[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6244:]]Marvel is pulling out another big gun, most likely in an attempt to save Bendis' Guardians of the Galaxy, which looks as if it's already lost Steve McNiven.
The big end result - or what have you - of the Age of Ultron has hit the net, and it's that Neil Gaiman is bringing his character Angela to the Marvel Universe.
That's not all, as Gaiman is also coming on board Guardians of the Galaxy with issue #5, "as co-writer," and Angela as well.
Marvel broke the news through the NY Times.
Preparing the way for Angela’s arrival has “been in the works for quite some time,” said Joe Quesada, the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment. “We were looking for a good entry point to tease our fans and to let them know she was going to be a major player,” he said. “Age of Ultron,” an event storyline which involves many of Marvel’s top heroes, seemed like the perfect venue. With so many big stories spoiled by the media (with the willing cooperation of the comic book companies) lately, Axel Alonso, the editor in chief of Marvel Comics, insisted the revelation of Angela’s participation did not count as a spoiler. Her presence is a bonus, “like the post-credit scenes in one of our Marvel studio movies,” Mr. Alonso said. The character’s appearance in “Age of Ultron” is designed to whet the appetite of fans for more.
Angela’s next stop will be in issue No. 5 of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” written by Brian Michael Bendis, one of Marvel’s most popular writers. That issue will be co-written by Mr. Gaiman. (It will be a busy comic book year for Mr. Gaiman. A new “Sandman” story, published by DC Comics, is scheduled for November. Mr. Gaiman was not available for comment.) The spotlight on “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a team of cosmic heroes who are scheduled to headline a feature film in 2014, is intentional. “Marvel is really putting a huge concerted effort to show the cosmic universe and how it ties to the regular universe,” Mr. Alonso said. “It’s called the Marvel universe for a reason.”
Gaiman also writes for the Doctor Who TV series, so at least now they have someone who can handle the source material.