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Comic Book: Fallen Angel

For the trope of the same name, go here.

Beware: First Episode Spoilers ahead.

Welcome to Bete Noire, the City that Shapes the World. If by some misfortune you have stumbled in here, please take note of your surroundings. For drugs, please visit Asia Minor at the graveyard. If sex is what you're interested in, Bumper Ruggs has people of all orientations and proclivities. If a man called Benny offers to help you, do not accept. If spiritual enlightenment is your goal, seek elsewhere; there is only one church in Bete Noire, and it's usually empty. If you're helpless and hopeless, make your way to Furor's, where you may be able to get some help.

Written by Peter David, Fallen Angel tells the story of Liandra (a.k.a. Lee, a.k.a. the Fallen Angel of the title), a guardian angel exiled from heaven for disobeying God. Now the self-appointed "court of last resort" for the desperate, she aids those in need with her particular brand of cynicism and dark humor.

Fallen Angel is also the story of Bete Noire. An innocuous city by day, by night the City of Sin comes alive, deciding who lives and who dies, and who will be able to enter and leave. It is run by its Magistrate, a position which is itself under the supervision of the Hierarchy, a mysterious organization of unknown aims.

Some of its other main characters include:

Jude: Liandra's son, who becomes Magistrate of Bete Noire during the series' second volume. Raised by nuns, he is a catholic priest who initially believes he will be able to control the city in order to better the world.

Dr. Juris: Bete Noire's Magistrate at the beginning of the series, he will do anything it takes in order to abandon the position.

Dolf: The Fallen Angel's staunchest ally, Dolf owns the bar Furor's, Bete Noire's sole neutral territory, and the place where Liandra meets with her clients. Little is known about his past, except that he has previously been a painter, has "dabbled in politics" and keeps a World War II era German-made handgun. Hmm.

Black Mariah: An information gatherer and world traveler, Mariah's touch immediately burns almost all who come into contact with it; those who don't usually become her lovers.

Asia Minor: Bete Noire most important drug kingpin, who obfuscates stupidity behind a stereotypical broken English.

Slate: Chief Examiner of Bete Noire, and seemingly the only law enforcement official in the city. A compulsive smoker who always knows more than he's telling and has his own plans for the future.

Juanita "J.J." Sachs and Ernie "Violens" Schultz: A thrill-seeking battle couple who settled down in Bette Noire after Violens became the Magistrate's Chief Enforcer.

Benny: The first person a visitor to Bete Noire usually sees. If one isn't careful, he's soon after becomes the last person a visitor to Bete Noire sees.

"The Boss": God, who takes the form of a young girl in a tennis outfit. Omnipotent? Yes. Omniscient? For a certain value of the word. Omnibenevolent? No.

The comic book comprises two volumes. The first volume, published by DC Comics, began publishing in July 2003 until it was cancelled in its twentieth issue. The series resumed publication on December 2005, this time under the helm of IDW Publishing, lasting thirty-three issues. Since then, the book has adopted a series of mini-series format, the first being Fallen Angel: Reborn (published in 2009) and the second and latest being Fallen Angel: Return of the Son, published in 2011.

Initially, a good bit of speculation surrounded Liandra's identity; given her powers and appearance, many people surmised that Liandra was in reality Linda Danvers, who was Supergirl during a volume penned by David. David did his best to maintain the answer ambiguous until he revealed her origins at the beginning of volume 2.


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