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Cover Art for Angel: A Hole in the World Trade Paperback

Some brand-new cover art has emerged for the Angel : A Hole in the World trade paperback:

Angel : A Hole in the World

Angel : A Hole in the World

Very nice!

Solicitation for Buffy: Season 8 #37

Arriving on October 6th is Buffy: Season 8 #37; we’ve already seen the cover art, but now here’s the official solicitation summary:

Spike and Buffy are finally reunited (*sigh*) and lucky him—he’s discovered the source of all her problems, and it’s not Angel. Now Buffy must revisit the place where love was indiscriminate, the Scoobies were formed, and Hell’s mouth was closed for good.

Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty launch readers into the finale of Buffy Season Eight, promising more adventure, twists, and turns. Bonds are tested, lives altered, and oh!—the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Season 8 #37

Buffy: Season 8 #37
(Jo Chen)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Season 8 #37

Buffy: Season 8 #37
(Georges Jeanty)


Angel: Immortality for Dummies Hardcover to be Released this Week

This week sees the release of the Angel : Immortality for Dummies hardcover collection, which includes issues #28-32 of IDW’s ongoing Angel title.

Eisner Award-winning writer Bill Willingham’s (Fables) first storyline on Angel: Immortality For Dummies takes us down the dark path of fame, testing old allegiances, and new friendships. When Angel goes missing, Connor steps in, and learns pretty quickly that being a hero is a lot harder than his dad makes it look.

Angel : Immortality for Dummies

Angel : Immortality for Dummies

Jo Chen’s Cover for Buffy: Season 8 #37

Courtesy of Comics Alliance, here’s a look at Jo Chen’s cover for Buffy: Season 8 #37, due out in October:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Season 8 #37

Buffy: Season 8 #37
(Jo Chen)

IDW Angel Comics for September

Catching up a bit, last week Comics Continuum posted details about IDW comics due in September. What’s interesting is that they included specific shipping dates, which is unusual for IDW; we’ll see if these turn out to be accurate!

  • September 1st: Angel : Barbary Coast trade paperback. Based on earlier info from Amazon, this wasn’t due until November. Nice to see that it’s coming earlier!

    A recently souled Angel is on a quest for a “cure” in San Francisco when, of course, something goes horribly wrong. Seeking out a Chinese healer, Angel encounters a mysterious girl with a strange tattoo, and quickly learns that life in early 1900s America is full of surprises …

    Angel : Barbary Coast

    Angel : Barbary Coast TPB

  • September 8th: Spike : The Devil You Know #4

    Trading quips along with punches, Spike and Eddie Hope make a last desperate effort to save L.A. and stop some hostile demons from setting up shop with their baby Hellmouths. Which is all in a day’s work until something goes horribly wrong.

    Spike : The Devil You Know #4

    Spike : The Devil You Know #4

  • September 22nd: Angel #37

    Soul-Eaters. Demon armies. Dusting limbs. Prophecies run amok. The Angel-verse is always a little bit strange. But with Connor’s life in danger, Angel has to step up and take back his city. The only problem is that it may be too late.

    Angel #37

    Angel #37

Buffy #1 for $1

Later this year, Dark Horse will be offering a number of #1 reprints for the low, low price of $1. On September 8th, this “One for One” promotion will include Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1, the first issue of the original Buffy ongoing series.

Buffy Summers is not like other girls. She’s been chosen to save the world from the vampire plague, and balancing saving the world with high school is no easy task.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 (One for One)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 (One for One)

Angel #34 Released This Week

Arriving in stores tomorrow is Angel #34. For a 6-page preview, check over at Comics Continuum.

In the Angel family “like father, like son” takes on a whole new meaning. With prophecies practically falling from the sky, Connor and Angel must figure out how to work together without getting back into bad habits. Meanwhile, Illyria’s newfound interest in the prodigal son starts to get a little weird and the rest of the team wonders just what to do about ex-watcher Laura Kay Weathermill.

Angel #34 (Jenny Frison)

Angel #34 (Jenny Frison)

Angel #34 (David Messina)

Angel #34 (David Messina)


Angel: Barbary Coast #3 and Spike: The Devil You Know #1 Arrive this Week

One miniseries concludes while another begins this week.

  • Angel : Barbary Coast #3

    Earthquakes. Dragons. Angel. Everything comes to a shattering conclusion as Angel’s attempt to “cure” his newfound soul comes crashing down along with the rest of San Francisco. Plus, an old enemy shows just how long they’ve been watching him. Did we mention a dragon?

    Angel : Barbary Coast #3

    Angel : Barbary Coast #3

  • Spike : The Devil You Know #1

    While out and about (drinking, naturally) Spike gets in trouble over a girl (of course) and finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that involves Hellmouths, blood factories, and demons. Just another day in Los Angeles, really. But when devil Eddie Hope gets involved, they might just kill each other before getting to the bad guys.

    Spike : The Devil You Know #1

    Spike : The Devil You Know #1

What’s Your Reading Order?

I’ve been meaning to write up a section for “About Buffy comics” ever since I started this site. Maybe once I get around to it I can finally remove the “beta” label from around here. :)

When I do, one point I’d like to address is, “what is a sensible reading order for all these comics?” While I’ve organized things as a timeline, that doesn’t necessarily make it the best sequence for reading through them. For example, it’s probably worth reading Fray before diving into Buffy: Season 8, especially the Time of Your Life arc.

One take on this is the Buffyverse entry over at a cool site called Trade Reading Order. This is actually just a small section of the site, which is mainly dedicated to the massive DC Universe of comics — of which I know practically nothing; but if I wanted to find out what to read and in what order, this would be the site to help me! To quote Ian, the creator of the database and someone with an obvious passion for collecting and organizing:

This is my preferred reading order. The main goal is to help people arrange books on a shelf and decide what title to read next.

This is a list of books that can be read start to finish with the least amount of spoilers and awkwardness, and with the maximum enjoyment of events, cameos, and crossovers.

If you’re into DC comics, it’s a great resource and worth checking out.

Angel and Spike Comics for August 2010

IDW’s August 2010 solicitation info was posted a couple of weeks ago, and includes the latest Angel issue as well as the third part of Spike: The Devil You Know.

  • Angel #36

    When L.A. went to hell, everyone thought things couldn’t get any worse. Well, they were dead wrong. Especially now that the new Big Bad is officially out for blood. Meanwhile the magical fall out from The Fall continues to get weirder, and Angel find himself with more enemies than you can wave a sharp wooden type thingy at.

    Angel #36

    Angel #36

  • Spike : The Devil You Know #3

    Reluctant teammates Spike and Eddie Hope are having a hell of time getting information out of the demon world about their newest nemesis and her agenda. They’re also having a hard time not strangling each other. But a high stakes card game, some new Hellmouth problems, and a really big killer demon, could force them to have to get along in a hurry.

    Spike : The Devil You Know #3

    Spike : The Devil You Know #3

Speaking of this Spike mini-series, a mock-up for the trade paperback cover has appeared on Amazon. Nothing too exciting, just using the artwork from issue #1, but here it is:

Spike : The Devil You Know

Spike : The Devil You Know TPB