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(Belated) Comic Review: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3-6

Writers: Kieron Gillen (Marguerite Bennett); Artists: Phil Jimenez (Stephanie Hans); Inks: Le Beau Underwood (w/ Scott Hanna); Colors: Romulo Fajardo; Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans;

Angela and Sera are on the run from a contingent of Asgardians hunting them down for kidnapping the newest child of Freyja and Odin. That sounds like a legit reason, right? “Take the daughter of the All-Parents and we will kill you!” But why has Angela taken her and what does she plan to do now that she has her? Where can they run? 

First, they run to Vanaheim for the most epic wardrobe change in the history of wardrobe changes. The most mystical wardrobe change as well with Angela obtaining the “wedding dress” of Heimdall’s bride-to-be-that-never-was.

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After that, they meet-up with Angela’s friends, the Meanwhile, Odinson and Loki travel to Hel for a favor from Hela and her Dread Sisterhood. 

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The comedy is less subtle once the Guardians of the Galaxy come into the picture. They’re playing cards, wisecracking about knife shopping, and then Angela speaks “Disir” and the Dread Sisterhood shows up out of knowhere. A few separated limbs and decapitations later, the Guardians are now aware of who the baby is they are housing and that Angela has not been completely honest with them. In the end we know Angela has their best interests in her  heart, but there’s a reoccurring theme throughout the rest of the story, being trust.

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The team stretches the newer trust issues once they see the essence of Surtur flare up in the baby for just a moment. But this glimpse into what is brewing inside Angela’s sister is all they need. So the team heads to Heven, but so do the Asgardians. Odinson confronts his sister by charge of Freyja. Their concern over time has lessened for Angela and all the gloves are off. There’s a very fun Beowulf-ian song during their confrontation over the babe, narrated by Sera…of course…because she’s the one that would narrate these types of beautifully illustrated Stephanie Hans asides. Here it is:

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After, she saves the baby though, she then “kills” it? It’s like, “Don’t get crushed little child, instead…burn!” Now we know Angela is ruthless but there’s no way she would put a child in peril, and she doesn’t. By throwing the baby into the fire she dispursed the elements of Surtur out of her, cleansing her sister and thusly clearing her name. Sort of. There are lasting ramifications from her deception and we’ll experience more of those in the new Angela: Queen of Hel series.

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And a lot of that is because of this f-ing guy. Malekith, the dark elf magician that was not given due justice in The Dark World, is just causing mayhem everywhere and for everyone from and related to Asgard. Not only will his influence be felt in Angela he is also continuing his havoc in The Mighty Thor. 

But how did we get to Malekith when he wasn’t around in any of these six issues. But he was. After we find out that (1) Sera is stuck down in Hel due to curse of sorts that Freyja placed upon the angels and (2) Malekith has posed as her since she reunited with Angela, you just can’t help but notice subtle hints that something is not right with Sera. Yes we see Angela’s challenge when Sera first meets back up the Assassin, but there are other clues in the pages. Like when the Guardians are all playing cards and Sera dicusses poker faces with Rocket. He asks about Angela and she replies, “Never look at her face” meaning she can tell when someone is bluffing. There’s also when Angela questions when Sera became a better magician when they are fighting the Dark Elves on Vanaheim. Malekith has played an elaborate scheme using Angela and she’s understandably not so pleased about that.

What will happen next? We find out in Angela: Queen of Hel. Until then…

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