Comic Review:Justice Angel #1 (Artemis Entertainment)

Sarah is an 8 year-old Chinese girl who watches the murder of her parents in their small Chinatown, NY grocery store. Sarah’s grandmother sends her to a Buddhist temple to […]

ja_excerpt coverSarah is an 8 year-old Chinese girl who watches the murder of her parents in their small Chinatown, NY grocery store. Sarah’s grandmother sends her to a Buddhist temple to learn the ways of the Buddha and to hopefully learn to cope with the grief of her parents’ death. In the temple, she makes friends with a boy named Allen and she learns martial arts. As it ends she has not yet put on the purple costume and mask of the Justice Angel, but is, instead, right on the cusp of it.

As I said in a previous review I love independent books and Tiffany Dang’s is a book every comic book fan needs to read. The art in it is very basic and still very rough in some scenes; the artist needs a bit more practice with the anatomy of some of the characters and perspective, but for her first outing it shows she has potential and I would love to see more of Valerie Boris’s work.

However, it is Dang’s writing that makes this comic book a success. I met her briefly at the New York Comic Con; I thought English was her second language (I am not 100 percent sure), but she weaves an amazing story and proves she has a skill to narrate Sarah’s journey into the Justice Angel. I loved how she mixed Sarah’s story with a story from ancient times about two farmers framed for attempting to poison the emperor. ja_excerpt page 1

The plot is the same one seen in many comic books in stories – parents are killed and young child grows up to become a hero (i.e. Batman, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, etc.), but thanks to Dang, I was able to learn much about the Chinese culture, Buddhism and Sarah’s world. ja_excerpt page 2

It’s worth the visit!

You can pick up Justice Angel here.

 All images courtesy of Artemis Entertainment.

 

CREDITS:

Justice Angel

Artemis Entertainment

Tiffany Dang, Writer

Valerie Boris, Illustrator

Caleb Meeker, Colorist & Letterer

 

About Don Smith

Before self publishing ‘Ghost Investigator’ under the Spirited Comics Publication banner, Smith has written comic books for Heske Horror and Bluewater Comics. His bio comics, ‘Political Power: Ronald Reagan’ and ‘Political Power: Rush Limbaugh’ garnered national attention on ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’ and ‘The New York Times.’ His upcoming comic ‘American Defenders: The Army’ gives a history of the United States Army. Smith also garnered acclaim with his latest history book, THE GOFFLE ROAD MURDERS OF PASSAIC COUNTY, that detailed the first murders in Passaic County, New Jersey and their unusual connection the administration of President William McKinely and Vice President Garret Hobart.

Visit his site at http://donsmithwrites.wordpress.com.