A Month of Writing Stars – Tom Peyer
Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book writing “star,” someone who I think is a very good writer.
I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis?
Here is the archive of previously featured writers.
Today we look at a great offbeat comic book writer!
Tom Peyer was a cartoonist for a number of years before he was “discovered” by Roger Stern, who gave him co-writing gigs on a few of Stern’s DC assignments of the late 80s, most notably a stint as co-writer on Power of the Atom.
Peyer went on staff at DC, and was actually the editor of Doom Patrol at the tail end of Grant Morrison’s run.
Peyer’s “big” break was when he was given the writing gig on L.E.G.I.O.N.
That soon led into the L.E.G.I.O.N. follow-up, R.E.B.E.L.S., which I thought was a total blast. Vril Dox is such a good character and Peyer wrote him well. Here, Peyer did a good job on characterizations but what I liked most was how he was willing to take rather odd directions with the book – he zigged when you figured he would zag. It was extremely effective.
Soon, Peyer began working on probably his most successful work, co-writing the two Legion books with Tom McGraw (with a little Mark Waid and Roger Stern mixed in, as well).
I enjoyed this era in Legion history. Not as much as the pre-Zero Hour stuff, but the books were still quite well-written.
Peyer did an interesting revamp of Magnus Robot Fighter for Acclaim…
And he did a good job on the box office poison that was a Quicksilver ongoing series.
It was here that Peyer really began to develop his offbeat edge that would soon be somewhat synonymous with his solo efforts (he still occasionally does co-writing work, like with Mark Waid on a few projects). Quicksilver was definitely an offbeat book – Quicksilver becoming the head of a bunch of anthropomorphic animal knights.
But it was Hourman that got him his most critical praise.
The project was a spin-off from Morrison’s JLA,and Peyer turned the book into an odd little book starring a majorly powerful robot from the future and the very human problems he encounters in today. It co-stars Snapper Carr of all people!
More recent, Peyer has been doing a lot of funny work for Bongo! comics, as well as the Tek Janson comic (based on the Stephen Colbert character).
Also, His blog is a LOT of fun to read normally. Check it out here.