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The Hollower, Part One is the first issue of Angel: The Hollower comic book miniseries. Written by Christopher Golden and illustrated by Hector Gomez, it was originally published on May 12, 1999 by Dark Horse Comics.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Angelus, the hunky, wildly popular vampire squeeze of Buffy Summers is now sporting his own three-issue series! Follow Angel as he trails an ancient horror, straight from his own adventures in Europe to present-day Sunnydale. Will he be strong enough to overcome the monster's unique powers? Find out in this summer's hottest new series, straight from the adventures of Buffy the Vampire Slayer![1]

Continuity[edit | edit source]

  • Buffy mentions the demon she's fighting ugly even for a chaos demon; Spike had described this species as disgusting in "Lovers Walk."
  • Buffy mentions she prefers spending the night with Angel in a school dance or with a dinner and a movie, which they'll do in episodes "The Prom" and "Enemies."
  • Angel is described as being "nearly a quarter of a millennium old"; born in 1727, he was about 272 years old in 1999.
  • Angel is also described as being cursed twice, his second time in episode "Becoming, Part Two."
  • The Hollower is described as the only natural predator vampires have other than the Slayer; the novel "The Wisdom of War" explores the Moruach species, vampires' ancestral predators, although both publications non-canon.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Individuals[edit | edit source]

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Species[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Objects[edit | edit source]

Death count[edit | edit source]

  • An unidentified man, bitten by Catherine DeLancie.
  • An unidentified woman, bitten by Johnny Lee.
  • Johnny Lee, eaten by the Hollower.
  • The chaos demon, stabbed by Buffy Summers.
  • Unidentified woman, bitten by Spike (only in flashbacks).
  • Unidentified woman, bitten by Catherine (only in flashbacks).
  • Unidentified man, bitten by Angel (only in flashbacks).
  • Gavin, staked by Angel.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

  • Published even before the homonym television show, it's considered the first Angel comic issue, although still a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic publication.
  • Artist Jeff Matsuda debuts as cover illustrator in Buffyverse comics.
  • The photo cover includes a promotional picture for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season three.
  • Differently from other representations, at this point the comic issues had vampires also able to transform into green creatures with red eyes, pointy ears, a wide mouth, and long teeth. Although, this seems more like an artistic choice, not having direct consequence to the stories.
  • A gravestone written "Nelson Kent — Accepted his fate" is a reference to fictional superhero Doctor Fate.

Distribution[edit | edit source]

  • The Hollower, Part One was the 54th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 42,948 sales in May 1999 at comic specialty stores.[2]

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Cover artwork[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel #1 (of 3)". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved on April 8, 2018.
  2. "May 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops". Comichron. Retrieved on April 1, 2021.
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