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Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 1 by Joss Whedon

Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 1 (2008)

by Joss Whedon

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The artwork's not very good; just telling what's going on is difficult at times. And the dialog, while perfectly serviceable, never has the little moments of cleverness that I expect from the Buffyverse. But the story, "plotted" by Whedon, had me pretty excited throughout the book. I found the TV show to be more frustrating than anything, but apparently I ended up caring about these characters anyway. (Well, most of them - Angel himself is so damn boring.) Just finding out what's happened to them is enough to make this book worthwhile. And they really do not hold back when it comes to big things happening - no time for sulking and moping for Angel, here. ( )
  comfypants | Feb 26, 2016 |

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Taking place a few months or so (not real clear on the timeline) after the big battle in the alley, which is the result of Angel & Co. wiping out the Circle of the Black Thorn, this story catches me up on what happened and where everyone is now. Soon into the battle Wolfram & Hart sends Los Angeles to hell and it’s a right mess. The aftermath is a battle all in itself as Angel and Co. try to save the citizens of LA, but they’re each working basically on their own. No united front. Yet.

First off I have to mention how visually appealing this graphic novel is. The characters look like who they should and the colors just pop. Beautiful! Now, the story…it’s pretty good. I enjoyed seeing what everyone is up to, especially Spike because he’s my favorite. Sorry, Angel. You’re an ok dude, but Spike…mmmmmm. Hate Gunn. Seriously. I never truly liked him in the series and while I didn’t hate him or wish him dead or anything, now I want him to die. Not die as in vampire dead. I mean, die for good. And I’m sorry for the Fred fans out there, but I love Illyria so much better. Fred was an ok character on the show. Way underdeveloped in my opinion, but she could also be too annoying. Illyria is so very interesting. Lorne is also a character I wish would have had more airtime, but at least he’s in the graphic novel. There are some questions left unanswered by the end (especially about Angel) and the ending itself?! Yikes! Cliffhanger alert! Thankfully I have the next few books, so I’m not hanging for long. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Jul 21, 2015 |
Save your money, Get this from the library.Graphic novel. If you were Angel fame this and volume 2 are must reads. Otherwise its a confusing storyline with average graphics. Get this from the library
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
The Good: A continuation of Angel was desperately needed and I'm glad IDW was there to give fans that. A beloved series ending on a huge cliffhanger needs closure of some sort.

The Bad: I read Buffy, Season 8, before starting Angel: After the Fall and that ended up being a huge strike against this Angel series. Dark Horse did such an unbelievable job continuing Buffy that I expected the same type of continuity and follow though here. Unfortunately, when the TV series ended on such an open possibility, fans like myself wanted to know what happened to our favorite characters immediately. And this didn't happen. What we are told is in bits and pieces, like a mystery to what happened as opposed to the continuation of where we left off. The fates of some of the characters are still murky at best and the story seems to be going no where fast. ( )
  TequilaReader | Aug 12, 2013 |
This (and the following two books) are a must read if you, like so many other fans, wanted to throw your TV or DVD player out the window when the TV series ended on unbelievable cliff hanger. The comic books continue the story line. You find out who lives and who dies, but there also some surprises. Some annoying (a mind-reading fish, really?), some wonderful (you don't have to hate Connor anymore- yay!), some amusing (WHAT did Angel name that dragon?). You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you won't regret it. Author commentary is great too. Buffy S8 books pale in comparison, I'm sorry to say. ( )
  MashaK99 | Jun 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 160010181X, Hardcover)

In Angel's final television season, his world ended... but his story didn't. Picking up where Season Five of the fan-favorite TV show left off, this first collection looks at who lived and died after the climactic battle. Why did the team go their separate ways? How did Connor rise up to become one of Hell's greatest champions. Find of what really happened on the night L.A. went straight to hell.

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"Picking up where Season Five of the TV show left off, this first volume looks at who lived after that climactic battle, who died, and what happened to all of Los Angeles in its wake."--Cover.

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