Dynamite Entertainment 2018
Written by John Layman
Illustrated by Joe Eisma
Coloured by Celeste Woods
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
When it comes to secrets and spies, who can you trust? No, seriously. We’re asking you. The Angels need to know. They are after a KGB agent in possession of American nuclear information and things are not what they seem. It looks like they will have to use their brains and karate action to get themselves out of this one!
I really do like this already after the first issue did a fantastic job of setting the tone, mood and feel of what we should expect. That this is a written version of the first season of the television series and not some silly reboot, let’s face it reboots stink anyway, and that this is set in the seventies bring the love to whole generation that anxiously awaited it’s time slot. Of course the way that this is done is also great for creating a whole new slew of fans because this is not only intelligent and interesting but it has some amazing comedic timing in it as well. I mean c’mon who doesn’t love a great crime solving action book with three beautiful and talented leads.
The way that this has been structured is superb to see. The opening is done so that we are intrigued then confused and the utilisation of now and then storytelling technique is expertly used. Before we do see the assignment given out however all we’re left with is confusion, and I like that too because wouldn’t Charlie normally just contact the airline and get the girls on? So what is out of sync here and why haven’t the girls really put more thought into it. Well Jill does but Sabrina shoots it down and the personalities at play between them all is actually quite fun, accurate and just pleasing.
Oh after the opening comes the intro of the girls themselves so it follows the format of the show and this time around however John takes it a step further. No this one has some skill sets instead showing the reader what the girls are good at and if we keep getting something different with each opening then I think it’s a stroke of genius and a great way to show off how they’ve been underused on the force.
Joe does an even better job this issue with the work on the interiors. It is like he has gotten much more comfortable with theses characters and it shows on the page. The clothes and these uniforms we see are going to be half the fun since this is the 70’s, though perusing some old Sears Catalogues could help with that. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows such a strong eye for storytelling. The way that backgrounds are being utilised is great and the plane is a wonderful example of what I am referring to. Though honestly they are unfortunately underused as well so lets up the ante with them Sassy Angel!
So I like how the progression of what we see plays out. How the Angels, and Bosley who is mysteriously absent, are duped and how a sudden turn of events clear the air and now it would seem the mission they were on is now one to help their country and save the world. Yes this is the kind of story that seems out of their league and it’s bigger than anything we’ve seen from them. But these women were the originals and they have the skill, the intelligence and tenacity to do this pretty much on the fly, which I would take over trained agents.
This is as solid as they come people it has some sensational storytelling with the premise and story/plot development not to forget stellar characterisation. This is all wrapped up in some very nice and easy flowing interiors to finish off these classic characters. THIS this is how you revive a franchise!