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Will ’Angel’ viewers follow the character to comics ?

Monday 7 February 2005, by Webmaster

Yesterday IDW issued a press release confirming the return of Joss Whedon’s Angel in a five-issue mini-series that picks up where the TV show left off. Titled Angel: The Curse, the mini follows Angel as he searches for the Gypsy clan that cursed him with a soul years ago.

First, let me say that I’m a huge "Angel" fan. The series was easily my favorite show on television. But as excited as I am to hear the character is returning, I can’t help but wonder, how will Angel fans who don’t read comics know his adventures are continuing?

I’m not trying to be pessimistic here. I think Angel is a great concept for comic books. And some Angel fans are so fucking passionate about the character and his world that they will definitely make the leap and follow him to comics. Just how enamored with Angel are these people? Well, when viewers heard the TV series would be cancelled after five seasons, a very public "Save Angel" campaign was launched. The remarkable effort, which included a guerilla mobile truck with the slogan, “We’ll Follow Angel to Hell... or Another Network,” didn’t rescue the show, but it did get the attention of the WB big wigs. Now there’s a possibility that the station will bring Angel back in made-for-television movies.

But what about the less crazy fans; the ones who watched the TV show every week, but won’t be logging on to the latest “David Boreanaz Is A Sex Muffin” Website to see what IDW has planned? How will they be reached?

Well, I don’t know what IDW’s marketing strategy is for its Angel comics, but I’d really like to see some kind of promotional effort that directly targets this audience. The Angel Season 5 DVD collection comes out on February 15. Wouldn’t it be cool if the DVD set included a preview of The Curse, or a note letting fans know the series will live on as a comic book? I’d also like to see Joss Whedon publicly promote the Angel comics in some way. He’s not writing The Curse, which will likely disappoint some hardcore fans, but an endorsement goes a long way. And the guy who got the writing gig — Jeff Mariotte — has written a bunch of Angel novels and co-wrote the first behind-the scenes Angel companion book, so Joss should be pretty pleased with the choice.

According to IDW, The Curse is only the first of many Angel comics planned by the publisher. I’d really like to see Angel succeed as a comic book and the way to ensure longevity is to attract the TV audience that doesn’t have a clue about comics. These fans want to find out just what the hell happened to Angel and his merry band of suckhead destroyers. Hopefully IDW finds a way to let them know they can.

Angel: The Curse debuts in June.

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