Comic creators I’d like to see on Marvel titles


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.


2 Responses to “Comic creators I’d like to see on Marvel titles”

  1. davidry214 Says:

    Wow, that’s an amazing list. Well done.

    Marjorie Liu on She-Hulk: Liu is right up there with Gail Simone as the new queen of female characterization. The mixture of power and vulnerability she weaved first on Black Widow and now on X-23 makes her the perfect fit for Marvel’s top solo female superhero.

    Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente on a Spider-Man book: Their Hercules run has established the writing duo as one of the best in the business at witty writing with a sense of adventure.

    Peter David on Hulk: Can never have enough. Ever.

    Christopher Yost on Black Panther: I’d love a Priest return too, but Yost has become a major favorite. And his Red Robin run showed mastery of the whole loner genius angle.

    Mark Waid on Avengers: He’s done a great job in the past of nailing team characterization.

    Tom DeFalco on Spider-Girl: Like Goki said, who said you can’t go home again?

    Sean McKeever on New Mutants: Your comment about his teen hero expertise was spot-on, and though the New Mutants have graduated a bit beyond that, the book does have an opening on the horizon.

    Fabian Nicieza on Black Widow: His Thunderbolts run was a great take on heroes with a dark side.

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