One the scale of bad days, nobody can touch Angel Kostenko. Sure your kid may have spilled his juice box all over your iPad destroying the latest version of your doctoral dissertation, but Angel has you beat. When she was kidnapped from her native Ukraine, the best she could have hoped for was years of sexual abuse. Instead she finds herself running down the streets of London being chased by an Egyptian demonic dog god while the spirit of a long dead princess’s spirit chews away at her soul.
And all of that is happening by the time you hit page 4. The Mummy kicks into high gear with this issue and that follows a really good start last issue.
Angel is chosen by the evil Sect of Anubis for a ritual that they perform every 33 years when a woman born with a pyramid-shaped birthmark becomes the host for the Egyptian princess’s soul. Once the soul is housed in the host, the Sect kill her, drink her blood and live for another 33 years.
Angel escapes when the ritual is disrupted when a cult sect called the Pyramid Club attack the Sect during the ritual. While she is on the run, the ancient Egyptian soul is slowly taking over her body. She manages to escape the demon dog god and manages to track down the Pyramid Club to see if they can free her from the ritual.
Peter Milligan (Justice League Dark, Red Lanterns) and Ronilson Freire (Green Hornet, Justice, Inc.) really have injected a lot of life (pardon the bad pun) into The Mummy story and are presenting something new. I like that Angel is not the girl who is waiting to be rescued by the heroic man. She is trying to maintain control of her life, while being attacked on all sides. She cleverly plays the different factions off each other while searching for a cure; all the while suffering from visions of past lives and fighting to retain control of her own body.
I love the way that Freire mixes the classical elements of London architecture with the Egyptian elements in the visions and the cultists. It is a clever interplay of styles, especially after his dark vision of the Egyptian afterlife as the book opens.
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Ronilson Freire
Colors: Ming Sen and Dijjo Lima
Publisher: Titan Comics