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The Hero of His Own Story is the fifteenth issue of the Angel & Faith comic book series. Written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Lee Garbett and David Lapham, it was originally published on October 31, 2012, by Dark Horse Comics.


One-time friends Angel and Whistler attempt to hash things out, each giving the other a final chance to either save himself or succumb to battle. Plus, a peek into the past of villainous siblings Pearl and Nash...

  • Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
  • Follows the events of Buffy Season 8!
  • Guest artist David Lapham (Stray Bullets).
  • Special standalone issue.[1]


Part One: Whistler[]

Angel enters a pizzeria to find Whistler waving at him from a booth. Angel grabs him by his lapels and demands him to take him to Pearl and Nash. Whistler snapped Angel's wrist and ordered him to sit down. Once they are sitting together, Whistler reminisces over the day he brought Angel to Buffy and set him up on his path to his destiny. Accusing Angel of throwing everything away, Whistles breaks the table and puts the other people in the restaurant in a trance.

Angel argues that their friends were in danger and Buffy needed his help. Whistler says they could bring their friends over to the new universe. Angel says that Buffy was right in not believing in it because, no matter what they did, there would've been far too many casualties. Whistler agrees and asks if Angel ever expected it to be easy. Angel says Whistler never told him so because Whistler knew he wouldn't do it otherwise. He accuses Whistles of assuming that, by the time everything went bad, Angel and Buffy would be too high on power and each other to notice it and make the right choice. Angel demands Whistler admit to using both him and Buffy since they met in an alley, up to the Twilight crisis, as a means to achieve evolution.

Whistler explains that destiny is when the universe is using you. His birth parents were a pureblood demon and an agent of the Powers That Be, which was unheard of, and the forces of good and evil worked together to kill them for threatening the status quo of the universe. When Whistler's parents died, the Powers adopted him and gave him precognitive powers with visions of possible futures. They raised him to help when he was needed and to maintain the natural balance in the world. Whistler operated privately and hard to keep the world from becoming too dark, but sometimes he had to do things the other way. He realized there was a way to keep the balance and still make things better after he found Buffy, Angel, and their possible destiny.

Whistler says he likes to think the universe got the idea to bring Buffy and Angel together from his parents, whose death wasn't for nothing. They could've birthed a new universe, where good and evil, magic and science, light and dark merged together, and the balance was maintained because everyone evolved into something higher. However, Angel and the whole planet lost their chance; the end of magic cut Whistler off from the Powers, ended his visions, destroyed the balance, and everything is terrible. Whistler had a huge part of himself torn away, and he empathizes with how the Earth must feel.

Whistler reveals he has received one last vision before his precognition cut out: a dead world, where grim, sick humans wander around a dark, dirty city. It'll be hell unless they act and work to change it. Whistler pulls out a glowing marble from his jacket, explaining to Angel the only magic left in the world is in magical items. He will distill magic throughout the world, and it will just be a part of nature, evolving like it's supposed to.

Angel inquires about the cost of it all, and Whistler admits that about two billion people might die but it's about the bigger picture: their world is already overpopulated, and the only other option is the dead world he saw. He doesn't want to work with Pearl and Nash and, instead, wishes Angel helped him save the world. Whistler admits his past visions were always possibilities and the future can be changed.

Angel admits he owes Whistler everything and does want to help, but not the way Whistler wants. He claims the end of magic caused Whistler's sanity to waver; that's how Angel wants to help. Angry, Whistler gets up to leave. Angel says he can't let Whistler go through with this, and Whistler punches a hole through Angel's stomach. Whistler readies to stake Angel but finds he can't do it because Angel was always his "favorite." Whistler tosses the stake to the floor and, before leaving, warns Angel not to make him do it.

Part Two: Pearl and Nash[]

Oklahoma, 1935. A naked woman with runes all over her skin waves a dead chicken over a pentagram, summoning a spindly orange demon, whom she asks to impregnate her.

Five years later. Pearl and Nash learn from their mother about their purpose in the world.

