Angela Queen of Hel comes to an end with its seventh issue. Faced with the challenge and power of the Faustian Queen, the version of Angela that survived into this reality after the end of Secret Wars and her world of 1602 died, Angela, Serah, Leah and Thor have to strike a dark bargain to save their own lives.
Leah promises her to reunite her with her subjects in the land of faerie as well as her lost love, the version of Serah from her world within seven years.
The book then immediately time jumps, and also drastically changes art style, showing us the lives and adventures of the trio over their next seven years together as a strange, but loving family unit. Throughout the story, you can feel the specter of doom that seems to hang over the head of Leah who has promised her life to the Faustian Queen, with the slightest trace of hints of the plans she is laying to accomplish the goal she has promised.
The art in this book is phenomenal. Unlike the hyper-detailed action and poses that we are used to in most comics, shortly after its start, each page and panel of this book feels like a small painting. It still feels like a comic book adventure with characters we love taking place in the Marvel universe, but it also feels like something a bit more otherworldly and a style I would love to see applied to Ghost Rider or Doctor Strange by the same artist.
When seven years have finally ended the story snaps back to the beginning when the deal was made, returning us also to the traditional comic book stylings we are used too also. We see the fruit of Leah’s machinations as the Faustian Queen’s every wish is able to be fulfilled and an ending, while bittersweet, sees all our heroes, get everything they hoped they would.
Marguerite Bennett still feels like a newcomer to the comic industry, an extremely prolific and talented newcomer, and her presentation of Angela is a welcome addition to the Marvel Universe. Less war hungry and cliche than she was years before, perhaps it’s just the addition of her best friend and lover that smoothes out the rough edges to allow more nuance and subtlety than the character herself allows.
This series is over far too soon, but hopefully both the artist, writer and character return to more Marvel series with additional tales to tell.