Dani Baptiste spreads her wings in Angelus #1, in comic shops this week. Check out our thoughts below.
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Cover Artists: Stjepan Sejic, Eric Basaldua
Of the three major powers in the Top Cow universe–Witchblade, the Darkness, and the Angelus–the Angelus is the one that I am the least familiar with. All I really know about them is that they are the bearers of light, as well as the tidbits I picked up reading Witchblade and last summer’s Broken Trinity. However, after reading Witchblade for the past year, I was excited for this series to start. First of all, of the preview art I’ve seen in previews and solicitations looks gorgeous (no surprise, coming from the talented Stjepan Sejic, whose work in Witchblade I look forward to every month), but I also wanted to see where life beyond the Witchblade would take Dani Baptiste, the new leader of the Angelus.
As you probably know, Dani until recently held half of the Witchblade, the other half of which was possessed by longtime bearer Sara Pezzini. When the two sides, light and dark, starting consuming their owners, Dani was determined to take down a dark Sara–and nearly lost her life. Instead, she was resurrected as the new leader of the Angelus, a position she certainly didn’t choose. Now stuck with another supernatural power that she didn’t want, any chance of ever being normal is far behind her. To regroup, she decides to move back to her home city of New Orleans, with her “maybe a friend, maybe something more” companion Finch coming with her.
While we got a little taste of Dani as the Angelus in “War of the Witchblades”, this is the first time we get to see her really at home with her powers. It’s still all very new to her, and she’s obviously not as used to her Angelus abilities as she was the Witchblade, but the role suits her well. This really becomes clear once Dani starts to explore New Orleans again. As Danielle Baptiste, she is confused, uncertain, and feeling like she has no direction in life. Once the Angelus takes over, though, she is filled with a new confidence. Dani is most at home when she is using her powers.
Unfortunately, fellow Angelus Sabine is still sour that she wasn’t chosen as the leader, which will surely have consequences later in the series. The groundwork is laid in Angelus #1 for storylines that I’m looking forward to seeing developed over the next few issues. Dani’s relationships are uncertain and her skills are untested, so she has a lot of things that she needs to figure out. I’m glad that the series is in the hands of Sejic and writer Ron Marz, because I definitely trust them with Dani’s life.
Angelus #1 will be in comic shops this Wednesday, December 23. If you’re a fan of the Top Cow U, then make sure you get in on this series from the start.