Angel #1 (2019),
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W) Bryan Edward Hill
(A) Gleb Melnikov
(CA) Boris Pelcer
BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers), presents the shocking reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon ANGEL!
Angel walks the line between two worlds; a vampire cursed with a soul, he's spent centuries battling back the forces that would destroy humanity, in an attempt to redeem himself for the crimes committed by the monster he was when he was first turned. But now, when the trail of the most recent demonic uprising takes him to Sunnydale, he realizes that the redemption he seeks can only come at a startling price.
As Angel reunites with old friends and old spirits in Sunnydale, he comes face to face with a new demon -- one set on destroying a generation that Angel is entirely unfamiliar with. Will Angel be able to adapt to this new kind of foe...or will he succumb to the demons of his dark and terrible past as Angelus?
Following the journey of Angel through past and present, critically-acclaimed writer Bryan Edward Hill (Detective Comics, Killmonger) and artist Gleb Melnikov present a brand new, modern take on one of the most iconic vampires in pop culture, perfect for fans and new readers alike!
Date Available: 04/17/2019
In the tradition of 'Die Die Die!' and ..., comes the 2nd secret comic in the past 12 months, and its ANGEL!
If you don't know Angel, he's a vampire, with a soul, looking to do good after being so very bad. It can't be a shock that he's got a book, because BOOM! is successfully breathing life into properties that were actually just fine over at Dark Horse. Tying in to the events of the end of Buffy #4 (you'll have to do your own homework, we're here for Angel), we get a story from Angel's past after the Evil Eding of one of the Scooby Gang.
Story and art are both fine here, but not as nice as the Dan Mora lead in pages. Based on this issue, it looks like these series may run on parallel tracks, much the same way Star Wars and Darth Vader did.
If you're a Buffy person, you're already on board for this. If you're a BOOM! Buffy person, I'd bet you're in too. If you're just a walk-in, I'm not so sure, but it is enjoyable.
I give it 7 out of 10 Grahams