ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #2 Keeps Things Moving – Comic Review
The first issue of Angela: Asgard’s Assassin left me unsure of whether or not I would continue the series, but after issue two I’m confident I’ll stick with it. There is an epic journey just under the layer of hardened skin that caught my attention to commit. This series will hit its stride sooner than expected and I’m ready. I already regret not scoring the first issue a higher rating. In this issue Angela and Sera, plus their package, are on the run. Readers are filled in on some of the events that led to Angela’s fugitive status, angel history, and a personality check involving a midgardian child and Angela. It’s a great moment.
Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett have developed a dense issue travelling between worlds and the present and past. Even though the story seems to be dragging its feet, it’s well written and interesting. We are served a heavy amount of exposition developing the Angels, which was touched upon in the first issue, and interactions between Angela and Asgardians. This time I’ve come to terms that Angela is so deeply rooted in her angelic traditions, I except why she can come off as a big jerk. It’s a bold move by Gillen and Bennett, but I enjoy it. What’s morally gray or not cool to us is just Angela being herself. Women can be indifferent traditional self-preserving characters like anyone else. Again, I love it. It’s also important because it gives the world of women-led comic books a fresh character–one you could have a love-hate feeling toward. And we can’t forget the ally/sidekick that balances out Angela, also an interesting character.
Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans pleasantly return on art duties. The same formula is used as the first issue. Main story is handled by Jimenez, while Hans takes on the “history lesson”. Jimenez work is solid and consistent. His panel layouts are both classic and sometimes dynamic. Hans takes the dynamic approach with her panel layouts to a higher degree. Not much more to add that I haven’t mentioned in the review of the first issue. The art is solid and matches the tone of the story presented by Gillen and Bennett.
Overall Angela: Asgard’s Assassin is on the right track. Things should really kick off on the action front next issue. The fugitive aspect is a cool, but I’m ready for Angela to drop the baggage and crack some skulls. At least some skull cracking is set for the next issue.
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2
Published by Marvel Comics
Written by Kieron Gillen & Marguerite Bennett
Pencils by Phil Jimenez
Inks by Le Beau Underwood & Tom Palmer
Colors by Romulo Fajardo
Cover & Additional Interiors by Stephanie Hans