Full disclosure: I am an unabashed fan of both Neil Gaiman and his character, Angela. When the news hit that Neil Gaiman had won the rights to his character, I was thrilled. When I heard that she was making her Marvel Universe debut, I was… concerned. How was she going to fit in with this universe? I’ve been reading Age of Ultron from the first issue, and there was nowhere in this story I could see her just showing up, and having it work. But I kept the faith. I held on as I progressed through Age of Ultron, trying to figure out where she’d fit.
I won’t go into spoilerific details, but if you’ve been following the series, you know the deal: Ultron ends the world, basically. Surviving Avengers go back in time to try and change things, and we know what happens when people do that. A couple of alternate realities later, Wolverine and Sue Storm are pretty sure they’ve figured out how to make it all right. Enter Deux ex machina, and thus we readers enter into the post-age of Ultron titles, as Marvel promotes throughout the book and with a hell of a big cameo at the almost-end of the book.
And then, to paraphrase Pokemon, a Wild Angela appeared! I wish I could tell you I was joking, but that’s how it felt to me. All of a sudden, there she was – no explanation, no lead-in, just… yeah. I was left feeling let down. I love Angela, and am happy that she’s back in comics, but I’m a person that needs a reason. Tell me why she’s there. Give me a good story, and I’ll follow you.
There’s still hope – Gaiman is penning her appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, another title I’ve been reading and enjoying. Come on, Neil. Give me hope.
Bottom line: If you’re buying the issue just to see Angela, you’re not going to know what’s going on. If you’ve been following the series so far and were buying it anyway, you’ll be okay.
Age of Ultron #10
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Brandon Peterson/Joe Quesada
On Sale June 19, 2013
Diamond Id: APR130589