"Angelica Reigns #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by SFC Comics / Evolzione Publishing
Written by Brian Hawkins
Illustrated by Federico Sabbatini
Colored by Chiara Miriade
2017, 32 Pages
Angelica and Joshue are really hitting it off. They spend time together and really enjoy each other's company. When they head back to his house to find his family has been horrifically murdered by cultists looking for Angelica, that is definitely going to put a damper on this budding relationship. What dark forces are after her? And what does this have to do with her grandfather?
Angelica Reigns is one catchy name for a comic. Fortunately, it lives up to its great moniker. The title character is a strong woman who is searching for her place in the world. She's broken free of her family's tragedy-filled past and is living a normal life...or at least what passes for normal when you can use magic.
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The shock of Joshue's parents' murder doesn't last long with Angelica. She recognizes what's going on and acts quickly to address it. This cult, known as The Faith, doesn't know what they're in for. What's interesting about this setup is that they call Angelica “The Dark One.” It makes me wonder about what we don't yet know about the character. What if she's the bad guy in all this? She doesn't seem like a villain, but looks can be deceiving. Maybe this is a story about destiny and fighting against it. Time will tell on that front.
Artist Federico Sabbatini's work reminds me a bit of Humberto Ramos. His characters are very expressive and they feature some unique designs. It's a nice look that almost lulls you into a false sense of security. If you didn't know any better, this could have been the start of a quirky romantic comedy about a witch and her boyfriend. It quickly turns into something much darker.
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We see a hint of this in the prologue where members of The Faith perform a human sacrifice during a ritual. It comes through more so when we see what's left of Joshue's family. This is an absolute bloodbath. Intestines and other innards are strewn about, hanging like party favors from the walls and ceiling. A torso that's been ripped in half hangs on the wall like some demented trophy. Angelica and Joshue are standing in the center of this madness in complete shock. This is the last thing they were expecting to walk into.
Chiara Miriade's colors give the earlier scenes a bright, vibrant look. The characters are full of life as they go out on a date and have some fun. Everything gets much grimmer when they get to Joshue's home, like a dark cloud has formed over them and it never leaves. It follows the couple as they fight some cultists.
Angelica Reigns establishes itself as a great occult comic with a solid foundation. There's clearly a lot going on in this world, as writer Brian Hawkins drops clues to the bigger picture throughout the issue. I'm very interested to see where it goes from here, as it ends on an exciting cliffhanger that's rife with possibilities.