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The I’ds of March 2011

The concept is this – I tell you things that I’d have done in certain comics!!

But don’t worry, I’m not talking about simple 20/20 hindsight things like pick a famous bad storyline and just say, “I wouldn’t have done that.”

No, I mean more like tweaks and nudges, stuff like that.

You can check out past years’ I’ds to see what I’m talking about, or just read on!

I’d create a Fables spotlight series.

I was thinking of this while reading the latest issue of Chris Roberson’s awesome Cinderella mini-series (which followed up on Roberson’s previous awesome Cinderella mini-series). I would love to see a regular Cinderella series from Roberson, but I understand that Cinderella probably couldn’t support an ongoing series – but as part of an ongoing Fables “spotlight” series? That would totally work. It’s not much different than the current situation of having an concessional mini-series, it would just come with more regularity. Heck, you could possibly even fold Jack of Fables into this series. There are so many great Fables characters that you could easily come up with tons of stories, especially if you started doing stories set in the past.

I’d have Dexter Vines or Mark Morales ink Nemesis

Steve McNiven is a wonderful artist. I just would prefer to see a top-level inker like Vines or Morales ink his work rather than the current set-up for Nemesis, where he inks himself. It’s not even that McNiven is not good at it, but rather that I think Vines or Morales (or whoever) would do an even better job.

I’d have kept Ice’s old origin

Well, really, I don’t particularly care that they changed her origin (as whatever), but what I did not like was that the changes to her origin seemed designed to explain why she is a generally timid and reserved person. That seemed weird to me. I mean, really, we need an explanation for why someone is reserved as a person? I don’t like that – so while whatever Ice’s background is (and really, it’s not like her old origin was so awesome that it should never be changed), I wouldn’t have it explain why she’s a quiet person.

I’d introduce a new Nightwatch

Was Nightwatch just a knock-off of Spawn? Yes, but I still think that the concept of a “living costume” is pretty neat, and I think a good writer could do something interesting with the idea. On that point…

I’d team-up Nightwatch with Venom

That’s really why I want to bring Nightwatch back. I think he’d be an interesting character to interact with Venom. Seeing someone else with a “living costume” would be interesting for Flash Thompson. I think Rick Remender could do great things with such a concept.

I’d bring SHIELD back

I don’t get why Steve Rogers can’t just run SHIELD. Why not call whatever his current organization is SHIELD?

I’d have kept Julie Pezzini alive

It’s not so much that I have a problem with Julie Pezzini dying, in and of itself. However, her death did not exist in a vacuum. Pretty much everyone Sara Pezzini has ever interacted with has been killed off besides her current boyfriend. Eventually, it gets to be sort of overkill. I mean, just having her daughter kidnapped is plenty traumatic – killing off her sister seemed unnecessary to me.

I’d make Tina McGee a supporting cast member of the Flash

She’s in Central City. She was close to Wally West. She’s the head of STAR Labs there. She could be a valuable member of Barry Allen’s supporting cast!

Now you share your I’d’s!

40 Comments

Marcus Vitchell

March 16, 2011 at 5:25 am

It’s a short list:

I’d have kept Genis around. He has so much potential as a character, and most of the plot points created for fake secret invasion captain marvel could have just as easily included Genis as they did all the other sudden child of Marv. I don’t even remember if Genis was a footnote with all that Hulking fawning. :/

I’d have made John Stewart the focal point of the GLC, not Guy Gardner or kyle. Yes yes Hal is THE Green lantern and that’s the way John’s wants it, but John Stewart has done a grand total of NOTHING since this entire run started. Thats a strange spot for a character that had so much “outside of comics” presence.

Milestone is integrated into the DCU? I’d have Icon filling in for Superman during New Krypton and/or Grounded. I’d probably have Icon in the JLA.

I’d have renamed the Deathstroke “titans” book. It just bugs me.

Damien would be in the Teen Titans.

Moon knight would be back in Charlie Hustons hands.

