Did you ever wonder what Milton’s Paradise Lost, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Children, and Monsters, Inc. would be like if it were set during a revolutionary war in Hell? No, you probably haven’t, because why on earth would you?! If, however, that mash-up sounds appealing, then you might think about checking out James Turner‘s Rebel Angels #1 from Slave Labor Graphics.
Rebel Angels #1 is a 70-page comic that is, as best I can put it, quite singular. Although it’s advertised as a Paradise Lost and Monsters, Inc. mash-up, it’s more of a vulgar and absurd story about hellions and their personal lives than it is anything inspired by Paradise Lost. The only Milton inspiration in the comic is the rare quotes, and the fact that it’s set in Hell…as far as I can tell, it could just as easily (and wrongly) be called an Inferno adaptation.
I didn’t particularly enjoy Rebel Angels, except for the art. Turner’s script is charmingly fun to read, but not really captivating; I wasn’t incredibly engaged in the story. As such, it would work well as a comic for youngins, if not for references to anilingus and violent beheading and the like, so it occupies an awkward position between readerships. At least in my opinion, though I know plenty of adults who appreciate TV shows like Adventure Time, and I do like DC’s animated shows, but I couldn’t really jive to the script.
Turner’s art, however, is fantastic, a beautiful and strange blend of cartoonish animation a la Craig McCracken (Foster’s Home, Powerpuff Girls) and an intense focus on architecture and background detail. Though I was not a huge fan of the story (in fact, I had a hard time being interested enough to follow the story), I would easily plaster a wall with the art from Rebel Angels #1.
James Turner’s Rebel Angels #1 is certainly a comic worth reading, if not to oogle at the art, and who knows, maybe you’ll be a fan of the story as well. It can’t hurt to pick up 70 pages of great, fun art for a solid price. It should be available soon on the SLG website, so check things out there if you’re interested.
Story and Art: James Turner
Story: 4 Art: 8 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read
Slave Labor Graphics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review