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While created as part of licensed material, it is not part of the original Buffyverse, but its own developed story.
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Angel + Spike, previously titled Angel in the first nine issues, is a comic book series spin-off to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reimagining series. It is published by Boom! Studios, starting in April 2019.

Premise

Meet Angel — a vampire cursed with a soul who has spent centuries protecting humanity from the monsters that lurk in the dark… including himself. Now, looking for redemption for the atrocities committed by the monster he was when he was first turned at the age of 18, Angel stumbles upon a new demon uprising and a shocking truth: The restoration of his humanity can only come if he takes one more life: a certain Slayer from Sunnydale who he's never met… but may now be his greatest enemy.[1]

Continuity

  • This story is an alternative version of the original Angel series, with no sense of continuity between them.
  • The events are parallel to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) series, crossing over in the miniseries Hellmouth.
  • The graphic novel anthologies Chosen Ones and Every Generation, as well as the Willow miniseries, are set in the same universe as this series.

Appearances

Considering the fifteen stories published so far:

Publications

Issues

Cover Issue Release date
Angel-00-00a.jpg Prologue April 17, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
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.
Angel-01-00a.jpg Angel #1 May 29, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
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 gets closer to redemption, the full truth of his horrific past as Angelus will be revealed — and there may be no way to escape his darkest secret of all.
Angel-02-00a.jpg Angel #2 June 26, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Los Angeles is becoming infested with more supernatural threats than ever before — and Angel needs to know why before he can complete the rituals to become human once again. But the vampire-with-a-soul's quest for redemption won't be as simple as he hoped (I mean, it's already super complicated because he was, well, the mass murderer Angelus) when a new threat arrives on the scene and forces Angel to truly examine his past.
Angel-03-00a.jpg Angel #3 July 31, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Angel's made his move and now he's dealing with the unintended consequences as the true threat facing him may be greater than he imagined. But one wrong choice may destroy his life as he knows it… and ruin his chances to lift the curse. Is there any price too high when redemption is the prize?
Angel-04-00a.jpg Angel #4 August 28, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
This is it — the stunning conclusion to the first story arc reimagining the iconic vampire with a soul. Angel must decide which path to follow on this ques to earn redemption and to free himself from the vampire curse — and all roads lead to Sunnydale.
Angel-05-00a.jpg Angel #5 September 25, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
After teetering between Sunnydale and Los Angeles, Angel now knows exactly what his mission is — to make sure the Hellmouth stays sealed! He'll stop anyone who gets in his way, be it friend or foe, vampire… or Slayer.
Angel-06-00a.jpg Angel #6 October 23, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
With Angel trapped in Sunnydale, the rest of Angel's newly formed team has their hands full dealing with the Hellmouth's fallout in Los Angeles. Will this gang of supernatural crime-solvers be able to protect Los Angeles from the shockwaves of the Hellmouth's opening… and from newly arrived vampire, Spike?
Angel-07-00a.jpg Angel #7 November 27, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Angel's in Sunnydale, so it's up to TEAM SPIKE to save Los Angeles from a horde of demons! But can Fred and Gunn find a way to work with Spike to save their city… or does Spike have a secret agenda?
Angel-08-00a.jpg Angel #8 December 18, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Back in Los Angeles, TEAM SPIKE — Spike, Fred & Gunn — is doing their best to stem the tide of evil that Hellmouth has unleashed, but the city is being overwhelmed. But to save their city, Fred must decide whether to fight off the darkness inside her… or embrace it.
AngelSpike-09-00a.jpg Angel + Spike #9 February 26, 2020
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
As Gunn, Fred, Lorne and Lilith fight back against the evil that's infected their city, they can't do without the help of their vampire leader… Spike! As TEAM SPIKE faces down the new threat of legal firm Wolfram & Hart, there's one question on everyone's minds: What happened to Angel?
AngelSpike-10-00a.jpg Angel + Spike #10 March 25, 2020
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Spike and his, uh, Team Spike of Fred, Gunn & their new ally Lorne race against the clock to find a supernatural artifact before Wolfram & Hart. But if they're going to save the day, Team Spike is going to have find a way not to kill each other first. AND WHAT HAPPENED TO ANGEL?
AngelSpike-11-00a.jpg Angel + Spike #11 June 24, 2020
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
With a rogue demon on the loose, Team Spike is running out of time to save the life of an innocent boy — but Wolfram & Hart claim to have the solution. With real demons in the equation, is a deal with the devil worth it?
AngelSpike-12-00a.jpg Angel + Spike #12 July 22, 2020
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Team Spike has survived Hellmouth with some surprising allies, but now it's time to deal with the consequences-and all roads lead to Wolfram & Hart.
AngelSpike-13-00a.jpg Angel + Spike #13 August 26, 2020
Writer: Adam Smith Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Angel's been to hell — but Hollywood in the 60s might be even worse! An untold story from Angel's past is revealed for the first time as Angel's Hollywood starlet friend is murdered — and Angel is the only one looking for her killer. As Angel discovers the truth behind her death, he'll be forced to choose between justice and redemption — and will make a choice that will haunt him forever.
AngelSpike-14-00a.jpg Angel + Spike #14 September 23, 2020
Writer: Zac Thompson Artist: Hayden Sherman
Detective Kate Lockley is getting pulled further into Angel's supernatural world, but may have a connection to his violent past that neither of ever expected! Meanwhile, Fred taps into a dangerous new magic... and that may just be part of Wolfram & Hart's master plan.
AngelSpike-15-00b.jpg Angel + Spike #15 October 28, 2020
Writer: Zac Thompson Artist: Hayden Sherman
Wolfram & Hart has been meddling in the lives of Team Angel, and the cracks are starting to show. As Fred wrestles for control over her new dark magic, Angel is too distracted by his connection with Detective Kate Lockley — and her mysterious connection to his past — to see it.
AngelSpike-16-00b.jpg Angel + Spike #16 November 25, 2020
Writer: Zac Thompson Artist: Hayden Sherman
Team Angel — or Team Spike, no one can agree — must work with the werewolf Oz and his pack if they're going to save the day. Meanwhile, Fred discovers her true power and her connection to another universe where Fred worked for Wolfram & Hart...

