Fallen Angels #6 is Bad, Please Don’t Read It.

Kwannon fighting Apoth

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Fallen Angels #6

Frank D’Armata (colors), Bryan Hill (writer), Szymon Kudranski (artist), Tom Muller (design), VC’s Joe Sabino (letters), Ashley Witter (cover)

Fallen Angels #6 cover - Psylocke, X-23, Cable, Husk and Bling! leaping at the reader

That was going to be my full review of this train wreck of a comic, but apparently search engines don’t like it when you just repeat the same thing 38 times. That said, this book is a stumbling dumpster fire of bad characterization and terrible decisions. If the rest of the Dawn of X line wasn’t so remarkable, this book might have be able to burn all my interest in the X-Men, like has been done so many times before.

The failure of this book to fully realize its themes is extra pronounced for me as I’m currently reading my way through the entirety of X-Men and related titles, and I just read the original Fallen Angels mini-series. Both books have themes of not knowing where you stand as a hero due to your own temperament and actions, except the main character of the original was actually written in character. Sunspot never acts like someone else; his own doubts and fears are what drive him to the original Fallen Angels outlaw group. He finds himself by the end of the series, and realizes that despite his doubts, he can be a hero if he wants to be. In comparison, we leave Kwannon pretty much where she was when the series started.

Kwannon using telekinetic pink butterfly wings to fly - Fallen Angels #6 - Marvel Comics - January 2020 - Kudranski

Confusingly, for a book that was supposed to move her past her history with Betsy, Fallen Angels does nothing to reach that goal. She’s still using Betsy’s name. She’s still wearing Betsy’s costume. She’s still using Betsy’s butterfly imagery. She’s still somehow using Betsy’s telekinesis (a power Kwannon doesn’t actually have). No part of this series has moved Kwannon into her own character. Let’s hope Hellions delivers on that (I’ll be covering that book starting in March).

The action of the book is also confusing, as we skip any lead-up to the final conflict, and just jump into it in progress. It remains clear that there was no point in adding Husk and Bling! to this book, as they serve absolutely no purpose. Laura seems a slight bit more in character this issue, but she pales in comparison to X-Men where Laura felt unmistakably like the character she’d grown into during Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine.

This book’s finish is like all it’s other chapters; boring, confusing, and full of terrible art and even worse characterization. Save yourself time and money and skip this book. I highly recommend the original Fallen Angels mini-series, which can be found on ComiXology or Marvel Unlimited, and actually understands its characters. Plus there are two super smart telekinetic lobsters, something this book sadly did not have. Fallen Angels #6 is bad, please don’t read it.

Cori McCreery

Cori McCreery

Cori is a life long comic nerd residing in Northern California. A life long Supergirl and DC Comics fan, she is the DC Comics Beat Reporter for Women Write About Comics.

One thought on “Fallen Angels #6 is Bad, Please Don’t Read It.

  1. I was really invested and excited about they bringing Kwannon into the fold and was left pretty disappointed. It seems Bryan E. Hill really just wanted her to become a generic 1991 Jim Lee Psylocke cosplay because in his own words that was the version he liked best. Problem is he never bothered to explain and develop any logical reasoning. Why does she take the name of a woman she hates? In issue #1 Kwannon claims she will take the name because Betsy had stolen her body (Conveniently forgetting that Kwannon had also "stolen" Betsy’s body until she died of the Legacy virus. I won’t even touch the fact that Betsy is often blamed by Kwannon for something a man did to both of them). Why does Kwannon keep the costume? The Hand gave the Elektra-inspired "thongkini" to Betsy because they wanted her to become their new Elektra. Kwannon, on the other hand, was never affiliated with the Hand. In fact, she was a rival to the Hand and because of that feud she died. What prompts her to use that specific costume? The butterfly imaginary feels unearned and forced as well, specifically because it’s mostly associated with Betsy’s British body. Kwannon, who was an empath, an interesting and unique powerset, now has undefined psychic powers because the writer never bothered to explain that as well. Lastly, for a woman so adamant in finding her place in the world, we learn that Kwannon is not her real name, but the writer fails to give her one. She is left a nameless shell who now only goes by a name that is not even her own. Fallen Angels concludes with "the person formerly known as Kwannon" becoming less than more. no real codename, no real name, not her own powers, not her own costume, no personality at all.

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