web stats

CSBG Archive

If I (once again) ran the zoo – 52 DC titles I would totally buy

Some years ago (on the old blog!), I wrote a post about what I would do if I ran DC Comics. Now that they’re doing a “soft” reboot (none of that hard-core stuff around DC – they’re a family company!), I thought I would do what Bully and Bill Reed (among others, I’m sure) have done, but with a tiny bit more gravity (Bill didn’t want to waste your time on this blog with fripperies, but I have no such reservations). “More gravity” means I’m giving the creative teams I want to see as well as the books! Let’s get to it!

1. Action Comics.
Writer: Any writer, really, as long as someone stands over them and yells constantly, “The word ‘ACTION’ is right there in the title, so Superman better punch something every three or four pages or so!” Maybe this is the perfect comic for Malachai Nicolle?
Artist: Sal Abbinanti would kill on a Superman comic.

2. Apollo and Midnighter.
Writer: Beau Smith.
Artist: Kev Walker.
If DC had any stones at all, they would make Batman and Superman a couple, but that’s okay. Basically, this series features two dudes beating the crap out of bad guys. Some romance may be involved. I don’t know how Smith would do with the romance stuff, but I would love to see him write this comic.

3. Aquaman.
Writer/Artist: Frank Espinosa.
He’s literally King Arthur. Espinosa would have a blast with that.

4. Bat-Family.
Writers and Artists: TBD.
Every Bat-character stars in this anthology series that remains $2.99 for 20 pages. Each issue will feature two separate 10-page stories (or even shorter, but no longer!), either single issue tales or serials. The characters are Robin (Tim Drake), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Batgirl (Stephanie Brown), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Jim Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya (she’s no longer the Question), Mackenzie Bock, Sarah Essen (no longer dead and no longer married to Jim Gordon), Maggie Sawyer, and any other Bat-related characters you want to name.

5. Batman.
Writer: Doug Moench.
Artist: Kelley Jones.
This is mainly because I want them to finish their run from the 1990s. After that, they should cancel the book. As an added bonus, it would make T.’s head explode.

6. Batman, Inc.
Writer: Grant “Just let them try to reboot me!” Morrison.
Artist: Chris Burnham.
Why fuck with it?

7. Batwoman.
Writer/Artist: J. H. Williams III.
We’ve only been waiting on it for two years or so.

8. Bay City Jive.
Writer: John Layman.
Artist: Steve Mannion.
While Mannion works on more Fearless Dawn, he could make some coin drawing Layman’s funky detective series, starring Sugah Rollins. Layman could set this in 1970s San Francisco or he could make it contemporary, but it would still be pretty great.

9. Black Bat.
Writer/Artist: Matt Kindt.
Cassandra Cain is a top-secret spy, doing the work her wussy mentor, Batman, doesn’t have the onions to do. So she travels the world doing all sorts of nasty work. No killing, obviously, but she can hang a dude off a building like nobody’s business! Kindt would be amazing on a comic like this.

10. Black Condor.
Writer: Jeff Lemire.
Artist: Greg Tocchini.
I don’t know if the third Black Condor is supposed to be an Indian or not, but I would like him to be. He would travel the country fighting bad guys and solving crimes that have to do with Natives. One thing that a smart writer would do is show that some tribes don’t want him around, as this would get into the fact that Indians are not, in fact, a monolithic bunch. I’m not sure if Lemire would want to draw this, but if he did, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. Tocchini would do well on it, though.

11. Blue Beetle.
Writer: Bryan Q. Miller.
Artist: Emma Rios.
Jaime Reyes goes off to college and discovers that you probably shouldn’t drink with an alien attached to your spine (or wherever the hell that thing is attached to him). He has many misadventures while trying to keep his identity secret and still attend class. Miller has shown he can write a light-hearted book, and Rios is pretty danged good. Plus, this book could cross over with the other college-level book below.

12. Captain Fear.
Writer/Artist: Jeremy Bastian.
Mainly so Bastian can do a ridiculously detailed, crazy-as-shit pirate comic and get paid for it, rather than not getting paid for it, like he is now.

13. Catwoman.
Writer: Joshua Dysart.
Artist: Milo Manara.
Dysart would be a good writer for the continuing noir adventures of everyone’s favorite bad girl, and as for Manara … well, if DC wants to embrace Selina’s sexiness, EMBRACE HER MOTHERFUCKING SEXINESS!!!!! This is for “mature readers,” naturally.

14. Chase.
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov.
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque.
Why not give Cameron Chase another series? Fialkov is a good writer to explore some of the darker corners of the DCU, while Albuquerque can do both a bit edgier art and superhero stuff.

15. Detective Comics.
Writer: Scott Snyder.
Artist: Jock and Francesco Francavilla.
I have no clue why DC would want this team off the book. I can’t imagine Snyder is done telling Batman stories, and the art team is phenomenal.

16. Dr. Fate and Anna Fortune. [The Mutt suggested a better title: Fate & Fortune. So it shall be!]
Writer: Chris Roberson.
Artist: Nicola Scott.
While researching this post (yes, I did research), I discovered Anna Fortune, and I think having her and Dr. Fate team up (I don’t care who Dr. Fate is, but if it’s Kent Nelson, we’ll just have to ignore Inza, ‘k?) would make a nifty little romance/mystical adventure comic. Roberson has been doing wacky cosmic stuff well on Starborn, and Scott can just flat-out draw. So there!

17. E. Nigma, P.I.
Writer: ME!
Artist: Joëlle Jones.
Okay, here’s the deal. I have one (1) Batman story to tell, and it’s not even a Batman story, it’s a Riddler story. Ever since Paul Dini brilliantly turned Edward Nigma into a consulting detective (which Tony Daniel may have retconned, but Tony Daniel won’t be working in my new DCU, so I can change him back), I’ve been thinking about one story in which he and Batman lock horns. So I’ll write this, and Jones will dominate on the art. After that, I think Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis can do a fine job with the Riddler’s Detective Agency.