It didn’t even dawn on me that whatever Steve was running wasn’t SHIELD.

and Nightwatch is a brave, brave choice, Brian.

I’d add Wildstreak to the new FF book, myself, if we’re playing that game.

I’d have Tim Drake call himself Robin again. If we have two Batmen, we can have two Robins. Red Robin is a colossally stupid name.

Great call, Dan. Why NOT? You make Tim Red Robin and it sort of takes him away from being a teen hero – sending him back to being Robin would allow him to regain that status. I like the idea a lot.

I’d bring back the Steve Ditko objectionist version of The Question.

I’d get rid of the Green Lantern Corps. I think it’s always just been a horrible concept that gets kept around due to tradition. Why take your hero and deliberately dilute him and make him one of similar hundreds with the exact same powers.

If you do keep a Green Lantern Corps, at least work harder at differentiating the members and abilities. For example in the manga and anime Bleach, where all the Soul Reapers/Shinegami have the same uniform and have similar magical powers an weapons, but different capacities and unique ways of expressing said powers.

Just wanted to add, that was a major reason I like the Kyle Rayner era. Even though it left much to be desired in the character of Rayner, and I only liked Rayner as written by Morrison in JLA, it was cool that he was very unique.

Plus every time I here Red Robin it just makes me want a big fat hamburger. mmmm

I’d bring back Nightcrawler. Any writer who can’t come up for interesting stories for a swashbuckling, teleporting, ladies man is just being lazy.
On that same note I’d stop including Cyclops and Emma in every single X-Men story. They grind things to a halt and take any sense of fun or adventure right out of the story.

Ed (A Different One)

March 16, 2011 at 6:45 am

I’d take the “failed” concept of Claremont’s X-Men Forever and give Roger Stern a “go” at doing the same kind of thing for both Avengers and Amazing Spider-Man. He left both titles way too early and I’d love to give him a “do over” where he could pick up on both titles where he left off. Who wouldn’t want to buy that?

If Stern wasn’t keen on doing a “Forever” line, I’d give him some ongoing title of some sort. I like the mini-series he’s been doing, but Stern gaines steam on a title over a period of time, and that’s something he just doesn’t have time to do on a mini.

I’d take the “failed” concept of Claremont’s X-Men Forever and give Roger Stern a “go” at doing the same kind of thing for both Avengers and Amazing Spider-Man

This exact idea has been suggested several times on this blog already, including by me. I’m pointing this out because I think the fact so many people independently bring up that specific wish must show there is some type of demand for it, even if it’s a cult or niche following. That gives me hope.

Most of my I’ds would probably boil down to “DC please stop being so grim” so I’ll comment on other people’s instead.

The Fables spotlight is a good idea: if you have a series with a LOT of characters but your main storyline keeps you from focusing enough on each, just have a parallel series for that purpose.

What is Ice’s new origin? (I assume this is Ice from Justice League?)

SHIELD will be back, count on it (if only to secure the trademark.)

I agree re: Green Lantern corps, if you are going to have so many then at least make each one stand out.

I’d have revived JLA Classified as JLA Confidential so that someone could actually do stories with classic rosters without running afoul of current storylines.

I’d have sent Daken to jail at the end of Dark Reign, at least briefly. He can always escape custody or trick his way out later.

I’d have kept Dracula’s classic Marvel design for that recent X-Men story, since the whole gimmick was that Drac was ousted by “new-school” vampires.

I’d have brought Barry Allen back *without* his powers — say he sacrificed them stopping Darkseid in Final Crisis or stopping the Reverse-Flash in Rebirth — and had him as a science-y mentor to Wally.

There’s a SHIELD comic right now so the trademark’s fine (and it’s a shame that you weren’t aware of that because it’s at the very least interesting and ambitious).

There’s a SHIELD comic right now so the trademark’s fine (and it’s a shame that you weren’t aware of that because it’s at the very least interesting and ambitious).

