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BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers), presents an all-new re-telling of the pop culture phenomenon Angel! Angel walks the line between two worlds; a vampire cursed with a soul, he's spent centuries battling back the forces that would destroy humanity, in an attempt to redeem himself for the BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers), presents an all-new re-telling of the pop culture phenomenon Angel! Angel walks the line between two worlds; a vampire cursed with a soul, he's spent centuries battling back the forces that would destroy humanity, in an attempt to redeem himself for the crimes committed by the monster he was when he was first turned. But now, on the trail of the most recent demonic uprising, he realizes that the redemption he seeks can only come with a price. Torn between his self-sworn mission to protect humanity and his desire to rid himself of his curse, he stumbles across the legend of a demon, a trickster who claims they can cure vampirisim and restore his humanity for a small cost: a sacrifice...a Slayer. Written by Bryan Hill (Detective Comics, Hulu's Titans) with art from Gleb Melnikov. Discover a brand new, modern take on one of the best and broodiest vampires in pop culture, perfect for fans and new readers alike!


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BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers), presents an all-new re-telling of the pop culture phenomenon Angel! Angel walks the line between two worlds; a vampire cursed with a soul, he's spent centuries battling back the forces that would destroy humanity, in an attempt to redeem himself for the BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers), presents an all-new re-telling of the pop culture phenomenon Angel! Angel walks the line between two worlds; a vampire cursed with a soul, he's spent centuries battling back the forces that would destroy humanity, in an attempt to redeem himself for the crimes committed by the monster he was when he was first turned. But now, on the trail of the most recent demonic uprising, he realizes that the redemption he seeks can only come with a price. Torn between his self-sworn mission to protect humanity and his desire to rid himself of his curse, he stumbles across the legend of a demon, a trickster who claims they can cure vampirisim and restore his humanity for a small cost: a sacrifice...a Slayer. Written by Bryan Hill (Detective Comics, Hulu's Titans) with art from Gleb Melnikov. Discover a brand new, modern take on one of the best and broodiest vampires in pop culture, perfect for fans and new readers alike!

30 review for Angel Vol. 1: Being Human

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    An OK start to the Angel reboot. The villain in the first arc is pretty lame. Internet demons are never going to be interesting or threatening. I like the idea of bringing in Angel's Scooby gang from the very beginning even if they are being revamped, at least Fred and Gun are coming back. I do hope they don't leave Angel in Sunnydale for long. That would make it too difficult to give each book its own identity.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Jordie Bellaire's excellent modern-day Buffy reboot comic is a smash hit, so now it's Angel's turn to get reinvigorated! What new side of the centuries-old vampire with a soul will we see in this daring new vision of a fan-favourite character? Well... I guess he... uuh... fights a... phone... app... demon? Yikes. Yeah, this wasn't very good. Bryan Hill is normally a pretty good writer, but I don't feel like he has as strong a handle on Angel as Jordie Bellaire has on Buffy, and his idea for the Jordie Bellaire's excellent modern-day Buffy reboot comic is a smash hit, so now it's Angel's turn to get reinvigorated! What new side of the centuries-old vampire with a soul will we see in this daring new vision of a fan-favourite character? Well... I guess he... uuh... fights a... phone... app... demon? Yikes. Yeah, this wasn't very good. Bryan Hill is normally a pretty good writer, but I don't feel like he has as strong a handle on Angel as Jordie Bellaire has on Buffy, and his idea for the very first Angel story arc is straight up trash. I am sick of internet/smartphone-based villains in my comics, they are never not lame and it's impossible to make them interesting, I wish comic book writers would just stop coming up with that fresh new idea. I am happy to see that Hill is bringing the Angel gang back together — Fred is already here and Gunn is apparently coming back soon, too. That promise is what will keep me from dropping this series for now, because I just really, really want a more-or-less classic Angel team roster in a comic for once in my life. Bring in Lorne, bring Wesley, Cordy, Groo, Kate, bring everybody back! Hell, I want to see Doyle in this, too — he was arguably the best character the show never got to fully explore, and this newly rebooted universe could be a perfect opportunity for that. And Gwen, too! That was a dropped character if I ever seen one. I know Bryan Hill is capable of so much more than this kind of storyline, and I am ready to give him another shot now that he (hopefully) got this phone villain out of his system. Overall, while this arc was definitely disappointing, I am still hopeful about Angel's solo book moving forward. The Hellmouth crossover is next, which feels a bit too early in the game but could also give a necessary push to Angel's story, so I hope this was just a false start and we'll see much better arcs in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mick

