Angel of Death is a web series created by comic writer Ed Brubaker and starring stunt woman Zoë Bell that was originally webcast on Crackle.com (a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment) in March 2009, and released on DVD in July 2009. Angel of Death is a dark, grindhouse-inspired action/thriller that is stylish and awesomely badass.
Ed Brubaker is a comic book writer who has re-imagined Catwoman (with artist Darwyn Cooke) for DC Comics, and Captain America and Daredevil for Marvel Comics, among other titles. He also created (with artist Sean Phillips) noir thrillers Criminal and Incoginito for Icon Comics, and Fatale for Image Comics.
Zoë Bell, born in New Zealand, is an actress and stunt woman whose résumé includes, most notably, doubling for Lucy Lawless in the syndicated TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, and for Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino‘s epic Kill Bill. Bell, as an actress, is best known for playing herself in Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof (2007) which was part of the Grindhouse double feature with Robert Rodriguez‘s Planet Terror. Her stunt work in Death Proof is simply stunning, especially when she’s clinging to the hood of a classic 1970 Dodge Challenger. However, as awesome as Zoë Bell is in that film, I prefer Planet Terror over Death Proof (even though Tarantino cast the lovely Rosario Dawson, who makes any movie better). Zoë Bell also played Rawhide in Rick Jacobson‘s Bitch Slap (2009), and Tall Witch in Tommy Wirkola‘s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013). Both were small roles, but, I love both of those movies. Yes, I love Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Anyway …
In Angel of Death, Eve (Zoë Bell) is a ruthless assassin who, during a botched job, kills her intended target’s 14-year-old daughter, and stumbles out with a large knife stuck in her skull. After the blade is removed, Eve begins to have hallucinations about the young girl she killed, and is driven to avenge her death by going after her crime family employers who ordered the hit.
Favorite scene #1: In episode 4 (“Made Men”), Eve confronts Arthur Max (John Serge), a made man, in his office, and a lengthy brutal fight, in the bathroom, ensues. But, soon, Eve collapses into a seizure.
Favorite scene #2: In episode 5 (“Escape”), Eve, with her hands zip-tied behind her back, watches as Max calls her handler (and lover) Graham Prescott (Brian Poth). She slips her feet through her arms, and, while still bound at her wrists, removes a knife hidden in her boot. Max faces her, finding his gun on a table between them. Then, as he lunges for the weapon, Eve dives over the table, slashing his throat.
Favorite scene #3: Eve, as she escapes Max‘s office (on the 2nd floor), faces a thug in the hallway who attempts to intimidate her with cliché Bruce Lee taunting. “Seriously?” she sighs, then, charges him, crashing through a window, onto the roof of a car below, using the thug as a cushion. That stunt never gets tired.
Favorite scene #4: In episode 10 (“Absolution”), the finale, Eve, with guns blazing, crashes the mob boss’ funeral, held at a strip club by his cruel son Cameron Downes (Jake Abel), who killed Eve‘s lover Prescott and her neighbor Vera (Lucy Lawless). And, in the end …
Favorite scene #5: Eve stands atop a building, looking out over the city, as the FBI agent she made a deal with realizes that Eve withheld information in regards to the crime boss’ daughter Regina (Vail Bloom), whom Eve, presumably, is going after next, in season two. But, season two never happened. Yet.
Angel of Death, needless to say, is gritty pulp fun! Watch it! Love it!