18. El Diablo.
Writer: Jason Aaron.
Artist: Sergio Cariello.
This would be Rafael Sandoval, the second iteration of the character (the one from the 1980s series by Gerard Jones and Mike Parobeck). He’s a politician by day and a vigilante by night in a Texas border town! He must deal both with crime and the tense situation between the U. S. and Mexico over illegal immigration! It’s all “realistic” and shit! Yes, Aaron and Cariello are both working on Westerns (well, I guess Cariello just finished his), but that’s okay – they’d still be good on this book!

19. Estrogina and the Zamoran Pirates.
Writers: Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis.
Artist: Kevin Maguire.
Giffen and DeMatteis created Estrogina during their Booster Gold run, and I wrote then that I’d love to see her in an ongoing. Then they revealed she’s a pirate captain and the prospect of an ongoing got even awesomer. Plus, you know, Maguire.

20. The Fugitive.
Writer: Kathyn Immonen.
Artist: Mahmud Asrar.
My idea for this is that in the first issue, a woman’s family is killed by a battle between Superman and some bad guy. So she swears vengeance on both the bad guy and Superman and spends the series trying to figure out how to kill them both. Yes, she’s the hero, but she’s also a bit unhinged. Anyway, this would be a kind of “outsider’s” view of the DCU, and it would allow Asrar to draw a lot of different heroes as she encounters them. I know the series will end whenever she confronts Superman (and, of course, fails), but it could last a few years or so.

21. Global Guardians.
Writer: John Ostrander.
Artist: Ian Hosfeld.
Ostrander is good at superheroes from around the world, so this would be right up his alley. He used several of these characters in Suicide Squad and The Spectre, as well. This would be a blend of superhero stuff and espionage, because Ostrander can do both! Fire would be the team leader. Because Fire is awesome. Shut up, she totally is. Other than that, Ostrander could use the various international DC heroes at his discretion. Hosfeld proved a few years ago on The Circle that he could draw very well, and he could handle both the superhero stuff and the spy stuff. Well, I think he could.

22. Green Lantern.
Writer: Joe Casey.
Artist: Tom Scioli.
Two rules: It’s John Stewart (Hal’s dead again) and the comic never comes anywhere near the Earth.

23. Grifter.
Writer: B. Clay Moore.
Artist: Ming Doyle.
Has Grifter done any actual grifting in his past? I would imagine Grifter in this book as a combination con artist/gun for hire, whichever works in the situation. Moore would be good at that, and Doyle is fantastic. (To be honest, Edmondson and CAFU on the “real” Grifter series sounds pretty cool. But this is my goddamned sandbox, consarnit!)

24. The Hawks.
Writer: Gail Simone.
Artist: Juan Ferreyra.
It’s just Katar and Shayera, two married Thanagarians exiled to Earth and kicking ass. I know Ostrander did the series years ago, but Simone could make it work, too. Ferreyra’s involvement needs no explanation, because he’s awesome.

25. International Marriage of Mystery. [Rob Schmidt suggested this title. I like it a bit better than The Mutt’s, because his includes the personal pronoun “I,” and I’m not sure who the “I” is. Ralph and Sue are totally equal partners in this venture.]
Writer: Landry Q. Walker.
Artist: Eric Jones.
Ralph and Sue Dibny travel the world solving crimes. Walker would be a superb writer on this book. Jones is strong, and in the absence of Mike Parobeck, he or Rick Burchett would be the perfect artist for this comic.

26. Justice League.
Writer: Geoff Johns.
Artist: Jim Lee.
Starring: Black Canary, Bombshell, Zatanna, Bulleteer, Wonder Girl, Gypsy, Miss Martian, and Oracle. Let’s see if the Johns and Lee fans can handle an all-female Justice League!

27. Justice Society of America.
Writer: Peter Timony.
Artist: Bobby Timony.
This has to be one of two things: It either takes place entirely in the 1940s and early 1950s and some pulp heroes like the Shadow and Doc Savage are part of the team, or it takes place in the present day and everyone is really old and fighting evil in and around Phoenix because they all live in an Arizona retirement community. Either way, it would be awesome.

28. Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth.
Writer/Artist: James Stokoe.
“Yeah, Mr. Stokoe? We’d like you to write and draw a Kamandi comic. Yeah, do whatever the hell you want.” SOLD!

29. Katana.
Writer: Ron Marz.
Artist: Yanick Paquette. (Seth Fisher is the obvious choice for this, but sadly, he’s drawing wacky shit for God these days.)
Marz does a good job with Japanese stuff for some reason, and this would be set in modern-day Japan and Tatsu wouldn’t wear a costume. She would, however, kick ass.

30. Knight and Squire.
Writer: Paul Cornell.
Artist: Brian Churilla.
I still haven’t read the mini-series (I’m waiting for the trade), but most people seemed to like it (except for Chad Nevett, but I think that’s some residual Canadian anger about the British), so why not let Cornell write an ongoing?

31. Legion of Cancelled Heroes.
Writer: Benito Cereno.
Artist: Les McClaine.
Anyone who is not currently starring in any DC book can show up here. With Cereno and McClaine doing it, you know it will be very funny.

32. Legion of Super-Heroes.
Writer/Artist: Ross Campbell.
Using established characters’s names but not any established continuity or even resemblance to the established characters. Strap in, because things will get weird.

33. Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, Crack Reporters.
Writer: Will Pfeifer.
Artist: Jill Thompson.
Lois is still married to Superman, because that’s a good match, but he’s not in this comic at all. Except as Clark Kent. Who shows up occasionally but doesn’t do much. Basically, this is Lois and Jimmy breaking stories across the DCU.

34. Looker.
Writer: Mike W. Barr.
Artist: Alan Davis.
This might have an audience of exactly one (me), but I don’t care. First, Barr retcons the vampire crap, then he and Davis tell tales of the underappreciated Lia Briggs. If the real DC can publish a Mr. Terrific comic, I can bloody well publish a Looker comic, damn it!

35. Manhunter.
Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke.
J’onn J’onzz, in his human guise, solves crimes, using some of his Martian skills. Cooke can either set this book during the 1950s and 1960s or the present day, I don’t care. He’d still rock on the book.

