REVIEW: ‘Snow Angels Season Two,’ Issue #3

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Snow Angels Season Two #3

Milli and Mae Mae’s chilly reception in the previous issue turns into a blood bath in Snow Angels Season Two #3 when the Snowman tracks them down. Snow Angels Season Two #3 is a ComiXology Original written by Jeff Lemire, with art by Jock and lettering by Steve Wands.

Just when Milli and Mae are pushed down a dark hole to act as sacrifices to the Colden Ones—the creators of the Trench they once called home—the Snowman makes their presence known. Killing their way through the people of the Trench, the Snowman saves the two girls from falling to their deaths. But this act of charity definitely isn’t as it seems.

But it does beg the question: why, really, is the Snowman so adamant about tracking Milli and Mae down? The Snowman has had the chance again and again to kill the two kids, just like he did the Trench people. So, what exactly does this paragon of death want? Lemire still isn’t telling, and the mystery of the Snowman gets more and more interesting in this issue.

Over the course of this series, our two main protagonists have gradually realized that everything they’ve been taught—about the three tenants of the Trench and their gods—has been a lie. Or at least parts of it. So much so that I began to believe that everything we, as the audience, have learned through the two has been a lie. But, in Snow Angels Season Two #3, we learn that not everything is a theological invention. I won’t reveal much, but we learn some of the stories are true, and it’s just enough of whiplash that the cliffhanger at the end will be absolutely agonizing. For now, all I can say is that I’m enjoying how Lemire is sprinkling in truths and lies, always keeping us guessing.

Panels are rarely symmetrical or parallel, really engendering the chaos in the pages. The use of multiple smaller panels to explore action, with the occasional full-page, marries the artwork with the story’s pacing wonderfully. When Milli and Mae pause in awe, readers too have to stop and take in a full page of artwork.

Jock’s artwork, though made up of simple lines and heavy shadows, supports the story perfectly. You can feel the surprise and desperation experienced by Milli and Mae as they run for their lives. With this issue occurring primarily underground in icy caves and caverns, Jock uses more blues than normal, with the occasional white, all inundated with more and more shadows the deeper they go. The backgrounds of violent panels are red, and with reds and yellows used to color the SFX, these panels and sound elements stand out starkly.

Overall, Snow Angels Season Two #3 continues to add more and more mystery to this series, keeping readers on their toes with some new information that offers more questions than answers. Where this story is going, I have no clue. But that makes it all the more intriguing.

Snow Angels Season Two #3 is available now exclusively at ComiXology.com.

 

Snow Angels Season Two #3
4.5

TL;DR

Snow Angels Season Two #3 continues to add more and more mystery to this series, keeping readers on their toes with some new information that offers more questions than answers. Where this story is going, I have no clue. But that makes it all the more intriguing.