Neil Gaiman Returning To Marvel Comics And This Time He’s Bringing A Friend
Neil Gaiman is returning to comics in a big way this year. The writer will not only put out a Sandman prequel for Vertigo this fall, he’s also coming back to Marvel comics this June for the final issue of Age of Ultron. The New York Times reported that Gaiman will collaborate on the final issue with Brian Michael Bendis and then switch over and co-write Guardians of the Galaxy #5. If that wasn’t exciting enough, he’s bringing the angel Angela to the Marvel universe.
That’s right, Angela is coming to the Marvel comics universe at the end of Ultron. After that, she’ll be popping up in Guardians of the Galaxy. The character created by Gaiman and Todd McFarlane for Spawn, and subject to a lengthy legal dispute between the two, will mark the beginning of a huge crossover. While she’s slated for appearances in the two comics, there are rumblings she’ll make the rounds in other books this year as well. McFarlane and Gaiman settled the ownership issue years ago, and it looks like something in that settlement allows Angela to appear in a different publisher’s books. Axel Alonso, Editor-in-Chief for Marvel, compared Angela‘s appearance in the final issue of Ultron not as a spoiler, but the comic book version of Marvel movie’s post-credits scene.
This news raises a lot of possibilities as well. It’s no secret that Neil Gaiman loves MarvelMan. That character was also the source of a legal battle, with Marvel eventually gaining the rights to reprint older stories. It remains to be seen if that deal also allows new stories to be published. The promise of writing a new MarvelMan series would be a pretty big draw for Gaiman wouldn’t it? We know there’s a huge surprise ending with Ultron #10 that Joe Quesada is coming in to draw. That revelation is said to change the face of the Marvel universe. Could Angela be the tip of the new character iceberg?
Source : NY Times