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I’d Have Apollo an Official Analogue of Superman

Remember when they had that Countdown: Arena mini-series where different variations of each character from different Earths of the Multiverse fought each other? In that series, Apollo (of the Authority) was a variation of…the Ray??!?!?

I’d make Apollo what he should be – an official analogue of Superman.

I’d Have Rogue Re-Join the X-Men

It’s so odd to me that Rogue is not on the X-Men. She’s one of the most famous members of the team, the team does not exactly have a ton of famous female members left (basically Storm and Emma Frost), so why keep off Rogue, who is a good character, to boot!

So I’d put Rogue back on the X-Men.

I’d Have Let Hawkman and Hawkgirl Die

The whole point of Grant Morrison having the Hawks die in Final Crisis #7 was that they would resurrect, and then the next writers to use the characters could have them in whatever incarnation of the Hawks that they’d like to use (a blank slate, if you would).

So I’d have gone along with that idea.

I’d Make Phyla-Vell Captain Marvel

Wendell is back, so he should get the name Quasar back, so it would be nice to see her graduate then to the name Csptain Marvel!

I’d Give Nancy Woods a Unique Personality

Nancy Woods is the girlfriend of Chuck in the Archie Comics. Chuck is an interesting character, but Nancy is as bland as bland can be. Not only is she bland, but every time a writer tries to give her some sort of unique personality, the next writer forgets about it.

So I’d give Nancy a unique personality and have all the other Archie writers know about it, so it appears in a few different stories and gets “accepted” the same way Chuck has been “accepted” as an artist/cartoonist.

I’d Have the Milestone Heroes on Their Own Earth

This one I think is so obvious I really can’t comprehend why this is NOT what the current state of affairs is.

You have a Multiverse.

You just had this big crossover all about the joys of the Multiverse.

You have this group of heroes who exist in their own universe, whose existence almost definitely presupposes that there is no Justice League or Superman or whatever in it.

That seems like the perfect usage of the Multiverse, and that’s what I’d do with the Milestone heroes. Have them on their own Earth and have them crossover, JSA-style, with the JLA. And if people want to tell stories using the Milestone heroes, you’d have a whole separate Earth to tell stories with them.

And if you want to put Static on the Titans, then that’s totally fine – just how Black Canary ended up on the Justice League back in the day – have him crossover Earths.

Making Dakota a city on the regular DC Earth takes away a lot of the uniqueness of the Milestone Universe.

I’d Have Punisher MAX Rotate Writers

I don’t know if that is or is not what Marvel is going to turn out to do, but boy, so far, both Gregg Hurwitz and Duane Swierczynski have done such a good job that I’d hate to see to pick JUST one writer on the series, and this is all without Victor Gischler even taking a turn yet!

So I’d just rotate them, while perhaps tossing in some other good writers, as well. And heck, if I’m going to go with this system, I guess I’d try to see if the book could become a bi-weekly, as well.

I’d Have Had Salvation Run Tie Into Final Crisis

Or at least some other storyline.

Because otherwise, what an odd little story in the middle of nowhere (“The villains all go on to a prison planet for….some reason. Then we never speak of it again!”).

Matt Sturges and Bill Willingham, respectively, did what they could with it, but boy, it was a bit like being cast into the wild to fend for yourselves. I would have reined it in a bit.

I’d Make Songbird an Avenger

She’s on the run from Norman Obsorn, the Avengers are on the run from Norman Osborn, she’s a cool character who has a lot of inside info on Osborn, she has cool powers and the current New Avengers are a bit shy, power-wise (with the current exception of Ms. Marvel).

It totally works!!

And I won’t even mention the whole “Avengers Forever said she’d be an Avenger in the future” thing, I promise!

I’d Have Given Final Crisis More Issues

I think Final Crisis would have worked a lot better from a marketing perspective if DC had just made the Superman Beyond issues (at the very least) official issues of Final Crisis. I know the worry is that there is a different artist, but when the artist is of the high quality of Doug Mahnke, I don’t think the readers would have had much of a problem, particularly since J.G. Jones needed other artists to help out ANYways (something that I’m sure DC knew was a real possibility).

I think I would have given Morrison more issues to tell his story PERIOD, but at the very least, I’d have put Superman Beyond as an “official” issue of Final Crisis (#4 and 5, I guess).

I’d Have Let a Certain Character Live in Walking Dead

Yeah, that’s an awkward title, but I can’t very well spoil stuff, now can I?

So, SPOILER WARNING Continue Reading »

The I’ds of March – 2009!

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 last year’s I’ds to see what I’m talking about, or just wait a couple of minutes for the I’ds to begin!

The I’ds of March!

Here is a shtick I did at Snark Free Waters a couple of years ago (and I’ll admit, I’m gonna re-use a couple of the ones I did then)!

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’ll see what I mean in a sec….

Here are the fifteen! Click on each one for more info!

I’d Have Made Black Thorn Part of the Bat Books

I’d Give Banshee’s Death Some More Meaning

I’d Keep the Titans Childless

I’d Bring Crystal Back to the Forefront of the Marvel Universe

I’d Have Kept Hardback Bock in the Bat-Books

I’d Have Kept Happy Hogan Alive

I’d Have Kept D-Man Sane

I’d Have Kept Ben Reilly Alive

I’d Pick Some Other Character to be the Evil Head of Checkmate

I’d Bring Conner Kent Back

I’d Bring Wolverine Back to His Old Power Levels

I’d Make Bishop a Little Less of a Bad Guy

I’d Give the Post-Byrne Superman Supporting Cast Some Plots

I’d Give Captain Marvel Black Widow’s Role in Harras’ Avengers

I’d Make Storm an Avenger

I’d hope you enjoyed it! See you next year!

Name Some I’ds of Your Own!

We’re halfway through, so please share some I’ds of your own!

Remember, just minor changes, nothing like “I’d have skipped the Clone Saga,” etc.

Also, let’s presume everyone would have done One More Day differently, and skip that one, too, okay? ;)

Otherwise, let me hear what you got!!

I’d Make Storm an Avenger

While I think it was probably a bit of crass marketing that put Storm on the Marvel Adventures: Avengers team, I think, in the regular Marvel Universe, that Storm would work really well as a member of the Avengers. So I’d make her an Avenger.

Think about it – she’s already famous enough, popularity-wise, and story-wise, I think she MAY have reached the end of her rope in the X-Men, especially with her marriage to the Black Panther. She might actually need that center stage that being an Avenger gives her.

That’s it for the I’ds of March! I hope you had fun! I’d hope you’ll be back next year!


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