Angelica Reigns #1 Review
Story by Brian Hawkins
Art by Federico Sabbatini
Colors by Chiara Miriade
Letters by Brant Fowler
Cover by Federico Sabbatini and Andrea Celestini
Variant Cover by Francesco Tomaselli
Flashback Variant Cover by Federico Sabbatini and Chiara Miriade
Editor Marcel Dupree
Editor in Chief Guido Martinez
Publisher Marcel Dupree
Angelica Reigns Created by john Griz, Marcel Dupree, Lucas Perdomo, and Marco Pagnotta
The world of SFC continues to grow and has works itself into a universe of diverse and interesting characters. I’ve reviewed SFC and several other Evoluzione books and one thing I can say about writer Marcel Dupree is that he can write from a teenage perspective very well so it was very surprising to see the writing duties farmed out. Although Hawkins isn’t necessarily part of Evoluzione he is a very capable writer in his own write with indie titles like America’s Kingdom and The ReCreation Project. Right from the start I can tell Dupree is not only a capable writer but is also a capable editor because not only does Hawkins writing fit the previous style of other SFC books it’s seamless and exactly what’s needed from a freelance writer. Hawkins brings his own style to the book but his ability to write Angelica’s personality like I feel Dupree would is a sign of truly great writer. Clearly Dupree has a vision but Hawkins has found a way to be unique while still allowing the foundation of the character to remain the established SFC Universe. The plot is centered around a magical young woman named Angelica as she attempts some form of normality in her life. Searching for a job, dating, fighting with a shadow organization that thinks you’re “the dark one,” all typical teenage stuff, or at least typical for teenager with magical powers.
The writing is fun and the idea is a ripe playground for artists Sabbatini and Miriade to do their own magic. Sabbatini has a seriously authentic style that has a little piece of some of the most recognizable styles in comic art; anime, cartoon, and american comic styles. The character design is so unique that all of the people are on their own level of unique design and they all would pass the silhouette test. I think part of what makes them so unique as characters is the teenage style that they have; fitted hats, tight ripped jeans, beanies, skateboard, and backpack. They look very fashionable and the colors from Miriade help to solidify that fact. The coloring is is what really puts the design together, without the colors it would still be awesome art, but it would seem a bit hollow and unfinished. The combination is really impressive, both artists bring something special to the table, and neither one outshines the other.
The letterer, the almost always unsung hero of a comic creator team. Not this time. I give Fowler a ton of credit for adding the little things that really stick out and give this book some personality. There are fine examples of large bold dialog balloons, colored dialog balloons, captions, actions, and just about every piece of lettering imaginable. As I said, sometimes Letterers are forgotten, even if they did a good job, but this time I will say Fowler deserves a hand for his efforts.