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Angel: After the Fall, Volume 2: First Night (Angel: After the Fall #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,769 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
First Night begins! What happened on the very night Los Angeles went straight to hell, the incident that ended the" Angel "television series with such a shocking cliffhanger? Why did the team go their separate ways? And how did Connor rise up to become one of Hell's greatest champions?
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published September 10th 2008 by IDW Publishing (first published April 2nd 2008)
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Aug 24, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, vampires
Volume two dosn't pick up where the first volume left off. Instead, it goes back in the chronology to cover what happened right after the show ended. You know, events that volume one completely skipped over. I'm not complaining about seeing this, since it's the number one reason I picked up After the Fall in the first place. But it would have been nice if this storyline hadn't been inserted in the middle of the ongoing storyline from volume one. It's also irritatingly short, only three issues. I ...more
Nov 02, 2010 j rated it liked it
Recommends it for: not thieves that's for sure.
Someone in Oak Park is a kleptomaniac with a thing for Angel comics, because he stole volume 1 and 3 of this series from the library. I can tell because the online reservation system shows they were due on the same day, three months ago. A hex upon thee, library thief!

So I had to order these from other libraries, which is annoying because there is no way to control the order in which they arrive. For example, I got volume 2 first. I checked it out anyway, just in case the thief was planning to s
Dec 22, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-vampires
The Good: The TV show ended on an epic cliffhanger, where the surviving characters were poised to enter what seemed to be a battle to their deaths. This volume finally answers the question of who survives and how. This alone makes the volume a worthwhile read.

The Bad: Instead of following Volume 1, this goes back to where the show ended. It's what all fans want to know, but making the series out of chronological order is annoying. The artwork is spotty, in relation to the characters. This cover
Mar 02, 2016 julieta rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016, btvs, ats
Definitely did not expect that Kate comeback.
Nov 25, 2014 Beate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tv-show, comics
Um... This one was not about Angel, but pretty much about anyone and everyone else. It does give a bit of a back-story to some key characters and what happened to them in the moments right after the final episode of Angel faded to black, but how this was all lumped together makes for a rather boring read. I think it would have made the After The Fall serial stronger had it been spread out throughout the series instead of dumped on the reader all at once.
Britta ★ Nachteule ★
Jun 18, 2014 Britta ★ Nachteule ★ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Angel-Fans who couldn't get enough, like me! ;-)
4.5 I-Love-You-Angel-Stars

This episode doesn't start, where Angel: After The Fall Vol.1 left us. First we get some glimpses of the individual storys about our friends directly after or rather while Los Angeles goes to hell.
But then we are back at the fight Angel vs. Lords of Los Angeles.

Still there are many questions open about:
Who is good?
Who is bad?
What is the big plan of Wolfram & Hart?

And the big plan of the universe?
What's it about Gunn?

And when one question is answered a new one sh
Nicole Field
May 23, 2014 Nicole Field rated it it was amazing
Once again, I read this comic in one night, and once again it was at the behest of my girlfriend. Well, to be fair, we had just finished introducing her to Angel: the Series, and of course I couldn't hold myself back from raving about 'what happens next'.

While she was on a sofa reading the first set of comics, I sat back and went through the First Night saga. In it, we have characters we'd expect to see experiencing their first night after L.A. is pulled down into hell: Spike, Lorne, Gunn, Wesle
Since I bought so many volumes of the series at once, I figured that I might as well read'em all before decided what to do with them. So I read volume 2 that isn't really volume two, but a chance for the "artist" Franco Urru to take a break (oh, thank God). Not that I minded the filler issues as they contained the information that I think most people picked up the first volume for... what happened after the credits rolled on that final episode.
Every issue is illustrate by a different person and
Sep 10, 2014 Mina rated it liked it
Short. Not everyone I expected was represented, but I got a few surprise guests. It fits.

