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Comic Issue
"Family Reunion, Part Two"
AF12A
Publication date July 25, 2012
Pages 32
Series
Angel & Faith #12
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"Family Reunion, Part One"
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"Family Reunion, Part Three"
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
Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson
Inker(s) Rebecca Isaacs
Colorist(s) Dan Jackson
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt
AF12B

"Family Reunion, Part Two" was the twelfth issue of the Angel & Faith comic book series.

Synopsis

After entering Quor'toth, Angel was shocked to see the environment Connor grew up in. Connor however, reaffirmed that he did not blame Angel (or Holtz or Wesley for that matter). Willow discovered that she could use magic again, but that magic worked somewhat differently there and she needed to attune to this. Angel got angry telling her that staying there wasn't the deal. They were interrupted by two flying demons that attacked. Faith killed one and Connor confronted the other. It recognised Connor as the Destroyer and quickly flew away heralding his second coming. As they anticipated this would draw in more demons, the gang decided to hide. Willow put a spell on the portal so that nothing native of Quor'toth could escape and they went to hide in a nearby forest.

In the forest they found an abandoned hut. Inside was a religous painting of Connor, that depicted him as a devil to Quor'toth. Suddenly, a monstrous demon crashes through the wall of the hut. With ease Connor kills it by ripping out its heart, much to the amazement of the others. Angel lamented how good Holtz must have taken care of Connor, but Connor rebuted this saying that the fake memories Angel implanted made him realize how crazy it was to have grown-up in Quor'toth. Finally, he reveals that since the end of magic, he had lost these memories. Although, he remembered them vaguely, the Reilly family did not remember him at all. Connor told Angel that he was okay with it, but Angel said that since coming to Quor'toth, Connor seemed darker.

Willow then confirmed that Quor'toth brings out the darkest in people. They discussed the ramifications and their plan, but were interrupted by an attack of multiple flying demons. These demons raised fireballs at the group, but these suddenly exploded while still being held. Willow indicated that she didn't do it. The group then saw another group of demons, who kneeled before Connor and called him their master. Connor didn't know them and asked for an explanation. One of the demons told of one of their ancestors who lived in the time of Connor. He once followed Connor to his campsite to learn the source of Connor's power. There he had overheard Connor and Holtz speaking about love. Since then a small group of demons had devoted itself to love, an emotion punishable by death, as well as mercy and compassion. They had been waiting for Connor's return.

The demon further revealed that many of his group had been captured the day before and were about to be executed, but that he believed Connor had come to save them. Just at that moment, Willow opened a portal to her place of destination, World Without Shrimp. Angel lead the group of Connor worshippers through this portal to safety, but their leader asked about the prisoners. Willow, Angel, and Faith all wanted to leave, but Connor decided to stay to help them and so Willow, Angel, and Faith decided to stay as well.

Meanwhile on Earth, Sophronia and Lavinia arrived back in London to find the door to the apartment open and the place trashed. They quarreled over who forgot to turn on the magical alarm, when Whistler, accompanied by Pearl and Nash interrupted them that the alarm would not have stopped them anyway. They seemed to have taken all the magical items in the apartment.

Continuity

  • This marked the first time the dimension of Quor'toth was seen. All of the previous times was it just its portal.
  • Willow advised Angel to not wear his vampire face, being in a different dimension then usual. Angel listened to her, not wanting to go through the same thing he did in Pylea in "Through the Looking Glass".
  • Willow opened a portal to the World Without Shrimp, which was mentioned several times in "Superstar" and "Underneath". However, this is the first time it was ever actually seen.
  • Connor's loss of fake memories due to end of magic foreshadow everyone losing their own fabricated memories of Buffy's sister Dawn (Originally The Key) in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine.

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Weapons and Objects

Death Count

  • Unidentified flying demon, shot multiple times with a crossbow by Faith.
  • Unidentified beetle demon, axed by Connor.
  • Unidentified demon, heart ripped out by Connor.
  •  Several unidentified flying demons, accidentally blew themselves up with fire bombs.

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Pop Culture References

  • Faith characterized Quor'toth as being quite the opposite of Xanadu.
  • Lavinia and Sophie again brought up the British singer Morrisey, and their failure to sleep with him.

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."
Dog 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."
Sophronia - "I want you to know, Lavinia, I'm unbearably cross at you. I've wanted to shag Morrisey for thirty bloody years, and when I finally get my chance, you have to ruin it."
Lavinia - "Of course I did. 'Out of my way, you vapid slag' is a clear invitation to coital congress."

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