No Angel #1 is written by Eric Palicki and his sister Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) To put it bluntly; we were blown away. What starts out as a simple procedural thriller shifts and changes into something completely unexpected. But it works wonders. It throws the reader into the middle of the somewhat grounded story, as Hannah Gregory, an Iraq war veteran, returns home after her father and brother are brutally murdered. The narrative doesn’t shy away from fully introducing us to Hannah and her family, taking the time for the audience to get to know her a little better. It’s that time and dedication that makes the developing story seem more surprising.
No Angel #1 feels like Hellblazer mixed with something like Strange Attractors. It grounds the reader in a world they know. But as the story progresses it opens their eyes to something entirely new. As a debut comic using a blend of genres and surprising the audience – it immediately marks it’s place. The horror/thriller themes bring a sense of impending paranoia – whilst the angelic ending felt hopeful and intriguing. It certainly kept us completely gripped from start to finish.
The art of the issue steps away from the stereotypical bright colours and crisp costumes that heavily populate the comic industry. Instead, it goes for the depth and refined sketch style which truly makes for glorious reading. The dialogue across the issue feels very honest and real. It helps to ground these characters in a world not too dissimilar from our own… to begin with. Once Hannah’s eyes are opened, nothing will ever be the same. Overall, we absolutely loved the first issue of this new series. And whilst it isn’t action packed, we get the feeling that this is just the beginning of something truly unique. Is No Angel #1 a new favourite entry? It just might be.
- Hannah Gregory