ANGELA's Marvel Look Revealed
Angela Concept Art
CREDIT: Marvel Comics
It was clear that Angela would have to undergo some amount of alteration in the character's move to the Marvel Universe — like losing her Spawn earrings — but Joe Quesada's redesign, as first seen in Entertainment Weekly on Thursday, contains plenty of familiar visual elements.
Other than the earrings, the character's dark facial markings are gone, and her hair (and headgear) looks considerably more tamed than in many past depictions— but the redesign retains similar armor, patterns, color scheme and one of the most distinct aspects of the original Angela design: lots of bare skin.
"We took what Neil had laid down for the character and found a way to collaboratively fold her into the Marvel Universe in a seamless way,," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told EW. "What’s fascinating to me about what we have done is Angela is clearly a part of the Marvel Universe by the time people understand her back-story. It's as if she’s always been there."
As first announced in March, Angela's debut appearance in the Marvel Universe will be in the closing pages of June's Age of Ultron #10, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Quesada. The following month, Angela will appear in the Sara Pichelli-illustrated Guardians of the Galaxy #5, co-written by Bendis and the character's co-creator, Neil Gaiman. The Sandman writer will be co-writing the series with Bendis for a currently undisclosed amount of issues.
Angela was first introduced in 1993's Spawn #9 from Image Comics, written by Gaiman and illustrated by series creator Todd McFarlane. The character (along with Cogliostro and Medieval Spawn) was later embroiled in a decade-long legal dispute between Gaiman and McFarlane, with one of the outcomes being Gaiman bringing Angela to Marvel.