Review: Angel Season 6 Vol. 1

Angel Season 6 CoverI am a long time Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, as I have watched every season of the show to include the continuation in the comics. In the same vein, I have also watched every season of Angel, but have not read any of the comics, and feel like I almost failed as a fan. The reason why I have this feeling is because I am pretty much in the minority of this opinion, and I actually liked Angel more than I did Buffy. I know these words can be considered blasphemy in the Whedonverse, as there would be no Angel without Buffy.

This is all true, but at the same time, one must consider that writing staff at Angel had gotten their footing as far as them knowing who the characters were and they had the mythology figured out. Either way, these characters have taken on a life of their own in the comics. As Buffy has gone on to star in their versions of continuing seasons. While Angel, has continued on as well but in a series of limited series and joint series, such as Angel & Faith.

Before now, they have been collected in trade paperbacks until someone at Dark Horse realized that they can follow the model set forth by Buffy and here we have Angel Season 6. This collection picks right after where the TV shows ended, exploring the reason why the team split up after season 5. This ultimately answers what happened to Los Angeles after it descended into hell. They even show what effect it had on supporting characters like Spike. By volume’s end, it makes a fan wonder if they could have had a budget which would have supported this massive arc.

Altogether, an excellent arc, that not only continues the story for fans of the original show, but pushes these familiar characters in directions that one might have not see n if the TV show continued. The story by Joss Whedon and John Lynch, prove why they are masters of this genre and continue to be the caretakers of this beloved franchise. The art by Franco Urru and Nick Runge presses the limit of comic book art, in the most powerful way. Overall, an excellent collection, that serves more than an appeasement to the fan base but a tribute to them.

Story: Joss Whedon and John Lynch Art: Franco Urru and Nick Runge
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

3 comments

  • Can you tell us what exactly are the contents of this collection? I know IDW initially released the series in multiple volumes with the title “After the Fall” and I wanted to see the difference between those volumes and this one. I haven’t read them yet and I’m assuming this is a better deal, but I haven’t been able to find much info about which issues are collected online.