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IDW Heralds the Returns of “Angel” to Comics

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IDW Heralds the Returns of “Angel” to Comics

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA (February 7, 2005) Last time we saw Angel, things didn’t
look too good for him. His TV show was ending, his comics had stopped
and he faced seemingly insurmountable odds.

But he wouldn’t be Angel if he didn’t battle his way back to the
forefront.

Angel, who originally built his fan base when he appeared on Buffy The
Vampire Slayer before spinning off to his own successful TV show, is a
man in conflict with his own vampiric side, as well as with the
seedier elements of the supernatural world. One of the reasons Angel
has been able to survive for so long is that he’s been surrounded by a
support team of friends and fellow warriors.

Until now, that is.

IDW Publishing returns Angel to comics in Angel: The Curse, the first
five-issue Angel miniseries that sees him going it alone. Angel is on
the run in a mysterious forest in Romania, searching for the Gypsy
clan that cursed him so many years ago. But he discovers that the
landscape of Romania has changed considerably since he’s been gone-
now, the Gypsies are oppressed, living under the thumb of a local
warlord who holds his power by using a vampire army. Angel is forced
to take a stand, and the resulting conflict may well doom any hope
Angel has of ever reversing the curse.

The Curse, the first of many Angel books planned by IDW, will be
written by popular Angel novelist (and former IDW Editor-in-Chief)
Jeff Mariotte. Mariotte has written more Angel novels than any other
writer, and co-wrote the first official behind-the-scenes series
companion, The Angel Casefiles, Vol. 1. Italian artist David Messina
provides brilliant visuals, perfectly capturing the familiar
characters. All five issues of the miniseries will feature exciting
variant covers from renowned artists like Tim Bradstreet, Igor Kordey,
Jill Thompson, ChrisCross, Ben Templesmith, each offering up their
unique interpretation of the characters. And while this first
adventure is more an Angel solo tale, fans can expect to see Spike and
the rest down the line, too.

“To be asked to continue the story of Angel after five seasons on TV
(not to mention dozens of books and comics) is really an honor,”
writer Jeff Mariotte said. “Angel fans have been wondering where and
how the vampire-with-a-soul’s story would go from the series finale,
which left Angel and friends in a pretty tight spot. I’ve been
wondering too, but now I get to tell the tale myself, with direct
input from Joss himself. What could be cooler?”

Angel: The Curse is a five-issue miniseries debuting in June.

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aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, one of the top
suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast
networks.

IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a
revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients
including The Upper Deck Company, Electronic Arts, Ultima Online,
WizKids, Cartoon Network, Sony Online Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and
many more. IDW Publishing focuses on a small number of high-quality
titles. Among them are CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Steve
Niles and Ben Templesmith’s 30 Days of Night and its sequels, Dark
Days and Return to Barrow; Ashley Wood’s Lore; CVO: Covert Vampiric
Operations; Beau Smith’s Wynonna Earp; and Steve Niles’ Wake The Dead.
Columbia Pictures has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night,
with Sam Raimi attached to produce. Konami is producing a video game
based on CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations. Dimension Films has optioned
the movie rights to Wake The Dead and Hyde. Paramount Pictures has
optioned the movie rights to Aleister Arcane.

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