This article is about the Angel comic series and story. For other uses, see After the Fall.

"After the Fall" was long-running story arc in the Angel and Spike comics from IDW Publishing. After Brian Lynch's work on several Spike miniseries had impressed Joss Whedon; they collaborated on a canonical comic book continuation of the Angel television series.[1] This story was originally published as Angel: After the Fall. After its seventeen issue run, IDW Publishing chose to continue this series beyond the Joss-plotted story, therefore these later issues are noncanon. Beside the main series, the story arc also featured in a Spike mini-series.


After Team Angel had destroyed the Circle of the Black Thorn, Wolfram & Hart retaliated by sending Los Angeles to Hell. Initially, the members of Team Angel were separated, but throughout the story arc, they joined back up again and eventually defeated then-vampire Gunn, before Wolfram & Hart rewound time to before the Fall, effectively restoring Los Angeles.

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Publications Edit

The "After the Fall" story arc spanned the first 17 issues of the Angel comic book series.

Issues Edit

Cover Issues Release Date
Angel ATF 1 "After the Fall, Part One" 1 November 21, 2007
Written by: Brian Lynch, Joss Whedon Artist: Franco Urru
THIS IS IT! The official continuation of the ANGEL series! When last we saw Angel and company, they were charging into battle against Wolfram & Hart's Senior Partners and facing down endless demons in a dark and rainy alleyway. Picking up where Season Five of the fan-favorite TV show ended, the first issue in this maxi-series looks at who lived after that climactic battle, who died, and what happened to all of Los Angeles in its wake.
Angel ATF 2 "After the Fall, Part Two" 2 December 19, 2007
Written by: Brian Lynch, Joss Whedon Artist: Franco Urru
Between the array of new enemies and fallen former friends—not to mention the state of Los Angeles itself—can Angel possibly find a reason to go on? And can some familiar faces help provide that reason? 
Angel ATF 3 "After the Fall, Part Three" 3 January 14, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch; Joss Whedon Artist: Franco Urru
Angel is attacked by Illyria, and gravely wounded. The Hell dimension is playing havoc with Illyria's powers, and she is time-skipping as she did in "Time Bomb". Connor arrives revealing that he and Spike have been working as partners; Spike's "Hugh Hefner" lifestyle is part of his act. Angel confronts the Lords of Los Angeles, and challenges them to a battle for all of Los Angeles in two days. On the final page, Angel's inner monologue reveals his wounds are mortal, and he is no longer a vampire.
A00a "After the Fall, Part Four" 4 February 20, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch; Joss Whedon Artist: Franco Urru
At Wolfram & Hart, Angel is healed through mystic chants that fix his mortal wounds. Two demons arrive and beckon Angel to follow them, while outside, Gunn prepares for an attack on the building. Angel and Wes are taken to the town of Silver Lake, which is ruled by their old ally Lorne, who notifies them of his neutral stance concerning the upcoming battle. After Angel has a reunion with Groosalugg, Gunn and his vampire minions plant a bomb in the empty Wolfram & Hart building, completely destroying it. Wesley's ghost fades away as Angel prepares for the battle ahead.
Angel ATF 5 "After the Fall, Part Five" 5 March 19, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch; Joss Whedon Artist: Franco Urru
Wesley has been transported to a void, where he has an argument with a disembodied voice over his role of being the last representative of Wolfram & Hart. Angel's allies consider their options with Spike being the most vocal about his desire to depart. The battle begins with Angel and all his friends at his side, thanks to Lorne's last minute rousing. Spike asks Angel for help concerning Illyria, as Wesley is returned from Hell and joins his companions. Spike reveals he never would have come to aid Angel had he known Wesley would be there. Illyria turns her attention to the scene, notices Wesley's arrival, and reverts back to Fred.
Angel ATF 6 "After the Fall, Part Six" aka "First Night, Part One" 6 April 2, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: various
