The latest Angel series just brought back a classic Buffy-Verse hero, and they may have brought the next big bad with them.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Angel #2, available now from Boom! Studios.
Angel has been an indelible part of the Buffy-Verse for decades, but his latest comic book outing is far from anything fans would recognize. In fact, this iteration of Angel’s story took readers into a whole new world. Not only that, but an alternate reality version of another iconic character has fallen into the titular vampire’s life. As exciting as it might be to see Oz again, nothing about his latest appearance bodes well for anyone involved.
angel #2 (by Christopher Cantwell, Daniel Bayliss, Nimit Malavia, Patricio Delpeche, Maria Agustina Vallejo, and Becca Carey) found almost every member of Angel Investigations involved in some gruesome development or another. For Angel, it’s about battling demons in an enchanted dollhouse, while the rest of the team has been split between an outbreak of budding zombies and a particularly interesting interdimensional visitor. Everyone’s favorite werewolf has returned to their lives, and while it’s not the Oz the Angel Investigations team knows best, any version of him is welcome.
First introduced in the second season episode “Inca Mummy Girl” of the original buffy the vampire slayer television series, Daniel Osborn (portrayed by Seth Green) was a Sunnydale High school student who soon became both a member of the Scooby Gang and Willow Rosenberg’s main love interest. Despite his calm and collected demeanor, Oz had many of his dark secrets, primarily his existence as a werewolf. Oz spent years locking himself in a cage whenever his lupine condition posed a threat during the full moon, while helping Buffy and the others in their battles against the forces of evil. Eventually, Oz made the difficult decision to move to Tibet where he hoped to find help with his curse, or at the very least the means to live with it.
While the first Oz was going to start a new life and a new family in Tibet, he always played a vital role in the buffy comics at infrequent intervals. Of course, the world of angel isn’t the one fans know best, nor the world Oz comes from. It turns out that the world of Oz is even worse than expected, as it comes from a world where Angel apparently never found his soul. Instead, the Alternate Angel clung to his evil Angelus persona before slaughtering every other member of the Scooby Gang, and it’s unclear how well that horror was able to follow Oz through the door in which he entered.
The TV series’ Oz may not have found closure long after the cameras stopped rolling, but its alternate reality counterpart can’t seem to find its own. Unless you venture into the world of angel can help him save the reality he left behind, perhaps Oz’s only hope for a happy ending is to leave everything he knows behind again.
Hopefully, what he’s fleeing from won’t be another nearly unstoppable darkness. Considering how many friends they’ve already lost over the past two decades to similar threats, seeing another Oz disappear may be more than anyone at Angel Investigations is willing to handle.
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