What better place for a character co-created by Neil Gaiman than a whole timeline Gaiman engineered?
Marvel has announced Monday via Buzzfeed yet another new series tying into Secret Wars, 1602: Witch Hunter Angela. The series will reportedly transplant Angela and her colleague Sera into the 1602 era of the original comic series by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert, and put on what co-write Marguerite Bennett calls a "wandering, holy mission."
"Queen Elizabeth has been recently murdered, King James has ascended the throne, and throughout the entire country there’s a persecution of those who are considered witchbreed, which is the 1602 equivalent of mutants," Bennett says. "We’re combining this history and this flourishing time of Western literature with the mythology of the Marvel universe."
Written by the Angela: Asgard's Assassin team of Bennett and Kieron Gillen, 1602: Witch Hunter Angela will follow the format of that series with a multi-issue lead story followed with standalone shorts by a guest artist. Stephanie Hans, who illustrates the secondary stories in the main Angela: Asgard's Assassin series, will be doing the art for the main story in 1602: Witch Hunter Angela.
Given Angela's recently-revealed Asgardian heritage, Buzzfeed asked about any other possible Asgardians that might show up in this 1602: Witch Hunter Angela series, leading Bennett to be coy.
"Asgardians I can’t confirm, but we will definitely see a lot of familiar 1602 characters," says the co-writer. "We want to make the series our own; I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and the original run, but we really didn’t want to just retread something that was already very beloved, we wanted to go out and explore the furthest corners of that universe. So you’re going to see people who never appeared in the original series. We’ve got a 1602 Bucky Barnes, and we’ve got 1602 Guardians of the Galaxy, which has never been done before! So yeah, we’re very excited to have fun with it and tear off full speed ahead."
Here is sketches by Hans for the series: