The computer I had was acting up, and combined with personal health issues, I was pretty much forced to take it easy and take a small break, if you will. I have a new PC and addressing my health issues so here we are! A day earlier to kind of say "sorry about that".
This is a follow up to the "If I Ruled 10 DC Comics" blog a couple of months ago, and boy, did you guys like that one! As I promised, if you wanted a Marvel edition I'd do it, so here we are! It was interesting to see the various reactions to that blog. I might have to do a second part for DC and Marvel as well, because it was really tough to narrow it down to just 10.
I tried not to repeat creators from the DC list (though 2 slipped through the cracks), and as I mentioned last blog about for example Batman, if the creative team in my opinion can not get any better, like Amazing Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, etc, I excluded them from the list. If you wish me to tackle them (or DC characters I left out), I will do a part two. Also, I wanted to select creators that have at least a sliver of hope that it actually could happen. With that in mind, let' get this party started!
Artist: J Scott Campbell
Ok, ok, I know what you are thinking right now, but with Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2 it should be easier to forgive Spider-Man 3. Bear in mind that Sony Studios also interfered a lot in Spider-Man 3 to Sam Reimi's breaking point.
That being said, Reimi captured a sensibility on the big screen that many had lost on the actual comics at the time. If Marvel editorial wouldn't interfere too much and just let Reimi just plain write Spider-Man with no pressure, and at a smaller scale than a blockbuster movie and all the expectations that comes with that, I would say that it would be the perfect compliment to Dan Slott's Amazing Spider-Man.
As for J Scott Campbell, he's the only one of the original Cliffhanger artists not to draw the actual book, just doing covers. For years on end Marvel and Campbell himself have promised an actual run on the character. And I think Campbell would capture perfectly the more whimsical friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Reimi could write.
Journey Into Mystery
Artist: Joe Madureira
This like with authors from other mediums, is a long shot. But picture this:
Odison on a quest in Asgard facing fantastical creatures, Gods, conspiracies, all in the search to find out why he's not worthy of Mjolnir? Just picture all the troubles and all the characters you could grow to love only to be killed off? This would be an epic saga of fantasy, action, drama, it would be right up George R R Martin's corner. Of course, he's such a perfectionist that there is a chance that the book could come out late every now and then, but let's all pretend that he could come out with scripts at a timely manner, how cool would that be?
And speaking of cool, I don't even have to explain why Joe Mad would be the best choice in my opinion for a book like this. Madureira could draw action/fantasy in his sleep, just look at Battle Chasers. And he draws an awesome Odinson, just look at Ultimates 3 (notice, I said "look", not "read"....).
The Mighty Thor (Jane Foster)
Writer: Brian Azarello
Artist: Cliff Chiang
Much like the Ghost Rider team of Felipe Smith and Trado Moore were a transplant to DC for Red Robin on the previous blog, this is a transplant of the former Wonder Woman team, Azarello and Chiang.
They had a critically acclaimed run with the Amazon Princess, I'm willing to bet that they'd capture lightning in a bottle again with the Jane Foster Thor.
I mean, just LOOK at that sweet cover to the right and tell me that Chiang wouldn't absolutely, well, nail it, on Thor?!
Artist: Jonboy Meyers
To make it clear:
This would be X-MEN!!! No pocket universe, Inhuman, Fox Studios war x-men, but THE X-MEN, DAMMIT!
Go back to it's roots combining older characters and newer characters (think X-Men Blue/Gold combined with Runaways). The strength of X-Men is that the live and protect a world that fears and hates them. That's what made them so compelling to read. If you had the mutant gene, you were f***ed.
Rant aside, how cool would it be to have the author of the Divergent series taking this book back to its roots? A group of people that are hunted down and feared for what they are, the sacrifices they have to make, and on top of that trying to do the right thing even when the right thing could spell the end for them.
Current Spawn artist Jonboy Meyers would so take this concept to the next level with his energetic art. He reminds me of a young Joe Madureira and Ale Garza, he was born to do a big time X-Men title like in the days of the late 80's and early/mid 90's.
This would be classic Logan Wolvie, I had this in mind befopre X-23 was planned to become Wolverine after Secret Wars.
Logan has to come back at some point, he has been one of Marvel's most profitable and iconic characters in the past two decades. Yes, he was overexposed to the ground this past decade to the point he became like that weird uncle that always appears unannounced to birthday parties and eats all the food.
