Characters Appearing: Anton Devine, Gargoyle (Defender), Hellstorm, Jaine Cutter, Stephen Loss
Issue(s): Hellstorm #19
But Hellstorm is able to push through the "crude magic" of the barrier (and he suspects that Loss could have, too) and confronts his worshipers.
The angel's name is Tzadqiel, for what it's worth.
The conundrum that Hellstorm faces is that if he allows angels to continue possessing his followers, he'll lose them as worshipers, and that's where he draws his powers from. But if he just exorcised and exterminated the angel, his followers would feel emboldened to take these kinds of risks all the time. So his solution is to reinforce the barrier, locking the angel in the house with the Satanists.
It's a good issue. It feels like what would have been a "typical" one-and-done issue, using Devine's network as a storytelling engine while playing off the fact that Hellstorm is currently the lord of Hell. Of course the series won't continue long enough to call anything typical.
The book balances "horror" with the sort of political conundrums that i associate with Sandman (i hate to use the Sandman comparison so often but this book is miles closer to that than most of Marvel's output). But it's also good because of the dialogue. Here's a scene with some fun banter between Anton Devine and Gargoyle which also has a nice humanizing character development moment for the latter.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
With the wide-brimmed hat, long red hair and stubble, it kinda looks like Manco was inspired by seeing the "classic" look of the now-retired WWE superstar the Undertaker.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | January 18, 2018 10:19 PM
The Sweeny was a great show. i applaud Gargoyle´s tastes
Posted by: Jay Gallardo | January 19, 2018 7:41 AM
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