Angela, who made her first appearance in issue 9 of Spawn, will crossover into theMarvel Universe for the first time. She’ll be appearing in the final issue of the Age of Ultron mini series written by Brian Bendis. Angela hasn’t been in a comic book at all since the mid-90s so her inclusion in Age of Ultron is peculiar to say the least. I honestly can’t think of a more unexpected crossover. At least in recent memory.
Seriously, who’s been clamouring to see Angela grace the pages of Marvel? Or even missed seeing her at all? I don’t say that because Angela is an unpopular character, but she hasn’t been seen since the turn of the century. That said, it’ll be interesting to see what Bendis does with a character whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill hellspawns, who technically don’t even exist in the Marvel Universe.
I smell retcon
What makes Angela’s return to comics that much more unexpected is that she’s been tied up in court for the past decade. Since 2002, ownership rights over Angela have been disputed between Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane. Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman co-created Angela during Gaiman’s run on Spawn, back in the 90s. However, it wasn’t until last year that the matter was finally settled.
Age of Ultron will be published as a ten issue mini series, boasting art by Bryan Hitch drawing issues 1 through 5, Brandon Peterson drawing issues 6 through 8, leaving Carlos Pacheco to draw issue 9, with Joe Quesada drawing part of the final issue. Age of Ultron won’t be the only comic where we’ll see Angela. Following Age of Ultron, Angela will be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy #5, which will be co-written by Bendis and Gaiman.