Review – Angel Season 11 #1 – Out of The Past Part 1
- Script: Corinna Bechko
- Artist: Geraldo Borges
- Colorist: Michelle Madsen
- Cover Artist: Scott Fischer
- Lettering: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
- Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Angel lives with a closet of skeletons and these days he’s also living with Fred on the road. As Season 11 opens up we see that closet start to open and begin a new chapter about the history of Angelus & Angel.
In a mix of light-hearted exchanges the story dances between nightmares of the past and their current job at hand. Corinna Bechko carries a steady stream of dialogue and storyline development as they roam through Dublin, Ireland to make good on favors while fighting off some serious buried trauma that Angel attempts to dismiss as just some rough memories coming to surface. Fred feels there’s more depth and reason though and fights to see what Angel is running from.
Geraldo Borges carries the flow and environment with a steady hand throught he pages, while there are a handful of odd facial moments it’s limited and lost in the rest of the issue. As Angel faces an abstract nightmare scene, the narrative and page flows wonderfully between Borges and Madsen, the art and palette help create interesting contrast using saturation during the memories and the struggle of Angel as Fred sits in outside that box in full color.
Blended together the story and art set the stage for an interesting season as Angel has to face a dark past that he wanted move on from. Fred and Illyria are a nice companion combination to the story as they dig through his walls in their own ways, unfortunately as dimensions start to unravel they’ll have to chip away much quicker before all hell breaks loose.
Release date: Out Now
[xrrgroup][xrr label=”Story:” rating=”4/5″ group=”s1″ ] [xrr label=”Art:” rating=”4/5″ group=”s1″] [xrr label=”Dialog:” rating=”3.5/5″ group=”s1″] [xrr label=”Overall:” rating=”4/5″ group=”s1″][/xrrgroup]