Archive for February, 2011

Comic creators I’d like to see on Marvel titles

February 12, 2011

So last week, we brought up T-Voort’s “Talk to the Hat” column on Newsarama and his question at the end, “I’d like to hear from the readers what regular title they think would benefit from a change of creative team, and why.” (a question without a period? I can’t believe it either!) I thought I’d take a slightly different approach and just mention creative teams I would like to see tackle certain Marvel characters.

-Grant Morrison and J.H. Williams III on Doctor Strange: if you’ve been reading IGN, then you’re probably going, “this creative team sounds familiar!” Honestly, the two are a natural fit together. Morrison’s trippy, multi-layered, even mind-expanding writing works perfectly with J.H. Williams’ mind-blowing visuals and his ability to draw in multiple styles. Who better to tackle Doctor Strange and the many strange and wondrous worlds he visits? Morrison and Williams also have a whole lot of star power that can lure readers to the character, who doesn’t always get the attention he deserves.

-Joss Whedon on Astonishing Spider-Man: anyone who’s read Whedon’s work knows he has a knack for writing quippy dialogue. Whedon’s inclusion of Spider-Man during the last issue of Astonishing X-Men works as an excellent audition for the creator, who proved he can write a Spider-Man that’s incredibly funny and true to the character.

-Greg Rucka [and Ed Brubaker] on Daredevil: one of my favorite arcs on Brubaker’s Daredevil run was “Cruel and Unusual,” where he teamed up with Gotham Central writing partner Greg Rucka to tell a fascinating story about a man willingly taking the rap for a crime he didn’t commit. Rucka’s arrival brought a breath of fresh air to a comic fans had been calling too downbeat and depressing. I read he wrote most of the dialogue for the supporting cast and it showed; Dakota North’s charm and wit, in particular, never shined brighter than they did under Rucka’s pen. To see Rucka and Brubaker bring more of that Gotham Central magic to Daredevil would lead to some smart, well-written comics. I wouldn’t even mind seeing Rucka tackle Daredevil solo, just to see what he might bring to the character.

-Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev on Moon Knight: oh wait. Already happening 🙂

-Jonathan Hickman on X-Men: after he finishes his Fantastic Four run, of course 😉 Hickman loves science, big ideas and mythology building, all of which perfectly suit Marvel’s Merry Mutants. I’d love to see his ideas on what a mutant should be in the 21st century. Had he broken into the biz earlier, he would have been a great follow-up to Morrison’s New X-Men…

-Paul Cornell on anything: just to see what would happen 🙂 He’s doing some terrific work for DC right now and if he decides to try his hand at some Marvel work as well once his DC exclusive’s expired, I’d love to see it!

-Sean McKeever or Geoff Johns on Runaways: I know, Geoff’s probably DC exclusive these days, being its Chief Creative Officer and all. But we can dream, right? Anyway, McKeever and Johns have shown that they both know how to write teenagers, including teenage superheroes Even though Runaways may not be as superhero-y as Teen Titans (a title both Johns and McKeever wrote, go figure), it’d be a pretty small adjustment for either creator.

Priest on Black Panther: who says you can’t go home again?

Mark Waid on a Captain America sister title: if Spider-Man can star in a bunch of titles every month, then so can Captain America. Brubaker’s obviously got plenty more Cap stories to tell, so bringing Waid back to the character in a new title seems like a pretty ideal solution. I’ve read Waid’s got some ideas for the character, and I’m sure fans of his earlier Cap runs would love to see what else he can bring to the Star-Spangled Avenger.

That’s all for now. Who’d you like to see? My fellow bloggers-in-crime are more than welcome to post their own list separately, or if they comment below, I’ll add ’em to mine.

Highlights from Tom Brevoort’s “Talk to the Hat,” 10/4/11

February 5, 2011

This week’s Marvel’s T&A (T for Tom Brevoot, A for Axel Alonso) question and answer feature at Comic Book Resources  becomes Talk to the Hat, as Axel bows out to focus on his new duties as Marvel’s editor-in-chief. Here’s some interesting stuff from T-Voort:

Tom Brevoort: As I’ve said before, I’d love to see both T’Challa and Storm on the Avengers — so maybe that’s something that I’ll get done this week at this retreat! We’ll see!

I’ll second that! Which isn’t to say Storm has to step away from the X-Men; she could always be on both teams, like Wolverine. It’ll also be a good way to ensure neither member of the couple overshadows each other (which was kind of a concern back when the two got married in Black Panther). Even though it wasn’t in main Marvel continuity, Storm has been an Avenger before, over in Marvel Adventures: The Avengers.

We also find out about a very cool idea Tom had for Sue Storm… and how it actually turned out to be something he’d seen back at his earliest days at Marvel!

