A friend pointed me toward this new comic book series just getting off the ground in Portland, Oregon. Launched under Relium Media (I know - who's heard of them?), it follows an orphaned teenage girl as she finds out she's descended from angels. I was a little skeptical at first - the protagonist was billed as being an "angry at the world" girl who "ever teenager can identify with," which sounded like a recipe for instant emo to me, but I just picked up issue 0 and gave it a read-through.
I'm definitely hooked - the story looks like it's going to have a huge scope (as anything with fallen angels and a backstory that spans millennia should) and manages to be intriguing, creepy, and epic within the space of a few pages. Contrary to my expectations, I already like the main character, Mara - she's definitely following in the footsteps of Buffy, and doesn't seem likely to fall into annoying angst like so many other teenage protagonists.
One of the nice little touches that I really enjoyed was the fact that the comic is clearly set in Portland, instead of a generic New York / Gotham analogue.
All in all, it's an excellent prologue issue (it worked for me, at least), and I'd recommend it to both fans of Buffy, Heroes, X-Men
, and other coming-of-age and growing-into-your-powers stories, in addition to (judging from the last page hook for the next issue) anyone who likes stories about cosmic, sweeping conspiracies of supernatural beings meddling with human history.