Angela is a character in Todd McFarlane's Spawn comic book series. She was created for the series by writer Neil Gaiman, which led to a legal battle between McFarlane and Gaiman over the rights to the character.
In the comics, Angela is an angel who acts opposite Spawn as a bounty hunter working under the auspices of Heaven. She attempted to kill Spawn upon their first meeting, but he managed to defeat her despite her significantly greater experience. When he later came to her aid during her trial in Heaven- ironically, he was there to testify that she had permission to attempt to kill him- they started a relationship. Angela was killed during the battle with Malebolgia in Spawn #100, but in Marvel Comics' Age of Ultron #10, she is revealed to be alive and sucked into the Marvel Universe.
Angela is a reoccurring adversary and ally of Spawn, and so is featured often in the series. Her debut was in issue Spawn #9, but she has since appeared in issues #62, #89, and #96 through #100.
In 1994 and 1995, a three-issue Angela limited series was published, written by Gaiman and illustrated by Greg Capullo. The series was later reprinted in a trade paperback (ISBN 1-887279-09-1), which, as of 2005, is out-of-print. There was also an Angela stand-alone comic (1995).
Angela has also been featured in several crossovers. The "Rage of Angels" miniseries saw Angela meeting Glory in Angela and Glory (1996), and was continued in Youngblood #6 (1996) and Team Youngblood #21. There was also a crossover Aria/Angela, featuring Angela in the Aria comic series.
Currently, Angela has been transplanted into the Marvel Comics' mainstream universe, since she is no longer a part of Image Comics (see "Legal rights" below). There, her origin was retconned as an estranged daughter of Odin, who wound up on Earth during the fluctuations in space and time resulting from Wolverine's time-traveling during the Age of Ultron event.
In 1993 McFarlane contracted Neil Gaiman (as well as other recognized authors like Frank Miller and Dave Sim) to write one issue of Spawn. While doing so, Gaiman introduced the characters Angela, Cogliostro, and Medieval Spawn. All three characters continued to be featured prominently in the series after Gaiman's involvement, and had many tie-ins with McFarlane's toy company. Cogliostro had a prominent role in the live-action movie in 1997. McFarlane had initially agreed that Gaiman retained creator rights on the characters, but later claimed that Gaiman's work had been work-for-hire and that McFarlane owned all of Gaiman's creations entirely, pointing to the legal indicial in Spawn #9 and the lack of legal contract stating otherwise. (Some argued that this change of heart was motivated by his desire to gain full ownership to the characters by using Miracleman as a bargaining tool.) McFarlane had also refused to pay Gaiman for the volumes of Gaiman's work he republished and kept in print. In 2002, Gaiman filed suit and won a sizeable judgement against McFarlane and Image Comics for the rights due any creator. All three characters are currently co-owned 50/50 by both men.
Other Hellspawn slayers
Angela is only one of many Hellspawn slayers. There have also been others revealed in the series and within subsequent spin-offs:
- Alexander - The first male Hellspawn slayer
- Alicia - The next top Hellspawn Slayer
- Angela - Top Hellspawn slayer, helped spawn in some battles
- April - Hellspawn Slayer of space
- Bobby - Male Hellspawn slayer
- Bowser - Male Hellspawn slayer
- Biker Chick - An angel who poses as a biker chick, uses guns and blades to kill Hellspawn
- Csheriece - Hellspawn slayer of Darkness
- Dawnn - The destroyer of angelic Angels, works for Malebolgia
- Domina - A leader of a sisterhood of angels which includes Lilith, etc.
- Gail - A Hellspawn slayer that poses as a prostitute
- Immaculata - the assassin angel, killed by Cogliostro
- Ivy - Hellspawn slayer
- Jakie - Retired Hellspawn slayer
- Javon - Male Hellspawn slayer
- Keith - Male Hellspawn slayer
- Lilith - Grand Duchess of the 8th plane
- Lotus - A mystical samurai angel sent during the samurai wars
- Mai - A Witch Hellspawn slayer
- Majestic - Male Hellspawn slayer
- Nuria - A Hellspawn slayer from Egypt
- Redeemer - The Anti-Spawn, wielders of Angelic Fire
- Scarlet - Amazon Hellspawn slayer
- Shanae - Hellspawn slayer of water
- Tiffany - Rookie Hellspawn slayer (battles Spawn in issues #44 and #45)
- Tyronica - Hellspawn slayer / The Forgotten One
- Valkerie - Assembler of the battlefield of souls, sent during Spawn's Viking age (toy only)
- Venus - Angel of Death Hellspawn slayer
- Vernita - Hellspawn slayer
- Waneda - The first Hellsapwn slayer
- Wesley - Angelic Minister
- Zaria - Hellspawn slayer
- Zelda - Hellspawn Angel from the future
- Zera - Queen of the Seraphim, contracted Hellspawn slayer
Powers and Abilities
Indefinite lifespan, trained warrior and bounty hunter
- In 1995 and 1996, Angela was nominated for, but did not win, a number of Wizard Fan Awards: 1995 Favorite Villainess, 1995 Character Most Deserving of Own Ongoing Title, 1995 Favorite One-shot or Limited Series/Miniseries, and 1996 Favorite Heroine.
- No trivia.
Appearances in Other Media
The character had a minor cameo appearance in the 1997 live action film Spawn; a tall, beautiful red-haired woman with the typical Spawn symbol on her earrings appeared in one scene, and it is hinted, although not specifically stated, that this is meant to be Angela. She also appeared in the animated HBO series Todd McFarlane's Spawn.
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Links and References
- Angela miniseries
- Angela toy
- About legal battle between Gaiman and McFarlane