Although she only recently appeared in the Marvel Universe during “Age of Ultron,” Angela has a long and somewhat tumultuous history in comics. Co-created by Neil Gaiman and Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane, Angela was the subject of a ten-year legal battle between the two creators that resolved in 2013. Marvel Comics spoke with McFarlane about his feelings on Angela’s new role in the Marvel Universe, simultaneously debuting a new interior page by Sara Pichelli for “Guardians of the Galaxy” #5.
“Good stories and good characters are the backbone to our comic book industry,” McFarlane told Marvel.com. “I believe the Angela character can be one of those characters. Neil Gaiman has proven himself to be a much sought after author and I am sure he will bring some of his ‘magic’ to this character, whether it be as the actual writer himself or through his ‘GaimanÂ guidance;’ readers should be in for quite a ride.”
McFarlane’s quote echoes his positive attitude toward Angela’s appearance in the Marvel Universe when he spoke with CBR in June, when he discussed the resolution of the legal battle that involved Gaiman receiving rights to Angela and McFarlane gaining the rights to Dark Ages Spawn.
“We came up with a way for some of these characters that haven’t been around for a long time to actually come back, so people could see them,” McFarlane told CBR. “Whether it was me bringing them back, or Neil, or somebody else, it just got to the point where we realized when we were fighting that none of these characters were doing very much. We came up with a deal to allow all of these characters get back in the public and for us to have some fun with them.”