You missed the point of what Brian’s saying. He’s not saying he wishes there was a series named SHIELD or he wishes Marvel was keeping the trademark alive, he wishes the actual organization was up and running in the current Marvel continuity. Hickman’s SHIELD book is about the history of SHIELD, but the actual organization is still not around in current continuity.

I’d give Doug Braithwaite an Inker.

Color over pencils just does not work for me. Black needs to be in the color palette and that doesn’t usually happen when inks are missing. Nothing seems to pop out. It’s just not as interesting and it’s a waste of some one as talented as Braithwaite. The same can be said for Mike Choi’s work on Astonishing Thor. His art worked much better when we was teamed with Sonia Oback working on X books.

I’d work some of the Wildstorm Universe into the DC Universe.

The possibilities are endless. WildC.A.T.S., GEN13, DV8, Wetworks etc. If nothing else it would be interesting to see some of these titles move to another publisher and start over.

T.,

Sorry I was replying to Sijo there. I’ve never quite figured out how to quote on here.

Matt – Gotcha, I somehow missed Sijo’s comment first time scrolling through the thread.
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I love the Fables spotlight series idea, but ONLY if Willingham personally wrote it. When a series is so personal a vision like Fables is, I’m extremely wary of other writers doing canon stories.

I’d have kept Wally West around. Wally has been one of the mainstays of DC Comics for over 25 years now. The dubious decision to bring back Barry Allen was already enough of an uphill battle given that at least two entire generations of Flash readers knew him only as Wally’s old mentor, but the decision to move Wally, Linda, and their family off into perpetual limbo since Flash Rebirth ended makes it look like Johns is trying even harder to alienate Flash fans than he really needed to.

I’d have kept Ryan Choi, Holly Granger, and Gehenna alive. It’s clear that the current trend at DC is a sort of “re-Bronze Age-ification” where most legacy characters are being dialed back to their 70s/early 80s incarnations. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I think a lot of readers would be more comfortable if it wasn’t being done over the freshly dug graves of the latest versions of those characters.

I’d have someone – anyone – show some level of mourning for Kendra Saunders. I know that the Hawks have a kind of weird relationship with death and all, but Kendra was still a unique character separate from Shiera Hall – one who’d been around for over a decade and had even held down a brief (and admittedly subpar) solo title. But as near as I can tell, no one in the entire DC Universe has noticed or even cared that she’s dead. Hell, her own boyfriend, Hawkman, seems more than happy that she’s gone and Shiera is back.

I’d do something with the Milestone characters. Look, it’s obvious to us all that the only reason DC bought and integrated Milestone was for Static. But there are a lot of good characters and concepts that are just sitting around waiting to be used properly. I think it would be a fitting tribute to Dwayne McDuffie to see these characters in use again. Maybe not in their own books, but find room for them somewhere – team books, random team-ups, whatever.

I’d bring back Ryan Choi, because he got a Ted Kord bitch death, and because you can’t just throw away a character created by Grant Morrison like that.

I’d make Bart Allen become Impulse again, and I’d send him on a mission involving the multiverse. Think of it as a cross between “World Tour” (Exiles) and “Hyper Tension” (Superboy). If I couldn’t do that, I’d tweak Bart’s current costume. I know that Bart is half-Thrawne (unless Geoff Johns had to tweak continuity yet again), but why does he half to wear a costume resembling Reverse Flash? Did he try to explain that to his Grandpa?

I’d get Marvel and DC to do big-budget crossover events every 4-7 years, complete with Amalgam one-shots. This way, you get all sorts of new match-ups. Pitting Wonder Woman against Marvel’s Hercules was such a natural idea (which Busiek used briefly in Avengers/JLA), but now it’s a really feasible idea, since Herc’s a player at Marvel nowadays.

I’d locate Priest and get him to write a major company book.

I’d locate Adam Warren and get him to write a major company book. I know he’s on Empowered, but he shouldn’t limit himself. Did you get to see his short story in Iron Man: Titanium? If you didn’t, you’re not part of the problem. Marvel was, for sticking it in a filler-rific one-shot book.

