From 2007—2011, IDW Publishing published a series of tie-in comics based on Angel. The first arc, Angel: After the Fall, picks up in the aftermath of the last episode of the TV Series. After the Fall was penned by series creator Joss Whedon and is considered canon to the Buffyverse. Everything else is more up for debate as Season 8 comics show what happened with Angel right after L.A. is restored to normalcy by the Senior Partners.
This page is intended to cover all Angel and Spike comics between "After the Fall, Part One" and "Stranger Things", inclusive; for the subsequent Dark Horse Comics series, see Angel & Faith. Also, keep in mind that spoilers from the televised Buffyverse are not tagged.
Not to be confused with Fallen Angel, another IDW-published comic book with "Angel" in its title. It is worth noting, however, that Illyria made a crossover appearance in Fallen Angel: Reborn.
Tropes included in the series:
- After the End: The main selling point of After the Fall, continuing directly from where the television series left off.
- Continuity Nod
- The lot formerly occupied by the LA branch of Wolfram & Hart is now a Doublemeat Palace.
- The Doublemeat Palace gets another nod in "Last Angel in Hell", as the Palace is promoting the movie of the same name.
- Possibly accidental: A prophecy regarding the title character's death is fulfilled with a "death" that causes a Reset Button, just like the death of Wishverse Buffy.
- Don't Explain the JokeSpike: Illyria, have you lost weight? See, because—
Illyria: Because I was a massive creature. I understand. It was a marginally successful attempt at humor.
- The Elevator from Ipanema: Mocked in Spike: After the Fall, when he ends up on one of these elevators.
- FaceHeel Turn: Gunn, who was sired during the unseen fight that happens following the cut to black in "Not Fade Away"
- Humanity Ensues: Angel is made human by the Senior Partners in After the Fall, albeit using magicks to give himself his vampiric abilities.
- Ironic Hell: The Senior Partners force the ghost of Wesley to appear as he did in his early appearances in Buffy.
- Prophecy Twist: Angel's "death" in After the Fall technically fulfills the Shanshu Prophecy, even though the Reset Button is pressed.
- Reset Button: After the Fall ends with Angel forcing the Senior Partners to revert the Fall. The citizens of Los Angeles temporarily kept their memories, but the memories eventually faded out and only Angel remembered. note
- Retcon: It is revealed Angel is still a candidate to the Shanshu prophechy because the Circle of the Black Thorn never got around to file the scroll with Angel's signature renouncing his potential fate.
- Sexy Cat Person: The Kelley Armstrong run introduced Dez, a sexy assassin and Shameless Fanservice Girl with several nude scenes, who is a jaguar with magically augmented intelligence and the ability to shapeshift into a human.
- Shout-Out: Immortality for Dummies features a vampire wearing a PvP shirt.
- Spell My Name with an "S": As is usual, there is no agreement on how to spell Wesley's last name. It's given as "Wyndham-Price" in After the Fall #1 and "Wyndam-Price" in After the Fall #17, both of which conflict with the canonical "Wyndam-Pryce".
- We Named the Monkey "Jack": Angel's dragon and Groo's pegasus are both named "Cordelia" after the deceased Cordelia Chase.
- Wham Line:
Angel (narration): "[Vampires] can still mend quickly. Which, of course, would mean so much more... if I were still a vampire."
- Angel's narration for the first three issues neglects to mention certain events, leading into:
Tropes included in Last Angel in Hell, an in-universe film about the events of After the Fall:
- Adaptational Heroism: Gunn is still loyal to Angel's team within the film, as opposed to being a vampire during the actual Fall of Los Angeles.
- Adaptational Villainy: Lorne is portrayed as one of Satan's top henchmen.
- Adapted Out: Several characters get no mention at all, including Nina, Spider and the "Spike-ettes", and Wolfram & Hart.
- Babies Ever After: Sara returns at the end pregnant with Angel's son, mirroring the "real" Darla becoming pregnant with Connor.
- Big Bad: Satan, of the Big Red Devil variety.
- Composite Character:
- Sara is a composite of Spike and Darla.
- Fred is a composite of Fred, Illyria, and Gwen.
- Gunn is a composite of Gunn and Cordelia the dragon.
- Gender Flip: Spike/Sara from male to female, as a result of being a Composite Character with Darla.
- Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: According to the movie, a T-Rex was the first vampire, and killed the rest of the dinosaurs.
- Race Lift: Fred from Caucasian to African-American (via Composite Character with Gwen), and Gunn from African-American to dark-skinned Hispanic. note Also, this Gunn is still (mostly) human, unlike the "real" Gunn who had been turned by vampires by this point.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: There are several differences between the film's events and the "real" events.
- Wesley survives longer in the film than the "real" Wesley did.
- Lorne is a minion of Satan going by the name "OverLorne".
- Betta George becomes Angel's dog and the Team Pet, George.