Bookended by images of Betta George in captivity, the 'First Night' stories of Spike, Connor, and Lorne are presented in three sections. In the first section, Spike switches from self-congratulation and thoughts of retirement into defending innocents — including Illyria, who initially appears as Fred. The second segment displays Connor's internal conflict as he considers rejoining the fight, and is then inevitably drawn into it. The third section is presented in a cartoonish rhyming style, showing Lorne's path from Lindsey's murder to becoming lord of Silver Lake.
Angel ATF 7 "After the Fall, Part Seven" aka "First Night, Part Two" 7 May 7, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch Artist: various
The second 'First Night' issue initially focuses on Wesley's after-death awareness, including a visit from an unnamed female temptress who is acting on the Senior Partners' behalf. She pretends to be Fred, but Wesley is not fooled. The scene then shifts to Connor's situation; Kate Lockley arrives, armed to the teeth, and "rescues" Connor, taking him to her well-armed lair. In the present day, Betta George is still held captive by Gunn's lackeys, and it is shown that Gunn's vampires have been training against captive Slayers.
Angel000a "After the Fall, Part Eight" aka "First Night, Part Three" 8 June 11, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch, Scott Tipton, and Joss Whedon Artist: various
In the first section, Gwen is making out with a guy on the beach when Los Angeles is thrown into Hell. The change in scenery has caused the device regulating her power to stop working, causing her to accidentally electrocute her male companion. In the second section, a crazy guy is preaching about the end of the world when Los Angeles is sent to Hell. Finally, Gunn wakes up in a vampire's lair to discover he's been sired. Learning the vampires were ordered to turn him, he kills their leader and takes charge of the group.
A9-001a "After the Fall, Part Nine" 9 June 18, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Nick Runge
Angel and his friends defeat the Lords of L.A., who have misunderstood the true purpose of the Hagan Shafts. Lorne becomes the new Lord of all Los Angeles, while Angel goes to back to the Hyperion Hotel to do what he does best: help people. Connor makes his feelings for Gwen known to Angel. Wesley takes Fred to his corpse, where she reverts to Illyria, who reveals that Fred is still within her.
A10-001a "After the Fall, Part Ten" 10 July 2, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Nick Runge
Angel has a comic book-esque dream where a superhero version of Spike is protecting the city while the mortal Angel is now an old man. Spike is left looking after Wesley. Angel, Connor, Gwen, Nina, and Illyria question a vampire over who killed the lord in #1. Illyria reveals to Connor, Gwen, and Nina that Angel is now human. Realizing that Illyria knew he was human through her ability to detect power, Angel tells Illyria to use her ability to search for the vampires "sitting on the power". Gunn has Betta George attacked by slayers, and eventually, a desperate George uses his ability to mentally freeze them. Gunn then has George attempt to contact help outside of L.A., but George is surprised to learn that Gunn has tricked him; Los Angeles going to Hell has been covered up. However, Betta George has also contacted Angel for help. Angel arrives, ready to attack, after Illyria detected Gunn's gang, "vampires atop a structure brimming with power". Angel is horrified, however, upon recognizing Gunn in their midst.
Angel ATF 11 "After the Fall, Part Eleven" 11 August 13, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Nick Runge
Angel sends Fred away with Nina on the dragon, while he attempts to rescue Gunn. As Angel discovers that Gunn is now a vampire and his own life is in peril, Connor, Spike, and Gwen return on the dragon to help with the rescue mission. Gunn reveals his visions to Angel, then uses a magical talisman to reverse the spells on Angel: his glamour and all the healing spells. Angel lies bleeding, broken, and dying as the cavalry arrives, only to be shocked by Gwen's apparent betrayal.
Angel ATF 12 "After the Fall, Part Twelve" 12 September 4, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Nick Runge
