Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Angel as originally conceived is a character that would never be created today. Back when he was introduced, the power of flight and the visual of a man with wings was impressive enough to hook in readers - I know that I really liked him. Somewhere along the line, it was felt that the character needed to get beefed up and given more of an edge. When he was transformed into Archangel, he was turned blue, given metallic wings that could project blades, and saddled with a new grim and gritty attitude. If this had just been for a story line that would have been fine, but he has never quite reverted back to his original status. I think the changes made him seem more like a villain than a hero. I haven't checked in on the X-books in a while so I am not sure what his status is now - I think he is still blue but are his wings metal or back to the classic feathered look? I'm an old school guy so I almost always prefer the original design.