    The first volume of BOOM's new Angel series has a slow burn approach to storytelling The plot is unfolding very slowly, while new characters are added and we get a few glimpses into Angel's past and future, and it seems to work. It is slowly building momentum, and I am intrigued to see where things are heading, but if the next few volumes does not deliver things could be dropped on the floor. This volume does not stand well on its own. Gleb Melnikov's art is not of a style that I would normally The first volume of BOOM's new Angel series has a slow burn approach to storytelling The plot is unfolding very slowly, while new characters are added and we get a few glimpses into Angel's past and future, and it seems to work. It is slowly building momentum, and I am intrigued to see where things are heading, but if the next few volumes does not deliver things could be dropped on the floor. This volume does not stand well on its own. Gleb Melnikov's art is not of a style that I would normally be too fond of, but it works extremely well with this title and its' tone, and the art is very horror based, making it stand apart from the Buffy-title.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    An enjoyable reimagine of one of the coolest vampires every. This is split between seeing Angel's past and what he's done and his current fight against someone using tech to kill people. While the storylines themselves are simple the art and dialogue is strong to make this enjoyable. Will read more!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Hot on the heels of Boom! Studios’ Buffy relaunch is a relaunch for everyone’s favourite vampire-with-a-soul. If you said Spike, get outta here – I mean Angel, of course. But, also like Buffy, this ain’t your daddy’s Angel. He’s still broody, still tortured, and still out to save people, but this time he’s got a new supporting cast (some of whom may be suspiciously familiar), and a new overarching mission. Writer Bryan Hill captures Angel’s mannerisms easily, so he’s clearly still the person we Hot on the heels of Boom! Studios’ Buffy relaunch is a relaunch for everyone’s favourite vampire-with-a-soul. If you said Spike, get outta here – I mean Angel, of course. But, also like Buffy, this ain’t your daddy’s Angel. He’s still broody, still tortured, and still out to save people, but this time he’s got a new supporting cast (some of whom may be suspiciously familiar), and a new overarching mission. Writer Bryan Hill captures Angel’s mannerisms easily, so he’s clearly still the person we know, but updates almost everything else around him, from his darker origins to his aims in life. Even the villain of these first few issues is something that Angel would never have encountered at this point in his previous incarnations, and that keeps things surprisingly current, yet familiar enough to not alienate older fans of the character. On art is Gleb Melnikov, who I’ve never seen before, but he’s a decent fit. His art’s a bit uneven, with close up panels being very detailed, while wider shots tend to be more blocky and unrefined, but it works overall. He’s not quite as strong as Dan Mora over on Buffy (although there are few people who are, if you ask me), but he does the job and does it well for the most part. Angel’s in good hands. They’re different hands, and they’re taking him on a different journey, but it’s one I’m excited to see him take – especially with his first fateful meeting with Buffy on the horizon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    (Read as Single) 3.5. Probably the highest rating I have given a Hill GN, but I really do not enjoy his writing style. My enjoyment of this volume was largely carried by my love of the series overall.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Esmée

    This was great and I need more right now. I can’t wait for the crossover with Buffy and I love how they incorporate technology without feeling too hacky.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luly Ceballos

