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Comic Issue
"Death and Consequences, Part One"
Af16a
Publication date November 28, 2012
Pages 32
Series
Angel & Faith #16
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"The Hero of His Own Story"
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"Death and Consequences, Part Two"
Creative Team
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s) Christos Gage
Penciller(s) Rebekah Isaacs
Editor(s) Scott Allie
Sierra Hahn
Cover artist(s) Steve Morris
Variant Cover
Rebekah Isaacs
Dan Jackson
Inker(s) Rebekah Isaacs
Colorist(s) Dan Jackson
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings & ComiCraft's Jimmy Betancourt
Af16b

"Death and Consequences, Part One" is the sixteenth issue of the Angel & Faith Season Nine comic book series. Joss Whedon is the Executive Producer.

Synopsis (spoilers)

Angel and Faith were in Peru battling a demon with regenerative powers in some cave lair to retrieve the Crown of Coils. After clearing the lair, Angel explained that the artifact had allowed the demon to regenerate, which is why Angel needed it. Outside the lair were the bodies of drug cartel members. Angel tested the crown on one of them and it still worked. Angel then told Faith the next steps of his plan, namely to have Alasdair Coames study the crown, while they dug up Giles' remains.

On the plane home, Faith thought back to a discussion she had had with Giles about her hostility to people she did not know, but also her extreme loyalty to people close to her. He also warned her that some slayers who went over the edge, would be to far gone for either of them to save.

Upon returning to London, they indeed dug up his coffin, but to their surprise it was empty. Later at the Giles' residence they talked over the situation with Lavinia and Sophie. Angel told them that the grave had been untouched, so the body had been stolen, before the coffin was burried.

Suddenly, the doorbell rang; it was Nadira, Daphne, and the other slayers. Through the door they yelled at Faith to open the door, because they knew Angel was in there with her. Faith opened the door, and after being accused of lying, she explained that Angel had been under the influence of Twilight and was not to blame. But Nadira told them now was not the time to discuss it, instead they brought Marianne, the slayers that Drusilla had killed right after Angel had let her escape. Angel defended himself saying that Drusilla's followers had attacked them and that they lost the trace. Nadira continued to rant that it was all so convenient that he had stopped many powerful beings but kept failing to kill a single vampire, who he just so happened to have sired.

Another slayer reminded everyone why they were there, because of Marianne. Faith explained that she was the kindest girl, who was always there for her fellow slayers. Nadira told everyone that Angel had to bring her back. She revealed the girls knew about their plan for Giles, but that they wanted Angel and Faith to use the resurrection power on Marianne instead. Angel explained that it was only possible because of Giles' connection to magic. Nadira attacked him and threatened that he had better find a way to make it work or that they would come for him. Then Daphne got a text message about an alternative plan they had and the girls left, but not before severing all ties with Faith.

Later the girls arrived at a mansion in Guildford. Two security guards at the door let them in. They were lead into the living room, where they got to speak to their contact, who offered them tea. Nadira cut right to the chase, saying she wanted to know about resurrection. The man had some experience in that area, because it was Giles.

Continuity

The story was set after "The Hero of His Own Story", but before "Spike and Faith".

  • Faith doubted the Crown of Coils would work, comparing it to when the Mohra Blood had been revealed to backfire because of the end of magic in "Live Through This, Part Four"
  • In the flashback, Faith mentioned to Giles the start of their partnership and how she had been the one who decided to "council" slayers in "No Future for You, Part Four"
  • When Nadira accused Angel of murdering hundreds of slayers when he was Twilight, Faith disagreed and said he was under of the influence of the real Twilight when he did that. However, this somewhat contradicted Angel's statement that he was in control in certain intervals in "Live Through This, Part One".
  • Angel referenced his fight with Drusilla alongside Faith in "Daddy Issues, Part Four" as well as her escape when confronted over Marianne's death. 

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Pop Culture References

  • Faith called the Crown of Coils a McGuffin, which is the name for a literary technique used in the story.
  • Giles likened Faith's youthful spirit to James Dean, a famous actor recognized as an icon of teenage rebellion and disillusionment. 
  • Faith likened Giles' psychoanalysis to Dr. Drew, known for his habits of getting people to talk about their personal problems and get them through it. 

Quotes

Giles - "Given the state of the world, I still believe it is crucial these girls recieve guidance. But you've seen firsthand those who can't be helped. As one whose worked with slayers for ... well, the exact amount of time isn't revelant ... I promise you there will be more. Those who are so damaged they can only drag anyone who seeks to aid them into their morass of pain and destruction. Faith, I would never forgive myself if I allowed that to happen to you."
Nadira - "You made it my business. You lied to me about knowing where he is. Then the two of you fought back to back, in a burning church in front of dozens of witnesses. He murdered an entire unit of slayers last year. My sisters."
Faith - "He was under the influence of Twilight. Which I know you think was him, but it was, like, this cosmic force of--- Jesus, even I don't understand it."
Nadira - "You kill demons and monsters and elder gods like you're swatting bloody flies, but one vampire keeps getting away from you. One vampire you "sired," isn't that what you leeches call it? One vampire you shagged. One vampire you spent a hundred years slaughtering people with. Now another girl's dead. One more body on the pile. And here you are, full of excuses, reasons why it's not your damn fault-- "
Angel - "I'm pretty sure it doesn't work that way. Death is a natural process. I don't know the specifics, but souls still go where they belong when someone dies. It's not magic. I don't know exactly how it works, to be honest. But it's part of the life cycle. That doesn't get interrupted just because the seed's gone."
Nadira - " (aims her stake at him) Ifs and maybes. How do you know? You're not some wizard. You're not even a watcher. You're just saying what you want to be true, you selfish bastard! Well, since you only give a toss about yourself, consider this. If you can't bring her back ... or won't ... this only goes one way."
Nadira - "Faith. We trusted you. And you lied to us. You looked into my face and you lied. For him. You made your choice. Now live with it. We want nothing more to do with you."

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