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Angel comics may refer to one of two closely related terms:

  1. Comics in which Angel is the main and/or title character.
  2. Comics based on the Angel television series, which a publishing company is allowed to create, because they have bought a license to do so from Twentieth Century Fox, who hold the intellectual property rights to Angel.

In many cases these two terms overlap.

History

In October 1998, Dark Horse Comics published its first Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, based on the license for the television show. In the summer of 1999, before the Angel television series was created, Dark Horse Comics published a three-issue miniseries, "The Hollower", with Angel as the title character. In November 1999, a day after the sixth episode of Angel ("Sense & Sensitivity") had aired, Dark Horse Comics published the first issue of Angel as an ongoing series. This series lasted seventeen issues and was followed by a four-issue miniseries, "Long Night’s Journey", which was published over the course of nearly a year. After this, Dark Horse Comics decided not to renew the Angel license. Senior managing editor Scott Allie later described: "I’ve always regretted letting Angel go in the first place."[1]

In 2005, after the Angel television series had already ended, IDW Publishing took up the rights to the Angel license and began publishing several miniseries and one-shots, some of which were set after the Angel series finale "Not Fade Away". The work of one of the writers of these miniseries, Brian Lynch, impressed Joss Whedon so much, that they collaborated on the a canonical seventeen-issue continuation of the television series, After the Fall,[2] which disregarded the continuity of their previous continuations. IDW Publishing chose to continue the Angel series beyond the initial seventeen issues, although the canonicity of these later issues is uncertain. Furthermore, several spin-off miniseries and one-shots were also created.

A conflict between writers and publishing companies arose over the use of the Angel character as the villain in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comics from Dark Horse Comics, which eventually led IDW Publishing to relinquish its license in 2011. Dark Horse Comics subsequently picked the license up again, bringing the both licenses back to the same publishing company. In 2011, Dark Horse Comics started publishing the twenty-issue Angel & Faith series, which ran parallel to Buffy Season Nine. In 2014, Dark Horse started publishing Angel & Faith Season Ten, which ran parallel to Buffy Season Ten. In 2017, the solo title returned as Angel Season Eleven with twelve issues, parallel to Buffy Season Eleven.

Stories

Main Series

Miniseries

One-Shots

Shorts

Collections

Classic

Trade Paperback:

Omnibus:

Angel & Faith Season 9

Trade Paperback:

Library Edition:

Angel & Faith Season 10

Trade Paperback:

Angel Season 11

Trade Paperback:

Angel (IDW Publishing)

Trade Paperback:

Angel: After the Fall (Hardcover and Paperback):

  • Volume 1
  • Volume 2
  • Volume 3
  • Volume 4
  • Volume 5
  • Volume 6

Omnibus:

Library Edition:

  • "Angel: After the Fall Premiere Edition, Volume 1"

See Also


  1. "Angel Returns to Dark Horse Comics". Dark Horse Comics, August 19, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  2. Emmett Furey, "Brian Lynch talks 'Angel: After the Fall'". Comic Book Resources, November 06, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2012.