    Absolutely fabulous! I thought I wasn't going to pick this one up, anticipating too many changes for my taste. Glad I was wrong! A revamped story with all the nice details that made Angel's story so great. Love it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    After some very uneven writing and even more uneven art in the corresponding Buffy BOOM! series, Angel Issues #0-#4, collected here in Angel Vol. 1: Being Human was a welcome and delicious treat. Darker and gorier than the simultaneous-running Buffy reboot series, Angel’s been given better writing, better characterizations, and much, much better art. (My art complaints about Buffy really only set in after Issue #4, when the series lost the extremely talented Dan Mora as illustrator.) There are After some very uneven writing and even more uneven art in the corresponding Buffy BOOM! series, Angel Issues #0-#4, collected here in Angel Vol. 1: Being Human was a welcome and delicious treat. Darker and gorier than the simultaneous-running Buffy reboot series, Angel’s been given better writing, better characterizations, and much, much better art. (My art complaints about Buffy really only set in after Issue #4, when the series lost the extremely talented Dan Mora as illustrator.) There are some absolutely stunning layouts – especially of urban landscapes – plus, I can actually tell the difference between characters by their facial features (which could often not be said of the Buffy series post-Issue #4), and they even reliably looked like their TV actor counterparts! This new Angel retelling so far is imaginative, atmospheric, contemplative, passionate, and haunting, and gives us an Angel that is just as stoic, sardonic, and brooding as the TV Angel we know and love (and, I would argue, is more familiar than the Angel of the canonical post-TV seasons), but he arrived here by a very a different route, which is being slowly unveiled to us in flashbacks. I’m looking forward to the continuation of this series much more than I am the Buffy series, but am very interested in seeing what they do with the crossover events. 4 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    This was a cool introduction to this version of Angel. The art is nice, and there were a couple awesome scenes. That said, it didn’t feel too meaty; as in, it was a quick read and wasn’t exactly memorable. Reading month to month was hard because I forgot what happened exactly last time each time. Still, it was enjoyable, and it’s neat seeing the characters reintroduced here. I think they’re shoehorning in a crossover event next a bit too soon, but I hope it works. 3.7/5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I’m excited for the Hellmouth crossover but the writing is weaker here than in the Buffy reboot. Angel seems out of place and the storyline doesn’t have the kind of continuity and respectful nods to the original that Jordie Bellaire’s Buffy has. That being said, I loved the early introduction of Fred and Gunn, two of the strongest, most memorable Angel characters. Will definitely keep reading, hoping that the writers come through for the fans.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kiarra

