Black Mask Studios 2016
Created & Written by Adrianne Palicki & Eric Palicki
Illustrated by Ari Syahrazad
Coloured by Jean-Paul Csuka
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Hannah Gregory finds herself suddenly burdened by the lies her father told in life even as she tries to unravel the truth surrounding his death. Meanwhile, the killer continues his mission to eradicate the Gregory bloodline, all of whom are conveniently gathered in one place for Hannah's father's funeral.
There’s something about this story so far that is captured so beautifully. Yes it focuses on the ideas of Angels and Demons and the interbreeding with humans to create Nephilim but it’s so much more than that. As Hannah and Miriam talk about the life she and her father had that was unbeknownst to the entire family we see how the story has an impact. That they aren’t trying to be preachy or push a religious belief about it all is one of those things that is amazing to see.
Equally as nice is the way that Adrianne and Eric have managed to showcase not only the positive but the negative of the story as well. We open up this issue with the bad side of this whole issue. I love that it made me wonder what would have happened had the young man not passed his father’s test. Would there have been consequences that were more dire? Also that it’s a chance to get to know the man who met Hannah last issue well that’s always a bonus.
The way that this story is being told is not only extremely intelligent but it’s also very engaging and honest. The belief or disbelief in the characters and the position in what we see and here is distributed nicely. Hannah is being thrust into a world she knows nothing about and feels like she’s being punked, well initially. As a result what we see in the reactions to the questions, answers and opinions expressed are genuine and feel honest.
The interiors here are utterly marvelous as well. The use of page layouts through their angles and perspective are extremely well done. The backgrounds come and go and while i’d like to see more of them they too are used well. The faces and facial expressions though are what really sell what the characters think and feel throughout the conversations they have. Also seeing the wings or Azazel shows the creativity and imagination or Ari and Jean-Paul in how they bring them to life.
Could there be a race of people who have wings of some sort, possibly. Though throughout the course of man’s history we’ve elevated people to godhood to explain what was not so readily believable and I like that this falls into that category. In just two issues i’ve found myself caught up in the what if’s, what could be’s and the idea there are strains in humanity that diverge to create an evolutionary hybrid of sorts. It’s this kind of awe and wonder that comes from reading this that makes it not only worthwhile but enjoyable to read.