Series – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
Written by – Kieron Gillen & Marguerite Bennett
Art by – Phil Jimenez & Stephanie Hans
Publisher – Marvel Comics
Summary from Comixology: “Cast out of her home and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, Angela must now strike out on her own! But what does Angela have that both Asgard and Heven want? And why are they so eager to get it?”
Angela is an interesting character. Not just for her nature either. Her creative possession was much embattled. The story goes that she was created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane appearing in Spawn #9 way back in 1993. Eventually Gaiman and McFarlane went to court over ownership rights, which Gaiman won, and now she belongs to Marvel(?). I think I have that right… anyway, I personally have been following Angela’s Marvel career for the whole year and a half that it’s been in existence. She first appeared in Age of Ultron #10 before jumping in with the Guardians of the Galaxy and then taking on her, newly discovered, brothers Thor & Loki in an Original Sin event miniseries. And what I’ve learned about her, is that she… is BAD. ASS.
Angela is a character of little emotion but great comprehension and wit. Gillen & Bennett absolutely nail these elements of her personality, and then some. She’s cold, sincere, sarcastic, and has the skill to back up everything she appears to be. (I am in love with her and I don’t care who knows it! But please don’t tell Harley. I’m not sure how to break it to her yet and I’m not ready to eat through a tube for the rest of my natural life.)
I feel like this series will very much fill the void that is left after Thor: God of Thunder. What I mean by that is this: the new Thor series seems to be more fun and adventurous than the dark, gritty feel that GoT had. Also, a lot of people seem to be concerned about the direction of Wonder Woman (from what I’ve read online) with the new creative team that just took over, and I think some of those concerned people might find solace in this title. Angela is strong, independent, and can swing a sword with the ferocity of a massive army. If she isn’t the embodiment of female empowerment, I’m not sure who is.
The artwork is fantastic in this issue as well. Jimenez & Hans succeed in creating colorful scenery that is both clean and detailed. I can’t say there’s anything simplistic about their approach, but there’s also nothing excessive about it either. They don’t do too much and they don’t do too little. They’ve hit the comic-book-art-sweetspot.
I’ve thought long and hard about this. It pains me to do it but I have to maintain my journalistic integrity for you loyal readers of 4LN. The most significant “low point” in Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1 is… it’s too damn short! I wanted more story because I am an insatiable comic-lush and I demand my addiction be enabled! (Side note – I possess no “journalistic integrity”. I can be bought, and at a very low price.)
The Final Say –
Angela is awesome. When I finished this issue I immediately wanted more. I’m awarding Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1 5 out of 5 stars. I will DEFINITELY be adding this to my pullbox list at my comic shop and I recommend you all do the same.
Oh, also, if you’re the kind of person who likes to listen to music while you read comics, when you read this you should partner it with listening to Arch Enemy’s newest album “War Eternal” because that band is brutal and the album and comic compliment one another really well.