp, which was previously mentioned in "Superstar" and "Underneath."
  • Connor's loss of fake memories due to end of magic foreshadow everyone losing their own fabricated memories of Dawn (The Watcher).

Appearances[]

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Objects[]

  • Crystal dragon flame gland

Rituals and spells[]

Death count[]

  • Unidentified flying demon, shot with a crossbow by Faith.
  • Unidentified beetle demon, axed by Connor.
  • Unidentified grizzly demon, heart ripped out by Connor.
  • Several flying demons, blew up with bombs shattered by a Connor-worshiper demon.

Behind the scenes[]

Collections[]

Pop culture references[]

  • Faith describes Quor'toth as being the opposite of Xanadu.
  • Lavinia and Sophie mentions the British singer Morrisey and their failure to sleep with him.

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Preview[]

Quotes[]

Willow: "I know you guys have kinda been butting heads, but whatever else may've happened, we need to be able to trust each other in a fight. We learned that a long time ago, right?"
Faith: "Yeah. You're right. Good job. Five by five."
Angel: "He protected you. I have to give him that. He never left you."
Connor: "He left me all the time! In the Ash Desert or Bleeding Forest, to find my way back! The guy... look, he might've loved me in his own twisted way, but he was crazy! I never realized how insane it was growing up here, until I got to Earth. You gave me memories of a happy childhood so I wouldn't fall apart."
Holtz: "You did well today, son. I'm sorry you had to fight alone. I know it's hard. It will continue to be. But remember this, and draw strength from it. I love you. I will always love you."
Faith: "Look at you. Hipster Jesus."
Demon: "No, the feast of agony must take place at the new sun—"
Faith: "Look. I know you think we're like, all-powerful. But this group doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to playing God."

References[]

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