Sometimes it’s fun to play ‘fantasy comics editor‘ and align creative talent with characters. It’s super lame, I know this, but it’s fun. It’s also a mental game that keeps you thinking and can be done on the side – while doing this I managed to cook up two little story ideas and also get a break on one I’m scripting right now. Any time you are using your brain, that’s good stuff. And for a guy with two little kids, I need all the mental gymnastics to stay in shape I can find.
So, I have to disclaim, the proceeding fantasy comics list is totally just for fun. I’m not pitching the publisher, I’m not being really all that serious, and I’m just having fun. Fun.
I also wanted to have this around for reference to check back on in 5-8 years to see what did happen to all these comic making peeps. So, yeah, just fun, I hope you enjoy.
The set up is: Marvel are doing a line of weekly 99c digital comics on ComiXology. Given my druthers, here’s a line up I’d put forward for the B listers using only up and coming talent. YMMV
THE DEFENDERS – Eric Zawadzki + Paul Allor
This would be the flagship title of the line. The team could be malleable but I’d want Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Spider-Woman on there to shifting degrees. Netflix tie in ACTIVATE, natch.
This is the big team book and it’s where the event type material would go. Paul has shown his chops on team books like TMNT and GI JOE so he seems like a superb fit, and Eric’s art is just so damn good, I’d love to see him cut loose with these characters.
Oh, yeah, if you couldn’t tell, this list will include plenty of my mates. Yes, I am biased.
DAREDEVIL – Sami Kivela + Ryan K Lindsay
Yep, biased. But I wouldn’t give myself this book if I didn’t have something to say. And I’ve got plenty of stories for ol’ Hornhead so this would be perfect fun. I’ve also worked with Sami enough to know that he knows how to elevate my scripts, and he’s great at some dark undertones. This would be the dream gig.
IRON FIST – Louie Joyce + Ryan K Lindsay
I’d want to tie Danny Rand in closely with Matt Murdock, and I know just how I’d do it, too. So to bring the fu, there is none other than Louie Joyce. His page composition, and ability to portray motion and fight in sequential form is second to none. He’d be the rock star of this book, by far.
LUKE CAGE – Johnnie Christmas + Matt Miner
Matt is a sharp dude, can bring emotion and intelligence to the page. Those are the two things I want from a Cage book. As for Mr Xmas, well, his stuff is just always great. Always. This book would be able to flip tone very effectively.
JESSICA JONES – Ibrahim Moustafa + Christopher Sebela
You take the HIGH CRIMES team and throw them at another fantastic female lead. Seems like a no brainer, right? Yep, that’s because it is. I’d pay good bitcoin to see this happen in any reality.
SPIDER-WOMAN – Mack Chater + Paul Allor
Allor writing a smart strong female lead. Mack’s work is so poised to break out that landing him here would be a coup. This would be a very on point street book.
DR STRANGE – Daniel Warren Johnson + Fabian Rangel Jr
Rangel Jr likes the olde school pulp fu. of DOC UNKNOWN and this new SPACE RIDERS malarkey. Let’s get him to really cut loose. Johnson is just magnificently brilliant. Imagine the composition, the insanity, the fun. Man, this is the sort of thing to make anyone giddy.
HOWARD THE DUCK – Valentin Ramon + Ryan Ferrier
If I have to explain to you how the D4VE team crush on this book then you have not been paying attention.
TALES OF ASGARD – Hugo Petrus + Ryan Ferrier
Go read GODDESS. Now imagine them doing Beta Ray Bill one-shots, and Sif arcs as she destroys Frost Giants. Anything Asgardian is game.
SHIELD – Michael Walsh + Ed Brisson
Brisson and Walsh together again. Street level crime with powers. No holds barred. Go.
THE PUNISHER – Christopher Peterson + Ed Brisson
Brisson doing a similar thing, and I’d love to see this crossover with the SHIELD book by having this anti-hero chase the same big bad the agents are in the other book. As for Peterson, yep, he’s ready for a stage like this. He does flowing action so damn well.
NICK FURY – Vic Malhotra + Dan Hill
Dan is a mate of mine (it’s all about who you know), he edits HEADSPACE for me as well as some other upcoming things, and his knowledge of war and espionage and writing is well above par. I’d kick and scream to drag him in on one title and this would be it, hands down, without fail. Plus, dropping Malhotra on art is going to cover up whatever newbie mistakes Dan makes because Vic’s art is just so sublime. Emotion, action, high levels of the fantastic – Vic has us covered.
SPIDER-HAM – Ramon Villalobos + Ben Rosenthal
C’mon, just imagine Ramon Villalobos doing Spider-Ham. Now try and chisel that smile off. Impossible, right? Then I’d hand the writing chores to Ben Rosenthal, a guy building his name doing puntastic books, but who I also know has great abilities at mining emotional depths. And while Howard the Duck would access the Nexus of all Realities and be spread across all space and time, Spider-Ham would be more intimate. In fact, it should just be in NYC. In fact, let’s put the little arachnid-pork bastard on house arrest in an apartment block. Now that could be fun.
THE INHUMANS – Ben Holliday + Michael Moreci
Galactic intrigue, familial intrigue, intrigued by all the intrigue? Holliday could rock some rad designs on this lunar family and really bring something to the title that hasn’t been done before. Moreci knows how to do sci fi, and strange goings on, and yet still always put character interaction in the fore. I would be buying this book so hard coins would spray out like Mario was punching the block.
GHOST RIDER – Justin Greenwood + Jeremy Holt
Greenwood on a flame-headed superhero riding a bike, and no doubt other transport. Yep, this is going to work. Bring in Holt’s knack for page flow and structure and you could really have something special here.
DR DOOM – Chris Mooneyham + Frank Barbiere
High fantasy Victor Von Doom. Across multiple worlds. Meeting a bevy of women. Angsting in a variety of tongues. Dr Doom presented as high art and with gonzo ideas coating a core of the analysis of one man. One great man. Yeah, the team behind FIVE GHOSTS can definitely do this.
TALES OF THE FRANKEN-CASTLE – everyone
Every second week would drop an anthology style book all about FRANKEN-CASTLE. Sometimes one-pagers, sometimes a multi-part story of 8 page instalments. Whatever took our fancy. I’d do this title purely because I’d want to read it, I think every creative team here could bring the thunder, and because it would be fun. You could just as easily broaden and offer a STRANGE TALES title but that might encourage people to make stories without Franken-Castle and I just don’t think I could bear that occurring. Not on my imaginary editorial watch.
So, that’s how it’d go down.
I want to include more creative teams, and characters, but I also realise this list is bloated enough as it is. I also know I’ve been doing this during kid’s naps and before sleep, and it’s time to just put the piece to bed. And I also know I’m a massive nerd. I know.
I’d love to know what up and coming creative teams you’d throw at a Marvel B-lister. Hit the comments, or tweet me, whatever. I’d just love to know which characters you dig, and which soon to be superstars you think could cut their teeth on some Marvel stuff soon enough.
I hope you dug it. Later.