Snow Angel is grimy pulp, all the way down to the cliched plot devices and guilt-soaked dialogue. Fan of noir? Snap up a copy.
Credits & Solicit Info:
(W) Kurtis Wiebe, (A/C) Tyler Jenkins From Arcana Studio.
On a rain-soaked night in the heart of Bogota, a young girl witnesses a brutal murder by the hand of her father. This was no accident, as her father wanted her to see. Snow Angel tells the story of Angela, a little girl growing up in the long shadow of her criminal father, Cesar. What would a child do to win the respect of the most brutal enforcer in the Cali cartel? Scheduled to ship 04/27/11.
Snow Angel made me want to sit down in front of a tube television with a VHS cassette and watch a pulp-y noir movie with muscle cars, giant afro hairstyles and mustaches that would make a Bieber fan flee in terror. Snow Angel is a OGN from Arcana studio by writer Kurtis Wiebe, writer of the recent Image hit Green Wake and The Intrepids, with art by Tyler Jenkins.
This story is for the hardcore pulp fans. Tyler Jenkins does a beautiful job of rendering the world wherein the teen protagonist Angela is brought into the family business of working as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Jenkins' dirty, scratchy linework is simple, but full of kinetic joy and frantic action. Jenkins does an amazing job at with the characters' acting and facial expressions, adding another layer to Wiebe's script. Jenkins' one flaw is that his panels are often too sparse, leaving much of the world's creation up to the reader's imagination. I yearned to see one or two shots of South Beach in order to establish setting and draw me further into the story.
Wiebe weaves a solid noir fairytale with grim and gritty characters, in situations that befit them. Angela is a troubled youth trying to prove herself to a gangster father who wishes she could be his protege in the family business. While Wiebe's other projects feel fresh and fully fleshed out, Snow Angel battles with cliche and dialogue that feels forced. Angela's father is a murderer who cares for his daughter, and Angela is brash, bratty and inexperienced in life. When they speak, their conversations move and sound unpolished, as though the characters are trying too hard to be be gangster. The plot is fairly straightforward, and follows that abc's of pulp fiction, including a double crossing with a law enforcement agent, and murder in all the right places.
Wiebe and Jenkins weave a tale of deceit and bullets, but the core story is the relationship between a father and daughter spiraling into oblivion. If you are a fan of noir or pulp, and are in need of hard-boiled action, purchase this book for a quick journey into the dark side of the Miami underworld. Just be prepared to fall over a couple of familiar plot devices and overly dramatic dialogue, right on par with most Bogie films.
Review by: Martin John