I think I enjoyed Brian Lynch's commentary at the end even more than the comics themselves. Lynch really deserves a logo. And the drinking game is way less effective with tea.
May 23, 2015 Kathryn rated it liked it
I know, I said I shouldn't read it until I caught up on the show, but it's on my desk! Honestly, it's a bit of a "Dawn" moment: the first volume confused me, and this one revealed a bit of what's going on. The art bounces around, because different authors. Some I like, some I don't. Most I like, "Civilians" I don't. The "Lorne" issue had me near giggling, though it was a sad tale. I could totally hear him crooning it! Loved it! "Gwen" was very X-Men, and "Kate" very Blade. I really like "Betta", ...more
Jonathan Coulombe
Feb 09, 2015 Jonathan Coulombe rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Great book, but it marks a pause from the After the fall story.

First night is the collection of several one shots stories of what happened when hell came into LA. Most of the stories are great and the art is good, but in terms of overall enjoyment, I feel a bit of a let down because each story was way too short. In some case, it was ok (ex Kate involvement). However, what I would have greatly enjoyed more would have been the equivalent of Spike: After the Fall for other characters. If each short
Apr 16, 2016 Marko rated it liked it
Somewhat confusing after all these years since I watched the series - the characters are not introduced in any way and the story goes straight into action. I could hardly remember which characters had survived the series and which hadn't and I'm pretty sure there were a couple of entirely new characters here pretending that they knew everyone (and that I was supposed to know them).

Still, once you get into the action, the story offers a decent selection of surprise twists. It even makes fun of th
Mar 26, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it
Okay so now having read a really good graphic novel (Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol) I can identify what I didn't like as much as I thought I would about this one (and Vol 1 while I'm at it). There's kind of a disconnect between the writing and the pictures here. It was at times kind of hard to understand what was going on. And again, some of the characters don't always look the same depending on which panel your in and it was sometimes hard to tell who was who until a name was mentioned. I'm also ...more
Dichotomy Girl
2nd Read: 8/18/2015
Original Read: 7/17/2014
3.5 Stars
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Library

Even though this is Volume 2, this graphic novel takes place right after the end of Angel Season 5, Episode 22 Not Fade Away. It contains short stories about what happens to many characters from the series: Betta (comics), Spike, Illyria, Connor, Lorne, Wesley, Kate, Gwen, Gunn and Civilians. There is also an art gallery at the end followed by some exposé by Brian Lynch. All interesting stuff. And I must add how much I loved Groo’s blog post at the beginning of the book. Go
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 20, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Summary: After the shocking ending of Vol. 1, Vol. 2 leaves us hanging and backs up in time to the first night after the ending of the television series. This book is smaller containing only 3 comics that contain vignettes of all the characters showing us where they ended up that first night, why they are no longer all together and how they came to be in the situations we find them in Vol. 1. Angel himself is not in this volume at all, which is a little odd
The second volume of Angel: After the Fall is a slight let down. Leaving the main story, that was left at the end of the last volume (or issue #5 if you will), this volume (collecting issues #6–8, a mere three issues) gives us the interlude: First Night.

The idea is that after having been thrown into the action after the apocalyptic action over the previous five issues, we are now to be shown what happened on the very first night when L.A. fell into Hell. Or more precisely, what happened to a lot
Michele Lee
It's here that the major flaw in switching a TV series to a comic series becomes evident; while I've greatly enjoyed the writing, art and story lines so far the second volume of the Angel series is a series of short reflections back to the night when Wolfram & Hart flung LA into Hell. It's emotional and engaging, but it's way too short and at $20 ($10 used) a pop it's just dissatisfying that there won't be another episode next week.

I like, love, these characters and would follow them throug
Mar 03, 2009 Aaron rated it really liked it
The first volume in the series might have felt like a bit of a jump from the very end of the series, but Whedon and his team has produced a series of vignettes that explains what happened to each of the major characters (as well as the city's citizens) the night Los Angeles fell to the forces of Hell. What set them up on the path that led them to make the choices they have made?

The hardest part of the end of the series was that it just ended with a cliffhanger. Angel and his friends were literal
Rather than one long story arc, this short volume (with a long title) tells a number of short stories, each about a different character, which all take place surrounding the same event: L.A. going to Hell. Warning: This means the stories take place chronologically before the events of Angel:After the Fall Volume 1 and do NOT continue that story. 2nd warning (or bonus, for some): Angel is not one of those characters. He's not in this book.