36. Merry, the Girl of 1000 Gimmicks.
Writer: Joe Kelly.
Artist: Dustin Nguyen.
I just find the idea of a teenaged girl fighting crime with the help of a super-utility belt charming. So should you.

37. Milagro Reyes, Green Lantern of Earth.
Writer/Artist: Caanan Grall.
Make Milagro a bit older (teenaged) and give her a power ring. She would totally kick ass. Grall would write and draw the shit out of this, and you’d buy the shit out of it!

38. Multiversity.
Writer: The God of All Comics.
Artists: Frank Quitely, John Cassaday, Cameron Stewart, J. G. Jones, Frazer Irving, Flint Henry, Henry Flint, and Brian Bolland.
I don’t know if it was supposed to be seven or eight issues, but I’d like to see the damned thing.

39. Mr. Miracle and Big Barda.
Writers: Jeff Parker.
Artist: Amanda Conner.
I know they’ve done this before, but Scott Free and Barda trying to live a normal life which keeps getting interrupted by wacky supervillains? Parker could write that in his sleep. Conner could draw that in her sleep. And it would still be better than a lot of what DC and Marvel currently publish!

40. Monikka Wong, Girl Detective.
Writer/Artist: Faith Erin Hicks.
Goth girl (not even a Wikipedia entry for Monikka?) goes to college, mysterious hijinks ensue, she mopes a lot but learns many life lessons. Everybody wins! (And she could cross over with Blue Beetle. Everybody wins again!)

41. Nightsiders.
Writer/Artist: Dylan Meconis.
This is a supernatural investigation team, and I’m not sure who would be on the team. Not John Constantine, certainly. Dr. Thirteen and Traci, presumably. Anyway, they zip around checking out weird shit. That could mean Swamp Thing, of course, but a bunch of other weird crap going on in the DCU. Meconis can write and draw weird shit very well, so why not let her write and draw this?

42. Opal City Law.
Writer: James Robinson.
Artist: Alex Sheikman.
Robinson writes the adventures of the O’Dares in Opal City in this spin-off of Starman (Jack Knight probably shouldn’t appear in the book). I imagine Courtney Whitmore will show up occasionally, and the Shade will be a frequent guest star. Sheikman is a fantastic artist, and given his cool work on Robotika, the Art Deco look of Opal and the slight “Wild-West” feel of this book should fit him well.

42(a). Phonogram.
Writer: Kieron Gillen.
Artist: Jamie McKelvie.
Mostly because I want one of the Big Two to throw money at them so they can write more of the series. Given that they both currently work for Marvel, it will probably be Joey Q, but this is my game, damn it!

43. Power Girl.
Writer/Artist: Erika Moen.
Moen says she’s not much of a writer, but she’s lying. This would be Kara occasionally fighting bad guys but also trying to make it as a single girl in the big city, dealing with both men and women who are obsessed with her breasts and occasionally making really bad lifestyle choices. Hilarity ensues. Not for the kids!

44. Prodigal Retrieval Specialists.
Writer: Geoffrey Thorne.
Artist: Todd Harris.
Thorne and Harris are the creative team behind Prodigal: Egg of First Light, a very good mini-series from last year, and while that came out from Ape Entertainment, why can’t they bring their creation over to DC? The team of Pae Mei Jacinto and Byron Lennox could travel the DCU retrieving strange artifacts and having wacky adventures.

45. Ravager.
Writer: Nathan Edmondson.
Artist: Stephanie Hans.
I kind of like the idea of Deathstroke, but he’s also kind of played out. I think letting his daughter have a turn at a starring role would work well. Edmondson has shown he’s a good writer, and Hans is tremendous.

46. Superman/Batman Adventures.
Writer: Ivan Brandon (the Superman stories) and Christos Gage (the Batman stories).
Artist: Ethan Nicolle (the Superman stories) and Marcus To (the Batman stories).
This title will switch off Superman and Batman stories, with occasional meetings. They’ll be light-hearted kinds of stories, with only one rule: Nobody dies. Ever.

47. Teen Titans.
Writer: Jay Faerber.
Artist: Yildiray Cinar.
Faerber reunites with Cinar, who finished off Noble Causes with him, to write a new version of Teen Titans (which Faerber has written in the past, I know, but this time he’s older and wiser). These Titans, however, are formed from the remnants of various defunct DC groups of the past. So just off the top of my head – Bonfire, Frostbite, Zapatak, Blip, Argus, Lagoon Boy, Cindy Cindy Cindy, Poetry Slam – you know, all the greats who never got their chance! Cinar has gotten better and better since he hooked up with DC, and I’m glad they’re not kicking him to the curb after the reboot. My book is better than the “real” one he’s on, though.

48. Undead Heroes Squad.
Writer: John Layman.
Artist: Rob Guillory.
Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, Oliver Queen, and Jason Todd, all dead again, lead a rotating group of zombie superheroes as they defeat bad guys by eating their brains. It’s a comedy!

49. The Underground.
Writer: In a perfect world, I would write this, but let’s go with Greg Rucka.
Artist: John Bivens.
I stole this idea from two different places: 1) This would be Sleeper set in the DCU proper, except with a non-superpowered dude going undercover in a criminal organization; 2) The Question mini-series by Rick Veitch and Tommy Lee Edwards (still not collected, DC?), in which a criminal organization stages natural disasters to get Superman out of Metropolis so they can steal stuff. I would simply create a criminal organization that hires flashy bad guys to pull ridiculous crimes across the DCU to distract the heroes so they can pull larger jobs. So someone goes undercover to stop them. Things spiral out of control quickly. Rucka would do this justice, and Bivens, whose work I saw in Omega Comics Presents, has a good, gritty style.

50. Vixen.
Writer: John Rogers.
Artist: Des Taylor.
Mari McCabe is a fashion model in her spare time, so I would set this in Los Angeles and make her a model/actress. She’d kick a lot of butt, of course, but she’d also have to deal with the issues in the entertainment industry and being a black woman in said industry. Rogers works in Hollywood, so he’d be good at this sort of thing, and Taylor would probably pay DC to draw this!

