Review: Fallen Angels #2 Takes The Battle To Apoth

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Ashley Witter

The Krakoa era of X-Men have offered up one of the most terrifying enemies in mutant history, the artificial intelligences that has haunted them almost since the beginning. It’s taken many forms since we met the Sentinels, but Fallen Angels #2 reveals perhaps the most terrifying form so far.

Bryan Edward Hill, Szymon Kudranski, Frank D’Armata, Joe Sabino and Tom Muller reveal more of the terrifying truth about Apoth.

Psylocke, Laura and Cable prepare to face Apoth as they face the ghosts of their past. One of Cable’s contacts gives them one of the best leads so far, but Psylocke refuses to follow it as it’s not a direct lead to Apoth. However, she has a change of heart after the duo follow the lead on their own, which could prove to be their undoing!

Hill’s work here is a definite improvement over last issue. He has a better grip on the characters, even though a few moments still feel overly stiff. He really goes to great lengths to show how terrifying Apoth is as well, which strengthens the story immensely. It still has a way to go before it’s as strong as the other Dawn of X books, but it’s getting there.

Kudranski and D’Armata’s work is also an improvement. The action has a better sense of motion, with layouts that draw the reader’s eye across the page as the action unfolds, and the character work is more intimate and realistic. There are still problems with awkward extreme close-ups (notably one panel of Cable’s teeth), and some strange point of view angles. D’Armata’s colors are more clear, and it helps the storytelling significantly.

The team is in a tough spot, and it may set the scene for the entirety of the Dawn of X. I’m excited to see where it goes next.

Fallen Angels #2 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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