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3/21/13 10:51 AM
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From http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44385

Later this year, writer Neil Gaiman makes his return to Marvel Comics. According to The New York Times, the "Sandman" and "Eternals" writer will re-enter the Marvel Universe with a collaboration on the final issue of "Age of Ultron" with writer Brian Michael Bendis.

Perhaps even more intriguing is the announcement that Gaiman plans to introduce Angela to the Marvel U, a character the writer originally created as part of Todd McFarlane's "Spawn" mythology. Gaiman won a long-running legal battle in 2012 , awarding the co-creator 50-percent ownership of the character with McFarlane. While a crossover between two publishers is hardly unprecedented, this is the first time a character from another publisher has been introduced with the intent of being a larger part of the other's universe.

"We were looking for a good entry point to tease our fans and to let them know [Angela] was going to be a major player [in the Marvel Universe]," CCO Joe Quesada told the Times. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso likened Angela's appearance in the final issue of AoU to "the post-credit scenes in one of our Marvel studio movies," saying it's designed to get fans hungry for more.

Gaiman was already slated to make his comics comeback this fall with Vertigo's "Sandman" prequel illustrated by artist J.H. Williams III, but his return to Marvel opens up a number of other possibilities. Gaiman was well known for his attempts to obtain the rights to Marvelman/Miracleman, writing "Marvel 1602" in 2003 specifically to fund a legal fight over the character. Marvel announced it had acquired the Marvelman rights in 2009 and began printing previously-released material by the character's creator Mick Anglo, but the disposition of the rights -- and whether Marvel has the legal capacity to print new material featuring the character -- is still not publicly known. However, given Gaiman's new relationship with Marvel, the possibility that he'll write the character again in new stories seems stronger than ever.

"I know that we’ve been trying our best to reach out to all the creators involved, but I believe there are still a few that we either haven’t heard back from or that we still need current contact info for," then-Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada said following Marvel's announcement in 2009. "And yes, that night, after the announcement, when I finally got back to my hotel room, my email inbox was filled with creators who had ideas and pitches. It really is thrilling to see what this character brings out in the creative community.

3/21/13 10:52 AM
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....and just like that I CARE about Age of Ultron.

 

3/21/13 10:56 AM
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From http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/21/angela-joins-the-marvel-universe-as-neil-gaiman-and-brian-bendis-co-write-guardians-of-the-galaxy/

"After Age Of Ultron, Angela will then become a cast member in the Guardians Of The Galaxy series for issue 5  at least, written by Brian Bendis… and now co-written by Neil Gaiman, representing his return to writing comics and writing for Marvel. Any more issues? No idea. Hell, Angela may even be in the movie, which may explain the legal issues mentioned earlier. But that’s just speculation.

What isn’t speculation is that I understand from other sources that Angela won’t just be appearing in Guardians but will be touring the Marvel Universe in the year to come."

3/21/13 10:57 AM
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....and just like that I CARE about Age of Ultron.

 


I still don't, but if Gaiman is writing, I'm reading.
3/21/13 11:02 AM
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This is big news, damn.
3/21/13 11:42 AM
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....and just like that I CARE about Age of Ultron.

 


yep.  

3/21/13 12:06 PM
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He would probably write the shit out of Dr. Strange and re-invigorate that franchise.
3/21/13 12:23 PM
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^^^
or anything they give him!
3/21/13 1:14 PM
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Stickgrappler - ^^^
or anything they give him!

Word.  I would buy Paste Pot Pete by Gaiman.

3/21/13 1:22 PM
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lol - oh dayum, blast from the past(e)!

Paste Pot Pete!

 

i'm firewalled from deviantart... not sure if the pic i posted is full size or small pic

3/21/13 1:22 PM
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lol - oh dayum, blast from the past(e)!

Paste Pot Pete!

 

i'm firewalled from deviantart... not sure if the pic i posted is full size or small pic

3/21/13 3:01 PM
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Hemlock - He would probably write the shit out of Dr. Strange and re-invigorate that franchise.

Oh my gawd. I think I just got a hardon even hearing that idea. Gaiman writing Dr Strange? *Faints like a school girl at a justin beiber concert*
3/21/13 3:15 PM
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Neil Gaiman is a goddamn global treasure
3/21/13 4:45 PM
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Somebody's pretty happy

 

 

3/25/13 6:37 AM
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Holy shit this is awesome.

I don't give a damn if he writes squirrel girl. I'd read anything. Phone Post
3/25/13 10:11 AM
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I tell you who is not happy, mcfarlane, hahahahaha. Angela in a Marvel book?
3/26/13 3:56 PM
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Hemlock - He would probably write the shit out of Dr. Strange and re-invigorate that franchise.

Oh my gawd. I think I just got a hardon even hearing that idea. Gaiman writing Dr Strange? *Faints like a school girl at a justin beiber concert*

Amen.

Also I bet he would be a natural fit for Ghost Rider.

What they SHOULD use a writer of this magnitude for is changing established characters, and freshening one of their franchises.

Say for example Gaiman writes FF. You could fit most of those characters back into their original moulds right now. Someone like Gaiman could write a credible and epic story involving some kind of key change to the main characters (new powers etc) and do it in a way palatable and exciting to even the most cynical of the uber geeks.

I wouldn't use these sharp-shooters for some more-of-the-same-just-a-little-better work, I would use them for net new direction.
3/27/13 10:36 AM
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Anything Gaiman writes he will have a different spin on it, even without changing the FF's powers. Look at his Doctor Who episode. In one episode he completely changes the way the fans and even the Doctor sees the TARDIS. Still the same Doctor and the same TARDIS but now their relationship is so much more interesting.
3/27/13 12:51 PM
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They should let him write whatever he wants.

That being said my preference is for big name writers writing small time or underutilized characters (ie. Alain Moore on swamp thing, Morrison on Animal man etc.) This gives the writer freedom to do what he wants without being as likely to conflict with mass amounts of continuity and editorial plans and it tends to elevate the character from c list to a must read.
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Rumor at the comic shop is that Miracle Man is coming back under Gaiman for Marvel.

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