One of the most anticipated comics for me in early 2021 is Snow Angels #1. Announced in October 2020, the comiXology Original comic features Jeff Lemire and Jock, two creators whose work I regularly enjoy. A 10-part digital comic series, the debut issue introduces us to a brutal wintery and frozen world.
In the debut issue, we’re introduced to Milliken, Mae, as well as their father. The trio are members of The Trenchfolk, a settlement of people that live in The Trench? What is that exactly? While we’re not quite sure, it’s presented as an endless trench carved into a wintery world. The Trench is endless but it also provides and those living within it must never leave. Outside it lives The Colden Ones, their frozen gods. But within lives a danger in The Snowman, the Trench’s deadly defender.
Snow Angels #1 is an interesting debut that teases much of the world and keeps things very focused. We take the world for what it’s presented as by Milliken, Mae, and their father. There could be a sprawling civilization just outside the Trench but we’d never know. They believe nothing lies beyond it and accept this as fact. So, we the reader does as well. The comic presents itself as one of belief and faith and we the readers are sucked into this narrative religion as we must believe the truth presented by our trio of lead character.
Lemire’s opening introduction to the world is cold and barren. We’re isolated and focused on the trio and the tight focus delivers an emptiness to what’s presented. It’s a bleak existence and you can feel the freezing land through the digital screen.
That’s helped by the work of Jock whose art builds the world. The settings are limited but intriguing. The art and design really build the mystery of the world with small details that beg the reader to explore. There’s only so much you can do with a snowy world, but Jock finds an opportunity to add details to add a lot of character to the snowy surroundings. The lettering by Steve Wands helps build the atmosphere as well. There’s something about the dialogue that feels minimal, a constricted style that befits the tightness one feels enmeshed in snow and surrounded by cold.
Snow Angels #1 is an intriguing debut. We both do and don’t know a lot about this world. We’re presented the “rules” of it all but teased there’s so much more. Then, you get to the end and get a feeling the series is going in a whole other direction. With this creative team, it’s not surprising the debut is so good. It’s a mystery that sucks you in to its wintery nightmare.
Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy
comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review