I’d get somebody to do a Kyle Rayner miniseries where he has to go back to Earth for 6-8 issues. It wouldn’t be as heavy-handed as Ion or Marz’s failed “Homecoming?” series finale story. Just something light where Kyle fixes up his life on Earth. Or maybe we get a six-issue mini where he and Wally West go on a road trip and remember when they were big cheeses at DC once.

I’d like to see Peter Parker grow a backbone and give J. Jonah Jamerson a taste of his own medicine regarding Spiderman.

I’d like to see Green Arrow and Black Canary back together.

I’d like to see Jean Grey-Summers back alive and wearing the White Phoenix of the Crown costume, reunited with Cyclops, and start a family providing that Scott and Emma amicably break up and Emma remain an X-Man.

I’d like to see DC keep Wildstorm from folding long enough to have the Robotech TPB, Love and War, published.

I’d like to see my friend’s webcomic, SCwonkey Dog, made into a full-fledged comic book series.

I’d like to see the NYC-based rock band, The Cringe, get spotlighted in their own comic book.

Well, really, I don’t particularly care that they changed her origin (as whatever), but what I did not like was that the changes to her origin seemed designed to explain why she is a generally timid and reserved person. That seemed weird to me. I mean, really, we need an explanation for why someone is reserved as a person?

Now that we apparently also need explicit origins for Barry Allen’s bowtie and Hal Jordan’s leather jacket, I guess at the current DC the answer would be yes.

I’d do something with the Milestone characters. Look, it’s obvious to us all that the only reason DC bought and integrated Milestone was for Static. But there are a lot of good characters and concepts that are just sitting around waiting to be used properly. I think it would be a fitting tribute to Dwayne McDuffie to see these characters in use again. Maybe not in their own books, but find room for them somewhere – team books, random team-ups, whatever.

Ugh, as a major Milestone fan, the worst thing DC in its current state can do is USE the characters. With its current focus on being both excessively retro and gratuitously violent at the same time, I could see them taking good characters like Fade from Blood Syndicate and turning him into a legacy character, the new Gentleman Ghost or something.

What’s Ice’s new origin? Whatever it is I’m sure it retconned some new horrific trauma into her past. Was she raped? Was her family massacred? Was she is abused?

Bernard the Poet

March 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

I’d like to see Editors take a stronger line on ret-cons and continuity porn. Fine, if a writer really has a first class story to tell, then he should be able to do it, but we’re not just getting the really first class stories, are we?

If a writer comes in and says he wants to re-write Character X’s origin, reveal an untold chapter in Character Y’s past or iron out that continuity glitch from Character Z’s first series, then the editor’s default position should be to say, “no, give me something new.”

Second on giving Adam Warren a superhero series with Marvel or DC. I missed the Iron Man: Titanium story, but his Livewires and Iron Man: Hypervelocity prove he can write bleeding-egde tech stories in the Marvel Universe and Empowered shows he can create funny and affecting stories revolving around superhero tropes. He would fit perfectly on War Machine or a S.T.A.R. Labs book, or even a S.W.O.R.D. book using all the alien tech.

I’d write a storyline where pretty much everything chuck asuten did on his x-men run was a hoax perpetuated by…let’s say Mephisto to set up his deal with Spider-Man. ftw?

Love the idea of Fables spotlight and the Tina McGee add…

I’d have Tim take over Dick’s Nightwing codename. Nightwing fits with Batman, fits in the Teen Titans and we get a new take on the costume. No collar though, Tim!

I’d ensure the new Rocket Red (Gavril) doesn’t disappear. Fave new character in years! And hook him up with Fire already!

I’d fix the JSA books. The split left us with two weak books – fold them back into one, lose some of the lesser lights (they can guest star from time to time) and just give me one kick-ass JSA book please.

I’d give Wonder Woman a believable boyfriend (I liked her with Nemesis so happy for them to reconnect) and ensure we know whether she’s had sex or not – has she? She doesn’t need to be virginal DC. And stop reinventing her bloody setting and supporting characters.

