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Angel returning to Dark Horse late next year

Angel #39

Angel #39

An announcement in Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley one-shot has fans wondering, and worrying, about the future of IDW Publishing’s Angel series.

In a column at the end of the issue, in stores today, Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie teased “the return of the Angel series to Dark Horse in late 2011, in tandem with our Buffy Season 9 relaunch.” (You can read the full column after the break.)

Angel, based on the Buffy television spin-off created by Joss Whedon, was published by Dark Horse from 2000 to 2002, first as an ongoing series and then, briefly, as a miniseries. However, IDW acquired the rights to the property in 2005, and since has released numerous miniseries and an ongoing series. Angel #36 was released this week; a Spike series debuts in October. Dark Horse published Buffy comics from 1998 to 2004 before launching the highly successful Season 8 in 2007.

Word of Allie’s brief announcement quickly spread online, both on the Whedonesque fan community and on the IDW message board. Reaction has been decidedly mixed, with fans looking for clarification on the future of Angel, and how the move might affect the rest of the “Buffyverse.”

Chris Ryall, IDW’s publisher and editor-in-chief, posted on his company’s forum earlier today, telling concerned Angel readers that, “We’ll be addressing this soon, so please bear with us. Thanks, for your patience and your support.”

A conflict emerged in January when it was revealed that Twilight, the villain lurking behind the scenes for much of Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, was actually Angel. Although Allie assured fans that the surprise twist wouldn’t conflict with the continuity of the IDW series, and would be “made to work,” new Angel writer Bill Willingham was quick to point out that he was never informed of the plot development.

But as recently as Friday, Allie tweeted about brainstorming with Ryall, Spike writer Brian Lynch and IDW editor Mariah Huehner, suggesting that the two companies had overcome any coordination glitches.

Allie's column, from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley"

Allie's column, from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley"

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Hope someone told Bill Willingham!

Great!
IDW comics are like fanfics. None of them canon, except After The Fall, wich I didn’t love.

The bigger news to me is a Dollhouse comic, by the show’s best writers. Even though Joss ruled one out due to the nature of the show’s reliance on the actors playing the Dolls.

I love learning about Ryan Hill watching the awesome Transformers: The Movie (1986) for a full year! That’s impressive.

I hope ATS doesn’t go to Darkhorse. I hate the goofy Buffy stories. Granted Angel hasn’t been great recently but the stuff Lynch has done has been fantastic.

Aaron, Willingham has already left Angel and that was announced during SDCC.

What I’m wondering about the Dollhouse comic is, is that the one that’s being inserted in the Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray sets or a separate comic?

I’ve really enjoyed how IDW has handled the Angel series and, as E, pointed out have found the Buffy comics from Dark Horse to be goofy. I hope this another one of those Scott putting his foot in his month moments. Seriously…if Dark Horse really did buy the series from IDW why wouldn’t he wait for some sort of an official statement before he started putting casual quotes about it in the back pages of one of the comics. Let me guess…the last page wasn’t meant to be published and somebody “accidentally” sent it out to the printers that way. This is all twilightgate all over again.

This is GREAT news. With a few exceptions (John Byrne mini for one) the Angel IDW stuff has suffered from mediocre to poor art while the DH Buffy Season 8 has had GREAT consistent art & the best Buffy writers possible, I hope they take Spike back too.

Forgot to mention the inking. Why does most of the IDW Angel art look like someone accidentally dumped a whole bottle of ink on every page? They make Ernie Chan look like Terry Austin!

Thank god. I hope this means they’ll be launching Angel: Season 6 alongside Buffy: Season 9 so we can get a non-mediocre continuation of the series.

If they bring Lynch, Uruu, and the supporting cast they created for Spike along with Angel, I am all for this.

I just hope this means more Joss involvement. That would make me happy.

I was exciting about the IDW Angel series, until I saw the art. I did not by a copy of the book. I’ve seen ash can armature stuff at conventions with better art.
I love the DH Buffy series, so I’m on board with this. And it nicely dovetails from the current Twilight story.

I was initially so thrilled with how they did Angel After the Fall, then as the series progressed, I started liking it less and less. Then they came out with Spike after the fall, and a whole bunch of other series…..I just decided to drop the entire thing, and just occasionally look for them at $1 bins….frankly I try to like the series, but I just can’t. Buffy on the other hand is pretty consistent and easy to follow. If its true that Angel would move over to Dark Horse, then I’m all for it. Maybe it’ll get me back to buying Angel on a monthly basis again.

I can’t help but wonder if this has something to do with the tone of Willingham’s response linked above.

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