“I’m Mara Layil. My life… well, it’s… complicated. I’m not a vampire, zombie or witch. Please– give me some credit. But it’s just screwed up. Maybe more. The only way to understand is to listen. Believe it– or don’t– not my problem either way. The beginning of the end started with my grandfather, Christopher Layil. And the death of a fallen angel.”
– Angel Punk, Issue #0
I kind of consider it a lucky deal when people give me comic books. During San Diego Comic Con this year, Jake Rossman from Relium Media handed me copies of their new series, Angel Punk. The series was created byÂ Scott Nelson, Kevin Curry, and Devon Lyon and the graphic novel artwork was by Val Mayerik.
The series revolves around Mara Layil who discovers a deep family connection with the supernatural and angels. You get the impression from the comic that this story is of a larger– or as they say, epic scale. It has to be a big deal if it involved angels, right? (That’s what I’ve experienced from my other fandoms, that’s for sure.) In issue #0, Mara is introduced as somewhat of a troublesome girl from an established family. We see her inside juvenile hall and she is freely giving people the middle finger– a tough, blonde girl from a rich family? It was a little hard to relate to this girl to be honest. I suppose it would be easier to sympathize with her situation once more of her history is revealed.
Still, it was a good way to give us a broad hint of what type of personality Mara Layil had. She probably didn’t take much bullshit from people. She probably could kick ass pretty well if she spent time in juvee (we’re not sure how long she was in there). I wonder if she has any supernatural abilities? The story jumped between her and the antagonists of the story. Which included important and suspicious looking people in expensive suits and a creepy old woman that hisses when she spoke.
Issue #1/2 still did not delve a whole lot into Mara’s present situation and we still don’t know how she turned up after issue #0. Except there has been physical changes and she went from long blonde hair to a shorter, perhaps more practical for kicking butt hair style. I am also assuming she has grown up into adulthood. Perhaps she is finally using up all that pent up rebellion for the greater good!
The comic jumps way back, practically at the start of human civilization, where we learn of the Grigori, an angelic race that God sent to Earth to keep Lucifer out of the human world. As most stories goes, the angels began to envy the human being’s “gift” of free will and decided to give up their immortality in order to make human choices. Their bodies became human but their wings turned into metal which they cut off from their backs and forged into different holy relics. The very first one was a sword that was given to Tamel, one of the eleven Grigori. Mara referred to him Tamel the Blade Guardian and he could be the last Grigori alive on Earth. It wasn’t made clear but I believe even though the Grigori have become mortal it seemed that they still lived a longer life span than the normal human being.
From interviews on other websites, I gathered that the creators of the series started with a screenplay for a movie. It was after the fact that they realized the large scale of their own story and decided to transfer some of it to comic book form. Below is the movie poster.
Â I know most people still scoff at the idea of books or comic books created as a film fodder but at this day and age, I am not totally against media crossovers. As long as both treatments of the comic and movie are treated with respect and are well made, I don’t think there is anything wrong with collaboration. Some times, it’s a good idea to elaborate on a story by transferring it to a different medium.
I am not at all familiar with Relium Media’s body of work. Then Angel Punk comic books contain a good foundation for an epic series. I will look forward to hear more from them and follow the rise of Angel Punk. The poster does look pretty awesome, right? I really dig it!
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