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October 12, 2007

‘Angel’ comic drags readers in where popular TV series left off

Comics Corner column

NORMAN, Okla. —

In May 2004, Joss Whedon’s “Angel” was canceled by the WB.

Yeah, it was a dumb move, and like most things TV executives decide to do, it made no sense.

For the first time since 1997, there was no Whedon show on TV, since “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” ended its run a year earlier.

The abrupt cancellation left the series’ heroes ready to fight some really nasty demons in an L.A. alley.

Angel had turned on the senior partners of Wolfram and Hart, major characters were dead and the fates of the rest of the crew were left up in the air.

Until now.

That’s right, Whedon and co-writer Brian Lynch (“Spike: Asylum”) are bringing “Angel: After the Fall” to comics shelves starting in November, and like the “Buffy: Season 8” comics that have been highly successful, the new comic follows the TV show’s characters immediately following the show’s abrupt series finale.

“It deals with the repercussions of Angel standing up to Wolfram and Hart and the senior partners,” Lynch said. “They do what you’d expect demons to do: They punish what he holds dearest. His friends and the people of L.A. who he’s always trying to protect. So, they send everyone to Hell.”

Yep, that’s right.

As many times in popular fiction that Los Angeles has been referred to as “Hell on Earth” in some metaphor or another, this is definitely one of the few times the term can be taken literally.

Whedon and Lynch have the senior partners turn L.A. into Hell.

“We messed around with it a little bit, and even had one of the characters say something about ‘Hell A,’ and then we immediately said that we would never be able to use that pun again,” Lynch said.

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