Bill Willingham pens Angel for IDW
Itâ€™s going to be a great holiday for Angel fans this year! Starting in December with issue 28, multiple Eisner Award-winning writer Bill Willingham (Fables) becomes the new regular writer of IDWâ€™s ongoing Angel series. Willingham kicks things off in a big way with his first six-issue Angel storyline, titled â€œThe Crown Prince Syndrome.â€
Beginning with Decemberâ€™s Angel #28, Willingham delivers a gripping story as the title character struggles with his new-found celebrity and the myriad of moral complications it creates. Joining Willingham on the book as the new regular artist is Brian Denham (The X-Files). Jenny Frison will create distinctive new covers for each issue, and former Angel artist David Messina will offer up variant covers.
â€œIâ€™m really enjoying writing Angel,â€ said Willingham. â€œYou donâ€™t often get to play in other peopleâ€™s universes, and the world created for Angel, with its supernatural-infested L.A., is something Iâ€™m having too much fun being involved with.â€
This first arc will focus on what life is like for Angel now that the Fall is over and heâ€™s become the idolized, adored, and extremely visible hero of L.A. Angelâ€™s fame definitely makes it harder for him to brood in peace, and the lack of anonymity creates a whole new level of threat, unlike anything heâ€™s used to. â€œThe Crown Prince Syndromeâ€ also reveals what life is like for the rest of the team, especially Connor, who finds out that being a â€œchosen oneâ€ isnâ€™t anywhere near as easy as his dad makes it look.
â€œIâ€™ve known Bill a long time now, and he always makes it look so easy, so effortless,â€ said Angel editor Mariah Huehner. â€œHe took one look at these characters and this world and knew exactly what he wanted to do. As a devoted fan of Angel and Bill, Iâ€™m just so pleased to get to work with him again on this series. I donâ€™t think anyone is going to be prepared for where he is taking it.â€
Beginning with Angel #28, each issue will also feature a special parallel story by Bill Williams and Messina, introducing a brand-new character created by Willingham and Williams, Eddie Hope.
Angel #28 ($3.99, Diamond order code OCT09 0951) will be available in stores in December.