BOOM! Reveals More On Surprise New Buffyverse ANGEL Ongoing

Angel #0 variant
Credit: Boris Pelcer (BOOM! Studios)
Credit: Boris Pelcer (BOOM! Studios)

More details about BOOM! Studios' surprise launch of a new Angel ongoing title have been revealed in the company's letter to retailers. The series, which was announced just one week ago, debuted Wednesday.

"Welcome to the very first issue of our new Angel monthly comic book series," writes BOOM!'s Retail Sales Coordinator Morgan Perry. "You've seen incredible success with our other launches of Joss Whedon creations, from Firefly to Buffy The Vampire Slayer and this joins them as our third ongoing series from the aforementioned visionary creator."

The publisher is giving Angel #0 to retailers for free (including free shipping and no fees), with orders matching the store's orders for Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3. BOOM! also added in one free copy of Boris Pelcer's "Thank You" variant.

"BOOM! Studios is your best partner and we believe in putting comic shops first," Perry continues. "As a publisher who is asking you to buy in to what you believe, we have a responsibility to do the same. So we chose to cover every cost (creative, publishing, shipping, etc.) so that Angel #0 would be additional money in the hands of retailers with no strings attached."

Perry went on to explain that BOOM! did the Beyonce-style surprise debut to "inject surprise and excitement into the direct market."

"We minimized the window of awareness to conversion so that the broad, diverse cross section of pop culture fans (some of whom may be lapsed comic fans or have never stepped in a comic shop) who heard the news could be converted into Angel #0 readers almost immediately," the BOOM! representative said. "Our goal is to inject surprise and excitement into the direct market with a new release that rewards comic shop retailers for their unwavering loyalty and reinforces that these stores are the front line of innovation in the entertainment industry."

The publiher said that they are holding off on making Angel #0 available digitally until May 1.

Credit: Boris Pelcer (BOOM! Studios)

Second printings of Angel #0 are available to order now, featuring a recolored version of Boris Pelcer's main cover.

The series will continue monthly, with Angel #1 in May. Retailers who participate in the BOOM! Guarantee program will receive full returnability on Angel #1 through #4.

Here are the solicitations for Angels #1 through #3.

(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Gleb Melnikov (CA) Dan Panosian
BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers), presents the shocking reimagining 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, when the trail of the most recent demonic uprising takes him to Sunnydale, he realizes that the redemption he seeks can only come at a startling price.
As Angel gets closer to redemption, the full truth of his horrific past as Angelus will be revealed-and there may be no way to escape his darkest secret of all.
Written by Bryan Edward Hill (Detective Comics, Killmonger) with art from Gleb Melnikov (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), discover a brand new, modern take on one of the most iconic vampires in pop culture, perfect for fans and new readers alike!

(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Gleb Melnikov (CA) Dan Panosian
The landmark re-imagining of ANGEL continues here from Bryan Edward Hill (Detective Comics, Killmonger), Gleb Melnikov (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and series creator Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers).
Los Angeles is becoming infested with more supernatural threats than ever before-and Angel needs to know why before he can complete the rituals to become human once again. But the vampire-with-a-soul's quest for redemption won't be as simple as he hoped (I mean, it's already super complicated because he was, well, the mass murderer Angelus) when a new threat arrives on the scene and forces Angel to truly examine his past.

(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Gleb Melnikov (CA) Dan Panosian
Angel's made his move and now he's dealing with the unintended consequences as the true threat facing him may be greater than he imagined. But one wrong choice may destroy his life as he knows it...and ruin his chances to lift the curse. Is there any price too high when redemption is the prize?
The next exciting chapter of the pop culture reimagining that made headlines worldwide continues from Bryan Edward Hill (Detective Comics, Killmonger), Gleb Melnikov (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and series creator Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers).

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