Buzz Comics have announced IDW's solicitation.
Writer: Peter David
Artist: J.K. Woodward
At last! The long-awaited (well, medium-awaited... well a few months.. awaited by some people, I mean, this is hardly a blockbuster) return of Fallen Angel.
Previously, on Fallen Angel:
Lee, the Fallen Angel as well as a fallen angel lives in Bête Noir, the city that controls the world. Her long-lost son, Jude, returns all grown up and now a priest, about five minutes after leaving as an infant. He then decides 'Freddy Krueger' is the look this Fall, and becomes the Fallen Angel while Lee becomes Magistrate of the city.
Then I haven't explained it properly.
In this series, Jude kills a man by throwing a balloon at him, then goes back to Bête Noir. The man's thugs (uh, he was a mobster) chase him into the desert.
Mother and son reunite and fight. Lee gets thrown off a building and gets mad. A new menace, uh, menaces Bête Noir with backstory. Or does he?
This intriguing series continues in its strengths. It's well thought-out, and ties a lot of loose connections together. It's fun to play the game of 'who is this?' with the historical figures (and others) who turn up from time to time.
The artwork is nice, a good painting style, though the colours are too washed-out and muddy. You could read the first two issues and not know that Lee wears red ('cept the cover I have to #2.)
There are a few surprises - the identity of the new / old menace; and Benny using Illyria's blades. (Last seen in a Fallen Angel / Illyria team-up mini-series.) I'd expected copyright alone to prevent that.
Peter David's theology, as always, is a bit off, but not as badly in Return of the Son so far as in other places.
Also, this is one of the series I mean when I say that I like it / appreciate it, but I don't really feel it. It's intellectually fun, but emotionally distant.
I recommend this one for people who like a good mix of mind games and twists.