51. Weird War Comics.
Writer: Garth Ennis.
Artists: Nathan Fox, Steve Lieber, Alberto Ponticelli, Chris Samnee.
Ennis writes best with a little bit of editorial direction, and he’s great at war comics. He could do Sergeant Rock stories, Haunted Tank stories, Unknown Soldier stories (heck, he’s already done one), Enemy Ace stories (he’s done one of those too), straight-up World War II stories, horror/war stories, or war stories from any other war in history. These artists are all good, with styles that are a bit rough (Fox, Lieber), or proven in war comics (Ponticelli, Samnee).

52. Wonder Woman.
Writer: Greg Pak and Fred van Lente.
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs.
Pak and Van Lente did mythological stuff with The Incredible Hercules and made it work, and they would inject a much-needed sense of humor into Wonder Woman (Simone’s apes didn’t do the trick). Isaacs is awesome. ‘Nuff said!

So there’s my list. You’ll notice that I try to keep plenty of superheroes but also show that DC could easily expand their line more outside of superheroes, and why they don’t is vexing. I also hope I pointed out that there are plenty of female creators who would kick ass on DC comics, and the fact that they seem to think Gail Simone is the only woman capable of doing anything with their characters is astonishing (not to show any disrespect to Simone, who gets better all the time). I also think that DC could do well with diversifying their line – my only problem with this list is that I really don’t have enough black characters, mainly because I don’t know a lot of black DC characters, which is kind of sad (both because I don’t know them and because DC has a lousy track record with them). But DC seems tone deaf in that regard, if the reaction to Ryan Reynolds being cast instead of a black man as John Stewart is any indication. I think I did an okay job showing that DC could easily publish plenty of comics that don’t star white males and they’d still be good comics. I also really wanted to turn the DCU into a truly international place and get the characters into other countries and even out-of-the-ordinary places in this country. Too much of DC takes place in a few (fictional) cities. Branch out, DC!

Anyway, this was fun. I’d do one for Marvel, too, but this one was kind of hard, especially when I had to ignore so many writers, especially, who are already working for DC but shouldn’t be. I’m not too keen on the reboot, but I’m willing to reserve judgment. Most of the creators are ones who already work for DC and don’t inspire me at all, so I don’t know what renumbering will change. DC should go whole hog, in my humble opinion. Of course, I’ve been saying that for years. Maybe one day they’ll listen to me.

Chime in with your own opinions! Rip mine to pieces! We’re all friends here!

58 Comments

Milo Manara on Catwoman Greg?!

Do we need to throw down?! Cause I have had three VERY long days and I will F YOU UP!!!

(these are the jokes people)*

*mostly

Kelly: I didn’t do it to piss you off, but I’m certainly glad it did! :) I just find the fact that Winick is talking about Catwoman being sexy as if it’s somehow news hilarious, and I also want DC to, just once, shit or get off the pot with regard to nudity. If you’re going to talk about a leather-clad chick as sexy, go all the way! Anyway, I think Manara is a very good artist even if he’s not drawing naked chicks. Your opinion may vary (feel free to substitute Adam Hughes or Jim Silke – he’d be great – if you really hate Manara!).

I’m just mad that I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet to hear you harpies scorch the very earth, so I had to make you crazy!

Okay, you realize that “International Man and Woman of Mystery” is a god-awful title, right?

“Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth.
Writer/Artist: James Stokoe.”

YES.

See, I’d have Minara on Wonder Woman, instead. But, anyway, some of these– SOME, I SAY!– are incredibly smart choices. I’d buy the shit out of El Diablo and Kamandi, especially.

Michael: Yeah, I know. I’m terrible at coming up with titles. The premise is solid, though!

The numbers speak volumes here, because by my count I’m only picking up 6 DC books come fall – down from between 12 and 15, worse if you add in the fact that Northlanders (and more?) is disappearing.

But from your list I’m buying 31 and probably trying out at least half a dozen more to see if they’re a good fit…and that’s even if I’m boycotting your Catwoman!

So now I’m WAY depressed. If only you ruled the world Burgas…or at least comics. LE SIGH.

ps – can I please write Black Bat? Matt Kindt’s great but I want it more. ;)

This list is pure gold, my friend who doesn’t know who the hell I am. Pure gold.

My life will now always feel empty without a real Stokoe Kamandi series.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I can see LOOKER, as seeing you love her and all.

If you’re bringing up OPAL CITY LAW, then you should also have Shade in his own series, aptly called: SHADE written by Robinson and drawn by the same artists of the mini-series.

34. Looker.
Writer: Mike W. Barr.
Artist: Alan Davis.

SECONDED!! <3

Slam Bradley is in one of these books, right? RIGHT?

Would I buy them all? No, probably not. But I’d buy more of them than what I’m going to be looking at this September, that’s for sure.

(Also: The thought of Malachai Nicolle on a real comic? Giving him Superman? Best. Idea. Ever.)

Would Kyle Rayner be in your continuity? I figure that I’d move him back to Earth and have him move to Opal City. Let’s face it, the city has seen better days, what with Sue Dibny getting killed, Ralph following her, Black Condor getting bitch-killed in Infinite Crisis, and David Knight coming back from the dead to raise hell. It seemed like a good idea in my head.

Second on Looker . . . .make her into a 30-something model who’s getting self-conscious about the new kids breaking into the business, and add her fluctuating between Emily (the plainest of Janes) and Lia (her Looker form). And maybe keep the narcissism . . . .in one back-up story, the opening spread looked like she was going to start pawing herself in front of the mirror. Maybe Halo could stop by to play Terra to Lia’s Kara?

I wouldn’t publish 52 superhero titles either. Ideally, I’d publish about a dozen titles set in the DC universe and the rest would spotlight other genres eg, horror, war, western etc. DC has a BIG stable that ranges from Hard Science Fiction to Dark Fantasy. Of course, that’s *ideally*. I would definitely adjust things according to sales (along research done in some way- store owner polls for example; sales numbers tell you a comic succeeds or not, but not WHY.)