I’ve long felt that Sue Richards should be the FF’s “field medic.” Using her powers, she could “diagnose” a problem using her abilities to make assorted layers of the epidermis invisible. Using her force-fields honed to a molecule’s thickness, she could create and manipulate with uncanny precision scalpels, as well as clamps and retainers and all the tools one would need in surgery. And so forth. It was a cool bit, using Sue’s powers in a logical yet novel manner, and casting her in a different role. I know I bounced this bit off of Jonathan Hickman when he was taking over the series.

But just last week, I picked up a copy of the Premiere Hardcover collection of the “Resurrection of Galactus” arc. The earliest issues of “FF” I edited were in that volume, picking up from previous editor Bobbie Chase. And I was stunned to discover that, in one of the parallel worlds that the FF visit in the course of that storyline, Sue is a doctor, using her powers in exactly the way I had been talking about. Now, I edited the issue in question — it was one of my first, if not my actual first. But it had completely fallen out of my mind in the intervening years. So it was actually Carlos Pacheco or Rafael Marin or Jeph Loeb who had come up with this bit-of-business that I had been talking up as my brilliant genius for all these months.

Not sure Sue has any medical training, but her dad was a physician. Still, a good idea, even if it’s been used before 😛

Finally,

Tom Brevoort: Well, okay, let’s ask this one. There are two schools of thought when it comes to the tenure of writers on our assorted titles. The first is that writers should be contracted for relatively short, finite runs, like Mark Millar in “Wolverine: Enemy of The State,” in which they hit you immediately and all at once with all of their best ideas and don’t outstay their welcome. And the second philosophy is the long-form approach, where somebody like Brian Bendis writes a title like “Daredevil” for as long as it’s interesting to him and successful for us, and that enables the creator to tell stories across far greater swaths of pages and time. So, with all that in mind (and with a certain amount of decorum — there’s no need for name-calling here), I’d like to hear from the readers what regular title they think would benefit from a change of creative team, and why.

Woo. Talk about a potentially explosive question. Obviously Tom means no offense to any of Marvel’s current creative teams, but I can’t help but think it would have been better to ask, “Which creators fans would like to see on a certain Marvel book?” Or even, “Do you prefer longer runs or shorter, finite ones?” which is where it looked like T-Voort was headed. I’m sure we’ll get some interesting answers, though…

(off the top of my head, I can’t think of any Marvel titles that’d benefit from a creator change; maybe it’s because I don’t read as many Marvel titles that I used to, or because the ones that I think would benefit are about to get a change in creative team in a few months).

Anyway, definitely check it out, it’s well worth a read. You’ll also find out what Tom’s favorite title to edit so far (he gives a great answer), the funniest Marvel pitch that’s ever come by his desk (a murder mystery at the Marvel offices!), more hints about the returning CrossGen titles (Sigil and Ruse aren’t the only ones!) and of course, your regular batch of preview art (Alan Davis on a Young Avengers story!).

I leave you with a preview of Alex Maleev and Brian Michael Bendis’ upcoming Moon Knight ongoing series, which hits in May– about time we saw Maleev and Bendis on another Marvel title! And who knows, maybe we’ll turn this into a regular feature on the blog 😛

The creator of Dinosaur Comics is a wise man

February 4, 2011

Newsarama recently interviewed Ryan North, author of the hilarious Dinosaur Comics, where he had some pretty interesting things to say about  webcomics, print comics and making money off the web:

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J.G. Jones on Doc Savage, “Dust to Dust” and why he couldn’t finish “Final Crisis”

February 2, 2011

Newsarama’s posted up a cool interview with J.G. Jones, where he talks about his upcoming writing gig on Doc Savageand his affinity for the character. He also mentions he’s co-written a graphic novel, Dust to Dust, about a small town plagued by a series of murders during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s (the murderer’s actually using the Dust Bowl to cover his tracks). It’ll be published by DC and J.G. will also be drawing it, so keep your eyes out for that. As a big fan of J.G.’s art in Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia and his cover art for 52 (and yes, I do plan on buying Wanted), I’m excited to see what he comes up with.

J.G. also talks about why he couldn’t finish drawing “Final Crisis.” When he announced he wouldn’t be able to finish the art on the series, I just figured it was because penciling a massive DC Universe crossover was just a bit too much to draw in the time J.G. had to do it in. However, this recent interview from Newsarama reveals that it was actually do to health issues. J.G. was beginning to suffer from the effects of polycythemia vera, a rare blood disease in which your bone marrow creates too many platelets and red blood cells, which leads to other complications, so he had to back away from doing interiors for a while. Thankfully, he’s been getting treatment for the disease and is feeling much better. He’s even getting married soon; congrats, J.G.!

J.G.’s run on Doc Savage begins in April with issue #13. It’ll be drawn by Qing Ping Mui: here’s an example of his art. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with. Here’s to J.G.’s improving health!