Review: Angela: Queen of Hel #1

Angela_Queen_of_Hel_1_CoverHel hath a new fury. Stolen from Asgard, exiled from Heven, and robbed of Sera, her greatest companion – Angela plunges into the depths of blackest Hel to save her friend…and once there, the lost princess of Asgard will carve out a realm of her very own. All hail Angela, The New Queen of Hel!

Angela has been an interesting character that for me hasn’t quite carved out her own niche since she joined the Marvel universe. In space with the Guardians of the Galaxy, or learning of her Asgardian heritage she was an interesting character, but never one that really jumped out to me (though her own series has special in its own way for the diversity within).

With Marvel‘s relaunch, Angela seems to be finally getting the special something courtesy of writer Marguerite Bennett, who is taking Angela on a journey to Hel. Angela: Queen of Hel #1 takes us through important moments of Angela’s life playing catch-up for the complicated character. For those who might have not been keeping up, in an interesting narrative Bennett catches you up in what you need to know, but she also does something impressive for previous followers of the character as well, she teases a new status-quo we’re building to. “Then,” “Now,” “Eight Months Ago,” time is thrown around to help us out as to who Angela the character is, and why Sera matters, but it’s that “Now” that’s most interesting to me, and has me wanting to come back. That “Queen of Hel” aspect is a new niche for the character, and a new concept for a series from Marvel, and it has me interested in seeing where things go.

Bennett does a great job of mixing something for the new and old readers, and also allowing us to spiral out of control and dive into Hel with Angela. As she makes her way through the depths, I feel the narrative conveys that quite well, as if things are out of control for her.

Bennett is helped to convey that with the help of Kim Jacinto and Stephanie Hans who handle art for the main story and substory. Their styles compliment each other while also delineating what’s happening. It also helps it’s just beautiful to look at, some of my favorite so far of the All-New, All-Different Marvel. Israel Silva provides the colors, and the combination of it all has a bit of a Liefeld feel to it all (and I do mean that as a compliment. I admit, I enjoy his style at times). There’s an almost 90s Image vibe to it for me. I know that’ll make some wince, but I enjoy the vibe. It feels appropriate for an epic over the top action swords and sorcery type of story, which I think this falls under.

I was intrigued by the concept when this series was launched, and the first issue has me beyond interested now. The combination of writing and art is entertaining and has a very “Marvel” feel about it all. It also gives us something new, which as a reader I appreciate and enjoy. So far, it’s one of my favorite debuts of All-New, All-Different, and feels like it’s actually worthy of that moniker.

Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Stephanie Hans, Kim Jacinto
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review