My regular hero titles would be the ones with ‘name recognition’- The Big Seven, with Shazam added; even Aquaman for all his reputation as ‘lame’ is better known in popular culture than say, Namor. Plus Justice League and Teen Titans books. NO MULTIPLE BOOKS for anyone- those force choices in the reader: “Which Batman book should I buy? What’s the difference?” At best, related characters would get their own series eg. Batman could guest star regularly on Batgirl and such.

Another good idea is an anthology series to give any new or semipopular character a chance- in effect, a series of miniseries under one title that just star different characters. IF the characters do well there, then they get a miniseries, and if THAT sells well, then they get an ongoing.

And of course, no gore in ANY superhero title. Save that for the horror books.

I did my 52 DC list today (I’ll type it up sometime soon) and I had Willow Wilson writing Wonder Woman (wow, all those W’s) but I have to say, Pak and Van Lente, that’s an inspired choice.

Here are mine
1. Justice League
2. Aquaman
3. Green Lantern
4. Red lanterns
5. Blue Lanterns
6. Sinestro Corps
7. Green Lantern Corps
8. Agent Orange
9. Star Sapphire Corps
10. Indigo Tribe
11. Black Lanterns
12. Hawkman
13. Batman
14. Hawk And Dove
15. Firestorm
16. Flash
17. Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
18. Elongated Man
19. Wonder Woman
20. Sgt. Rock (reluanch)
21. Blackhawks (relaunch
22. New Teen Titans
23. Martian Manhunter
24. JLI
25 JSA
26. Secret Society of Supervillians
27. Suicide Squad
28. Green Arrow
29. Deathstroke
30. Rogues
31. Booster Gold
32. Birds of Prey
33. Challengers of The Unknown
34. Justice League Europe
35. Phantom Stranger
36. Rocket Red Brigade
37. Red Robin
38. White Lantern Corps
39. Lois Lane
40. Grifter
41. Villians of Gotham
42. Superman Revenge Squad
43. Adam Strange
44. Multiversity
45. DC Team Up
46. Atom
47. Tasmanian Devil
48. Nightwing
49. Donna Troy
50. Animal Man
51. Zatanna
52. Women of The DCU

I just want it known that I hate anyone named “Milagro.”

Some of your choices are pure genius. Hey DC – look at how it´s done!

“International Marriage of Mystery.”

Some great ideas here. These “52 titles” exercises show how the Big Two don’t think outside the box.

More El Diablo!

I should be writing any comic book starring a Native hero, of course. DC could put together a Native team from its somewhat meager stock. Take your pick from Super-Chief, Black Condor, Aztek, Manitou Dawn, Man-of-Bats, Flying Fox, Butcher, and Pow Wow Smith. With Tom Kalmaku as the organizer and leader.

Interesting list, there are several books here which I’d be interested in (to the degree of waiting how the buzz is and then getting the trade).
Oh, and Manara on Catwoman does sound like a great idea, he is a great artist as long as someone else does the writing.

Travis Pelkie

June 16, 2011 at 2:13 am

Well, isn’t Guillem March kinda Manara-lite anyway?

But I would buy the fuck out of all of these titles. And Rob Schmidt has it right, “International Marriage of Mystery”.

If Kelly, Burgas, Bill Reed and I ran DC and Marvel, we’d want way cooler titles than what they’ve got now. Would they sell? I’d hope so, but then, I want a pony too.

And from what I saw, about a quarter to half of the books above have minority characters in them. So I don’t know why someone’s complaining on that aspect. I guess someone bored enough to look for other posts by you and piss on them.

Andrew Collins

June 16, 2011 at 4:30 am

Add in a WILD DOG series by Collins and Beatty and that list is near perfect…

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 16, 2011 at 5:14 am

@ syon: why? did he sleep with your woman? ;-)

@ THE Travis Pelkie: What would you do with a pony, you sick twisted comic geek? Can you imagine the upkeep costs on taking care of a pony? You’d have to spend in a month, what you might spend on comics in a year! Not to mention, you need a stable. ;-)

Fate & Fortune. I Married Mystery.

Rich: I forgot about a lot of DC’s good characters, I admit. Slam Bradley could easily fit into the Bat-Family book or even as a back-up feature in Detective Comics, if DC would be willing to raise the price for a longer page count.

Jason: Ditto for Kyle Rayner. I don’t have anything against Rayner, but I think John Stewart is a better Green Lantern. I do like your idea for Looker, though – it’s close to my thoughts about the series, especially the dichotomy between Emily and Looker.

Sijo: You’ll notice that I too don’t want a character in multiple books. Batman and Superman are the only ones, and they have to share one, while Batman and Batman, Inc. would only exist until those creative teams finished their stories. I don’t even have characters in a solo book appearing in a team book and vice versa. DC has too many characters for that!

Stefan: Wilson writing Wonder Woman is a pretty good choice.

Collin: Those are pretty good titles. I like the “Villains of Gotham” one – I toyed with giving a villain a solo book, but I like your idea better. And a Tasmanian Devil series would be pretty keen.

Rob: International Marriage of Mystery is pretty good. And then The Mutt came up with a good one, too! I actually thought about listing you as writer of the Black Condor book, but I figured I was being self-indulgent enough by putting me as the writer of a series. I do like your All-Native American Justice League, though. That’s pretty cool.

Andrew Collins: Wild Dog is another character I simply forgot. Too many good ones to mention!!!

Mutt: Dang, those are both good. To the editing room!

Stokoe’s Kamandi would be awesome, but Frank Espinosa on Aquaman may be the most brilliant idea since…um, penicillin?

1. Action Comics.
Writer: Any writer, really, as long as someone stands over them and yells constantly, “The word ‘ACTION’ is right there in the title, so Superman better punch something every three or four pages or so!” Maybe this is the perfect comic for Malachai Nicolle?

Malachai Nicolle without editorial interference from Didio, Johns, Morrison or Berganza would be better than 85% of the writers DC currently has. Well-played Burgas.

2. Apollo and Midnighter.
Writer: Beau Smith.
Artist: Kev Walker.

Great call.

4. Bat-Family.
Writers and Artists: TBD.
Renee Montoya (she’s no longer the Question)

Sold. Maybe as a bonus you can have Question operating in Gotham to interact with Renee. Also, isn’t the Creeper a Gotham character too?

