Avengelyne #1


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Avengelyne #1


  • Words: Rob Liefeld, Mark Poulton
  • Art: Owen Gieni
  • Colors: Owen Gieni, Dexter Weeks, Kaezrer
  • Story Title: Devil in the Flesh: Part 1
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jul 20, 2011

Avengelyne, one of God's Warhost, has returned to the comic scene. Conceived during the 1990s, where comics were "awesome" and "extreme" (and published by two companies with those names), she's a fallen angel ready to take on the demons of our world. It's been over a decade since she made her debut; has the world changed so much in that time?

Avengelyne is one of those characters that the creator has a love for, but who has probably has filled up back-issue bins over the years. Almost iconic of the 1990s extreme look, Avengelyne features a busty heroine in an impractical outfit with way too many weapons, the least of which being her cleavage, ironically supporting a cross. Bringing her back for a new series is a surprise, but it may not be unwelcome.

It makes sense to start at the cover, as that's what you see first. It's understandable that Rob Liefeld did the main cover for this book. He's a draw, he's the co-creator of the character, and he teams up with Mark Poulton for the plotting. These are all perfectly acceptable, and even encouragable, aspects of having a big-name artist be your creator. His Avengelyne cover is exactly what you expect out of a Rob Liefeld cover, for better or worse. The problem is is that Owen Gieni's art is incredible, and it gets shuffled off to a variant. Part Humbero Ramos, part Frank Frazetta, the characters are drawn with a cartoon-like design but realistic forms. These unique designs, which do great with emotion and facial expressions, are set upon painted/sketched backgrounds. The whole combination comes off as some 1990s or so cartoons, with brightly colored characters in the foreground and darker, painted backgrounds as the setting, and the combo is a great look.

The story, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. While the actual plot works surprisingly well, even if you've never read an Avengelyne comic before, the dialogue comes off as too expository at times. It's understandable to have scenes that explain who the character is. These help new readers get what's going on, even if the characters don't. The problem is that with lines such as "You think you can pull that crap on Terry Salsa, the strip club king of New York?", it heavily implies that we need to know that he's Terry Salsa, even if the book leads us to believe we'll never see the character again. It's unnatural dialogue.

Initially dismissed, Avengelyne seems like it'll be able to find a footing in the comic industry of the 2010s. Less of a grim Wonder Woman or holy Witchblade and more of a Cassie Hack, the book might actually find its place… if the covers can more accurately describe what you'll get.

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