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Angel : Omnibus

Angel Returns to Dark Horse

Saturday 2 July 2011, by Webmaster

From the Editor

When Dark Horse picked up the Buffy license, lo those many years ago, I was not yet a fan of the show. By the time the Angel show launched, not only was I the editor of the comics and a fan of the show, but I also had the opportunity to plan the launch of the comics with the help of Joss Whedon, in one of our first collaborative efforts. It was limited, in terms of collaboration. I went to the Mutant Enemy offices, and we talked about how best to do it, and then I was off and running. But it was that meeting—which produced the stories in this Angel omnibus—that led to all the working together that’s come since. After that, we did Fray, we did a bunch of other comics, and eventually, we decided together to discontinue the Angel title, give it a short break (after just seventeen issues), and relaunch as a four-issue series with Joss and Brett Matthews writing—the first time that Joss was writing his TV characters in comics form. Those stories are also included in the omnibus. After the four parter with Brett Matthews, Joss felt we should not worry about an Angel comic for a while, leading us to give up the license to IDW for a few years. It’s been weird, going back over these old stories, as we gear up for Season 9. The release of this omnibus commemorates Angel’s return to Dark Horse, and the coming launch of the Angel and Faith series by Chris Gage and Rebekah Isaacs—the best Angel comic to date, if I do say so myself. Check out these old stories, reminisce about Cordy and Doyle and Wesley, and see how Joss was really kind of warming up for Season 8 with what he did in his Angel four parter.

— Best,

Scott Allie, editor