I have been sent there comics by Larry Jarrell of What The flux comics a few days ago. I want to review all the books he sent me, but I will start at the beginning.
As Red Angel begins your are thrown straight into a scene full of amazing art, with ships, and huge machines, with huger guns. This page includes an introduction to the sort of time you are being brought into. The story begins telling you of a twenty-five year world-wide machine war, which has now ended. The remaining countries have all signed a treaty to cease the production of their battle robots, and to live in harmony created, and enforced by the global transmospheric trading company. The GTTC deal in all trades world-wide, and also deal with any people who may not see the world-wide peace as a good thing and continue to develop new and more deadly machines. These are known as pirates and the Red Angel is the GTTC’s leading team in taking out the threats, and enforcing the laws.
This then brings us to the Red Angel, and it’s crew with Captain Victoria Angel, Gunner Marcus Broadside, First mate 2458 (who is also a robot), Navigator Jovian Polaris, and Engineer Bridget Angel. The crews are going about their business, when they come across a band of pirates using a machine to terrorise a village. Our heroes swing into action to eliminate the threat, and bring the pirates to justice….
Our heroes take the fight to their opponents, also the Captain and her Gunner have left the rest of the crew on board, to go down and take out the machine that is crushing the village below. The whole team proves to be very well equipped to do their job, and take down the pirates, and keep them alive for interrogation, while the Captain and Marcus take out the machine. Which then introduces into the story that the crew of the Red Angel are being paid for their protection services. Which then starts to bring in questions of morals and reasoning, and throws the whole story back into the air, the only thing your certain of is that Captain Victoria and her crew are very good at their jobs.
The crew and Captain arrive back onboard the ship and begin trying to get answers from their newly acquired prisoners, we get a small introduction to the crew they captured, and also a small part of the crimes committed against the GTTC. We however follow Captain Victoria as she takes the pirate captain to her quarters to offer him a deal, and a drink. However the answers she gets from the man, aren’t the ones she wants, and this brings the issue to an ending that is so intriguing that it makes you want to carry on to the next issue immediately.
This comic when I first opened it was very different to anything I usually read, however after reading it, I am completely into this story. Written by one of the co-Creators Erin Pyne, Red Angel is a story that both herself and her Co-Creating partner Larry Jarrell are very passionate about, and that comes through with every single panel. Heavily influence by the whole steam punk movement, it is laced throughout this book, and honestly adds to the feeling that you are taking part in an epic swashbuckling story. Erin has written a great story although very futuristic in style, is set in the past.
The art in this issue and the others I have makes you feel like this could have been a movie, or tv series, it fits the story perfectly. It also has a very familiar sort of feel to it, although you may not have heard of Russ Leach, he and colourist Mike Summers make you feel at very at ease, and when I was reading it.
The whole issue made me feel like I was picking up a book that I had read numerous times before. Which is an amazing thing when you pick up a book that normally may not be something that you would read. which is an unusually feeling to get when you read a book for the first time, though it is a very welcome one. Awesome job all involved.
Personal note: This book is great, and I hope my words can help to generate interest in this story, because I really feel this would convince a lot of people to broaden their horizons and open their minds to comics outside of large publishing groups, because it really shows the passion the creators have for this medium, that may not get the breaks into the industry. Which means gems like this don’t always get the coverage they deserve. Also thanks to @ReadComicBooks for making this connection for me.
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