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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. 4 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. 4 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. 4 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. 5 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. 5 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. 4 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. 4 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. 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.

  12. 4 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kizzy

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

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liz

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

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lane Maddox

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

  16. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Iain Ross

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zackery Becker

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mai

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason Simpson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eric Stork

  26. 5 out of 5

    Xander

  27. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Johnson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kyrie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Cox

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