GLX ain't too happy with the hardcover edition of Spin Angels.
Writer: Jean-Luc Sala
Translation: Stephanie Logan
Adaptation: Marc Sumerak
Art and Colors: Pierre-Mony Chan with Nadine Thomas
I've heard about Marvel's collaboration with Soleil, for a while, but I've never checked out any of Soleil's translated works. Then, I got a chance to read Spin Angels when my library had a copy of the hardcover collection. I can't say that I had a good time reading it.
Jean-Luc Sala is not a great writer. All of the background information involving the Knights Templar, the Vatican, and the roles of Judas and Peter is just boring. The way that information is presented was not entertaining at all. None of the characters came across as interesting to me. They just go through their paces and say their lines, without any depth. Even when guns are going off and lives are in danger, I couldn't care for the characters or the effects that their actions would have on the plot.
Pierre-Mony Chan's art is the best part of Spin Angels, but only because of his line and color work. His work is a nice mix of European and Asian artistic sensibilities. There are two problems with his art, though - his layouts and his ass shots. Maybe my background as an American reader is affecting my opinion on the matter, but the layouts are nothing to write home about. There are a lot of boxed and slanted panels, but nothing experimental is employed. Some scenes might have benefited from a one or two page spread. Perhaps Sala's writing affected the layout designs to the point that Chan had nothing else to work on, but it still doesn't make them good.
I can understand that there might be an ass shot or two within a sequential piece, but Chan seems to go over the top with ass shots. The first glimpse of Gina - ass shot. When Monsignor Marchesi introduces Angelo to Sofia - ass shot of Sofia. Hell, there's even an ass shot during a moment between Sofia and her father, Luigi. When Sofia is advancing to an archaeological excavation, Luigi tells her, "I've got a strong visual on you." That sounds nice, until you look at the actual panel and see Sofia's ass, through his scope.
For those folks who have a thing for stories that involve wild plots involving the Vatican and Jesus - give a look. You might enjoy more than I did; however, I can't recommend Spin Angels. The writing is flat out boring and the art, while pretty, doesn't do a good job in helping the writing. Despite some unfinished plot threads, there is nothing that would interest me in another Spin Angels tale.
4.8* out of 10*