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Review – Angelus #5

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Angelus #5 Cover AAt Baltimore Comic Con Ron Marz, the writer of Angelus #5, asked if I read it yet.  Now I know why.  All I can say is holy shit.  This issue is character development wrapped around action.  A perfect example of how the two can be blended and what can be done when you’ve got a writer who understands the two don’t have to be separate from each other.

Just as Dani and Finch’s relationship reaches a turning point, Dani must embrace the role of the Angelus once again, finally facing down an enemy who has lurked in the shadows and plotted her doom. Forced to make a choice between her humanity and her life as the Angelus, what will Dani choose?

First you have the relationship between Dani and Finch and the shocking ending of last issue with Dani’s father walking in on the two of them.  That’s resolved and in a fairly realistic way with realistic reactions.

Next you have the focus back on Dani and Finch in some scenes that Marz mentioned involved a lot of discussion about.  I’ll just say they were very hot and pushed the envelope in just the right way without going over the top.  But I’d say it definitely falls into the mature side of things.

Finally, you have Dani having to choose between being Angelus and saving Finch.  It works really well and everything in the issue builds up to this so that you care about this point.  Things are going well and by the time you get to the end, you don’t want anything bad to happen to the two.  Marz pulls it off really well.  Stjepan Sejic‘s art also really adds to it all and this is the first time I think the story was enhanced by it.

The entire issue is top notch and pays off really nicely from the previous issues.  It’s a definite buy.

Plot: Marz is a master at mixing real character development and action.  Usually one is there for the other and rarely do the two sit separate.  The great thing about this series is the focus on the characters and their relationships.  It’s just fantastic work and this issue shows it off perfectly.  Rating: 9

Art: I know I haven’t always been a fan of Sejic’s art, but this is an issue where it works perfectly.  The painted style works really well and the lack of the small details don’t bother me at all here, in fact the painted style enhances some scenes.  A great example of the art just clicking with the story.  Rating: 9

Overall: Top Cow really is about quality and this issue is a perfect example of it.  It’s an example of writer and artists clicking and firing on the same cylinders.  Just a great read and one we recommend for long time fans and new ones can hop in right away too and enjoy it.  Overall rating: 9

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $2.99    Release Date: 9/1/2010

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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