Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett Artist: Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 3, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 12
7.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

• All her life, Angela -- the finest warrior of Heven -- was raised to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being.
•  And now Angela knows the truth about her identity: She is Thor's sister. She is an Asgardian.
•  Cast out of her home and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, Angela must now strike out on her own!
•  But what does Angela have that both Asgard and Heven want? And why are they so eager to get it?
•  Visionary writers Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett team with the legendary art team of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans to finally throw the spotlight onto the Marvel Universe's most dangerous inhabitant!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Dec 5, 2014

    Angela " Asgard's Assassin was a really great issue filled with action, storytelling, and great moments. The writing from Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett was great. The stories really expanded on who Angela is and how she operates. The artwork from both stories was amazing. The action and mood setting from the art really gave this story more solid. Also we do get to see the reason why Odinson and the gang are after Angela at the end of the story. The stories are a bit exposition heavy but its not to much to take away from the issue itself. I really enjoyed this issue and will definitely keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Dec 4, 2014

    Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett's new story feels like Game of Thrones in space, with stubborn monarchs, clashing swords and unspecified species. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Aaron Griffiths Dec 10, 2014

    I have to give this one a high score for its strong story and elegant artwork. Between this, Thor and Loki: Agent of Asgard now is a very good time to brush up on the Asgardian side of life. On a final note if you missed this issue and are looking to pick it up after the fact pay a little more and get the Skottie Young variant, his depiction of Angela really is quite cute. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Dec 5, 2014

    As much as learning more about Angela herself would have been a welcome addition to the issue, Gillen is a writer who goes for the long-game, where often the lack of a quick and cheap thrill has a rewarding, immense pay-off further down the line. Gillen knows all too well how to weave a story of mythic proportions, and with a character like Angela " and also a history in comics, yet without one ("" the angel who wasn't an angel"") " he, Bennett, Jimenez and Hans have all the room they need to forge something epic, memorable, and massive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 3, 2014

    The opening pages are rocky, but the creative team overcomes a bad start to deliver a fun debut issue that sets the stage for what's to come. Angela has become a character that thrives in just about any story she's been placed in, so fans worried that she might seem out of place can breathe easy. The final page reveal gives us a reason to keep checking in on Angela, as her tenuous relationship to her newfound family is sure to keep this book going for at least the first couple of arcs. The editors made the right decision by putting two artists on this issue, as they're able to provide two different looks that enhance the reading experience and don't overwhelm one another. Angela is a good start to this book and a reminder that while they might stumble once in a while (ahem, Spider-Woman), Marvel isn't afraid to give a diverse cast of characters a spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 3, 2014

    I was excited for this book but didn't realize how excited I was until I started reading it. Regardless of how much you know about Angela before this issue or before she came to the Marvel Universe, you'll gain an appreciation for who she is and what she can do. Thanks to Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett, we get a great sense of her character and what makes her who she is. The art in the main story by Phil Jimenez and the flashback art by Stephanie Hans will knock your socks off. If you're not wearing socks, maybe you should put some on before reading the issue. If you're wondering whether or not to add this series to your pull list, just stop and add it already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 4, 2014

    Any comic with "Asgard" in the title is destined to bring in the God of Thunder, but with Thor now being a different Thor than the one Angela is familiar with, Gillen elects to leave readers awaiting the confrontation between Angela and Odinson. To sweeten the pot, the writer teases a surprising reason for the visit, leaving readers with a cliffhanger in the process. It's a solid cap to a solid comic book, as "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1 gives readers yet another excellent female-led series in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Dec 4, 2014

    The art by Phil Jimenez for Angela is simply brilliant. Am I surprised? Not really! After all, haven't we seen his handiwork in previous issues of another female warrior (Wonder Woman)? Angela's form is quietly provocative while her facial features maintain that "if looks could kill" glance in almost every panel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 6, 2014

    I'd love to see this series succeed - Marvel can always use more strong female characters - but they need to figure out who Angela is and why we should care about her. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Dec 8, 2014

    There are many ways Angela can contribute to the Marvel universe. She's shown she can be part of a team. She's also shown she can fit into the overly convoluted history of the Marvel Universe. Now, Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 shows that she can hold her own and do things her way. There will still be Spawn fans that refuse to accept that, but that's their problem. It isn't the perfect template on which to recast an established character. At the very least, it's a blueprint for actually making it good and not just avoiding a horrible crash. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Dec 8, 2014

    Much like the character herself, Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 has no time for what came before. Angela has been knocking around in the Marvel Universe with criminals and her own kind for a bit now but never really achieved the standout position that we all hoped she would. Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 changes that for the better. Now, unfettered by team books and guest appearances, audiences can finally see what exactly she can bring to the 616 while still offering new bits of characterization for her fans from the Image days. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Mathew R Wilmot Dec 5, 2014