5. Batman.
Writer: Doug Moench.
Artist: Kelley Jones.
This is mainly because I want them to finish their run from the 1990s. After that, they should cancel the book. As an added bonus, it would make T.’s head explode.

Even though I don’t like Kelley Jones, my head wouldn’t explode because writing is more important to me than art and I like Moench’s Batman writing. Also, art doesn’t really do long-term damage to characters like writing does, since writing is what leads to raped and murdered characters. So as long as Meltzer and Loeb aren’t around my head wouldn’t explode.

9. Black Bat.
Writer/Artist: Matt Kindt.

Unlike most of the internet, I never liked Cassandra Cain. So I’d pass on this. The idea of someone cominig out of the blue and being the second best person in the Bat-family overnight always struck me as disrespectful to longtime Batman supporting characters.

10. Black Condor.
Writer: Jeff Lemire.
Artist: Greg Tocchini.

Inspired premise and creative team.

11. Blue Beetle.
Writer: Bryan Q. Miller.
Artist: Emma Rios.

I hate this character and I hate his stupid comic relief supporting cast. He always struck me as a poorly done unfunny Mexican Ultimate Spider-Man. I feel he gets a pass because people have such a hard-on for diversity characters that they keep giving him a push.

Tony Daniel won’t be working in my new DCU

Awesome.

20. The Fugitive.
Writer: Kathyn Immonen.
Artist: Mahmud Asrar.
My idea for this is that in the first issue, a woman’s family is killed by a battle between Superman and some bad guy. So she swears vengeance on both the bad guy and Superman and spends the series trying to figure out how to kill them both. Yes, she’s the hero, but she’s also a bit unhinged. Anyway, this would be a kind of “outsider’s” view of the DCU, and it would allow Asrar to draw a lot of different heroes as she encounters them. I know the series will end whenever she confronts Superman (and, of course, fails), but it could last a few years or so.

Wow, this is great. It kind of gives me the same vibe as Sleeper. I could see Brubaker and Phillips really killing this one.

22. Green Lantern.
Writer: Joe Casey.
Artist: Tom Scioli.
Two rules: It’s John Stewart (Hal’s dead again) and the comic never comes anywhere near the Earth.

I was going to say you can’t kill Hal again now because you want to capitalize on the movie, but now that early reviews are in, distancing itself from the movie may be smartest move DC can do right now.

23. Grifter.
Writer: B. Clay Moore.
Artist: Ming Doyle.
Has Grifter done any actual grifting in his past?

I’ve wondered that too.

25. International Man and Woman of Mystery.
Writer: Landry Q. Walker.
Artist: Eric Jones.
Ralph and Sue Dibny travel the world solving crimes. Walker would be a superb writer on this book. Jones is strong, and in the absence of Mike Parobeck, he or Rick Burchett would be the perfect artist for this comic.

Yes!

26. Justice League.
Writer: Geoff Johns.
Artist: Jim Lee.
Starring: Black Canary, Bombshell, Zatanna, Bulleteer, Wonder Girl, Gypsy, Miss Martian, and Oracle. Let’s see if the Johns and Lee fans can handle an all-female Justice League!

Okay, this sounds awful from top to bottom. Hahahhaa

31. Legion of Cancelled Heroes.
Writer: Benito Cereno.
Artist: Les McClaine.
Anyone who is not currently starring in any DC book can show up here. With Cereno and McClaine doing it, you know it will be very funny.

What would make this better is if it actually tells stories that “matter,” or has a long-term overarching storyline.

33. Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, Crack Reporters.
Writer: Will Pfeifer.
Artist: Jill Thompson.
Lois is still married to Superman, because that’s a good match, but he’s not in this comic at all. Except as Clark Kent. Who shows up occasionally but doesn’t do much. Basically, this is Lois and Jimmy breaking stories across the DCU.

Great idea, but I’d prefer Nick Spencer.

52. Wonder Woman.
Writer: Greg Pak and Fred van Lente.
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs.

Wow, wonderful inspired idea!

My first impression on reading this list? That I’ll have whatever you’re having. Second impression? That this list defines that fine line between genius and insanity.

They’re all inspired, and some are just flat-out brilliant. In particular, I also look forward to the return of Mister Miracle. Hopefully DC cleans up that whole Death of the New Gods mess sooner rather than later.

And, Wild Dog? Hell, yes.

I like a ton of this list. Seeing the inclusion of the Global Guardians makes me think that DC should do some other international team books:

Big Science Action
Super Young Team
Great Ten
the Club of Heroes

This would really enhance the flavor of DC’s world and give it a more global scope.

By the way, have you guys been reading the interviews about the new DC books. It seems like this is going to be a hell of a clusterfuck. Not so much the individual titles, but the idea that this will be a cleaner, tighter continuity. Seems like there’s still no comprehensive plan or overview.

Just read the article on Steve Rude wanting work from DC, and I offer the modification to your suggestion. Mister Miracle and Big Barda and the Female Furies (yes, that’s a terrible name, suggestions welcomed). I would worry about Rude’s ability to do a monthly book, so how about splitting the art chores between Amanda Conner, whose work I love and Steve Rude, whose Nexus is one of my all time favorite books.

Here’s how I might split it up: 4 or 5 issues of Earth “X” Mister Miracle and Big Barda and the Female Furies. He finishes an arc and DC schedules it. Amanda Conner does the remaining monthly issue featuring Earth 1 (or are they calling it Earth Prime) and the Annual. This way DC can actually do something with the 52 Earths.

Greg . . . Kyle was my GL, so I’m a bit biased. I think he’s the coolest Lantern, on account of him being an artist. Basically, Ganthet gave the ring to somebody who turned it into a more lethal weapon thanks to his imagination. Luckily, Kyle isn’t a sadist, so the results worked out great.

Two more ideas:

Metal Men: It would be the original gang (plus Copper) and Doc Magnus, and Duncan Rouleau would be involved . .. turns out he lives near actual rocket scientists. But seeing how the miniseries was a bit of a headache to wade through,. I’d bring in Adam Warren, whom I learned all sorts of science bits from. And they can trade off on writing and art when required.

