Image founder and outspoken curmudgeon Erik Larsen was asked his opinion about Angela, the Neil Gaiman character that Gaiman wrested control of in a legal battle with Todd McFarlane and then gave to Marvel for "The Great One" Brian Bendis to put in his Guardians of the Galaxy book (probably to spite McFarlane). His responses... well, let's just say Erik Larsen would make a good Outhouse writer, with snark levels off the chart:
@AikidoMarcoFord I don't really care one way or the other. She's a boat without a rudder.— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
Clearly Marvel thought it was some kind of coup getting Angela into their stable but without Spawn and McFarlane who really cares?— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
Angela on her own has no real value as a property or as a character. It's like getting the Red Baron without Snoopy. Who gives a shit?— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
The problem with Angela is the same problem with ANY character-specific villain, @roninmedia If Marvel acquired Lex Luthor--same thing.— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
Without Superman and that relationship, Luthor is just another bald guy. He's worthless without Superman. @roninmedia— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
So, really, the only cache Angela has is the Gaiman/McFarlane trial angle--what's THAT worth? Are there THAT many people pissed at Todd?— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
"Man, I hate Todd McFarlane. Fuck that guy! I'm going to buy this Marvel crossover I had no interest in just to spite him" said nobody ever.— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
Ray Radlein disagreed:
@ErikJLarsen OTOH, "Man, I love Neil Gaiman, so I'll buy this crossover with a character he created" HAS been said by some folks some times.— Ray Radlein (@Radlein) January 17, 2014
But Larsen was having none of it:
.@Radlein If Neil isn't writing it--who cares? Would you read Sandman written by somebody else? Would you care?— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
.@Radlein I would think anybody that truly loved his work wouldn't give a shit. I'd think Sandman with another writer would piss them off.— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
.@Radlein "Wait--it's Angela--with NO Neil Gaiman, NO Todd McFarlane and NO Spawn? I MUST HAVE THIS!" That is an insane expectation.— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
Kurt Busiek jumped in:
But with Angela--not only are all the components that made her work and her motivations gone--but she's been redesigned. What's left?— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 17, 2014
Yeah, but not very well... Anyway, Grant Watson had a revelation:
And Larsen agreed:
It's hard to argue with that. But at its core, Erik Larsen's argument is flawed, because the thing about Angela is, no one does or would give a shit about her even if she were still in the Spawn universe. Other than that, though, he's on the money.
I think he's done talking about this topic for now, but follow Erik Larsen on Twitter, for fun industry analysis like this, as well as superheroine fashion advice:
I love that shorts are out of the question but somehow a bright red vagina shaped covering is deemed acceptable. pic.twitter.com/XgDKdiMEr6— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) January 16, 2014
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