Our writers will be assembling their dream team for an imaginary comic book they would like to see, including a Writer and Artist they’d most want to see work together in the future, and for what Hero (or on what series), to form a fantasy comic book dream team!
Every week for the month of March, a different Fanpup contributor will be throwing together their picks. Feel free to suggest new pairings in the comments!
WEEK 1: ASSEMBLED BY CODY OLSEN
My dream team comes with the caveat that Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s over 100-issue run on The Ultimate Spider-Man remains one of the definitive examples of a creative team which is perfectly suited for the series they write.
Now for a combo that hasn’t yet come to pass, but should.
I might be on my way to becoming Fanpup’s resident Captain America fanboy. This article marks my 4th entry into the site, and 2nd one referencing (if not revolving around) Capt.
He holds a special place in my heart, he’s not exactly a heavy-hitter in terms of strict powers, but he uses his physicality, combined with a brilliant tactical mind and a nice heaping of bravado, to command the respect of even Thor. And I love the more grounded, espionage base his titles have had since Ed Brubaker revitalized the character.
But as much as I love Ed Brubaker’s work on Cap, I’d be equally excited to mix it up a bit. Show how versatile this hero can be under different creative teams.
Straczynski is a fairly prolific writer, having written many comic books including The Amazing Spider-Man from 2001-2007, as well as the being the creator and showrunner of Babylon 5, writing 92 of the 110 episodes. His style is one where the stories are engaging and fun, usually falling exactly where I like on the sliding scale of idealism vs. cynicism; weighty, but not overwrought. He’s willing to go to dark places in his works, bringing up some important moral questions during his run on Spider-Man during the Superhero Civil War.
For example, in The Amazing Spider-Man #536, Peter Parker says of the Superhuman Registration Act: “If the cost of silence is the soul of the country… if the cost of tacit support is that we lose the very things that make this nation the greatest in human history, then the price is too high.”
More than anything else, his stories are simply fun. No matter where they go, you feel good for having read them. There’s a pulse to what he writes. Below is an example of his work, and one of my favorite openings to a comic book of all time. To give a bit of context, Spiderman and Iron Man are having some disagreements during the Superhero Civil War, and just took their fight outside:
Probably best known for his work on Marvel’s The New Avengers, as well as Civil War, Mcniven’s style leans towards the cinematic. His panels tend to look like they were rendered in High Definition, and he’s one of the few comic artists I’m aware of today who is making use of a shallow depth of field, which lends some real flavor to his work. He’s also great at depicting kinetic energy in his panels, and fight scenes drawn by him tend to hit hard and look crisp.
McNiven has some experience with Capt already, drawing him in Civil War and Captain America Vol.6 #1-5, so this isn’t a revolutionary idea, but the pairing of McNiven and Straczynski working on a Captain America title would be an exciting prospect for readers. Having a fresh writer to tackle the hero would result in some new story possibilities and an interesting new voice for the Capt. Coupled with McNiven’s lush visuals, I think it would be a pretty high concept title that I’d love to see.
Do you agree, or do you think it’s a load of baloney? Sound off in the comments below.