I’d have Tim Drake call himself Robin again.

I’d have Tim Drake become West Coast Batman.

I’d make it so that comic book news sites must use the FIRST name of all creators in their headlines. I was excited about “Rachel Rising” ’till I saw it was by TERRY Moore.

I’d make a Justice League Inc. book, similar to Batman Inc., with international versions of the League.

I’d put Van Lente & Pak on a Thor comic.

I’d read more comics, because I have no idea what Brian’s talking about in this post.

For T. and anyone else who’s wondering, Ice’s new origin is that she’s from a band of thieving gypsies and that her powers are just because she’s a mutant…excuse me, metahuman. Her dad kept her on the run from her evil gypsy grandfather, who wanted to exploit her powers and use them to steal even more stuff. Tora’s dad kept telling her to be calm and quiet to suppress her abilities. There was a showdown between her dad and grandfather, and Tora flipped out and iced everybody, freezing her dad, her grandfather, and a bunch of her grandfather’s gypsy lackeys to death. So Tora decided to be calm and quiet so she would never use that much power again. And they also changed Tora’s older brother to a younger sister.

So, there you go. Offensive to anyone of Rom descent, and it totally contradicts years of book canon. Because, y’know, the Justice League has been to Tora’s Norwegian Snow Princess kingdom before, met her parents, the King and Queen of the Norwegian Snow People, and her older brother Ewald, who turned into a villain and I do believe facilitated her death. So yeah, Winick essentially negated Tora’s death as well.

And yes, my I’d is also that I’d have left Tora’s origin alone. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

…And I’d also have made Lopresti the only artist on Generation Lost. Or at least gotten two artists better than Bennett and Dagnino.

I’d also bring Nightcrawler back sooner rather than later and have it done in a way that returns him to his proper characterization, interesting, romantic, fun, not a priest, that sort of idea. Perhaps the real Nightcrawler got lost way back during the Cross Time Caper, and has been having grand adventures across the multi-verse ever since.

Wow, Liz, that’s really stupid and cliched.

The new origin, I meant. And that was me. Stupid computer deleted the relevant cookie for some reason.

funkygreenjerusalem

March 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I’d make the Teen Titans less about legacy, and more about young people learning to be heroes.
No characters in there because they are a Teen Titan – like Raven or Beast Boy or Cyborg- just a good team of teen heroes.

I’d launch a new Young Justice title with Damian, Iris West, and Kid Flash.

I’d give Batman And Robin to Paul Cornell.

I’d give Fred Van Lente a Martian Manhunter comic – a year or so ago, he nailed the character in a DC Holiday special.

I’d stop Robert Kirkman from comparing Liefeld to Kirby – he’s tried to qualify that statement yet again, and totally underplayed Jack Kirby because of it, yet again.

I’d launch a new DC team book, without Titan or Justice in it’s title – something totally new.
DC keeps doing team books, but always variations on the same concepts.

That said, I’d also get Busiek to do a new Power Company series – it’s a solid concept.

I’d streamline Marvel into less spin-off mini’s and mini events. Hercules’ adventures should happen in that book, not stop for a mini about mourning him, then into another mini, then into a mini event, and then back into a book.

I’d give a Superman book to Christopher Priest. He says he’s never been offered, but has ideas for the character.

I’d also get Len Kaminski on a book. Any book. He was a good writer.

I’d give Tim Drake, Red Robin, the costume he wore in the Undernet, all the time. That face mask was way better than the whole face hood he usually wears.

I’d have actually done something with the return of the multiverse in 52, or failing that, have done something with the multiverse post-Final Crisis, where it’s existence was made public knowledge, and ways to cross from one reality to another were discovered.

I’d admit the JMS relaunches were a bad idea publicly, instead of pretending they were great, and he’s only off them to focus on graphic novels.
I’d also have maybe started work on the Superman Earth One sequel before seeing how the first was received – especially as it was advertised as the start of a line.

