Angel: Autumnal

Angel: Autumnal
Review by Francisca Goldsmith, submitted on 1-May-2002

72p. illus. Dark Horse. 2001. pap. $9.95. ISBN 1-56971-559-9. LC number unavailable.

Adult/High School -- Based on the eponymous television series, this full-color pair of horror tales smoothly translates characters and plots from one medium to another.

Angel, a one-time vampire and now a force bent on saving the weak and dispensing with the evil, takes on antagonists trying to harm children. In the first story, kidnappers have taken a poor little rich girl to an abandoned amusement park, a place riddled with rats as well as criminals. In the second, a spell cast on a girl condemns her to incinerate anyone she touches.

The artwork is slick and eye-popping, often presenting significant passages of the plot without added text to support the images. Although scenes remain ever chaste, blood flows liberally, and the viciousness of the rats and of the hard-hitting rogues is explicit.

Those unfamiliar with the television version of the character, but who have an appetite for the macabre, will have no trouble falling into step with the tales.

Fanged Films

From the Library

Elizabeth Miller is a well-known member of the vampire community. In addition to being a former Professor of English at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, she is President of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula - Canadian Chapter as well as Baroness of the House of Dracula. What was your first exposure to Dracula?
The Bat in NatureIndigenous to Central and South America, vampire bats live in a very strong social culture. The develop bonds with other bats in the colony, and learn to recognize each other through sound and scent. Vampire bats tend to live in caves, trees, or buildings. Their colonies can reach numbers of up to 2000 bats, but most colonies tend to house approximately 100 bats.

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