But after having him have a nice long break, who better to tackle him than Sean Murphy? Artistically, the man is a beast. He's consistent and he just keeps getting better. Just look at Joe The Barbarian, The Wake, his part in Detective Comics 27, and most recently Chrononaughts.
And it's not just at art, his revolutionary Punk Rock Jesus, which he wrote and drew for Vertigo, was outstanding. If you read the trade paper back of Punk Rock Jesus, you will know exactly why he could also write a spectacularly violent and gritty Wolverine.
The Incredible Hulk
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Like with Wolverine, I had the idea for this before the rumors of Ultimate Reed Richards being the new Hulk after Secret Wars.
This one would also be a bit of a throwback to the roots of Hulk, Bruce Banner. The scientist on the run, always facing things alone. If someone could give a good twist to the classic tale, it's Vaughn. Just read Y The Last Man and Saga that practically deals with characters that are constantly on the run and to an extent isolated. He could definitely take this book back to it's roots while making it fresh enough to be relevant.
Ramos is slowly turning into the new John Romita Jr at Marvel. He's slowly been drawing all the major characters at Marvel, and he could draw a massive Hulk but also be able to do the more subtle moments of ironically funny moments Vaughn could write.
Artist: Stuart Immomen
This is the Steve Rogers version of Captain America, though I guess this team could easily do the Falcon version as well. They are that good!
Greg Pak has been writing extremely fun stories for one of the most difficult characters ever to write for: Superman.
His Action Comics and Superman/Batman series have made something that was lacking in Superman titles for a long while: fun and entertaining. In my opinion, the same way Scott Snyder gets Batman, Greg Pak gets Superman. So, who's to say he wouldn't get Marvel's big blue? And he did write Red Skull Incarnate.
Stuart Immomen is no stranger to the good captain, so he'd fit right in. Forget Star Wars, I love Immomen's super hero stuff! Also no stranger to Superman, drawing the character in the 90's, they would be a great straight-up super hero team for the iconic Marvel character.
Artist: Stephen Platt
Soule is an incredible writer when it comes to writing classic characters and also keeping it modern and interesting. Just read his run on Superman/Wonder Woman and She-Hulk. He even had the task to kill off Wolverine in The Death of Wolverine. He is more than capable to write an Avengers book with iconic and newer characters.
And Stephen Platt? Just look at that Iron Man sketch! LOOK AT IT! His art would make the Avengers bigger than life, and indeed look like Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Artist: Sara Pichelli
Black Widow is a character that gets many stops and goes. She has some of the best scenes in the Avengers movies and people are clamoring for a solo movie, and her comics have been kind of hit and miss. And let's not even talk about Disney's decision to not market Black Widow merchandise.
But, with that old TV show Alias and the Mission Impossible 3 movie, how cool would it be to have J J Abrams write a Black Widow series? He definitely has down the whole spy/espionage stuff and has done strong female characters in Alias, I think he would definitely do a kick ass Black Widow.
And Sara Pichelli would compliment those stories perfectly with her strong art. I know, a long shot, but hey, Abrams has the Disney Connection with Star Wars, right?
Artist: Fiona Staples
Angela is a complicated one. Rumor is her title is done after Secret Wars. What makes her difficult is all the back story from Todd McFarlane's Spawn. And in the relatively short time she's been in Marvel she's been involved with Guardians of the Galaxy and revealed to be Thor and Loki's sister.
But if anyone could do her justice in the Marvel Universe, it's Gail Simone. With critically acclaimed runs on Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Secret Six, and now Red Sonya, there is no one better that could tackle Asgard's Assassin.
And Fiona Staples, just look at that Red Sonya illustration to the left and picture Angela instead, and you'll see why she'd be a perfect fit for Angela as well.
Truth be told, if this ever happened, it would probably end up being my must buy favorite Marvel book along with my "what if" team on Black Widow.
Well, this one was pretty fun to do too! I know I left out quite a few characters (as with the DC blog), but if you guys really want me to, I'll revisit this concept and either do 5 or 10 more each.
This went up a day earlier as I explained as a sorry for missing out on last month and part of this month, hopefully I'll be blogging regularly again, though it might not be every week like before, hopefully every two weeks, but let's take it little by little.
Thank you for reading as always and if you agree or have teams of your own sound off in the comments below, have a great week!