If you haven’t heard by now, Marvel announced earlier today that Angela: Queen of Hel will join the list of recent cancellations. All this despite the fact that Angela: Queen of Hel is outselling close to 10 of Marvel’s other current All-New-All-Different series. Regardless, it’s a tricky situation to successfully end a series with only two issues in allowance. This was the task for Marguerite Bennett and Kim Jacinto. Here’s a look at both sides of the story.
Knowing the end is inevitable has to be a weird way to write a story. Bennett went in strong with plenty humor and pop culture references. From Rihanna to Marvel’s newest Deadpool movie, everything was fair play. For the most part, the issue was fun, witty, and sarcastic. Marguerite Bennett’s ‘tongue-in-cheek’ shtick permeated through the whole issue. We were even treated to a talking helhound that was a spot-on replication of Brian K. Vaughan’s lying cat from Saga. The priority was to end this run on a happy-go-lucky vibe.
Despite the engaging content and discourse of action, it all felt meaningless and limp. Everyone seemed out of character and a little bit over the top. It was one big going away party. This issue took on the identity of a toddler who just found out it was too late to eat ice cream. Leaving no reason act appropriately and follow the rules. Let’s not even get into the fact that the teased fight between Thor and Angela didn’t actually happen. Thor’s appearance proved to be underwhelming and disappointing.
Originating with the Age of Ultron series, Angela’s inception into Marvel was incredibly promising. The revelation in Marvel’s Original Sin event that Angela was actually the long lost sister of Thor (Odinson) was heart pumping and exciting. With continued legitimacy, Angela carried on as a regular cast member in the Marvel NOW’s successful run of Guardians of the Galaxy. It was all executed incredibly well. It wasn’t until the midpoint of Angela’s own run Angela: Asgard’s Assassin that she starting losing steam. Along with her outfit changed and the unnecessary emphasis on her sexual orientation, the series turned into a love story of a misunderstood orphan rather than the ruthless, idealistic, highly skilled assassin, that she was initially billed to be.
It’s hard to be surprised that the series is closing. This is said despite being a huge fan of Marguerite Bennett’s writing. I have been an Angela supporter from the beginning while owning every single Marvel issue that Angela has EVER been in. A story intricately exploring her relationship with Asgard and family would have benefitted this character tremendously. Unfortunately, Angela was written way out of her origination, and in the process, losing the wallets of her original fan base. I will read the series finale next month, but as a whole, Angela has gone from good, to bad, to ugly.