I’d get John Ostrander onto any property I could, and then let him do what he wants, regardless of what other writers are doing – just let him go nuts.

I’d make it so that comic book news sites must use the FIRST name of all creators in their headlines. I was excited about “Rachel Rising” ’till I saw it was by TERRY Moore.

In comics, the name Moore is like the name Lee – never assume until you see a first name!

What is Ice’s new origin? (I assume this is Ice from Justice League?)

She’s from a long line of Gypsy thieves, and grew up hiding her powers from her grandfather, the king thief, because with her as their goddess, they would have been the best gypsy thieves in the world.
Her powers would show when she got emotional or excited, so she grew up isolated and guarded around others.
Yup, in DCU, Gypsy = thief.
Turns out Judd Winick is only super politically correct when it comes to sexuality – racial stereotyping is fair game.

If a writer comes in and says he wants to re-write Character X’s origin, reveal an untold chapter in Character Y’s past or iron out that continuity glitch from Character Z’s first series, then the editor’s default position should be to say, “no, give me something new.”

Amen!

Another idea I’ve had . . .

I’d have a Young Justice miniseries where a deus ex macchina zaps Red Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl . . . and brings in their old selves from the early days of the YJ series. Will they learn too much about the future? Would Arrowette and Secret (or Cissie and Greta) be forced back into the spotlight? And would Ravager make fun of Wonder Girl’s outfit with the goggles and black wig? Yes. Yes, she would. Oh, and this would be a light-hearted mini, as opposed to having a few deaths and lots of angst piling up.

OK, let’s see if I can come with some i’ds of my own that do not involve thrashing DC comics (well not just them):

I’d:

-Downplay the creators of a book over the book itself. Sure, the writers (and artists, etc.) would get appropriate credit, but, say, SANDMAN should float or sink on its own, and not for being a Neil Gaiman book.

-Allow creators the chance to use their ideas (if good) even if they do not fit into the official canon by simply producing a separate line of comics or novels for them. Ala Elseworlds. Say someone brings me a great Wonder Woman story, but in it, she is outed as a lesbian. That would not fit the canon, but if the story is handled well, I’d publish it, just make sure its noncanonical status is clear.

-Establish ratings for my comics and STICK to them. Eg. no graphic violence or sex in the mainstream comics (it would be allowed in mature books.)

-No character gets killed (or resurrected) without my direct permission, which would only come if it is REALLY needed for a good story. Death should not be cheap.

-Test new characters with a miniseries before giving them an ongoing.

-Demand that a miniseries be *complete* before publishing it. So no year-long series that lose sight of their purpose along the way. Or late artwork.

-Seek alternate outlets for comics besides comic book shops. Drugstores, book shops, online, whatever works.

funkygreenjerusalem

March 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I’d have put COMIC BOOK writers on Action Comics #900, to celebrate the character in comics.

Richard Donner I can almost handle – not only has he done the films, but he co-wrote some with Johns – but Damon Lindelof?
What does he have to do with Superman?
His only comic work was a Hulk Vs Wolverine mini that was delayed mid-way through for a year or so.
Lost was great, but it shouldn’t get you a spot on Action Comics #900.
I’d have preferred a mix of creators who have been on the character over the years, or even just across the last decade – Morrison, Busiek, Johns, Kelly, Casey, Loeb etc.

In case anybody’s reading . . .

I’d have The Hood be an ambiguous character. He was cool in his miniseries and Beyond . . . and then he’s a king of the underworld, a pawn of Dormamu, and a hunter of the Infinity Gems. Parker Robbins should’ve been walking the line between good and evil on a local level.

I’d pit Blue Beetle and Booster Gold against Starman (Mikkal Tomas) and Congorilla.. Strictly for fun, mind you . . . to see who’s the ultimate “Blue & Gold” team.

I’d bring back G’nort as a semi-credible Green Lantern. Think of it this way . . . why is it that everybody thinks of Krypto to bring into a fight with Dex-Starr? We got a dog already . . . and he’s humanoid to boot!!

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