Thought I’d reblog this back and forth between a few parties on the Tumblr site…some interesting stuff.
Besides Abnett, Lanning, and Giffen who would you like to write the new Richard Rider Nova comic? And who do you think of the current Marvel writers would be able to do the better job?
There are actually a lot that I would say make up my top list (keeping this list to folks strictly under the Marvel sway right now)
I’d start with Starlin and Waid. Those are my top two.
We can’t forget about FabNic, who seems back in Marvel’s fold and wrote a very solid Richard Rider saga. Next I would bring up PAD, who’s Captain Marvel was one of my favorites.
Greg Pak is awesome and could do a good job.
Personally, I’m a fan of Dan Slott’s work…especially pre Spiderman days when he didn’t have that pressure on him. Dan Slott has a rich affinity for New Warriors and continuity,…I enjoyed his Silver Surfer for a while before I dropped my Marvel comics pulls. I know a lot of fans will disagree with that one…thats cool.
I think Al Ewing could do a good job, I’ve liked a few of his concepts and his story directions.
Someone like Gerry Conway for a six issue start possible? Maybe. It’s an interesting name.
Gage and Yost are writers I enjoy, though they are not big draws for some reason. Hickman, who still is supposed to be within Marvel’s fold, is a guy who could do some good things if he kept things a bit more controlled in scope and had a tighter editor to rope in his stories. I doubt the project would be big enough for him.
I don’t mind James Robinson, I also think he has some good ideas but some fair misses. I liked the first arc of his Invaders book until it lost some steam. The second arc kinda killed my interest.
I’m also lukewarm but not totally against someone like Dennis Hopeless. I didnt like the pitch for an Avengers Arena, but I read some of it and it was decent. Once i realized Darkhawk was not going to be axed, I thought some good character work was done.
A lot of the newer writers I just don’t know about. Marvel is letting a lot of script/book writers come in and have a go at comics these days, not sure who I would recommend from that lot. Nicole Perlman seems cool…but I’m not sure if she can work on a paper comic schedule.
(a few of these types worry me, however…such as Chuck Wendig….this name sticks out to me as a supreme possibility, yet I am very guarded.)
All things considered, I think more than likely we will get someone lower tier or new.
That’s my thoughts for now….though I will still think about it. Feel like I’m forgetting a few names.
I don’t really agree with a lot of those choices or names, but I won’t contest them (except to remind you Waid is on board with Sam Loeb-Alexander), but will offer new names currently at Marvel I’d be happy to see: Jim Zub or Joshua Williamson possibly. I wouldn’t read a Nova book on accounts of I have no desire to touch anything EIC’d by Alonso, but I’d be happy to see the book with names I hold no ill will towards attached.
Jim Zub writes Thunderbolts and also wrote that Avengers K: Ultron trade. I.E. The only two books that I have thought “I would look at them if I wished to support Marvel in any way”. So, it’s mostly blind faith, but Thunderbolts has long been a favourite of mine and I was sort of glad to see Zub at least bring the book about 50% back to it’s real point after that Redbolts disaster. The art is not very good, but that’s true of a shocking amount of Marvel titles. Avengers K thing was a Japanese adaptation of Avengers stories with Ultron. I had a look through it at a store, it looked like a fine set of remakes, faithful enough and without malicious agendas. What I saw it was remakes of Avengers 57-58, 64-66 and 161-162 (the latter two issues I mostly hate and it looked like it maintained Hank being completely brainwashed to the point of raving like a madman). Most the updates seemed to be Hawkeye was dressed like movie-verse, Black Widow was crowbar inserted into the stories, Wonder Man wasn’t wearing his hideous costume from 161-162.
Joshua Williamson, on the other hand, I have read a fair bit of his Dark Horse and IDW stuff and it was either great (Captain Midnight) or good enough (Robocop). He also wrote some DC, he did that New 52 Voodoo series that was quite well received by cancelled fast. His Marvel work however includesRed Skull which is the last new thing I ever properly read from Marvel (and it was shit and disgusting, though I hold no ill will towards him for it) and the fastly cancelled Illuminati which premise-wise seemed ok but the art was horrible (whereas I said that there is a shocking amount of poor art at Marvel, the art here was actually close to some of the worst) and I certainly can’t speak for the execution of the book. In one of his creator-owned series, he had a murder mystery about someone killing Bendis. I am all for a story where Bendis dies.
Also, he’s seemingly left Marvel, and I’m very happy for him to have done so, but Jeff Parker would be a good one. His major work for Marvel has been usually second or third tier books but he nails them. Who would ever think a book about Red Hulk would be great to read and consistently miles above the main Hulk book? He managed to craft a Thunderbolts run that took the team back to it’s original objective while maintaining a hint of the elements introduced by Ellis and Diggle. And he wrote one of the greatest overlooked Marvel stories of the last decade; the Thunderbolts Siege tie-in. A story resolving someone else’s run! Not only is he mostly a good writer, he is possibly one of the nicest people currently working in comics. Just Tweet him and he’ll engage with you so much. For what it’s worth, he had a blink and you miss it cameo of Rich in one of his last Thunderbolts issues. And this was when Marvel were pushing Sam Loeb-Alexander.
I like your suggestions … Don”t know alot about Zub, but for WIlliamson I actually bought a few issues of Captain Midnight and enjoyed it.
Also… another big name I could tolerate is jason Aaron. I hear he is very up and down, but I really enjoyed his Thor Gorr the butcher arc. One of the single best stories Marvel has done in the Alonso era.