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"Angel #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios

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Written by Bryan Edward Hill
Illustrated by Gleb Melnikov
Colored by Gleb Melnikov and Gabriel Cassata
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 26th, 2019


Angel has arrived in Sunnydale and death has followed. A close friend has been killed in a mysterious house fire thanks to a mysterious new monster wreaking havoc among high schoolers. He already had enough on his plate, but this is definitely going to complicate matters.

The basis for this demon is super creepy. It reaches out to vulnerable teenagers through social media. In a world where everyone is obsessed with how many likes each post gets, someone that is paying you all sorts of compliments gets a lot of attention. It's chilling to see how this monster plays on kids' naiveté and lulling them into a false sense of security.

Of course, to the teenagers, this seems great on the surface. We know more as the reader, so we're pleading for this poor girl to put the phone down. Artist Gleb Melnikov delivers a fantastic sequence in Angel #2, contrasting this creature with the innocent teen. Although they're talking through text message, it looks like they're having a conversation in real life as the panels alternate between the two.

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Melnikov and colorist Gabriel Cassata create a great juxtaposition between the brightness of the normal world, in this case lit by the cellphone screen, and the shadows where our monster lurks. This really drives home the danger this girl is in and how unsuspecting she is.

Letterer Ed Dukeshire weaves us through this conversation with green and blue text boxes, signifying the text messages sent back and forth. I like how the monster's words are often shown as dialogue while the girl's are shown as a message. It would have been a little weird if this supernatural being was texting, so this not only saves us from the vision of a big hairy beast typing away on a small screen, but it adds to the mystical nature of this interaction, like he has power over technology.

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The monster's end goal is carnage. Think a modern day version of The Ring and you'd be on the right track. Instead of watching a VHS tape, you get a tainted text message and lose any and all control, thrown into a spiral of violence that will ultimately end in your death and probably a few other bodies for good measure.

Angel #2 also introduces fan-favorite character Fred Burkle to the comics. Her connection to all this is still a bit of a mystery, but it's clear she's involved somehow. She's shown as a victim at first, however there's a lot more going on in her mind, so I'm eager to see how she aids in the tracking and defeat of this beast.

There's still a fair amount of brooding in Angel, of course. That's a key part of the character after all. It's balanced out by this unsettling story and an increasing cast of supporting characters. Writer Bryan Edward Hill is crafting not just a great Angel story, but a great supernatural story. Anyone can pick this book up and dig right in...or I guess I could go for the pun and say they can sink their teeth in. In any case, this is super accessible and entertaining. It's a solid vampire detective book.


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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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