Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Comics: 1602: Witch Hunter Angela by Marguerite Bennett | Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: MARVEL

Categorization: Medieval, Fantasy, Satire

Series: Complete (Four Issue | Limited)

I really enjoyed Witch Hunter Angela!  Which is exciting for me because I don't have many Marvel favorites.

The Story:

Angela and Sera are hunting down a supernatural evil in King James' England.  Speaking Ye 'Ol English & kicking Ye 'Ol Butt.  The people of this land are making Faustian pacts with devils to obtain wealth and power and it is up to Angela and Sera to investigate and intervene.  Along the way they'll meet faeries and historical and literary figures alike.

The scope of the story is not very large, so while I do personally believe it could have supported a longer run, it does feel completely wrapped up at the end of the four volumes.

The Writing:

While the scope may be small, the world in this comic feels both vast and alive beyond the reaches of the story.  It was written so convincingly that I almost feel like Angela and Sera belong in the 1600s.  Especially due to the fact that Sera usually takes up the role as "storyteller" in the Angela comics.

The story is dreamlike and mysterious.  With information given to the reader in a flowery, round-about, way, making the reading experience like that of reading medieval literature.  This extra layer of storytelling was something that I quite liked.

Even though I loved this series, I do recognize the potential for some things to get confusing.  For example, the writers elude to the history between Angela and Sera quite a bit, so if you are unfamiliar with these two characters you will probably feel like you're missing out.  However, it does not take away from the story as much as you might think.  And you could always check out their other series:

Angela Asgard's Assassin
Angela Queen of Hel

The Art:

This series has become a favorite because of the art.  While I am ordinarily resistant to read Marvel comics (they're just not my thing) it was the art that drew me in.  It takes elements of style and color from Medieval/Renaissance paintings and produces a wonderfully beautiful comic book.

Like how the painters of that time captured the harshness of the day by use of light and shading, the style the artists chose for each panel in the comic expresses the sinister undertone of the series.


I geeked out over the elements of Faust and Shakespeare.  The Cloak and Dagger appearance was complete perfection!  And who doesn't love it when the Guardians of the Galaxy show up?

Thanks for reading!
Amanda ^.^