by Mark Mitchell
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
There’s a unique gut-punch to finding out you’ve been lied to, a pit-in-the-stomach loss of faith in the person or institution that betrayed you. After four issues of laying the groundwork, Simon Spurrier and Caspar Wijngaard reveal the origins of Angelic’s world in Angelic 5. There have been enough hints throughout the previous issues that nothing here comes as too much of a surprise to readers, but watching Qora and Complainer learn the truth about their origin is still hard.
Qora in particular, though always agitating against the teachings of the Monk leaders, desperately wanted to believe there was a truth and purpose in all of the Monk’s rules and rites. The universe is a scary place without some sense of purpose. But every creature that exists in the world of Angelic is merely the remnant of a war started long ago. The various factions fight only because that’s what they were designed to do — they’re weapons, all of them.
I continue to be impressed by the world building of Spurrier and Wijngaard. Even though certain elements can sometimes grate — the baby-talk of the characters in particular — it all works to emphasize just how unfair it is that Qora and the others exist. These are creatures created for a cruel purpose and sent into the world without agency to act as mere cannon fodder in a war they didn’t start and don’t understand.
It’s a depressing thought, but there’s hope in that now that Qora understands she can work to determine her own purpose and her own destiny.
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