I'm really please that they decided to go ahead with this
May 29, 2012 M rated it liked it
Following Joss Whedon's triumphant return to the Angel-verse in the first book, this second volume takes the time to chronicle the events following the Wolfram and Hart battle. Angel takes a dive off a building, discovering the hard way that he has been turned human. Spike thinks he's out of the game, but still allows his inner hero to take over. The timeshifts of Illyria revert her back and forth to Fred, forcing Spike to take her under his protection. Kate makes her return, inspiring the now-w ...more
Mar 31, 2010 faeriemyst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Buffy & Angel addicts who need their fix
So far my opinion of the Angel continuation is much higher than the Buffy graphic novels. The plot is a lot more engaging and makes some sort of sense, (most of) the artwork really grabs me, and I just enjoy them a whole heck of a lot more. I enjoyed reading what happened to everyone immediately 'after the fall' into Hell and liked the different feel to each story. This had the Trifecta of Angel-y goodness: it had drama, it had action, it had humor! *singing: "It had style, it had grace, it had ...more
May 19, 2015 Georgina rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
An assortment of artists flesh out the moments that happened in the alley right after Angel the TV series ended. Like a delicious box of chocolates. One *could* read this before reading Vol. 1, but Joss had a good reason for placing this volume out of chronological order. Read Vol. 1 (takes place long after the series ended) then this Vol. 2 (short stories of what happened immediately after the TV series faded to black.
Oct 15, 2008 Loren rated it liked it
It was good. It wasn't great but it worked conceptually and I guess that was the point.

My favourite thing about this volume is it utilises a wide selection of artists to get the job done. What this means is that we no longer have to suffer through the 'art' of the first volume and are presented with some really beautiful and convincing images (see wesley's story). Of course there are the lesser artists as well; Civilians, Lorne.

Still I remain happy in the knowledge that the old artist is droppe
Aug 31, 2014 Sewit rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
The second volume backtracks in classic Whedon fashion to explain the current predicaments of our protagonists and antagonists. Some of the stories are dull but all are written fairly well. My own personal favorites were the stories following Gunn and Fred. Though they may not change anyone's opinion of the characters, the clarifying stories were definitely appreciated. The artwork, though, shows little improvement.
Hayley Knighten
Angel: After the Fall vol. 1 started after the apocalypse was well under way. As the title suggests, First Night takes us back to the night from the last episode of the television show and shows us how each of the main characters found themselves in their current predicaments.

First Night is separated into mini stories, each only a few pages long, each named for the character they follow, and each with a unique look and feel to match. I particularly enjoyed the Lorne story. The art looks like an
Marthese Formosa
Dec 17, 2015 Marthese Formosa rated it liked it
Great art. My first Angel read (I did read buffy and angel and faith and willow) but I knew the story roughly.

It's basically the different accounts by different people after the Fall.

I liked Lorne's and Spike's the best. Each character got a different style and worldview and you can see it from the different chapters.

Even non-main characters or civilians got a chapter. Looking forward to read the next one.

Kate M. Colby
Apr 01, 2016 Kate M. Colby rated it it was amazing
In this volume, the creators take the time to answer the question of what happened on the first night of the 'apocalypse' (immediately after the television show ended). A quick read, it manages to touch on all the major characters and even a few minor ones. Personally, I'm really digging George the beta fish and am glad we've gotten to see more of his story. Can't wait to blaze on through the next volumes.
Sep 11, 2012 Danny rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Leaving us with a pretty big cliffhanger, what better way to proceed the story than to look back and clear up a few things? Joss knows how to annoy and inflict pain.

This volume takes us pretty much everywhere except for Angel himself. So, yeah, Fred/Illyria, Lorne, Spike, Gunn, Wesley, etc.

They're all good in terms of clearing up what happened that first night following the fight, but none managed to continue the excitement that was present in the first volume that followed the TV series.

Jay Belt
May 14, 2010 Jay Belt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Be careful what you wish for...

With my review of Vol 1. I mentioned I wanted the stories of what happened after the cliffhanger ending of Season 5 Angel. Well Vol 2 delivers this...and only this. The story I was following on Vol 1 was set aside for Vol 3. And Vol 2 was just a collection of David Lynch writing each members story (except Angel) while various artist drew. Um. You kinda hooked me with the Vol 1 story. A little late now. I wanted to continue that, not be side-barred by this other boo
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