Marvel Reveals The New Angela

By Matt D. Wilson

Back in March, The New York Times announced that the “Spawn” character Angela, one of the handful of characters who had been at the crux of a legal battle between Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and writer Neil Gaiman, would be making the jump to Marvel Comics in “Age of Ultron” #10 by Brian Michael Bendis and an army of artists.

Now that her debut is imminent — the issue hits June 19 — Marvel has provided the first image of its version of the character, redesigned by Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, one of the artists on the book.

This version of Angela is a little more streamlined than she was in McFarlane’s design for the character, with a smaller headdress and more conservative bikini armor. (You can mark “more conservative bikini armor” off your list of phrases you didn’t expect to read today.) Her costume also has about 200 percent more belt than it did before.

“Angela is going to make her mark rather quickly. She’s going to hit the ground running and cut a large swath through the Marvel Universe – both literally and metaphorically,” Quesada said in a press-release statement. “We have huge plans for her, and the mystery of who she is and where she comes from is something I think Marvel fans are going to be blown away by. Actually, I know they will!”

The publisher announced that the character will also be popping up in “Guardians of the Galaxy” #5, which comes out July 24. That issue will see Gaiman join series writer Bendis as the new co-writer, with Sara Pichelli on art.