In 1993, comic book giant Todd McFarlane, hot off a successful run at Marvel and selling millions of copies of his creator owned Spawn, decided to contract four big name writers to write an issue of Spawn each. The creators were Alan Moore, Dave Sim, Frank Miller, and Neil Gaiman. The latter wrote issue number nine of Spawn, that included three characters he co-created with McFarlane. Cogliostro, Medieval Spawn, and of course, Angela.
What set Angela apart from other characters from the trend, however, was the fact of how unique and central she did become in the Spawn universe. She was not just fan service and eye-candy (though she had plenty of that as well), she was an angel that was a Spawn hunter, her task being killing any Spawn in an organization that sprawled over centuries doing that task. During the Gaiman penned mini-series, Spawn saves her and the begin a somewhat on and off again relationship until she was eventually killed of from the Spawn universe by one of the main villains, Malebogia. But the battle behind the scenes for this peculiar creation was bigger.
"Neil Gaiman and I had a resolution in our legal dispute, and as part of that he ended up with the rights of Angela." "Whatever Neil chooses to do with something that he owns is at his complete and utter discretion."
"The health of the industry is based upon having good stories and good characters, and a wide customer base. If bringing some of these characters back to the fold in a meaningful way adds to that, then it just strengthens our industry."
"Good stories that entertain are something that we all should applaud on any level." "Whether we're doing it directly at Image Comics, or at our competition, it helps keep our industry that we love alive. I will sit back and be as interested as anyone else."- Todd McFarlane, source: Newsarama.
After an appearance in the new Guardian of the Galaxy series, now she finds herself in middle of another controversy: Angela has been announced to be Odin's daughter, making her Thor and Loki's sister.
The quality in the yearly mega-event Marvel has been doing for years now have been questionable at best, causing concern for fans of Angela, who now sports a design by Joe Quesada. How will all this play out? In the grand scheme of things, will it all make sense and make for a better story, or will this just be a money-grab attempt to squeeze money out of readers? At this point, everything is wait and see, but one thing is for certain, Angela sure knows how to still be the talk of the town. Thank you for reading.
-Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Jr