Fallen Angels #1
Written by Bryan Hill
Art by Szymon Kudranski
Colors by Frank D’Armata
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Psylocke finds life in paradise to be of little peace as an external threat calls for her specific set of skills.
Psylocke is trying to find her place in the mutant paradise of Krakoa. Unfortunately, the memories of her past and her years spent in torment keep that peace a fleeting dream. When a voice calls to her to confront a growing evil, she decides to investigate.
With no official sanction, Psylocke recruits X-23 to travel with her to Japan to investigate a new designer drug that is turning children into walking weapons of mass destruction. When her investigation reveals one of the children has ties to the mutant, her rage will drive her and a new team of mutants uncomfortable with paradise to seek out those responsible and neither justice nor mercy are on the table.
The Story: This story takes another dark aspect of the mutant utopia and explores it effectively and masterfully by Bryan Hill. Mutants who have been bred for and trained for war being brought together to both deal with real world threats and their own internal psychological issues. Hill does amazing work bringing Psylocke’s struggle to the surface with her past and present colliding in interesting and compelling ways. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.
The Art: Kudranski brings the perfect tone and style to the art in this issue. Everything is filled with shadow and texture. I love how the characters look and the fact that the art captures the dark nature of this story and its themes.