Angel #2 Review

Title: Angel #2
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Words: Bryan Edward Hill
Art:Gleb Melnikov
Colors:Gabriel Cassata
Published: June 26, 2019

Publisher’s Summary: Angel, one of the only vampires in the world with a soul, has been walking the streets of Los Angeles for years, neither human nor vampire. After losing his human protege to a Demon, Angel has decided to find a way to finally return himself to a human, so he can escape the guilt of his past, dark actions.


Review

It’s no surprise that Sunnydale is home to some really shady activity; however, recent events are bad, even by Sunnydale standards. Sure, Angel is there to save the day, but how can he stop an evil that is the product of a time he has no connection to?

After reading the first issue, I knew Angel was going to be an intense series; yet I still was not prepared for what Bryan Edward Hill had in store for readers. What began as a brooding tale of an outcast vampire’s journey to Sunnydale has morphed into an entire not-so-meta-commentary on our obsession with social media. And not just our deep connection to our phones and internet providers, but the parasitic vanity that is attached to this obsession. Hill, in Angel #2, makes a strong case against our image-based culture in the most badass and bloody ways possible. 

Hill accomplishes all of that commentary while moving the plot forward at a brisk pace and giving another glimpse into Angel’s past and the monster’s identity. There’s still plenty of blood this issue. However, I think you’ll find yourself drawn to Hill’s story and the well-timed humor in his script.

Once again, Gleb Melnikov’s art elevates Hill’s script, adding small, yet significant elements to the story: I’m speaking directly to you, girl in the Riverdale-esque letterman’s jacket. Gabriel Cassata’s colors set just the right mood as the story shifts from past to present, nigh to day. All together, this issue is flawlessly crafted.

Bottom Line

Angel #2 is a tremendous follow-up issue. Bryan Edward Hill sets the course for this series, focusing in on social commentary this issue. This is not your 2000’s Angel, and I’m more than okay with that.

The Bottom Line
Angel #2 is a tremendous follow-up issue. Bryan Edward Hill sets the course for this series, focusing in on social commentary this issue. This is not your 2000’s Angel, and I’m more than okay with that.
Yes!
Society and the Hellmouth clash in Angel #2
No...
9.5
Score

Jaimee Nadzan
Jaimee Nadzanhttps://www.thebrazenbull.com
When she's not hanging with her gang at The Bronze, this young Sunnydale resident slays...wait, no, that's Buffy Summers. Jaimee serves as Editor here at The Brazen Bull.

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