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Review: Snow Angels Season Two #3

Snow Angels Season Two #3

Snow Angels second season is here! The trudge through the snow into the unknown has been filled with tension up to this point and the series has pivoted in some ways to being a straight up sci-fi horror. Milli and Mae have stumbled upon a whole new world as they’re still being pursued by the Snowman. What it wants is unknown but the body count it leaves in its wake has been impressive. Snow Angels Season Two #3 ups the tension as the Snowman has come across the mysterious village and it seems nothing can stop it.

What’s impressive about Snow Angels Season Two #3 is Jeff Lemire‘s ability to keep the story simple but tense. The issue is a quick read but it’s full of tension and emotion. Lemire’s story is a horror story. The Snowman is a serial killer stalking its victims much like Jason or Michael Meyers. The setting though is a strange snow covered, cold world.

What Lemire also does so well is show, not tell. There’s so many details packed into the issue as Mae and Milli attempt to flee. There’s pages you’ll linger on attempting to figure out their discoveries. We’re delivered the wonder as they stumble upon it. And what’s teased is world changing in so many ways.

Lemire is helped by the art of Jock whose style works so well with the comic and story. Space is given to let the world and its surroundings to play out. It’s very much like the “astronaut” tease in Alien that has viewers guessing as to what they’ve witnessed. With lettering by Steve Wands all of that plays in the background as the focus is on the terror of everyone being hunted. There’s such emotional, and fear, that plays out and by the end, you’re fearful for Mae and Milli’s fate.

Snow Angels Season Two #3 is another fantastic issue. It really plays to the strengths of comic books using the visuals to tell so much of the story. But brilliantly, so much of that is in the background for readers to spot. It’s acknowledge only briefly, the focus is in the fear and the hunt. With issues to go, this is a series that keeps you guessing as to where it’s going.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Snow Angels Season Two #1

Snow Angels Season Two #1

Snow Angels Season Two #1 kicks off the second season of Snow Angels begins here. It starts the final six issues of the series. Milli and Mae have now left the trench for an unknown frozen world. They have no idea what may be ahead of them and must deal with blistering cold and snow on their journey into the unknown.

Written by Jeff Lemire, the issue seems to embrace the white void and unknown. Without missing a beat, the girls have entered a new world for them. They have no idea what’s ahead for them and what hides in the snow that surrounds them. It’s a fight for survival that reminds us over and over what odds the girls are up against. The issue also brilliantly teases that the world is so much more than what we’ve seen so far.

Lemire doesn’t forget the threats he’s already set up. The issue circles back on the mysterious Snowman. Its world is opened up delivering shocking hints at the being’s origin. It also shows that the Trench we’ve seen is a sliver of something so much more. It’s a tease as to where the second part of this series is going and the revelations to come.

The art continues to be amazing. Jock handles the art with Steve Wands lettering. The duo use every part of the page to emphasize the vast whiteness that envelops the girls on their journey. With the use of blues, grays, black, and white, Jock delivers a snowy world that feels deadly and sad in so many ways. Wands’ lettering is solid as he moves from dialogue to narration and the lettering too feels like it emphasizes the coldness of it all.

Snow Angels Season Two #1 is an issue full of surprises. It plays with its concepts of expanding the world by limiting what the girls, and we, can see. But, it also greatly builds things out with the revelations about the Snowman and what the girls discover in their journey. It’s an issue that sets the series on its next adventure and shows us there’s a massive world beyond the Trench.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Snow Angels Season Two #1

Snow Angels Season Two #1

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
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Season Two begins! The final 6 issues of the 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other starts here!

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Snow Angels Season Two #1

Review: Snow Angels #4

Snow Angels #4

Snow Angels #4 wraps up the first volume of the series and it ends with an emotional punch. Mae Mae and Millie struggle to survive a to-the-death battle with The Snowman! It’s a punch of a comic that brings tension and heartbreak and sets up what’s more to come.

Up until the end of last issue, we believed the world was a snowy tunnel that went on forever. There were rules that weren’t to be broken but clearly were. With this issue, so much of that comes shattering down as one chapter closes and a whole new adventure begins.

It’s interesting to read what writer Jeff Lemire has set up in the first four issues. Taken together, they feel like a prologue in so many ways. They’re the initial introduction to the world and characters before the real adventure begins. And Snow Angels #4 does that kick-off in an excellent way.

Lemire delivers a mix of action, suspense, reveals, and emotion in the issue that feels like a perfect final chapter for this volume of the series. The issue is touching and leaves readers in a way both fearful and excited for what’s to come and what we have yet to discover and explore.

Jock continues to impress with the art. Along with lettering by Steve Wands, the art delivers the punch to Lemire’s story. Snow Angels #4 continues the bleak frozen world full of whites, blues, and grays but its action is punctuated by reds. Blood flows on the backdrop of the frozen world delivering a focus on the brutality of what’s happening.

Snow Angels #4 continues the slow build of the series but by the end, the issue feels like the real beginning. Everything up to this point is prologue and now, much like Mae Mae and Millie, we’re left to a story of discovery attempting to leave behind the terror stalking the previous pages.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Snow Angels #4

Snow Angels #4

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
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Two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation — Writer JEFF LEMIRE and Artist JOCK — together for the first time in SNOW ANGELS — a 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other!

In the sense-shattering conclusion of “Season One”, Mae Mae and Millie struggle to survive a to-the-death battle with The Snowman!

