This week, Boom! Studios will release the second issue of its new Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff series Angel. The 32-page full-color comic is written by Bryan Hill & illustrated by Gleb Melnikov, with cover art by Dan Panosian & a variant cover by Scott Buoncristiano, Boris Pelcer, and Jonathan Case:

Bouncristiano’s cover features the “Der Kindestod” from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Killed By Death”.

Boom! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer stated: “We got our first taste of Angel in yesterday’s game-changing Buffy #4 and surprise release of Angel #0, but that’s only the start of the newly reimagined vampire’s story in this modern Buffyverse. The questions weighing on Angel – the possibility of redemption, whether or not we own our own mistakes, and how we weigh the value of the lives around us versus our own – remain extremely relevant today. Bryan and Gleb are tackling that head on, set against the centuries long backdrop of the horrors Angel has seen and committed, revealing aspects of Angel’s history that are sure to shock longtime fans.”

Schaefer added: “The centuries weigh heavy on Angel, especially after everything he’s done and all he’s endured. But is there any way for him to truly leave the past behind him? Does his fight against the forces of evil in the present make up for the horrible choices he made in the past and can saving a life now replace the lives he took then? Bryan and Gleb are really digging deep into Angel’s past and challenging what redemption can look like, especially now, when our actions are recorded and preserved forever.”

While Angel issue #1 won’t be released until Wednesday, May 29th, it’s now available on preorder in print & digital for just $3.99:

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Meet Angelus, leader of an army of brutal vampire warriors terrorizing the land, hungry for power and thirsty for blood as he invades villages and takes innocent people past the point of no return. Several centuries later, Angel spends his time protecting humanity from the monsters that lurk in the dark in an attempt to redeem himself for the crimes committed by the monster he was when he was first turned. It may be that he’s too late to save his humanity and his soul but he’s lost too many people in his ongoing fight against the forces of evil, and he’s finally ready to find a solution to his tortured existence as a vampire with a conscience. When his path leads him to an old friend in Sunnydale, sparks will fly and demons will clash as Angel’s search takes him ever closer to the person who could end his quest before it’s even begun – the Chosen One, Buffy Summers.

  • Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on 4/18/2019 when the issue was first revealed and then updated on 5/3/2019 to include an issue-specific synopsis, additional cover, quote, and interior art.