Review: Karmen #1

By Guillem March

Spanish writer and artist GUILLEM MARCH is best known for his ongoing, extensive work with DC Comics on Batman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn and has worked as an artist on several graphic novels including the English editions of Monika with Titan Comics and The Dream with Europe Comics. Here, he takes up his pen for an edgy new FIVE-PART SERIES about a highly unconventional angel named Karmen and the young woman she takes under her wing when a case of heartbreak strikes hard. Packed with surprises and metaphysics, this gorgeously drawn series deploys tenderness and humor as it dives deep into topics that matter.”

This will not be a book for everyone. But this will, however, be a book likely to break my heart. Because this first issue really captured so much about human emotion: our good, bad, and everything in between. Karmen is an unconventional angel sent to Cata during the darkest part of her heart breaking – and it absolutely crushes me. There’s a juxtaposition between the sorrow that hangs and the crude and joking nature of Karmen, but it helps lighten the heaviness of the subject matter.

Guillem March has been one of my absolute favorite artists for years. His style is gorgeous and very distinct, and it’s really showcased so beautifully in Karmen. The unique design of the angel herself, the gorgeous handling of every character and every scene. It’s a stunning book.

If you think you can handle some emotionally triggering subject matter, then grab Karmen this week!

-Angel

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