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

France, 1923

Mexico, 1967
The Empire of Dracula

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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