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REVIEW: Explore the Paranormal with ‘Ella Arcangel: Oyayi sa Dilim’

 
Ella Arcanghel
Ella Arcanghel
Ella Arcanghel

 
Overview
 

Story by: Julius Villanueva
 
Art by: Julius Villanueva
 
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4/ 5


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10 total ratings

 

Raves


A new spin on the supernatural; creepy art

Rants


Art could have used more grey tones


To sum it all up..

Did you have any paranormal encounters when you were still a child? Old people always say that children are more perceptive when it comes to the unknown. They say that the spirits are more likely to show themselves to kids. That seems to be true in the world of Ella Arcanghel.

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Posted April 15, 2016 by

 
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Ella Arcanghel

Did you have any paranormal encounters when you were still a child? Old people always say that children are more perceptive when it comes to the unknown. They say that the spirits are more likely to show themselves to kids. That seems to be true in the world of Ella Arcangel.

Ella Arcangel: Oyayi sa Dilim starts in a baranggay called Masikap which looks like a squatter area. We are introduced to boy who sets out to find his beloved pet. When he does find her, he wasn’t prepared for what the dog has brought home with them. As the supernatural starts to show it’s ugly face, the children have nowhere to go to. Enter Ella, a mysterious child who knows a lot of things that even the adults have no idea about. Will she be the one to save these kids from the unknown?

Julius Villanueva‘s Ella Arcangel delves on the Philippine supernatural genre. There are now a number of other comics that uses that but Ella Arcangel manages to keep it fresh thanks to the element of poverty. In a way, Ella is like a kiddie Trese. Both are female protectors of their land. Ready to defend it from the paranormal.  

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Ella Arcangel: Oyayi sa Dilim is not only tackles with the supernatural but also the theme of poverty. It was very obvious in the state of things in this first issue. It seems that it would be more of a problem than the supernatural beings of baranggay Masikap. The dialogue is realistic and so was the characters. The use of Tagalog as the main language proves to be better for the story. It gives the story an authentic feel. Also, you can’t really use English on a setting like this.

Ella Arcanghel 1

Julius Villanueva’s illustrations for this komiks looks like it was drawn for kids. Well that is until the paranormal creatures show up. It surprisingly compliments the creepy atmosphere that the story wants to emanate. The balance of black and white was there but it could have used more grey tones. The supernatural creatures look good as they do look creepy. The dialogue boxes and font are also easy to read.

Ella Arcangel: Oyayi sa Dilim is a good story.  We look forward to another adventure from her and Julius Villanueva.


Luigi Cabrera

 
Enthusiast of things geeky, weird, and random. He finds peace in writing.


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