    I am so glad I liked this!! It's impossible not to compare this to its partner in the Buffyverse. I'm not liking that series. Not even a little. I find it incredibly boring. Angel, however, I find interesting. I cannot express how relieved this makes me because I love the Buffyverse and I was so excited for these new reboot comics. I wanted to give this 4 stars, but dropped it down to 3 because I think part of that want was just me expressing how much better than Buffy I find this. Into the I am so glad I liked this!! It's impossible not to compare this to its partner in the Buffyverse. I'm not liking that series. Not even a little. I find it incredibly boring. Angel, however, I find interesting. I cannot express how relieved this makes me because I love the Buffyverse and I was so excited for these new reboot comics. I wanted to give this 4 stars, but dropped it down to 3 because I think part of that want was just me expressing how much better than Buffy I find this. Into the review. From issue #0, I felt like I had a grasp on who Angel was. And my understanding of him pushed the story forward and also grew as the story moved forward. Unlike the Buffy series where I felt like I was expected to already know these characters from the TV show. This volume felt like it's own story whereas Buffy felt like a modern day AU of the original show. (Alright, I'll try and cut back on the comparisons now.) I appreciated the addition of new characters. It made the story fresh for me instead of just a wait-and-see of which TV character would make a cameo appearance next. I really loved Angel's and Helen's dynamic and was excited to see where that went. More on that later. Lilith makes a great addition as well. She gives Angel roots and a past. They have history and a shared goal to "fight darkness." Angel has already been at this game for a long time. He's not some washed up vampire torturing himself with a bad haircut and no goals until someone points him at Buffy and convinces him to clean up his act. I like that. Even the flashbacks weren't just an ode to glory days with Darla, Spike, and Drusilla (though I'm happy for that eventual tie-in, even if I'm unhappy with the latter two's incarnations in the sister comic), Angel was raising hell all on his own, at least as far as we are made aware. Now I'm getting tired of writing this review, so I'll be brief on my dislikes. First and foremost, the death of Helen. So much potential there!!! Angel had a mentee, a partner. Someone he trusted and cared for and worked with. Then she gets her head eaten in the most anticlimactic way possible. I know it was issue #0 and it was just set up and prologue and I didn't need to read it, but I did read it damnit and I cared for that relationship! I cared for Helen, but her death was too early for me to have formed a connection to make it properly painful and to move the story forward in a satisfying way. She should have stuck around. If they wanted her dead so they could bring back just the core of the OG Angel Investigations, they should have had her die at the end of this volume. That would've given her and her relationship with Angel enough time. I still would've been mad, but I'd also be sad and it would give the arc as a whole more weight as Angel is forced to reckon with his impending new group dynamic. The envy demon was also lame. I'm not one to mind a lame bad guy, especially so early in the game, but why did he know or care about Angel's future friend group and love interest? That doesn't seem like his area of expertise and it brought a sense of importance and destiny to the story I'm not personally fond of. There doesn't need to be some great, higher meaning to the formation of what will be (or used to be called) Angel Investigations. Personally, I think there's something special in people coming just because they happen to come together. I don't like the idea of it all being planned out and important. At least the way Lilith explained it, for her it was just that she can see past, present, and future all muddled together at the same. Instagram Demon Guy made it all fanciful and portentous. Boo, Instagram Demon Guy!! Finally, it was a little cheesy. I'm okay with that. Some standouts were Angel telling Helen it was good of her to use her anger and then the NEXT PAGE saying anger is just fear and fear is what "they" feed on. So... Not good to use anger? The last cheesy bit was when Angel banished Instagram Demon Guy. Anybody else read the Cardcaptor Sakura books? Anyone else get some major "return to your true form, Clow Card" vibes? Especially with that pattern in the background? Just me? Okay. No biggie. In the end, I am absolutely gonna keep reading and it might get me to continue Buffy so I'm caught up for the crossover.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    Overall, I like this start to Angel. I wasn't sure what they were going to do with the books running concurrently with Buffy, as the show was about Angel separating from Buffy and taking on LA. But I like the intermingling of Angel's angst at his past with pushing forward. I also like the characters currently introduced. We have Lilith who was not in the OG show, but I like the idea of Angel having someone with muscle backing him, especially someone who is still terrifying at the core. We also Overall, I like this start to Angel. I wasn't sure what they were going to do with the books running concurrently with Buffy, as the show was about Angel separating from Buffy and taking on LA. But I like the intermingling of Angel's angst at his past with pushing forward. I also like the characters currently introduced. We have Lilith who was not in the OG show, but I like the idea of Angel having someone with muscle backing him, especially someone who is still terrifying at the core. We also get Fred (YAY) and Gunn is following shortly behind. My Angel crew is coming, and I am happy about that. What I didn't love was the demon in this story. I think it has a lot to do with the book I just finished and my just exhaustion at (view spoiler)[ allegories for how evil our phone is and demons being in the phone. Granted, Angel does this less so than the other book I read, but (hide spoiler)] I'm still hoping it doesn't stay so cliche. Overall, I cannot wait to see where this is going next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jacie

