Review – Angelic #2 (Image Comics)

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Si Spurrier
Artwork: Caspar Wijngaard
Release Date: 25th October 2017

Qora has an insatiable thirst for adventure and knowledge.  Feeling continually stifled by her society’s rules and regulations, she frequently finds her questions met with punishment and is faced with the impending horror of an arranged marriage.  So when she’s given an opportunity to venture beyond the walls that had previously held her life in check, she naturally jumps at the chance, taking her first inquisitive steps into the big, wide world.

Oh, and she’s also a flying monkey.

After a strong opening issue, Si Spurrier and Caspar Wijngaard’s Angelic continues this week as Quora’s adventurous spirit is finally given a sense of purpose, taking her through the “Tox Clouds” and into the great unknown.  She’s a fiercely likeable protagonist, and the amusing back and forth between her and the creatures she meets lends an undercurrent of humour to the proceedings throughout the course of this first issue.

Spurrier’s writing is top-notch here, providing us with familiar religious tropes and folk tale analogues, albeit ones viewed through the prism of anthropomorphic, talking animals.  As you do.  It’s also worth emphasising just how confident his world building is, and just how multi-dimensional and utterly real this strange world already feels just two issues in.  The words and expressions he inserts into the dialogue also give the book a fresh, innocent feel, with simplistic, child-like terms such as “poopest”, “monks” and “scaredybutt” being frequently used by Qora and her monkey brothers and sisters.

Wijngaard’s artwork is, as always, striking and filled with charm, and his thick-lined style provides us with all manner of weird and wonderful sights throughout the course of this issue.  The character design also is ridiculously good, from Qora herself to giant flying whales to whatever the heck it is that shows up in the final page cliffhanger.

However, as fluid and expressive as Wijngaard’s pencils and inks undoubtedly are, his colours are every bit as important when it comes to the setting the tone of the series.  A distinctive palette of blues, pinks and purples have typified the series to this point, and Winjgaard does a truly stellar job of conveying the passage of time in this issue as the sun gradually sets and the moon rises.  It’s a beautiful looking book, and while it has an undoubtedly ‘all-ages’ aesthetic, there’s clearly a lot more going on under the hood here than just some quote-unquote “simple” cartoon animals.

Ultimately, Angelic is nothing less than an utterly fascinating series packed with an almost tangible sense of adventure and rebellion, all wrapped up in a beautiful, pastel-shaded package.  So be a goodmonk and pick this one up as soon as you possibly can.

Rating: 4.5/5.

If you want to find out more about Angelic, make sure to check out our interview with Si Spurrier by CLICKING HERE.

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