Boom! Studios has released a the debut issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series Angel. The 32-page comic is written by Bryan Edward Hill & illustrated by Gleb Melnikov, with series creator Joss Whedon serving as story consultant. The issue features both main and ultra-rare variant covers by Mondo illustrator Boris Pelcer:

Writer Bryan Edward Hill said: “Angel is a great opportunity to tell a story about the present, the past, redemption and most importantly… love.”

Boom! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer stated: “Angel instantly connected with audiences worldwide because his very existence asks a question that resonates with all of us – is it possible to find redemption or are we forever defined by our pasts? Now, more than ever, it may be a question without any clear answer. Bryan and Gleb are tackling that question head on, exploring a man quite literally combating the monster inside of him.. But even if Angel does find a way to cure his vampirism and put the horrors of his past behind him, it doesn’t mean he has a future ahead of him – especially if our favorite Slayer from Sunnydale has anything to say about it.”

Boom! Studios Vice President of Marketing Arune Singh added: “Instead of simply announcing and releasing a new Angel series in all the expected ways, we wanted to do something truly special to mark the occasion, something that would drive fans exclusively to comic shops. The release of Angel #0, spinning out of our top-selling reimagining of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, presented a perfect opportunity to generate nationwide excitement without the typical wait for the issue to hit stands months after an announcement. We want to thank our partners at Diamond Distributors for working with us to make sure that we could keep this secret till our announcement today. For any retailers that have questions about Angel #0 and details on subsequent issues of the series, please contact your Boom! Studios or Diamond representative at your convenience.”

Angel issue #0 is now available in print for just $3.99:

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Meet Angel – a vampire cursed with a soul who has spent centuries protecting humanity from the monsters that lurk in the dark… including himself. Now, looking for redemption for the atrocities committed by the monster he was when he was first turned at the age of 18, Angel stumbles upon a new demon uprising and a shocking truth: The restoration of his humanity can only come if he takes one more life: a certain Slayer from Sunnydale who he’s never met… but may now be his greatest enemy.

  • Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on 4/15/2019 when the comic series was first announced, and then updated on 4/17/2019 to reflect the first issue’s release and to include the final main cover image.