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Discussion of "Angel: After the Fall #1" - Released 11/21/07 (IDW)

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Comes out tomorrow. Well start this discussion thread different this time with a review from someone who's seen it.

Newsarama Review

Turn back the clock to 2004. Angel goes off the air after one of the best finales in recent memory. Of course, it wasn't supposed to end that way. Its parent show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer got to end on its own terms, but Angel, despite growing its audience in its fifth season, was the victim of a premature cancellation. Though Joss Whedon and the gang managed to give the show "an ending", it was open-ended enough to allow further continuation. Now, just as Buffy's adventures continue elsewhere, Angel gets to realize a longer journey in comic form.

Now granted, if you were a fan of the show, then you remember the apocalyptic ending. Amazingly, Whedon and Lynch show a way around that and start things off squarely in the middle of the action. It's also written tightly enough that a newbie could jump in, though there's of course a tremendous advantage associated with being familiar with the material. There's a sensible new status quo for the characters and their environs in this issue, and we're introduced to Angel's latest ally in a truly funny bit on the second page.

Part of the enjoyment of this issue is seeing members of the extensive cast turn up again in surprising ways. Though they haven't all been glimpsed by the end of this first issue, a fair number of regulars and supporting characters crop up. I was particularly happy to see that two female members of the expanded roster will apparently have a bit more to do in the book than in the final televised season. And if you've been following the work that Brian Lynch has done on previous Angel comics (the very work, in fact, that led Whedon to invite him to this gig), then you'll be thrilled to see the return of giant telepathic fish Betta George. Yes, that's "giant telepathic fish".

There's a bit about this issue that I won't discuss, primarily because I avoid spoilers in advance reviews and partially because it's been requested that I not reveal certain details. It's sufficient to say that the new lay of the land carries a goodly number of surprises, and at least one well-worn character gets a new injection of life by the rather startling ending.

The art by Urru, while strong at capturing likenesses, could be sharper. There's something of an undefined softness around the edges of many scenes where they should be crisp and blunt. That could be because of a loose line, or it could be because of certain color choices. It's reasonably good art, but it doesn't have the weight of that terrific Tony Harris cover.

Honestly, the real draw of Angel: After the Fall is the promise of seeing familiar characters continue on their way. Whedon and Lynch really have found a strong new direction, and I look forward to seeing how they push Angel onward through his ongoing last stand.

Reviewers Note: Fans reading both Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Dark Horse and Angel would do well to remember that the action of BtVS at present would be occurring concurrently with the fifth televised season of Angel, as Buffy season seven ended at the same time as Angel season four. The eleventh episode of Angel season five, "Damage", shows a meeting between Angel's crew and members of Buffy's slayer army that are presently active in that comic series.
BEST SHOTS EXTRA: ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL #1 - NEWSARAMA
 

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I can't wait for this! but's going to be Christmas before TFAW deliver! I may go insane!
 

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the site i get the comics from says Novemeber 28th...or maybe that's the day they start delivering? ::huh1::
 

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the site i get the comics from says Novemeber 28th...or maybe that's the day they start delivering? ::huh1::
I think that was the original date but it was put forward. It's definitely out tomorrow. where do you get them from?
 

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i get my comics from THIS site. it's still saying available from the 28th...
 

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i get my comics from THIS site. it's still saying available from the 28th...
It looks like THIS site will only have it from the 28th...like you said it says its available not released on the 28th on the site. That's not too bad, I have to wait until next month before it will be delivered!!!::crying2:
 

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It looks like THIS site will only have it from the 28th...like you said it says its available not released on the 28th on the site. That's not too bad, I have to wait until next month before it will be delivered!!!::crying2:
why do you have to wait that long?
 

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why do you have to wait that long?
Because I can't get them in any comic shop in Limerick (where I live) so I'm ordering them from TFAW but they don't ship until 2-3 days after they arrive in their warehouses and then it takes about twenty days to get to Ireland after that. Normally I get the comics by the 25th of every month
 

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At least I still get them..it will be like an extra Christmas present or something! I might change where I get them from, I had never read a comic before in my life before season 8 so I didn't really know where was best to buy.
 

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Keanoite, i live in Belfast, and i get all my comics from the site i posted above. i usually get them 2-3 days after the release date stated on the website.

i used to order them from TFAW, but then they said that they couldn't deliver to me anymore. something about being outside of their delivery range.
 

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Keanoite, i live in Belfast, and i get all my comics from the site i posted above. i usually get them 2-3 days after the release date stated on the website.

i used to order them from TFAW, but then they said that they couldn't deliver to me anymore. something about being outside of their delivery range.
Really? I must look into that! How can TFAW deliver to Limerick but not to Belfast? they're like 45 mins by plane apart?? its crazy!
 

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I have every single Buffy or Angel comic pre-ordered. I don't be getting them till the next one be coming out though. TFAW takes a long ass time. I'm still upset I got the variant for that one issue though. :(
 
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I've pre-ordered them from a local comic-book store. They usually get the american comics in on thursday. With Buffy that always means that I get them a day after they're released. (Unless I don't get the chance to pick them up immediately) hopefully I will be able to get my issue tomorrow.
 

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Oh, oh, oh *Excited girly squeal* I've nearly finished watching season 5 at Angel then I'm totally gonna get the comic!! <33 *Happy dances*
 

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Angel: After The Fall, Issue #1

***I HAVE WRITTEN NO SPOILERS BELOW, FEEL FREE TO READ***

I didnt see any threads yet for the first issue of season 6 of Angel, but if there are any, im sure this thread will be moved appropriately.

Anyway......

I bought Issue 1 today, read it, and so far I think it is great. I like the art work and story line just as much as Buffy Season 8.

I give it 2 thumbs up.
 
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Where'd you get it I want one!!

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I could wait 2 days, then go to a comic book store and pray they have it lol
Or order it online now and wait a week or two... ^_^
 

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I wonder when we AUssies will get it. My comic book shop has new orders in on Friday and hopefully my pre-ordered copy will be there! But I cannot go to the shop until next week. So I will be waiting awhile yet. Damn.
 
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