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The concept is this, for the Ides of March, 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!
First off, my #1 “I’d” from last year was for there to be a Fables spotlight series. Well, guess what, there is a Fables spotlight series out now! Woohoo! I guess I best use my “I’d” power wisely!
I’d add Robotman to the cast of Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE
Matt Kindt did an amazing job on Robotman in My Greatest Adventure. So if he is taking over Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE, then he should bring Robotman with him. He would fit in perfectly to the weird tone of Frankenstein. Do it, Matt, I know you want to!
I’d return the original Amanda Waller
I really just don’t get the concept of re-doing Amanda Waller. She was perfect as she was. I would not have taken away one of her most distinct feature, the fact that she was a badass big black woman.
I’d explore the faculty of Wolverine and the X-Men a bit more
One of the consistent problems with the X-Books in general is that there are just so many goddamn characters in the books, even with them split into two groups now. So I appreciate the difficulty Jason Aaron has in juggling so many characters, and really, I loves me some Wolverine and the X-Men, but I’d like to see Aaron explore more of the faculty of the school. The main faculty get a slightly disproportionate share of the book’s focus, I think.
I’d have a crossover in the DC Universe
I am not always the biggest fans of company-wide crossovers, but I’d like to see the various members of the DC Universe interact just so we can get a sense of how they all interconnect. Who remembers what of who? I am curious!
I’d bring back Daniel Killgore’s roommate in Haunt
Obviously, Joe Casey is going for essentially a complete break from what Haunt was before he took over, which is totally fine. Haunt is an interesting comic. However, I think it’d be interesting to keep one aspect of the old series around, namely Daniel’s nerdy but pretty quirky roommate around. She could work as a nice common contrast to the rest of the craziness of the book.
I’d make Static a Titan again
Now that his book is over, DC can’t just let Static fade into limbo! Add him into the Titans!
I’d bring Candace Nelson back.
Candace Nelson, Foggy’s younger sister, hasn’t been killed yet (at least I don’t believe she has) and come, Foggy’s younger sister who dated Matt Murdock! How is that not a good character to have running around as a supporting cast member in Daredevil? Come on, Mark, you know you want to do it!
My pal, Graeme Burk, wrote in with an I’d he’d like me to mention. Here is Graeme’s “I’d”…
I’d have had two Wonder Woman books in the New 52
The New 52 relaunch gave us a new take on Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. Steeped in mythological lore and horror, it’s a dark, intense book that’s definitely has a specific take on Wonder Woman.
But I think DC missed a trick. Just as they have Superman and Action Comics giving different takes on Superman (indeed different time periods for Superman) and Batman, Detective Comics, The Dark Knight and Batman and Robin doing different types of Batman stories they should have had two Wonder Woman books.
So we’d have Wonder Woman, with the darker, mythological, T+ rated, version we currently have and Sensation Comics, which has a more superheroic take on the character, with battles with the Cheetah, Dr. Psycho, Silver Swan et al. A little less intense, maybe even a little funnier (or even quirky), more for the all-ages stream of readers.
It would have not had put all its eggs in one basket, so to speak, with a specific interpretation of a tentpole character of the DC Universe, allowed DC’s premier heroine to have exposure in a book not steeped in blood that under-12s could read and, frankly, given us another book with a strong female character, which has been a deficiency of the new 52 to begin with.
I asked you folks on Twitter for your I’d suggestions. Here are a few…
I’d love to see black canary introduced to the green arrow series (not to say its already amazing)
I’d have Jessica Drew in USM examine more the fact that she IS Parker.
I’d make Nightwing blue again!
I’d give Daredevil a different job. Maybe a private detective or legal consultant to a large corporation.
Now you all share your I’d’s in the comments section!
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