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Angel Vol. 1: Being Human

(Angel #0-4)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  61 reviews
BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers), presents an all-new re-telling 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 cri
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by BOOM! Studios (first published September 25th 2019)
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Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, hoopla
An OK start to the Angel reboot. The villain in the first arc is pretty lame. Internet demons are never going to be interesting or threatening. I like the idea of bringing in Angel's Scooby gang from the very beginning even if they are being revamped, at least Fred and Gun are coming back. I do hope they don't leave Angel in Sunnydale for long. That would make it too difficult to give each book its own identity. ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, buffy-verse, boom
Jordie Bellaire's excellent modern-day Buffy reboot comic is a smash hit, so now it's Angel's turn to get reinvigorated! What new side of the centuries-old vampire with a soul will we see in this daring new vision of a fan-favourite character? Well... I guess he... uuh... fights a... phone... app... demon? Yikes.

Yeah, this wasn't very good. Bryan Hill is normally a pretty good writer, but I don't feel like he has as strong a handle on Angel as Jordie Bellaire has on Buffy, and his idea for the v
Chris Lemmerman
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hot on the heels of Boom! Studios’ Buffy relaunch is a relaunch for everyone’s favourite vampire-with-a-soul. If you said Spike, get outta here – I mean Angel, of course.

But, also like Buffy, this ain’t your daddy’s Angel. He’s still broody, still tortured, and still out to save people, but this time he’s got a new supporting cast (some of whom may be suspiciously familiar), and a new overarching mission. Writer Bryan Hill captures Angel’s mannerisms easily, so he’s clearly still the person we
The first volume of BOOM's new Angel series has a slow burn approach to storytelling

The plot is unfolding very slowly, while new characters are added and we get a few glimpses into Angel's past and future, and it seems to work. It is slowly building momentum, and I am intrigued to see where things are heading, but if the next few volumes does not deliver things could be dropped on the floor. This volume does not stand well on its own.

Gleb Melnikov's art is not of a style that I would normally b
James DeSantis
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable reimagine of one of the coolest vampires every. This is split between seeing Angel's past and what he's done and his current fight against someone using tech to kill people. While the storylines themselves are simple the art and dialogue is strong to make this enjoyable. Will read more! ...more
Sophie Elaina

I really like the new take on old characters. The flashbacks dispersed throughout the volume were interesting and although I don’t understand everything yet, it has me intrigued and I want to know more. The end section to the special anniversary edition was a great addition and I’m assuming is a little bridge between the first volume and the Hellmouth event (crossover between Buffy and angel). I’m excited to see how Angel and Buffy first meet in this new comic and if it parallels at all to the o
Kris Ritchie
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5. Probably the highest rating I have given a Hill GN, but I really do not enjoy his writing style. My enjoyment of this volume was largely carried by my love of the series overall.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelli by: Angel fans who don’t mind some imaginative revisionist history
After some very uneven writing and even more uneven art in the corresponding Buffy BOOM! series, Angel Issues #0-#4, collected here in Angel Vol. 1: Being Human was a welcome and delicious treat. Darker and gorier than the simultaneous-running Buffy reboot series, Angel’s been given better writing, better characterizations, and much, much better art. (My art complaints about Buffy really only set in after Issue #4, when the series lost the extremely talented Dan Mora as illustrator.) There are s ...more
5 🌟

Angel battles a demon that is using fear through the internet. He also finds Fred.
✭ emilee ✭
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
- 5 stars and i absolutely don't understand the low average rating on this?????
- the biggest complaint i see is that they didn't like the villain but this volume clearly wasn't even about the villain, it's about angel?????
- ANYWAY can't imagine not liking this because it's genuinely so good and i'm loving this universe and re-imagining, it is SO much fun and enjoyable
- i cannot wait to keep reading these, i have the second buffy volume ready to go and i know i'm gonna love it just like i did th
Shannon Appelcline
Honestly, it was hard to care about this comic. Yes, the post-season-seven comics got a bit bewildering. But this went back to such an immature and undeveloped version of the character that it was like starting all over again. The comic was almost painful to read as a result, as Hill slowly picked his way through major character points about Angel being evil and blahblahblahblah that I was bored with decades ago.

Things were improving by the end. Lilith seems like a good new character, and the fo
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was great and I need more right now. I can’t wait for the crossover with Buffy and I love how they incorporate technology without feeling too hacky.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Me likey
Luly Ceballos
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous! I thought I wasn't going to pick this one up, anticipating too many changes for my taste. Glad I was wrong! A revamped story with all the nice details that made Angel's story so great. Love it! ...more
Xiomy's Book Tales
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, honestly just wow I really enjoyed this reimagining of my most loved vampire-with-a-soul storyline than the one in the tv show and that is saying a lot!

I loved how we got to see Angel in a whole new light and his transformation was excellent I always wondered why would a 300 plus vampire only change when he sees the "love of his life" and not before like there was so much he could have done. So, I'm glad that this rendition of his character shows him differently and improved in my eyes.

Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a cool introduction to this version of Angel. The art is nice, and there were a couple awesome scenes. That said, it didn’t feel too meaty; as in, it was a quick read and wasn’t exactly memorable. Reading month to month was hard because I forgot what happened exactly last time each time. Still, it was enjoyable, and it’s neat seeing the characters reintroduced here. I think they’re shoehorning in a crossover event next a bit too soon, but I hope it works. 3.7/5 stars
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Not as good as the Buffy re-imagining, but I think there is potential in this. The "social media makes people sad" angle was a little tired but otherwise well-done. They brought Fred in early, and I think she'll be a good character. Otherwise.... we'll see.

It got me re-watching the show. Charisma Carpenter is underrated as a comedic actress.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Intriguing start to Angel's revamped story. I loved the art! ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m excited for the Hellmouth crossover but the writing is weaker here than in the Buffy reboot. Angel seems out of place and the storyline doesn’t have the kind of continuity and respectful nods to the original that Jordie Bellaire’s Buffy has. That being said, I loved the early introduction of Fred and Gunn, two of the strongest, most memorable Angel characters. Will definitely keep reading, hoping that the writers come through for the fans.
I am really loving this whole boom studios remix of the comics. it's just a super cool idea - take an established story and rewrite it. what if the characters met differently? what if the insane one was sane? what if the bitchy one was nice? what if the nerdy one who didn't yet know she was a lesbian was a cool lesbian with a girlfriend? what if the vengeance demon who goes good and eventually runs a magic store starts out with the magic store before going good? what if the one who was enslaved ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I am so glad I liked this!! It's impossible not to compare this to its partner in the Buffyverse. I'm not liking that series. Not even a little. I find it incredibly boring. Angel, however, I find interesting. I cannot express how relieved this makes me because I love the Buffyverse and I was so excited for these new reboot comics. I wanted to give this 4 stars, but dropped it down to 3 because I think part of that want was just me expressing how much better than Buffy I find this. Into the revi ...more
Emma Kay Krebs
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Overall, I like this start to Angel. I wasn't sure what they were going to do with the books running concurrently with Buffy, as the show was about Angel separating from Buffy and taking on LA. But I like the intermingling of Angel's angst at his past with pushing forward.

I also like the characters currently introduced. We have Lilith who was not in the OG show, but I like the idea of Angel having someone with muscle backing him, especially someone who is still terrifying at the core. We also g
J.A. Ironside
I had an easier time with this than the Buffy reboot in some ways, because it's so far off Angel's origin story that it wasn't competing for space with my head canon. They've steered away from from the Romany curse here (as some with Romany connections, I found this didn't actually improve anything. Better, more thoroughly researched representation would have been better IMO.) Anyway, Angel is less directionlessly bad here, instead being more focused and big scheme evil (remember in the series t ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
If it wasn't for the last issue (#4) in here I would have given this vol a 4-4.5.

I enjoyed the character introductions and the way Angel's past was shown.

I did not enjoy the way the big bad guy ended, it felt anti-climatic to me. I know the bad guy in this section was setting up for a future BIGGER BADDER GUY/THING, but it went by too quickly. The set up was interesting, Angel's past was interesting, his old relationships were interesting, the way the villain was luring people in was interesti
Stefan Grieve
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great start to the Angel reboot series, with a well woven updated story and characters and slick awesome art style.

I think the plot to this story and dialogue is generally very good, although there was one line Angel said to a villain later on that came out a bit flat, but it is generally witty and cool.

The character choices are brilliant, particularly bringing Winifred 'Fred' early on and what he did with the Lilith character.

The foreshadowing of later events in the events is a treat for fan
Kat Chilvers
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always get really nervous when I story I love moves on to a different medium. It is hard to know if the creators will both capture the magic of the original while still bringing something new to the table.
Thankfully, this reboot gave us just that. Angel is still a supernatural noir worth reading.
After roaming the earth as a soulless vampire, Angel is cursed to live with the things he has done and feel the weight of those actions. Years later, he is off fighting anything that goes bump in the
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, against all odds I really enjoyed this! I read it in single issues and though I didn’t love it quite as much as the recent Buffy arc I read, it was great. Sure, the idea of an Internet demon is kind of lame, but honestly, this was way better than rewatching “I Robot, You Jane” (which remains the worst BtVS episode of all time).

Angel was always going to be even more difficult to reboot than Buffy, because it’s harder to make him interesting. However, I liked how he was written here and I lov
The villain in this one is a demon that feeds on vanity and insecurity through Instagram. Social media is bad! What a fresh, nuanced take. I feel like this could have been a passable secondary plot for a later volume, but it's poor for a series launch. I hated that the first issue killed off a woman within a few pages and that the creators made Angel so bland. The whole appeal of his character is the bad boy/sad boi balance that David Boreanaz pulls off so beautifully in the shows, and his emoti ...more
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Bryan Hill is a screenwriter, photographer, tv writer, and director. He is known for his work on the DC show TITANS and for his work in comics, most notably his outings on DETECTIVE COMICS, POSTAL, AMERICAN CARNAGE, KILLMONGER and ANGEL.
His writing is infused with esoteric principles, which can also be found in his photography and music.
He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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