Angela, Queen of Hel #1


Capsule Review

The otherworldly, dour, ass-kicking avenging angel Angela braves Asgardian Hel to rescue her lady-love. S’okay. The grim tone is leavened somewhat by having the aforementioned lady-love narrate the events in a sarcastic fashion. There’s a flashback tale embedded in the main narrative, and the transition is doubly jarring for having a different artist. The splash page flashes us forward to the saga’s presumed end, which is intriguing, but it also serves to further jumble up a tale that already has a lot of backstory. There’s a lot of slashing and hacking and arguing about queens and Hierophants and temples. Angela is a striking figure but mostly I found her an empty suit.

Approachability For New Readers

Pretty good. I didn’t know much about this character, but I got on board. The whole Asgard/Heaven backstory thing is a little muddled, but … Hey, Kids! Comics!

Read #2?


Sales Rank

#54 October

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Angela Queen of Hel #1



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Posted on December 3, 2015, in Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Angela was actually introduced in Spawn by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman recently won a lawsuit against Todd McFarland and promptly sold the character to Marvel, who introduced Angela in their Age of Ultron event. The whole thing is weird.


    • Yeah, it was a strange line extension, to be sure. I did read a few of her Guardians appearance, and was aware of the Gaiman connection, though I’d never heard of the character before. In my head, I kind of classified her as the new answer to Starhawk and moved on.


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