Forgotten Heroes: “Whatever Happened To The Heroes Of Tomorrow?” My theory: there’s no just thing as bad characters, just bad writers. Do they keep fighting evil on a smaller scale, move on to something else, etc?

Manara’s art seems too stiff, no pun intended. Stylistically I wouldn’t like it for interiors.
While I would love Moen writing Power Girl, I don’t think her art style works for a super hero book. I’d put in Nicola Scott.

thanks for including me in this, Greg! :D i actually had to go google what Legion of Super-Heroes was, though, i had no idea who they were, haha. i would totally do that book, though, sign me up. i’d also totally do Blackbat with Kelly. and i think i’d kill on a Catwoman book, although i bet DC/people wouldn’t like it because it would be more like Batman Returns stitchy-costume-no-cleavage Catwoman, heh.

Great stuff. You raise a lot of interesting questions — i.e., given that DC is mostly sticking with creators who already work for them, why don’t they give people like Landry Walker who were killing it with the “Johnny DC” stuff a crack at books in the DCU proper?

Cool list, I was hoping more people would start doing these.

Mine is here: http://thirteenminutes.blogspot.com/2011/06/52-first-issues-i-would-publish.html

“Manhunter” and “Opal City Law” might actually get be to buy comics again instead of just reading about them here. I’m just saying…

Anti-Milagro name crusade:

Further evidence of its manifest inferiority as a name:From the 1880s to 2010, it has never cracked the top 1000 first names list in the USA (info courtesy of THE BABY NAME WIZARD site).

I could see myself buying several of those. Specially the Canaan comic (dude kicks ass).

Interesting, you didn’t have to compromise most of the characters to do this…(Dr. Fate is definitely a compromise but no worse than what DC did to Mr.Terrific to finally give him a book)

T hates both Blue Beetle and Cass Cain? Dude those are 2 of the FUN characters DC has and mostly squandered. I still say if DC followed Geoff Johns’ (or Cyborg’s) idea about having the Titans Tower being the hang out/training site for teen heroes with a core team to handle major happenings instead of the cannon fodder they became, the book wouldn’t have suffered. It would have been a mashup of Young Heroes in Love and New X-Men: Academy X

You just had to kill my two fav teams JSA and LSH didn’t you Burgas? They are the only two teams were continuity enhances the book when not embroiled in stupid “event crossovers” that usually don’t have them as key contributors….

No Tiny Titans? BUUURRRGGGGGGAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

The title I used on my own list for a Ralph & Sue book was “Elongated & Wife.” It was that or “Dibny to Dibny.”

I (begrudgingly, because it’s Burgas) like a whole lot of these and would be interested in purchasing many of them, but that Parker and Conner Mr. Miracle and Barda comic? I ache for that to exist. I wouldn’t just buy it; I’m pretty sure I’d try to marry it.

“I can’t imagine Snyder is done telling Batman stories, and the art team is phenomenal.”

Once again I agree (ARRGHHH!) that I would have loved to see that team stay together, but he did basically trade with Daniel and is writing Batman. With Greg Capullo. I am of the age that I read Capullo’s X-Force when I was young and liked it. I still wish they kept Jock and Francavilla.

“Wow, this is great. It kind of gives me the same vibe as Sleeper. I could see Brubaker and Phillips really killing this one.”

I thought more Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe, but yeah, give it Brubaker and Phillips and see what they can do. To be fair, I would at least try Brubaker and Phillips on anything after Sleeper and Criminal.

Actually DC 52 reboot…. I MIGHT buy one or two.
Your DC 52 reboot…. I would definitely buy 7 of those and would probably buy 12 or 13.
Are you listening, DC? Hello? Anyone? Anyone?….

Which ones, you ask?
3, 5, 22, 24, 28, 35, 38, 39

*Goes through list*

Ouch. Sorry, Greg, but you’re way off my radar.

1. Action Comics – Not an AxeCop fan, or a Sal Abbatini fan, so no luck there.
2. Apollo & Midnighter – hate the characters, so you’ve no chance.
3. Aquaman – Not interested in the character, but interesting creator choice.
4. Bat-Family – Wrong page count. Needs to be 64 pages, $5.95*
5. Batman – Moench, fine, Jones…. not so much. Paul Gulacy, perhaps?
6. Batman, Inc. (and 38. Multiversity) – Morrison’s ass would be GONE as far as I’m concerned. Overused, overrated, and the industry and he himself could do with him being removed from play entirely for about 2-3 years to let him recharge.

7. Batwoman – not interested in the character, so no luck there.
8. Bay City Jive – “Hunh? Oookay. Whatever.” Pass.
9. Black Bat – Why not just take Cassandra out of the Batverse entirely and call the book CAIN? And I’m not interested in Kindt, either.
10. Black Condor – *shrugs with indifference*
11. Blue Beetle – I don’t like the Jamie Reyes character, and neither creator interests me. Sorry.
12. Captain Fear – “Oookay. Whatever.” Pass.
13. Catwoman – Wrong writer, and I don’t think Manara can hit deadlines. Pass.
14. Chase – I agree the character needs a book again – wrong creative team, though.
15. Detective Comics – Your team does nothing for me, but neither does the team DC replaced them with.
16. Fate & Fortune – Finally, you made one I’ll consider.*
17. E. Nygma, P.I. – Okay, you write, Jones is tolerable, but don’t get Weir / DeFillippis afterwards.
18. El Diablo – Why not just get Gerard Jones, since he’s a hell of a lot better writer than Jason Aaron?
Sergio Cariello, I’ll agree with.
19. Estrogina and the Zamoran Pirates – absolutely not. Stupid concept, and I loathe the “Bwahaha” team creators.
20. The Fugitive – Interesting idea. Mahmud Asrar, decent artist. Immonen does nothing for me and kills it.
21. Global Guardians – John Ostrander- I get it. Ian Hosfeld, not so much. Concept – Meh. Pass.
22. Green Lantern – John Stewart, check. Hal dead. Check. Set away from earth – 3 for 3. Creative team – Epic fail. Try again.

