Review – Angelus #6


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Angelus #6 COVA_stampedWhen it comes to a lot of the mini-series going on at Top Cow right now, they’re goal is to lead up to their major event ArtifactsAngelus #6, plays right into it, setting us up for what will be some pretty important plot points down the road.  The series has been it’s best when it focuses on the relationship between it’s main characters Dani Baptiste and Finch and falls into a habit of fight by numbers when it doesn’t.  Unfortunately, this issue falls into the latter, but then again, it needs to.

The ARTIFACTS lead-in series concludes!
The final battle for the mantle of the Angelus reaches its climax as Dani Baptiste takes on a foe who knows her every weakness, inside and out. Will Dani have to sacrifice everything dear to her, even her humanity, to survive?

The issue is a giant fight scene, but that’s what I expected going into it.  There has to be a showdown with the bad guy, and Dani needs a chance to save her girl.  As a single issue, I can’t say this really stands out, but this is part of a mini-series, and it’s the conclusion to it.  So, is the conclusion satisfying?  The answer is yes.

If you’ve been following Angelus, you’ll definitely pick up the issue to see how this mini-series concludes.  For those who didn’t pick up the first five issues, wait and pick up the trade paperback.  This definitely doesn’t stand on it’s own, but it’s still a satisfying ending.

Plot:  Ron Marz has been up and down with this series.  When focused on the quiet moments and character, the series and writing is some of the best out there.  But, this is a series that calls for and has action.  The fight scenes has the characters chewing the scenery as expected, with over the top dialogue.  The fights are interesting, but nothing crazy, but it’s satisfying.  This is a six issue story, not six self-contained stories.  So, the question is, in the end was it entertaining, and the answer is yes.  Rating: 7.75

Art:  Stjepan Sejic‘s art is the draw for this issue.  We’ve been up and down on Sejic’s art.  With the focus on individuals there’s a painted feel that with it brings a lock of detail.  But, pull back and you have amazing and beautiful scenes.  With this issue, he’s left to shine and it’s this type of issue where it pays off and really stands out.  Rating: 8.75

Overall: As a single issue I’d say it’s a read, but all together the six issues make a very entertaining story.  If you get a chance pick all of them up as either single issues or as the eventual trade.  Below the action there’s a fantastic tale of two women discovering themselves and each other.  Something that’s rare in comic these days and worth the time reading.  Overall rating: 8

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $2.99     Release: Wednesday 11/10/2010

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