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April 6, 2011

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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 Dark Knight Rises and X-Men First Class movie news- UPDATED

January 19, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises villains… and their actors… have been announced.

First off, Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle, occasional love interest to Bruce Wayne, but far better known as the thieving supervillainess Catwoman. Then we have Tom Hardy, a.k.a. Eames from Christopher Nolan’s Inception, who will be playing…

BANE. A.k.a. “The Man Who Broke the Bat.”

Catwoman’s a natural addition to Nolan’s Batman films. She’s a great character and an excellent foil for Bruce Wayne and his pointy-eared alter ego. Like Ra’s Al Ghul, the Joker and Two-Face, she represents a facet of the Dark Knight; she leads a normal life by day and a costumed one at night. She could be the perfect woman for Bruce… if she weren’t a thief.

Bane’s inclusion, on the other hand, comes as a bit of a surprise. Like Catwoman, he does mirror Batman: he’s an intelligent strategist and physically fit, but primarily relies on a drug for his strength, instead of rigorous training. However, Bane is still a fairly recent addition to Batman’s rogues gallery and a bit of a divisive character among fans. And in his last film appearance, he was little more than Poison Ivy’s grunting thug. Then again, all the more reason to redeem him in the new franchise, right? 

I can’t complain with the acting choices too much. Hathaway’s capable of some great acting (loved her in Alice in Wonderland) and Tom Hardy was pretty good in Inception. Sure, it’ll be a shame not to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin or Johnny Depp as the Riddler (I think Riddler would have been a perfect villain the GCPD could use to help them hunt down Batman… before turning on them, of course), but hey, there’s always Batman 4. Angelina Jolie might have been interesting as Catwoman, too, though; she’s certainly got the cat eyes going for her. Still, I think Hathaway can pull Selina Kyle off. 

But hey, there’s X-Men movie news, too! Behold a promo from X-Men First Class: http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/01/18/first-x-men-first-class-image-surfaces-online/

I haven’t been following news on this TOO closely, so this image comes with a few surprises, at least for me. Most of the characters are clad in the classic X-Men blue and gold uniforms, implying that “first class” may be pretty literal. Even Magneto and Professor X (far left and far right) are wearing the blue and gold duds, implying that they’re probably going to be more physically active in the early days of the X-Men than one might expect. Clearly, Magneto and Xavier are on the same side, at this point, and curiously, so is Mystique (not for all long, no doubt!). January Jones’ costume is a clever blend of Emma’s current X-Men costume and the one she wore during her Inner Circle days, while Moira McTaggert’s workman jumpsuit suggests she’s going to be fairly hands-on in helping out the X-Men. I have no idea what Azazel’s doing there, but I hope they make him a much more interesting character than the comic version. Apparently, Beast is the only member of the original five in the X-Men line-up, but we do have Havok in Cyclops’ place and… Angel Salvadore. Seems strange to make such a recent character one of the early X-Men, but it’s actually kind of clever: the original Angel didn’t appear until X3, so why not introduce the other Angel in the prequel? You almost get two founding members that way. 😛

UPDATE: Oh ho, joke’s on me! Apparently that pic wasn’t official, as a few people suggested. so director Matthew Vaughan’s kindly provided us with REAL pictures from the movie, featuring Magneto wearing with his helmet and James McAvoy getting his Xavier on. AintItCoolNews even revealed the teaser poster for the film! Check it all out below:
http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/01/20/x-men-first-class-director-gets-mad-we-get-magneto-in-his-helmet/

So, what do you think of the casting and character choices for The Dark Knight? Or the X-Men: First Class promo? Sound off in the comments!

Marvel’s new EIC…

January 5, 2011

is Axel Alonso!

Joe Quesada has rapped up his tenure of just over 10 years as editor-in-chief and become the Chief Creative Officer; his new duties will revolve around TV, movies, and online stuff.

Alonso has been an editor for more than 10 years with Marvel, most notably on Spidey and X-Men titles — meaning he’s already had a hand in Marvel’s biggest cash cows.

Other than that, I really know shit about him, and it’s not like Marvel’s press release (linked at top) is too helpful. But I do wish him the best, and applaud the company’s progressive choice in naming someone named Axel to its top editorial job, given the up-and-down past of people named Axel in creative fields.

Emma Stone is…..

October 6, 2010

Mary Jane!  Gwen Stacy!

The Spider-Man reboot gets better and better. First, it’s Marc Webb in as director, who showed in (500) Days of Summer he can make AWESOME movies, and more impressively, one that’s a romantic comedy, which should help with Parker/Mary Jane/high school hijynx.

Then, it’s Andrew Garfield (Red Riding Trilogy, The Social Network) as Spider-Man, who by all accounts is an actor on the rise capable of an Oscar statue.

Now, while rumors were that Emma Stone was going to be penned in as Mary Jane, which judging by the picture, would’ve been perfect, she’s actually been tabbed as Gwen Stacy! Apparently Emma’s a natural blonde, too. And whatever, I don’t care who she plays, I just LOVE that she’s involved in this. I’m a huge Emma Stone fan.  She’s beautiful, she has starpower as seen in Easy A, she’s funny charismatic, perfect. She was a great love interest in Superbad, super foxy and funny in Zombieland (one of the best comedies of the past decade) and completely charming in Easy A. She’ll do great opposite Spidey.

Spiffy and AA talk TV

September 26, 2010

So, Saturday night, Spiffy started texting me incessantly about all kinds of shit, but his one noteworthy idea was he and I teaming up for a Previews Reviews-style post on the first week of season premieres from the fall TV schedule. Due to my lack of AIM on the computer I was using, we ended up on Facebook (he’s Andy, I’m Me). This was the result.

One of us was drunk, but I’m not telling who; try to guess for yourself.

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Joss Whedon to Direct Avengers?

April 14, 2010

http://www.deadline.com/2010/04/marvel-close-to-whedon-hire-on-the-avengers/

While it’s not completely official, sounds like Marvel Studios are finalizing an agreement with fanboy/geek extraordinare Joss Whedon to direct Avengers, Marvel’s upcoming tentpole project. Having co-created Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse to varying degrees of awesome and fanfare (not to mention Dr. Horrible and an upcoming episode of Glee), directed Serenity and written Runaways and Astonishing X-Men, is Whedon the perfect choice?

Discuss.

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February 13, 2010

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January 19, 2010

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