Angelic #1

NEW ONGOING SERIES PREMIERE! – WINGED MONKEYS! TECHNO-DOLPHINS! QUANTUM ALLEYCATS! – Humanity’s long gone. Its memory lingers only as misunderstood rituals among mankind’s leftovers: the genetically modified animals they used and abused for eons. – But for one young flying monkey, QORA, the routines are unbearable. All she wants is to explore. Instead she’s expected to settle down, to become a mother…to lose her wings. – Eisner nominee SIMON SPURRIER (The Spire, CRY HAVOC, X-Men Legacy) and rising-star CASPAR WIJNGAARD (LIMBO, Dark Souls, Assassin’s Creed) present your new bittersweet adventure obsession: teenage rebellion and animal antics amidst the ruins of civilization! – Think WALL-E by way of Watership Down. Fly, my pretties!

At some point or another, have you ever wondered what would become of the Earth when humans were gone? I find it interesting to think about what event would lead up to that, the common idea of course being some kind of war. In that inevitability, what creatures if any would then become dominant at that point? It’s the end of the world as we know it, for mankind at least, in the first issue of Angelic.

While the end result was on the positive spectrum, this book did actually take a bit to settle into my head. When you start off with winged monkeys and no sooner have flying robot dolphins, it’s going knock you off balance. Once the story of Qora and her monkey civilization kicks in though, it really gets quite good. Seemingly left over from mankind for reasons unknown, these primates along with other modified animals are who rule the planet. Qora’s day to day life, blindly following the rituals and routines set out by the elders, is one she begins to question and can no longer can take. After a chance encounter with some of these other altered creatures though, her wish to change may come true.

In a book like this with futuristic modified cats, flying monkeys like a sci-fi Oz special and aerial robo-dolphins, you’re going to get some darn cool artwork. Hypothetical stories set in a future need to be set against a good looking backdrop too, and the remains of man’s cities here are nicely done. While the tone of the story itself is darker and mysterious, the illustrations are given life by a vibrant rainbow of colors. Even the animals themselves are far from drab and boring, with monkeys in anything from green to purple and it works funny enough.

Even though this was slow to really grab my attention, by the last page it certainly managed to hold it. Now I want to know what Qora will choose to do, how that might affect those around her, and maybe how this world came to be. I have no problem waiting for the second book to learn about this, and after reading this, I don’t think any others would either.

3star

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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