This issue pretty much conformed that Angela: Queen of Hel 7 will be the final issue in this series. That’s too bad, because Angela’s solo titles from Angela: Queen of Hel to this one have been an absolute delight. With such mythological writing in this series so far though, you might as well go nuts with the penultimate issue, and that’s exactly what writer Marguerite Bennet did here. Brace yourselves; this is a bit of a weird issue, in all the right ways.
Angela: Queen of Hel 6 pits Angela against the new Female Thor after a string of rather bizarre death scenes from across the city, of which Leah of Hel and her demonic dog seems to always be present. There’s a bunch of birds strangling a man with sausages, and a restaurant meal becoming a spaghetti monster that ruptures another man’s internal organs from the inside. Both of these characters are portrayed as jerks, but not enough so to deserve such a brutal death. That’s the normal part of this comic. The writing is jam packed with meta jokes, literary references that are actually funny and a complex plot that directly links this to 1602 Witch Hunter Angela. All in all, this is a very entertaining comic.
The art by Kim Jacinto is great. Everything is well detailed, whether it’s the scene in central park with the trees in the backgrounds, different people walking around and the poster that may or may not be foreshadowing the ending teaser. The demonic dog looks hilariously awesome when he unleashes himself against the spaghetti monster in what might be the best single panel I’ve seen this week. The chase scene between Angela and Thor makes great use of Angela’s tassels to emphasize how fast they’re moving. Israel Silva’s colouring is also great. Everything is bright, colourful and appealing to the eye.
It’s a shame this series didn’t last very long, but that’s what tends to happen with Marvel comics containing complex narratives these days. I guess it’s hard for these titles to find an audience. Still, this Angela run is delightfully weird from start to finish, adding a lot of creative mythology to Thor’s long-lost sister. If that sounds the least bit interesting, be sure to check this series out.