The universe of Joss Whedon's "Angel" continues to roll along in comics form, and this July, the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off will see a pair of popular characters return in the pages of IDW Publishing's ongoing "Angel" series.
The publisher announced this week that fan-favorite "Angel: After the Fall" writer Brian Lynch will not only be returning to the "Angel" series for a story focusing on vampire hunter Charles Gunn, but he'll then co-write a two-part story focusing on the vampire Drusilla -- who will make her first appearance in IDW's corner of the Whedonverse. Fans of the television series should also take note, however, as Lynch will script that two-issue Drusilla arc alongside actress Juliet Landau, who played the character in both the "Buffy" and "Angel" television series.
But wait, there's more! IDW has also provided Splash Page with the exclusive first look at the cover of the August-shipping "Angel" #24, created by artist Franco Urru and the first of the two issues focusing on Drusilla.
"We are very excited to have Brian back on Angel, and the stories he’s telling here really set the tone for what’s to come,” said IDW Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall in the official announcement. “Not only do we see Gunn dealing with the repercussions of his actions in After the Fall, but we also finally get to check in on the intriguing and very insane Drusilla."
"Having Juliet Landau craft Drusilla’s story in such a clever way is an even bigger bonus for fans," added Ryall, "since she has a true understanding of the character and what motivates her.”
IDW also promises that a "pictorial of Landau" will be included as a supplemental feature in the Drusilla issues. "Angel" #23 will hit shelves in July, with the subsequent Drusilla stories arriving in August and September issues of "Angel."
What do you think, "Angel" fans? Excited to hear about Drusilla's debut in the "Angel" comics? What about Juliet Landau and Brian Lynch teaming up to tell the story?