23. Grifter – hate the character, don’t like Clay’s writing, don’t know Doyle’s work. No chance.
24. The Hawks – I’m done with Simone. You get someone else to write, maybe I’d buy.

25. International Marriage of Mystery – Good idea, not sold on the creative team or the title.
26. Justice League – Worse idea than Estrogina, on every level.
27. Justice Society of America – Who? (Goes and looks) Uh… that’d be a no, Greg.
28. Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth – IReasonable choice, Greg.
29. Katana – Right idea, wrong creative team (though I understand why you picked them).
30. Knight and Squire – Don’t care about the charcters. No chance.
31. Legion of Cancelled Heroes – Nope.
32. Legion of Super-Heroes – Nope.
33. Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, Crack Reporters – Nope.
34. Looker – Alan Davis by himself maybe, but no Mike Barr.
35. Manhunter – Okay, I’ll buy this.*
36. Merry, the Girl of 1000 Gimmicks – Don’t like Joe Kelly’s writing, and the character means nothing to me.
37. Milagro Reyes, Green Lantern of Earth – no. One GL book is enough thanks.
38. (See #6)
39. Mr. Miracle and Big Barda – I would at least look at it, not sure if I’d buy.
40. Monikka Wong, Girl Detective- No idea.
41. Nightsiders- I don’t know why you want this concept, or why you think Meconis is the right choice for creator. Pass.

42. Opal City Law – *shrugs* Maybe.

(Ignoring Phonogram’s existence, as it has no place here- it’s a Marvel book, deal with it, Greg!)

43. Power Girl – I like Erika Moen, but not for superheroes. Sorry. Pass. Why don’t you put Stephanie Hans on THIS book instead of Ravager, and get her a good writer ?

44. Prodigal Retrieval Specialists – not familiar with enough to have an opinion.

45. Ravager – I get the logic of the conceptual. Edmonson… okay… maybe. The artist should be Chris Stevens, though, IMO. (http://chriss2d.deviantart.com/)

46. Superman/Batman Adventures- Nope.
47. Teen Titans – No interest in your lineup. Team’s not a bad choice, though. But I can’t see Jay even wanting to work for DC again.

48. Undead Heroes Squad – absolutely not. If you’re such a fan of Chew, Greg, you sure as hell don’t want them on a DC book so that they don’t have time to produce it, much like how Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau never have time to do Perhapanauts for the paying gigs from Marvel. Plus, sorry, but it’s a dumb idea.

49. The Underground – Good idea, Rucka = wise choice. Don’t see the appeal of Bivens, though.

50. Vixen- Not a bad idea, but I’d have a different creative team.

51. Weird War Comics – Garth Ennis by himself = no. He has to rotate in and out with the artists as well, or it’s a no go.

52. Wonder Woman – Rebeckah Issacs, I get. I sort of get your writer choice, too, but I don’t care for them, so ultimately, I’d pass.

Not exactly burning up the charts, are we, Greg? But, to your credit, you managed to get a few books I’d possibly buy, which is more than DC can actually claim. Kudos to you on that.

Me, I’ve got to stop farting around on trivial fluff like this and get back to work so my art book comes out on time next month. See ya.

I am loving alot of your list.

As well as JLA by Johns and anything by Morrison and Parker.

Apollo and Midnighter – Beau Smith – Loves it! They’d be total smartarses! But there has to be some lovin too!!

Batman – Doug Moench and Kelley Jones – I SOOOOO want this!!

Looker – Mike W. Barr and Alan Davis – If this happened I’d buy 5 copies a month!!!!

Katana

Chase

Lois and Jimmy – Pfeifer – Yes please!

And how about:

53 – Obsidian by Andreyko and either Sadowski / Raimondi / Eaglesham / Velluto or Egeland ;)

Mike Loughlin

June 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

Manhunter by Cooke would be my favorite comic book, and would get me buying a monthly again. Your other choices were inspired. I’d be on board for Action, Milagro Reyes, Lois & Jimmy, Kamandi, The Hawks, Global Guardians, Opal city law, Weird War Tales, El Diablo… Hell, I’d even buy Wonder Woman.

I’d get Rude on a 4th World book! His Mr. Miracle Special from the ’80s was great!

Alas, we’re stuck with Geoff Johns, Dan Jurgens, and former Image artists writing.

Man, Louis, way to bring me down! :)

[…] If I (once again) ran the zoo – Comics Should Be Good Every Bat-character stars in this anthology series that remains $2.99 for 20 pages. Each issue will feature two separate 10-page stories (or even shorter, but no longer!), either single issue tales or serials. […]

Why would Milo Manara do a series where he has to work more than his usual to sell much less than his usual?

@ Bill Reed

How about The Really, Really Thin Man.

Oh, and if Sue Dibny wore a Rams jersey, I’d be hooked for life.

Greg:

Remember, now, you scored better than de facto DC did. They batted an oh-fer. You managed to get me interested in SOMETHING, anyway. So don’t take it too hard.

I don’t know… I think you just have too many creators who I personally don’t feel suit superhero books, or are simply placed on the wrong books. Or maybe it’s just I’m too old school and not very impressed with a number of the younger talents you chose. Probably a bit of both.

I don’t believe I have 52 titles to launch.

Liked lots of yours.
I would love to see Wild CATs by Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim, Question by Peter Milligan and Dustin Nguyen, Teen Titans by Troy Hickman and Mike Huddleston, a DnA/McKelvie GL and a Conner/Palmiotti Supergirl.

Love the ideas for Cooke on Martian Manhunter, Ennis on War Stories, Robinson on Opal City Law, etc, a few of the other ideas I don’t care about, but on the whole it sounds much better than what DC is currently planning. You know your audience well. ;)

Malachai Nicolle on Action is freakin’ genius!

Thank you for bringing Looker and Katana into the mix. I’d read both of them, especially to see Barr and Davis teamed up again. What I’d really, really like to see, though, is Tim Truman on Kamandi. Doesn’t he seem perfectly suited for it?

Leave a Comment

 

Categories

Review Copies

Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.

Browse the Archives