Angelic #6 Review

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Posted February 13, 2018 by Chad Waller in Comic Books

Written By: Simon Spurrier

Art By: Casper Wijngaard

Published By: Image

WeTheNerdy’s coverage of Angelic has been spotty, and for that I apologize. We tackled the first two books to middling results, and then stopped altogether, just before it started to truly shine. Because the thing is, I never stopped reading, and the further I got into the series, the more I really grew to like it.

This is a good book.

#6 is our climactic end, and what an ending it is. I’m not entirely sure what the norm is for kid’s properties, but I don’t think most dive into dark territory the way Angelic does. Friendship might be magic, but social bondage is not. Qora is put in a situation that truly feels dangerous, one with very real consequences to both her mental and physical well-being; kid’s book or not, most comics don’t hit that level. That this one is willing to go there says a lot about it and the messages it’s trying to portray.

Like Pullman’s Dark Materials, Angelic comes with a lot of to think about. The book tackles the relationship between leader and follower, politician and citizen, and deity and worshipper. The book asks its readers to honestly and truly think about the way they live and to question it. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you believe the things you believe?

It’s the kind of commentary I’d expect out of something like Mr. Miracle, not a world filled with candy-colored flying monkeys.

That all being said, there are some middling moments to the issue. We get a monologue from an evil badguy that knew more than he let on, and it goes on a bit too long. Thankfully Qora redeems it, and the final few pages with her, the cat, and the matinee are all fantastic.

On the art front, the book is gorgeous. It was when I reviewed the second issue, and it still is on the sixth. There are a few scenes that are a little confusing/busy, but nothing that’ll take you out of the experience. It’s just odd to have to slow down when reading a kid’s book. MLP:FiM doesn’t ask for much concentration from its reader. In a way though, that just shows the team’s willingness to not dumb down their subject matter or world for the sake its audience.

Angelic is a cute, smart, and poignant book. That “there might be something special here” vibe I was getting off of the second issue really blossomed into something nice. I’m glad I read it, and I hope other people gave it the chance it deserves. There really is a great story here.




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Final Score

8.0 /10

Pros

  • Gorgeous artwork
  • Thematically, the book is dealing with some heavy-hitting topics but handles them very well
  • Excellent ending

Cons

  • Badguy monologue goes on a bit long
  • A page or two that's harder to follow than I'd like



About the Author

Chad Waller

Chad Waller is the cofounder of Dual Wield Software, a two-man video game company that just published The Land of Glass on Steam. You should check it out! You can follow him on Twitter @DualWieldSoft and find his company page on Facebook with a quick search.