Connor and Spike confront Gwen on her betrayal. Wesley is taken from headquarters to the scene of Angel's impending death, which spurs Fred's transformation into Illyria as she approaches the scene of a battle between Gwen and the dragon, whose name is revealed as Cordelia. On another plane, Angel is reunited with an apparition of Cordelia, meant to ease his transition. Wesley arrives and confronts Gunn with information from the Senior Partners: the visions are their own, and all they have wrought is part of a larger plan for Angel. He reveals Angel (and Angel alone) is still entitled to the future in the Shanshu prophecy, and delivers Angel a glimpse of it. Angel sees an image of himself as a vampire surrounded by dozens of dead bodies in the aftermath of an apocalyptic battle. This vision however, leads Angel to resign himself to death.
Angel ATF 13 "After the Fall, Part Thirteen" 13 October 22, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Stephen Mooney
Spike finds Gunn's captured Slayers, but they overpower him and he is slain. The Senior Partners send their larger army (legions of dragons) to the scene of the rooftop fray, and Cordelia the dragon is killed. Gwen, seeking atonement, sacrifices herself to destroy the legion in an electrical discharge. Connor makes his way into the building and defeats Gunn in combat, kicking him through the window. Connor's pleads to a dying Angel and helps him realize that he would never become a soulless vampire again; Cordelia's spirit bids Angel farewell after reassuring him of his status as a champion of good. While the group desperately encourage Angel to keep fighting and survive, Spike re-emerges seemingly alive, accompanied by the three Slayers who killed him. Gunn, on the streets, encounters Illyria and through feigning sadness and remorse, triggers her transformation into Fred, before he surreptitiously shoots her in the chest.
Angel ATF 14 "After the Fall, Part Fourteen" 14 November 19, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Stephen Mooney
A new demon army arrives in Los Angeles and takes Angel's body so that Angel can be resurrected to fulfill the prophecy. The source of Spike's own seemingly-impossible resurrection is revealed as a five-minute time reset used by Gunn to train his vampires against Slayers. Groosalugg and his black winged horse, also named Cordelia, slay many of Wolfram & Hart's dragons. Despite being interrupted by the demon army, Gunn manages to successfully restore Illyria to her original demonic form, with the intent of using her fully-restored powers to rewind time to before the Fall permanently. However, George looks within Illyria's mind: her frustration at being unable to create order leads her to decide to wholly collapse time - and with it, all existence.
Angel ATF 15 "After the Fall, Part Fifteen" 15 December 17, 2008
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Franco Urru
Illyria continues trying to unmake everything, believing that Fred would want to end everyone's suffering. She lashes out at and kills Groosalugg and many of the Spikettes. Gunn mortally wounds Connor and is defeated, but not killed, by Angel. Angel comes up with a plan to stop Illyria. Betta George focuses Spike and Wesley's memories of Fred into her mind, a "care bear stare", which paralyzes her long enough for Wolfram & Hart's demon avatars to take her out. Connor tells Angel not to let them win and then dies.
Angel ATF 16 "After the Fall, Part Sixteen" 16 January 28, 2009
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Franco Urru
At the conclusion of Angel: Season Five, all of Angel's efforts to save his friends and his city resulted in a hellish existence for all of them. Now, in the penultimate chapter of Angel: After the Fall, a final, climactic battle will see Angel live free or die for the final time.
Angel ATF 17 "After the Fall, Part Seventeen" 17 February 25, 2009
Written by: Brian Lynch and Joss Whedon Artist: Franco Urru
At the conclusion of Angel the Series, Los Angeles and all its citizens were cast into a hellish dimension. Since then, Angel has sought redemption while dealing with the death and destruction brought on by his actions. But will anyone survive to see the conclusion?

Spike: After the Fall Edit

The "After the Fall" story arc was also featured in the Spike: After the Fall mini-series, written by Brian Lynch and art by Franco Urru.

Issues Edit

Continuation Edit

Although many of the subsequent issues of the IDW's Angel comic book series directly or indirectly dealt with the aftermath of the Fall of Los Angeles, three of these deserve special mention (and considered as canon, in general):

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