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The story running through issues #1-5 of IDW's comic-book continuation of Joss Whedon's TV-series `Angel' is collected as Angel: After The Fall Volume 1 HC: After the Fall v. 1 (Angel (IDW Hardcover)). This takes place some time after the end of the TV series, and Los Angeles has been shifted into a `Hell' dimension, and is now overrun by demons and suchlike. Angel is still fighting the good fight, and as the story progresses, we discover the fate of the other characters, as well as Angels own... This is a continuing story, so there is a rather abrupt cliff-hanger at the end of issue #5, after Angel has challenged the demon warlords who rule the districts of Los Angeles to fight for control of the city, and various friends turn up to support him.

This is a good continuation of the TV story - and is approved and overseen by Joss Whedon, so it ought to be - but I was never happy with the direction of the original show, as it got gloomier and gloomier season by season. However, I am sticking with it, and I am off to the library tomorrow for the subsequent volumes of this series.

The artwork is excellent, and the individual characters mostly look like their TV counterparts most of the time. The scripting is good, but Angel's own voice doesn't `sound' quite right, though it is a long time since I watched the TV show, so it might be me.
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Here it is at last - the official Season 6 of Angel! It's not the TV series - that got cancelled before its time at the end of Season 5 - but yes it is the official continuation of Angel as scripted by Joss Whedon. It's not a film or a novel either - it's actually a full colour graphic novel released across several high quality hardbound volumes.

There have been Angel (and Spike) comics before - so what makes this "official"? It's something called "canon", which means that the events described are from the vision of the original creator, whereas so many TV series get franchised to authors who write their own stories and put their own spin on it, regardless of continuity. The events in After The Fall are exactly how Joss Whedon would have continued with the TV series had it not been cancelled. The downside is of course that the actors aren't part of it, but the upside is that the graphics budget is unlimited! And the artists are amazingly talented - you have to see it to believe it.

There is more info on Wikipedia, but what you don't get told on Wikipedia or Amazon is how many of the first run comics are in each volume of the hardback, so here goes:

Volume 1: Issues 1 to 5 of the main storyline first run comics. The story begins a couple of months after the fight in the alleyway. It works far better this way.

Volume 2: Issues 6 to 8 of the first run comics, making up a sub-arc called First Night. These tell the story of each character individually on their first night after Los Angeles is sent into Hell. Don't read this volume first, as it will spoil your enjoyment of the revelations in Volume 1.

Volume 3: Issues 9 to 13 of the main storyline first run comics.

Volume 4: (coming in July 2009): Issues 14 to 17 of the main storyline first run comics.

Volume 5: (Coming is September 2009): Issues 17 to (to be announced) With the main storyline finished, these move on to the aftermath of whatever it is that happens in Volume 4.

Oh, and there is also a Spike: After The Fall standalone volume that is William The Bloody brilliant!

All the books have bonus artwork and commentary pages and are of very high quality. I wonder how many people would love to find out that this series exists, but know nothing about it?

Spread the word: Angel unlives again!

UPDATE APRIL 2013 - Please note this review is of the separate hardcover volume 1 of the series, as written back in 2009. The review is also for some reason appearing on the collected slipcase edition of volumes 1 to 4, so please be aware this is only a review of the first of those 4 volumes and as such might sound a bit strange and/or misleading if you're looking at it on the slipcover edition page.
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on 22 September 2008
after buying this i read through it twice and have thoroughly enjoyed it both times as well as interesting plot twists for the storyline to have the universe made even more less clear than it ever was... (There are minor suprises at the end of Chapter 1, 3 but the huge plot twist comes at the end of the 5th part of 'After the Fall'.)
if this was the idea for Angels final season then fox are idiots for cancelling the series when they did as this would've made a great TV Season...

Can't wait for Angel: After the Fall - Volume 2: First Night
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on 21 January 2014
having watched the angel series (as buffy spin off) i assumed the last episode was a 'Blakes Seven' while saving on the makeup/ cgi to actually show it. many years later spotting this was a great surprise, so i just had to see what they decided would have happened. Setting the scene some months after the alley way initially seemed odd, but gave me all the information to then wonder How they had reach this situation. I found the comic book (graphic novel) format odd on a kindle but i expect i could get used to it. It does however, mean you only get the bare bones of a story, which was always so well enhanced by the interaction of the characters on screen. The art work is very good, but i like my characters animate (cant say alive in this context) or completely in my imagination, as in a novel. I wonder why they axed the series? the dvd sales alone would probably have paid for it - were the actors bored?
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on 27 November 2013
Very nice, good story which anyone who like/loves angel/buffy will definitely enjoy, art is a little on the rough side sometimes, as an artist myself I would probably not want to put my name on the credits if i drew this, as its not the best. But not bad,

Overall its really good
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on 13 May 2013
Excellent if you want to carry on from the tv series and see what happened after the fight. Purchased on kindle app. Fast fownload.
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on 28 January 2014
Love the art work and the story was good as well I want all of them now can't wait to get them
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on 26 September 2008
I loved this continuation of Angel's story, and that of the old team, but I was gutted when halfway through the already slim volume the story abruptly stopped, to be continued. The rest of the book is taken up with artwork, story outlines and other filler, which some might enjoy but I'd have preferred the story not to be spread so thinly between "volumes".
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on 7 May 2014
This was a present for a Massive Angel enthusiast and they were so happy with it. Arrived in great time and it is is absolute perfect condition, no mark at all, pages were glossy and well kept.
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on 28 December 2014
A continuation of the tv show, its a fair story but I found myself not engaging with the charcters as much as I like the show. The art is ok as is the writing, just didn't grip me
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