Collections

Trade paperbacks

Cover Title Issues Release date
Angel-v01a.jpg Being Human 0–4 September 25, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
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, on the trail of the most recent demonic uprising, he realizes that the redemption he seeks can only come at a startling price.
Angel-v02a.jpg City of Demons 5–8 June 24, 2020
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
With Angel trapped in the Hellmouth, the city of Los Angeles only has one hope — and it's Spike? Witness the formation of Team Spike as Winifred Burkle, Charles Gunn, and Angel's old "friend" battle the rising tide of evil in Los Angeles... If they can stop fighting each other long enough to fight the monsters.
Angel-v03a.jpg All the Devils Are Here 9–12 October 20, 2020
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
It's a new beginning for Los Angeles, as Angel has returned from the Hellmouth in Sunnydale... only to find that Gunn and Fred are now aligned with his mortal enemy, Spike. But as the two vampires must resolve their complicated history, new faces have emerged to threaten Angel and Spike's missions. While Detective Kate Lockley is drawn into this world of horror beyond her imagination, a new enemy rises in the form of the demonic law firm Wolfram & Hart — and they're determined to get Fred back at any cost.
To be revealed. To be announced. 13–16 To be announced.
Writers: Adam Smith, Zac Thompson Artists: Piotr Kowalski, Hayden Sherman
To be announced.

Others

Cover Title Issues Release date
Angel-v01 HC.jpg Being Human (hardcover) 0–4 October 23, 2019
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Gleb Melnikov
No Joss Whedon fan can miss this limited edition 20th Anniversary hardcover collecting issues #0-4 of the new series from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov. Includes 16 extra pages of content, and an exclusive gallery of cover art from the surprise series, including illustrations by award-winning artists Dan Panosian, Scott Buoncristiano, and many others!
Hellmouth Gift Set.jpg Hellmouth Gift Set 5–8, others November 3, 2020
Writers: Bryan Edward Hill, others Artists: Gleb Melnikov, others
Buffy and her Scooby Gang will have to muster all their strength as they deal with an open Hellmouth that threatens the lives of everyone they love in Sunnydale. Meanwhile, Angel, the vampire cursed with a soul, arrives in town to find his redemption by doing whatever it takes to close the Hellmouth... and no human, demon or Slayer will stand in his way. It's the historic first ever Buffy & Angel comic book event as our heroes meet face-to-face in the world-ending horror hundreds of years in the making — the opening of the gates to the Hellmouth!

Behind the scenes

  • The subscription to the series at Boom! Studios reveals a prospect of at least 12 issues in addition to the current releases.[2]
  • As it was announced only a week before its debut, writer Bryan Edward Hill revealed that the book had been codenamed "The Tooth Fairy" in emails and internal docs, in order to guarantee that the series would be a surprise.[3] Meanwhile, the debut of Angel in the Buffy series was also being hidden with bogus covers for Welcome Back to the Hellmouth, Part Four and Frenemies.
  • Editor Jeanine Schaefer has described the involvement of creator Joss Whedon in the series: "Same as with Buffy, he saw our initial pitch and gave us the green light to reinterpret and reimagine and we were off to the races. Bryan [Edward Hill]'s pitch was really fleshed out on both the plot and the emotional level and we're getting the legroom to do some cool stuff with Joss' blessing."[4]

References

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