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Snow Angels Season Two (comiXology Originals) #6

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
Digital Release Date: November 30, 2021
Age Rating: 15+ Only
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FINAL ISSUE! The stunning conclusion of the 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a frozen world like no other starts here!

Two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation — Writer JEFF LEMIRE and Artist JOCK — together for the first time in SNOW ANGELS.

Score:
★★★★☆ (4/5)

Jeff Lemire and Jock have sent readers on quite a journey with their Comixology Original series, 'Snow Angels.'The story of a dystopian world covered in snow and ice where inhabitants live and survive in a massive long trench. When a mysterious killing machine goes on a rampage in their village, a father and his two daughters must go on the run to stay ahead of the relentless killer. It's not just a story of survival or a story about a family sticking together in the face of grave danger, but a story of challenging the ideologies and conventions that have boxed you in your entire life. 

On its surface, 'Snow Angels' is a non-stop action thriller, something I've dubbed as 'Terminator on Ice,' with a relentless killer tracking down the last survivors of a village in this unforgiving frozen tundra. It's intense and breathtaking for Lemire's familial sacrifices and bond to Jock's wizardry with making a virtually white landscape as intimidating and treacherous as an artist can. But as the story unfolds, lies and mythmaking helped to unwittingly make the villagers sitting ducks in the first place. The rules were simple:

1. YOU MUST NEVER LEAVE THE TRENCH.
2. THE TRENCH PROVIDES.
3. THE TRENCH IS ENDLESS.

It was that shared belief that planted the villagers where they were without exploring their environment, accepting their fate in the trench, when in fact there was life beyond the trench all along. It was a secret the girls' father knew first hand and still allowed them to believe the myths anchoring them to a world built on a lie. It isn't until they're forced to run do they realize there's more beyond the trench but more within themselves. They were always capable of more, of knowing the truth, of expanding their horizons quite literally but were denied the truth. The lies we tell our children to protect them sometimes inhibit their growth and that is one lesson I took away from the series. 

All along the way, through ten issues over two "seasons", there was one pulse-pounding confrontation after another, between the evil 'Snowman' and the girls and others until many truths are revealed. 'Snow Angels' really comes together in the end and it makes this series really attractive as a collection. As enthralling as the story is, it's the craftsmanship of the comic, the way it's constructed that any reader with an appreciation for the art form will cherish. 


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