War, Religion, and Slavery in Angelic 6

by Spencer Irwin

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

Angelic 6 is a massive issue. Writer Simon Spurrier recalls every seed of plot he’s planted throughout this arc, and artist Caspar Wijngaard brings the mass of ideas to life in a way that’s big and exciting, chaotic but never hard to follow. Even as the issue’s plot goes big, though, Spurrier and Wijngaard zoom in thematically, finding the one idea that connects the themes of religion, war, and blind faith that have run throughout this entire series. That theme, of course, is slavery.The Makers literally created the Monks (as well as other animal soldiers, like Fazecat) to be their soldiers, their slaves, as Ay apparently did with the Mans as well. There’s plenty of apt real life parallels here, from children kidnapped and forced into militias in many countries to even the way more “civilized” militaries demand their soldiers to mindlessly follow orders, even if those commands are illogical or blatantly immoral.

But the Makers used more insidious means to keep their creations under their thumbs. For Fazecat it’s physical affection, but with the Monks they used religion, and it created a perpetual loop of slavery, as Alfer essentially enslaved the Monks he ruled over, using rules and lore to bend them to his whims, and as the Monks eventually enslaved the Garabirds in return. Qora is heartbroken by that last revelation most of all.

By sending Garabird to his death Qora saved the world, but she’s not happy about it — she realizes she’s done to him just what the Makers and Alfer did to her. What’s important, though, is that she’s determined to be better. And the most important way to do that is to break the cycle of slavery, be it to people or to ideals. So much of the slavery we’ve seen in Angelic is born of blind faith, of soldiers and servants and monks who carry out duties simply because that’s what they’ve always been told to do, even if there’s no good reason why. Qora doesn’t want to perpetuate that cycle by simply taking Alfer’s place — she’s going to lead by example, by continuing to search and learn, continuing to find and define her own beliefs and her place in the world. Qora freed herself, and she’s creating the tools to free so many more as well.

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