Thirty years later. Pearl and Nash get their brood of demon youngsters slaughtered. They hold their own when their mother shows up with a shotgun, and the last of the human warriors, Alasdair Coames, escapes through a portal. When it's just the three of them, Pearl and Nash cry while their mother complains about all the wasted good breeding. Pearl says she can't deal with it anymore, but her mother suggests breeding humans with strong magics rather than just demons so the offspring would blend. She adds that the twins can come up with something better and should take the pain as a reminder of why they fight.

Recently. The siblings talk to the masked Twilight, eagerly questioning him about the "evolution." He states the world is ending, and the most suitable candidates will enter a new world of light and darkness. They get especially excited when he mentions there will be blood.

Today. Pearl's and Nash's mother is on some unholy life support involving a giant spider and dead chicken IVs. Teary-eyed at her bedside, Pearl and Nash apologize for failing her. She chides them, saying they just need to get themselves together and keep trying. She says Twilight is to blame for everything and they are in good company with Whistler. As their mother's wishes, Pearl and Nash kill her with their optic blasts. Over the remains of the charred body, Nash comforts Pearl, and they smile with the reminder that they'll get their salvation and revenge.




Organizations and titles[]





Death count[]

  • Whistler's parents, killed by demons and the Powers That Be (in flashbacks).
  • Unidentified sheriff, eye-blasted by Pearl and Nash (in flashbacks).
  • Several of Pearl and Nash's children, killed by many humans (in flashbacks).
  • Unidentified human, head shot off with a rifle by Susan Finney (in flashbacks).
  • Susan Finney, blasted by Pearl and Nash.

Behind the scenes[]


  • The variant cover of this issue is inspired by the back-cover photo on the 1972 David Bowie's album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."


Pop culture references[]

  • Whistler describes Pearl and Nash as "the Donny and Marie from hell," a reference to the two most well-known members of The Osmonds, a Mormon family singing group.
  • Whistler says evolution is called Darwinism "'cause that dude was ugly," referring to the creator of the theory of evolution Charles Darwin.
  • Whistler claims to be on the Titanic.
  • Whistles compares spreading magic across the world to Johnny Appleseed.
  • Pearl and Nash's demon father thanks John Gutenberg for inventing the printing press.



Cover artwork[]


Whistler: "You created a new universe! It was yours! All you had to do was decide what it should look like, then you coulda brought all your friends over! You coulda saved the whole world!"
Angel: "I tried telling Buffy that. She wasn't buying it. Because it wasn't true, was it? The hell dimensions were invading Earth. No matter how fast we worked, there were going to be casualties.
Whistler: "Well, duh. You coulda kept'em low if you'd moved fast. But c'mon, you thought it was gonna be a cakewalk? Evolution's a bitch. That's why they call it Darwinism... 'cause that dude was ugly."
Angel: "I never thought it'd be painless. But you didn't tell me I'd make things worse. Because you knew I'd never go along with it. You figured by the time it got to that point, Buffy and I would be so drunk on power — and each other — that we wouldn't notice. Or be able to make the choice she made. Admit it. Everything you did... from the alley to Twilight... you were using me. Using us."
Whistler: "What the hell d'you think destiny is, kid? It's the universe using you."
Whistler: "And they told me to make sure the pendulum never swung too far either way to help where I was needed. Not personally. That wasn't my style. I operated behind the scenes. Found promising candidates. If the dark ages got too gloomy, I let in some light. Sometimes I hadda go the other way, too. Not often. People have a way of screwin' up things on their own. But I couldn't get sentimental about it. Balance. That was what counted. Even if it meant sometimes doing things that left a sick feeling in my gut. I know about making hard choices, kiddo. And I always chose the greater good."
Angel: "Whistler... you're right. I owe you everything. You gave me a purpose. A chance at redemption. You gave me her. I owe you more than I could ever repay. Of course I want to help you. But you have to let me. The end of magic... It did something to you. Affected your mind. It had to, the balance being thrown off like that. I'll fix it. I'll find a way. Get your head thinking clearly again. Just say you'll let me help you."
Susan: "Now take a good last look. Draw the pain into your hearts. Let it live there every day, festering and burning. As a reminder of what we're fightin' for. And an inspiration to do better next time."
Nash: "Sssh. We're going to do it. For her."
Pearl: "Angel was right too. There most certainly will be blood. Salvation and revenge. I scarcely know which I look forward to more."