Review: Fallen Angels #1
Kwannon is once again Psylocke and though the title is plural, Fallen Angels #1 feels like her solo series. Much of this debut issue revolves around the character. She’s struggling to find her place not just upon Krakoa but mutant kind and the world as a whole.
Written by Bryan Edward Hill the issue succeeds mainly on its themes that are weaved throughout. Hill plays off of some of the concepts and ideas writer Jonathan Hickman began in the X-Men reboots House of X and Powers of X.
With the introduction of a mysterious villain Apoth, we’re delivered the concept of new gods of mankind and biology vs. technology. Both of these weaved through Hickman’s restart of the line and the series stands out for running with them.
Each “Dawn of X” series has filled a niche and this one drops in a more philosophical side of the X Universe. It also attempts to fill in gaps for Psylocke and character who has failed to really find much depth since her reintroduction earlier this year.
Szymon Kudranski provides the art for Fallen Angels #1. He’s joined by Frank D’Armata and letterer Joe Sabino. The art style mixes in Eastern iconography befitting the character. The themes of biology vs. technology are extended in layout. Panels are presented with energy flickering or branches reaching out. It’s the small details like that of a planet that makes the art stand out. Along with a slight manga influence in pencils and color, it’s an art style and look that matches the series well.
Fallen Angels #1 is an interesting start. The series fills a space not covered by other X-Men series. It also begins to add depth to the character of Psylocke. There’s lots of potential there and the set up makes me want to check out what comes down the road.
Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Szymon Kudranski
Color: Frank D’Armata Letterer: Joe Sabino Design: Tom Muller
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
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