After doing two DC comics, and using the DC Universe service, I was inclined to make use of my Marvel Unlimited Plus membership. How did this get to me reviewing an issue of Spawn? I browsed the titles and among all of the comics from the past, I was tripping across a plethora of comics from the past few years. Of course, this was after discounting the first appearance of Doctor Bong, which I thought would be fun to read again. I was wrong. Among these comics came a few featuring Angela, retconned by Marvel as Thor's long, lost sister. Those issues are too recent for this feature, but her first appearances in Spawn are eligible to be revisited. In 1993, Todd McFarlane contracted four well-renowned writers to each do an issue of Spawn. In order, they were Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave Sim and Frank Miller. There was a lengthy court battle after McFarlane claimed sole ownership of Angela and the other characters Gaiman created for this issue. In the final settlement of the lawsuit, which also revolved around the actual ownership of Miracleman. The case was settled in 2012 with Gaiman taking full ownership of Angela, according to a statement McFarlane gave to Newsarama in 2013.
Sequart's latest contribution to comics scholarship is The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer. This is a subject that has been touched on in the past in various outlets for comics journalism, but never comprehensively. The British Invasion looks to be a serious effort to not only tell the story of the early careers of these three writers, but the lasting effect they have had on the comics medium.
Neil Gaiman's How To Talk To Girls At Parties is getting adapted from it's original prose form in 2016. Dark Horse announced today that the 2007 Hugo Award nominated and Locus Award winning short story is to be adapted as a graphic novel.
Almost everyone remembers Miracleman from his 1980s stories by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. Because no analysis of the character is complete without an overview of the character's rocky publication history, that is integrated here.