    If it wasn't for the last issue (#4) in here I would have given this vol a 4-4.5. I enjoyed the character introductions and the way Angel's past was shown. I did not enjoy the way the big bad guy ended, it felt anti-climatic to me. I know the bad guy in this section was setting up for a future BIGGER BADDER GUY/THING, but it went by too quickly. The set up was interesting, Angel's past was interesting, his old relationships were interesting, the way the villain was luring people in was If it wasn't for the last issue (#4) in here I would have given this vol a 4-4.5. I enjoyed the character introductions and the way Angel's past was shown. I did not enjoy the way the big bad guy ended, it felt anti-climatic to me. I know the bad guy in this section was setting up for a future BIGGER BADDER GUY/THING, but it went by too quickly. The set up was interesting, Angel's past was interesting, his old relationships were interesting, the way the villain was luring people in was interesting, the first interaction between Angel and the villain in their world was interesting. However, there wasn't much of a fight it felt like he said "hey big bad you're gonna die" then the big bad died. The fight was over before it started. Overall a good vol definitely going to keep reading; the confrontation with the villain in this arch just wasn't enough for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan Brown

    Angel reboot starts off with his past, as it usually does. If you don't know Angel's story it will be hard to follow. he goes to Sunnydale and loses an old friend that he had previously saved. Then he meets Fred, travels to a hell dimension, only to return to find out something is hunting the friends he makes in the future. So, now he must save Gunn. Not as good as the Buffy reboot, but okay. Hard to follow if you don't know Angel/Angelus's story. Illustrations are very good, and the story line Angel reboot starts off with his past, as it usually does. If you don't know Angel's story it will be hard to follow. he goes to Sunnydale and loses an old friend that he had previously saved. Then he meets Fred, travels to a hell dimension, only to return to find out something is hunting the friends he makes in the future. So, now he must save Gunn. Not as good as the Buffy reboot, but okay. Hard to follow if you don't know Angel/Angelus's story. Illustrations are very good, and the story line is okay.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    3.5 I was less into this reimagining than the Buffy one probably because I love Angel (the show) a bit more than I do Buffy? Controversial, but just a bit more. Also, I just want the gang together, Angel is always less compelling when he's alone. But good start, definitely will be continuing with this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Miller

    As nostalgia grabs go, this first volume of Angel is very entertaining. I tried the Buffy volume, too, but found the character voices a bit too cute and snarky for my taste (which, to be fair, plays more to the tone of that show, which is why I preferred Angel). Still, both are fun if you're looking for some quick diversions that bring back the warmth of the original series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    So far this is not as strong as the Buffy reboot, perhaps because there are fewer characters that have been introduced to this point. But I still really love what BOOM! is doing with franchise and am excited to read the crossover when it is finished.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Macky Santiago

    Trippy Well that was a pleasant surprise. Not the ride i was expecting but certainly not unwelcome to proceed. Unlike with the Buffy reboot it is easier to play around with the Angel mythos so almost anything is permissible. Almost. Cannot wait for more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kizzy

    Ik heb dit gelezen uit nostalgie voor de tv serie... Maar ik ben wel benieuwd voor het vervolg...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This is a nice prequel. It's got some smolder-y cover art too.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lane Maddox

    3 stars! A very different Angelis than I’m used to, but didn’t hate it. #TeamSpikeForever

  23. 5 out of 5

    James Lawner

    I loved the character of Angel on Buffy, but I never could get into his show, but this comic was a great way of getting to know the character and seeing what he’s up to, and the threat he goes after is very interesting and very fitting with the theme of social media, but at the same time, we don’t see too much of his influence and how he uses social media to abuse others only just DMing people. Whilst I did enjoy this, I think the Buffy series had something more, but I do like how things are I loved the character of Angel on Buffy, but I never could get into his show, but this comic was a great way of getting to know the character and seeing what he’s up to, and the threat he goes after is very interesting and very fitting with the theme of social media, but at the same time, we don’t see too much of his influence and how he uses social media to abuse others only just DMing people. Whilst I did enjoy this, I think the Buffy series had something more, but I do like how things are setting up for the future of this series and Buffy. The artwork in #0 felt different than in the rest of the issues, even though it’s the same artist, and in the rest of the issues, the artwork more resembles that of the main Buffy series. Overall, a decent spin-off companion title, but my connection to this wasn’t as strong as with Buffy, and there weren’t too many strong supporting characters in this either besides Lilith, Fee-Fee and Helen.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iain Ross

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cristhi

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zackery Becker

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mai

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

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