BOOM! Studios in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products announced yesterday that Angel #5 will mark the beginning of a major comic event in the reimagining of the Joss Whedon universe: the anticipated meeting of Buffy and Angel and a prelude to “Hellmouth,” the upcoming story arc set to shock fans this year.
Writer Bryan Edward Hill (American Carnage, Batman & The Outsiders) and artist Gleb Melnikov reveal that Angel now knows his true mission—to make sure the Hellmouth stays sealed. He’ll stop anyone who gets in his way, be it friend or foe, vampire…or The Slayer.
“Everything in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel has been leading to ‘Hellmouth,’ the first major comic book event featuring Buffy and Angel. But Angel #5 is where the pieces all start coming together,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We’re excited for fans to see just how far we’ll go in this reimagining of two huge pop culture icons—because when Buffy and Angel finally meet, it’s not going to go the way you expect!”
The issue features a main cover by artist Dan Panosian (Slots, Batman: Arkham Knight), along with a variant cover by Scott Buoncristiano (Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections, Dead Rabbit) and artist Troy Nixey (Trout, Neil Gaiman’s Only The End Of The World Again).
Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel created a cultural phenomenon that began in the mid ‘90s and lasted until the early 2000s. David Boreanaz starred as the tortured vampire-with-a-soul Angel opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar’s heroic Buffy. The star-crossed lovers could never make it work despite their intense love for one another, mainly due to the fact that vampires and slayers are mortal enemies (and that he turns evil when he’s “happy”).
Boom! Studios’ reimagining of the universe gives fans a fresh perspective on how the events from the series unfolded, with new stories alongside treasured moments from the original. In Angel, we see more from his perspective, how tormented he is, how he got to Sunnydale, and how his interaction with Buffy is loaded with complications and tragedy from the beginning. The series also promises to throw in a few unexpected curveballs about how the pair’s story will move forward, especially after dealing with the impending threat of a Hellmouth. It will be interesting to see how this updated version compares to the classic one from the show that aired more than 20 years ago.
Print copies of Angel #5 will be available on September 25 exclusively at local comic shops or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
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