    A strong start to what could be the book to watch in 2015. It has all the qualities of a great Red Sonja book lovingly finished with the glitz and glamour of the Marvel universe. If you're looking for a good fantasy read this would be a perfect place to start. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Dec 5, 2014

    Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 is an enjoyable start to this odd character's first Marvel solo series. Gillen knows these waters well, and he uses the epic scope of the Ten Realms to make his title character really stand out as an interesting person. If Marvel really does hope to make Angela work, Gillen and this new comic might be their best bet! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Dec 5, 2014

    This book will not be for everyone. Parts of it are hard to follow, but I have a good feeling that the next few issues will make it all worth it. This is definitely an issue that will require multiple read-throughs, so if you are prepared for that, dive right in! While, unfortunately, I didn't feel able to connect with Angela yet, the book is solidly composed. I'll see you on another read-through, Angela #1! Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Dec 5, 2014

    "Angela Asgard's Assasin" #1 is a solid debut that doesn't totally blow me out of the water but is a visual treat. There's a lot of potential within this story and with a character like Angela the sky is really the limit. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 3, 2014

    Phil Jimenez handles art duties on the main story, while Stephanie Hans tackles the interlude segment. Of the two, Hans stands out more thanks to the ethereal watercolor approach that goes hand in hand with the storybook quality. Jimenez renders some solid action, but otherwise his work doesn't quite capture the otherworldly vibe of the characters and setting. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 3, 2014

    This is a disappointing entry into what could be a great series. The art is strong, but who is this Angela lady, really? I still don't know. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Randy Z. Ochoa Dec 8, 2014

    This story will have a long way to go to show us Angela's life. While it has a lot going for it, it still has a lot of problems going for it. Hopefully as the series goes on the split narrative with a main story and substory either goes away or learns to work better with each other. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 6, 2014

    Angela has already appeared in several comics this year. This issue serves as a re-introduction. This is helpful because the character has a complicated place in the Marvel Universe. This first issue is different from a Thor comic book and proves to be a good companion in the Thor universe. I enjoyed the issue but felt it could have been reined in a little bit. The issue definitely has a great cliffhanger. I recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jackie Henley Dec 8, 2014

    Id be interested to read a few more of these for good character development, and maybe to just keep reinforcing that theory about crazy red-heads. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    8CN - Matt Overstreet Dec 4, 2014

    I say that it almost makes me want to come back, though, because as much as the ending was done correctly, it doesn't do enough to make me forget the preceeding 20 pages of confusion. More importantly, I have some of the answers by the end, but I still just don't really care. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Jenesis Dec 4, 2014

    Storm take note, THIS is how you start a female solo title. Great art, intriguing story with action, drama, wit, and enough mystery to bring you back for issue 2. This is not a standalone issue, it is the start of an storyline and a welcome to Angela for her ongoing. 2 gorgeously illustrated narratives and unique voices. What a wonderful premier. This is the Marvel Wonder Woman. Go preorder and add to a pull list. This book could be big.

  • 8.5
    Tim Beck Dec 3, 2014

    Highly enjoyed this comic. The art was fantastic. The two different styles of art (one for the sub story and one for the main story) were both beautiful. Action scenes were great. Although we did not find out much about Angela's background, the story was intriguing and left me wanting more. Will definitely be adding this to my pull. Can't wait for #2.

  • 7.5
    Michael71 Dec 6, 2014

    I always liked the Angela character from way back. I like stories about angels and Asgard. I have hopes for this title. The first issue was a little hard to understand at times. The action picks up very quickly but we really do not know why, yet. There is the main story and then there are the flashback stories. Both have their own creative teams, if I understand it correctly. The art of the main story, by artist Phil Jimenez, has a gritty, brutal quality to it. The art of the flashback, by artist Stephanie Hans, is much more elegant and clean. This is likely by design. The reality of Angela is that she is a violent and fierce angel. Her morality is such that everything she does is for a reason, every debt repaid or collected. Balance. Kieron Gillen paints her as an unsympathetic and ugly character. Phil Jimenez does a good job of drawing her this way. Angela's buddy, Sera, has her own take on Angela. This one is still violent but there is an elegant quality as well. Stephanie Hans does a great job with the flashback sequence. In fact, I believe the flashback and the art within saved this issue for me! I am less impressed with the main story art. I would rather see Angela as graceful and deadly than harsh and brutal. Your mileage may vary.

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews Dec 4, 2014


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