Milliken and Mae have never left The Trench -- it's all they've ever known. They were born in The Trench, and they'll die there, just like all their people do. The two girls, eight and eleven, are a part of The Trenchfolk, a sprawling settlement of people living inside the massive ice walls of a vast, seemingly endless frozen trench carved into the surface of an otherwise icy wasteland. The Trenchfolk survive in this hostile world by following The Three Testaments of The Trench -- golden rules repeated like a mantra from birth to death... 1. YOU MUST NEVER LEAVE THE TRENCH. 2. THE TRENCH PROVIDES. 3. THE TRENCH IS ENDLESS. Milli and Mae don't really know how their people came to live here. No one does, not even their wise and gentle Father. On Milliken's twelfth birthday, their father takes the two girls on an overnight skate down the trench -- a coming-of-age ritual to teach them how to fish the frozen river, how to hunt the wild Trenchdogs that wander its frigid banks, and how to give proper thanks to their frozen Gods -- The Colden Ones. It's the trip of a lifetime until the girls push beyond the borders of their humble land and awaken the Trench's deadly defender... The Snowman! What follows next is an action-packed story of survival, loss and redemption.
Not all of my reviews are happy. I really dislike when sites review comics they either just all happen to be "10 out of 10" or just "Marvelous". Having said that I have fallen in love with Snow Angels. It's one of these comics that I waited a sufficient amount of time to buy and then just couldn't wait to write the review about.
First of all, let me start by saying that Jeff Lemire is probably one of the most influencing authors of our time and I am sure that in 20-30 years from now people will look back and ponder how Jeff changed the industry in a certain way that can't be replicated by anyone. He has a unique style that really just matches my taste, and from the numerous awards and comments out there in the wild, the taste of just thousands upon thousands of people.
Now take all that talent coming from Jeff and forcefully collide it with Mark Simpson aka Jock and what do you get if not excellence? Jock has been the artist behind a few of my favorite comics such as "The Losers", "Batman" and "Wytches". The reality is that Jock is the kind of artist that you can easily spot. He has recognizable lines. I can find myself thinking who the artist can be for specific comics but I could easily connect this one to him and this is something I highly appreciate when it comes to art. Jock is unique.
I am downright serious, how am I not going to like Snow Angels?
So here are some details I fall in love with when reading Snow Angels.
The story easily made a hook for me. I am definitely looking forward reading the rest of the series and I know I will thoroughly enjoy. I usually wait for three or four issues to come out, allowing the story to be build before making a decision but this one was an easy "Yes". The description was intriguing indeed but I had no idea what was really going to happen during the first issue and I was really impressed with the cliffhanger at the end.
I have a thing about post-apocalyptic, survival, mystery stories that's for sure and this one did not disappoint. So many questions!
The art is just on point. Panel by panel, page by page. This is a frozen wasteland and that can easily be seen by the palette of colours, the harsh face lines. Jock focuses on the people rather than the surroundings as well. I get the feeling that this is going to be a story that focuses on the people, the connections between them and that will make it even harder when (inevitable?) drama kicks in.
Seriously folks, if you haven't already dipped your claws in this one, do it now and you wont regret it.
Thanks for reading!