#3 - Surrogates Chapter 3
Written by Christopher Golden - Pencilled by Christian Zanier - First released on January 12, 2000
Creature Feature -
Cool Quotes -
The Morgue -
Points Of View
The Short: Angel, with the help of Cordelia and the demonic Doyle, is
hot on the trail of the woman who had him thrown down a well and left for
dead. She's also responsible for a series of murders and kidnapings. But
Angel may find out that catching up with her is the last thing he wants to
do. Straight from the hit series, follow Angel's exploits as he turns L.A.
The Long: The story opens with Angel facing off with Doctor Lavinia
Feehan in a room filled with small monsters with glowing red eyes. Angel
says he knows the babies of Rita Carlson and the others weren't stillborn
and wants to know what happened to them. Lavinia says the children weren't
theirs, they were hers, and they are right in front of Angel. She leaves
him to the mercies of her children. Angel draws a sword and fights the
monstrous children. In an alley Cordelia and Doyle are surrounded by four
mind controlled men. Cordelia has a taser and Doyle has a camera. Hoping to snap
the men out of it Doyle flashes
they with the camera, Cordelia shocks one with the taser, Doyle hits another
with his camera. Cordelia shocks another. Doyle flashes them again then
the men seem to wake up from a daze, not remembering where they were.
A smug Doyle tries to comfort Cordelia who threatens to shock him
with the taser. They send the men home, but Cordelia says ''We'll
bill you.'' annoying Doyle. They go to find Angel, who they find
dripping with blood in the middle of a pile of dead monsters.
The next day at Angel Investigations Doyle tells Cordelia they are called
Lamia, who are not actually demons, just an ancient race that are very
rare. Angel walks in and figures Doctor Feehan is using human women
as incubators to create new Lamia. As Cordelia leaves, unsettled by the
whole idea, Angel asks how Doyle knows of them. Doyle says he had a
''thing'' with one once, and how they have certain urges.
Angel says that some species shouldn't reproduce, he's one of them
and Lamia's are another.
At Hammerlin Entertainment, the president, Rachel Hammerlin talks on the
phone. Her missing husband walks in (he was one of the mind controlled
men who attacked Cordelia and Doyle), clothes all torn up. They hug and
leave together. The husband tells Rachel how he started digging into
the past of Doctor Feehan. In the parking structure Angel approaches
Rachel and her husband and tells them he know their lawyers are suing
Doctor Feehan. He says if they find her to contact him, she agrees.
At police headquarters the phone rings and Detective Kate Lockley
answers. Angel gives her the tip that in the murder case of Rita
Carlson she should look into Lavinia Feehan and the Fertile Ground clinic.
Back at Angel Investigations Cordelia and Doyle return from looking into the employees
of the Fertile Ground clinic. They say the employees were entranced
just like the men who attacked them. Doyle tells
Angel to talk to a snitch named Fegley at a place called The Hole In The
Wall. At the bar Angel approaches Fegley, who
is not intimidated by Angel, and shows off a demon face to scare him.
Angel is unimpressed and when Fegley realizes this is ''Angelus''
he's dealing with promises he'll tell him anything he finds out.
Angel gets back to Angel Investigations with nothing to show for his efforts to find a note
from Cordelia saying she went to get a manicure and finds Doctor Feehan
standing there. She says she is going to make him pay for killing her
children. Angel draws his sword and vamps out, then Feehan changes into
monster form, that of a huge Lamia Queen and attacks him. They fight,
trashing the office. Angel says Lamia may be dying out, but they live
off human flesh, and therefore they can't be allowed to live. The fight
makes it's way into the ally behind the building then into
the air, where Angel stabs Feehan in the heart and they fall to the
ground. A homeless guy witnesses the fight. Angel throws the body into a
sewer hole then throws gasoline on it and a match.
Back at Angel Investigations Cordelia is cleaning up the paperwork that was thrown
about in the fight as Doyle makes arrangements for carpenters to repair
the damage. Doyle goes to the roof where Angel talks about how there
are other Lamia out there, and that they will now try even harder to
reproduce. The story ends with a scene of the charred corpse of the
Lamia in the sewer being eaten by a rat.
Doctor Lavinia Feehan and her children are members of an ancient race
called Lamia. Their form is large and muscular with brown or grey skin and glowing
red eyes and a set of functional wings. They have clawed fingers, razor
sharp teeth and a long forked tongue. Lamia live
off human flesh. Feehan also seems able to entrance humans with her gaze and
is able to cast a spell that makes her appear human.
Fegley is a demon, possibly a half demon like Doyle, with a human and
demon form. The demon form has glowing red eyes and a small group of
vestigial horns on his forehead.
- Cordelia: ''You're like Ireland's answer to Barney
Barney Fife bumbling lawman played by Don Knotts in the 1960
television series The Andy Griffith Show.
- Fegley: ''...oh...right... Angelus. Killed more Europeans
then the plague.''
The Great Plague of London was an epidemic of plague that ravaged London,
Eng., from late 1664 to early 1666, killing perhaps more than 75,000 of a
total population estimated at 460,000.
- As it was set up in issue #1 this story
is set some time in season 1. The fact that they have
business cards already means that it happens after Lonely Hearts, where Cordelia had the cards made
up. The fact that Doyle is alive means it must happen before Hero. If I had
to guess I'd say it was probably right after Lonely Hearts, since the whole team seem rather
new to their job.
- New name for Doyle: Ireland's answer to Barney Fife (by Cordelia).
- At least 20 Lamia young: At the Fertile Ground building, stabbed with a sword by Angel.
- Doctor Lavinia Feehan: Behind Angel Investigations, stabbed with a sword by Angel.
Angel - Cordelia Chase - Allan Francis Doyle
Detective Kate Lockley
Doctor Lavinia Feehan -
Michael Hammerlin -
Rachel Hammerlin -
Points Of View
Not a bad little story, but a little simple. I guess that's what
you get from comic book adaptions of television shows. I liked
the Lamia, they were an interesting monster. I wish they could have
gone more into Doyle's history with them. The appearance of Kate was
a little too contrived, and she really had nothing to do with the plot.
Just a way to get a television character in the comic book. One annoying
fact was the lack of consistincy between the cover art and interior. The
Lamia look completely different inside then they do outside.
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