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Preview/Review: Broken Trinity: Angelus

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On January - 6 - 2009

I know, I know, it’s really late, but Broken Trinity: Angelus is finally making its way to comic shops this week. You may be wondering, Do I really need to read the missing link in the Broken Trinity experience at this point? Well, yes, you do. Hit the jump for the full review and a sneak peek at the first few pages.

Broken Trinity: Angelus
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover Artists: Brian Stelfreeze, Jeffrey Spokes

Of the three major Top Cow properties (The Darkness, Witchblade, and Angelus), Angelus is definitely the one I know the least about. It was easy enough to figure out the basic formula while reading Broken Trinity (the Angelus are the light that oppose Jackie Estacado’s darkness, with Sara Pezzini’s Witchblade powers somewhere in between), but I felt like I was missing out because I didn’t really have any connection to the Angelus. However, Broken Trinity: Angelus changed that and served as a fitting link between Broken Trinity #2 and #3; I just wish I had actually read them in that order.

Anyone who has been following The Quarterbin knows that I have been enjoying The Darkness and Witchblade, and was a big fan of Broken Trinity. Even though this was a Broken Trinity tie-in, I was still a little apprehensive going in–until I saw that Ron Marz’s name was on the cover. As always, the man knows how to deliver a story. Even Angelus virgins like myself will be able to understand and appreciate this issue, especially if you’ve been following Broken Trinity.

In Broken Trinity: Angelus, we get to see what led to the full-scale battle in Broken Trinity #3 from the point of view of Celestine, the leader of the Angelus. The poor girl tried to lead a normal life and ignore her powers, but unfortunately that just wasn’t her fate. As a result, she leaves her bartending days behind her and joins Sabine in the quest to destroy a weakened Jackie Estacado. Reading this made me want to go back and re-read Broken Trinity #3 afterwards, because it really is a direct continuation, and makes the impact of the last issue of the storyline more meaningful. Again, it’s a shame that they were released out of order, but it’s forgivable because the story, as a whole, is still very good.

I think I have been spoiled by the artwork of Stjepan Sejic, because I found myself really missing it while reading this issue. That’s not to say Brain Stelfreeze’s work isn’t good, because it is; it just doesn’t stand out to me as much. Overall, Broken Trinity: Angelus is a fitting piece to the story, one that is enjoyable for all fans of the Top Cow universe. If you’ve been following Broken Trinity, you will want to pick this one up on Wednesday, despite the delays; it’s worth it just to be able to get this last little bit of story out of the event.

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