No Angel #1 (Black Mask)


Rating: 4/5 – Do Angels Walk Among Us?
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall

No Angel is a solid comic co-created and co-written by actor Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) along with her brother Eric Palicki.  The core story boils down to a question of the reality of angels and whether or not they’re mucking around on Earth. It’s a question that I suspect our lead character, Iraq war vet and FBI agent Hannah Gregory will have answered by story’s end.

This debut issue does a good job of introducing Hannah, who has returned to her hometown, Tucker’s Mill, Wisconsin, in the aftermath of the murder of her brother and her father.  As she begins to investigate the murders (off the books) she starts to run into some weird stuff all related to a passage from the Bible: Genesis 6:4

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

I won’t go into more detail because I don’t want to spoil the story, but as a person who doesn’t really read the Bible, I thought this was a pretty wild quote and a strong hook for a story.

The art by Ari Syahrazad was pretty straightforward and did a good job of communicating the story, but the page layouts were a bit too uniformly grid-like.  It would be nice to see Syahrazad branch out with some more interesting panel/page layouts as he develops as an artist.  The colors, by Jean-Paul Csuka didn’t really work for me and detracted from my personal enjoyment of the story, far too much red/orange/gold, especially on the interiors, it felt slightly off to me, but your mileage may vary on this front.

What really sold me on the book was the main character, Hannah Gregory; liking the lead character is always a key element in getting me to want to continue on with a new series.  Her tough, no-nonsense, straight to the point attitude was very appealing.  The final page grabbed me and really made me want to come back to see what happens next.  The Palickis did a great job of utilizing the monthly format with this strong cliffhanger.  That’s the way to get a reader to come back for the next issue!  This came out a few weeks ago and is well worth checking with your local shops to see if you can score a copy.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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