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Snow Angels #4

Review: Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels has been an amazing series. It has delivered tension, mystery, and a world that feels both hopeful and bleak. Set in a snow-covered trench, the story follows a father and his two daughters as they attempt to survive a massacre in their town by the mysterious Snowman. Snow Angels #3 delivers a confrontation with the Snowman as we discover more about the puzzling trench.

Jeff Lemire‘s plotting and writing has been fantastic. Like the snow-covered world itself, there’s a minimal aspect to his dialogue and what’s told to readers. We’re teased just enough to continue the story, never any more than what’s needed.

Snow Angels #3 particularly stands out as it features multiple striking moments, each toying with a different emotion. There’s a confrontation with the Snowman, something completely unexpected, and a reveal about the world and the trench. Tension, wonder, and confusion are presented at different moments taking the reader on a reading journey.

Lemire also delivers heart too. We get some very touching moments concerning this family as we learn why they’re three and we get more of their history. It’s information that adds depth to the characters and and much more child-like qualities to Mae and Milli. At its heart, the story is about a family trying to survive in a harsh world.

Jock‘s art continues to be amazing. Along with lettering of Steve Wands, the art is the usual breathtaking and brilliant. Since it’s set in a frozen world, there’s a limited amount you can do as far as color and background but the art nails it all. The use of whites and blues create a harsh environment. Details flesh out the situation and breathes more life than what you’d expect in a world of white sheets of snow. In particular, what happens to the Snowman is cold but beautiful at the same time.

Snow Angels #3 builds upon the story in so many ways. We learn more about our main characters. We learn more about the frozen world. There’s a focus on adding details while also delivering excitement and wonderment. It’s a fantastic continuation of a series that has me excited to see what’s happening next and where it all goes.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels #3

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
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Two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation — Writer JEFF LEMIRE and Artist JOCK — together for the first time in SNOW ANGELS — a 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other!

In part 3 of “Season One,” Father battles the Snowman and secrets of the history of the Trenchfollk are revealed.

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Snow Angels #3

Review: Snow Angels #2

Snow Angels #2

In Snow Angels #1, I was a bit fixated on trying to figure out the world. Was it ours but frozen? Was it something else? In Snow Angels #2, I no longer care about those details. Instead, I’m focused, full of tension, and just rolling with the frozen horror story that Jeff Lemire, Jock, and Steve Wands have created.

The first issue ended with the shock revelation that their entire village has been slaughtered. In Snow Angels #2, Millie, Mae Mae, and their father come face-to-face with the killer Snowman for the first time! It’s a tense issue as the trio must hide or face being murdered by the unknown entity and force. Why did the Snowman kill so many? One of the three rules were broken but we don’t know by who or what. It’s just a part of the mystery of the story.

Lemire doesn’t give answers in this issue. Instead, only more questions are presented in what is a classic horror aspect. While the hunter stalks its prey, the bodies of the village are the only protection that exists keeping the reader on the edge of their seat wondering if the trio will be found and what their fate is.

Lemire also uses the situation to give us more about this world and their beliefs. While it adds some depth to everything it also adds so many unknowns as to exactly what’s going on. Teases of what lies ahead hint at the history and what we might experience in the comic. But, in its basic form, Snow Angels #2 is a classic slasher horror story with the unstoppable force hunting its prey.

Jock’s art continues to impress, as expected. The world is a white tomb and the art reflects that with a depressed, though not depressing style. The look of terror on the characters as the Snowman hunts, plus its hunting, deliver a tension that builds throughout the scene. It’s a classic horror scene and Jock nails it perfectly. There’s something to the colors as well. With a limitation to blues and whites, the eye focuses on what isn’t. In this case, it’s our trio, the Snowman, and the bodies lying about. It keeps the focus on what matters without distractions and creates greater fear through the feel of emptiness.

Steve Wands lettering too helps build that tension reflecting how loud or soft the talking is and each word muttered possibly betraying their position. Just the lettering existing on the page creates stress and fear oozing from the page.

Snow Angels #2 is a solid entry. It both builds on the world and makes you forget about it and focus. There’s an anxiety that builds through the issue to the very last panel. It has me wanting to see what’s next as soon as possible.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Snow Angels #1

Snow Angels #1

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

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Preview: Snow Angels #1

Snow Angels #1

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
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Two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation — Writer JEFF LEMIRE and Artist JOCK — together for the first time in SNOW ANGELS — a 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other!

Milliken and Mae have never left The Trench — it’s all they’ve ever known. They were born in The Trench, and they’ll die there, just like all their people do. The two girls, eight and eleven, are a part of The Trenchfolk, a sprawling settlement of people living inside the massive ice walls of a vast, seemingly endless frozen trench carved into the surface of an otherwise icy wasteland. The Trenchfolk survive in this hostile world by following The Three Testaments of The Trench — golden rules repeated like a mantra from birth to death…

  1. YOU MUST NEVER LEAVE THE TRENCH.
  2. THE TRENCH PROVIDES.
  3. THE TRENCH IS ENDLESS.

Milli and Mae don’t really know how their people came to live here. No one does, not even their wise and gentle Father. On Milliken’s twelfth birthday, their father takes the two girls on an overnight skate down the trench — a coming-of-age ritual to teach them how to fish the frozen river, how to hunt the wild Trenchdogs that wander its frigid banks, and how to give proper thanks to their frozen Gods — The Colden Ones. It’s the trip of a lifetime until the girls push beyond the borders of their humble land and awaken the Trench’s deadly defender… The Snowman! What follows next is an action-packed story of survival, loss and redemption.

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