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!
Week 1: Captain America
WEEK 2: ASSEMBLED BY MORGAN HEETBRINK
Perhaps I should start by saying that I’m a content director for TV/Film. I have just started reading comic books within the last year, though I grew up with an awful lot of manga. Sailor Moon will always have a special place in my heart. That being said, I’m totally hooked on comics now. I’m catching up on a lot of already-completed stories, and keeping up with Revival, Saga, Lazarus, Sex Criminals, and a couple of others.
My disclaimer is that I have read very little Marvel other than Runaways at this point, but I have mad love for the characters and have seen most of the Marvel movies. Here we go!
It’s not exactly a secret I have a Thor problem. I never really considered Thor before I saw the movie, but I love the story and its complexity. Plus, Loki; need I say more? The Avengers movie was a bit of a letdown for me, as I feel Thor wasn’t prominent enough. He should have been featured more, as Loki was the villain. But considering the fact that The Avengers is a movie about a superhero team, I suppose I’ll have to let that go.
Thor: The Dark World really impressed me. It has the same basic story as the first Thor: an evil race from another world possesses a very power magic thing that they want to use to destroy/take over all the worlds. The Asgardians take it away and do a crap job of keeping that magic thing safe. Pretty basic, right? But The Dark World explored Thor’s relationships with his family and friends, rather than just focusing on Jane, the love interest.
The moral of the story is that I came to love Thor and decided to start reading the comics. While at the comic book store, I noticed there are a ton of versions of Thor and his many stories, including the newest reboot, Thor: God of Thunder. Still, I feel like the team I am suggesting would bring us a more accessible comic with more focus on Thor as a person, more detailed artwork, and create a human connection to a race of gods.
BRIAN K. VAUGHN & TIM SEELEY
These two would make the perfect team. Brian K Vaughn, who has worked on several Marvel titles, as well as Y: The Last Man and Saga (which is one of the most successful comics of the moment), is my first choice for a writer. Without a doubt, the man knows how to tell an epic story. A good epic story starts small, but grows. In Saga, each issue expands the world and thickens the plot. Thor is nothing if not an epic story, and requires a writer just as epic.
Also, Vaughn is a fabulous character writer. In Runaways, he proves that he can write realistic and compelling young people. I think this skill especially would transfer beautifully to Thor. In the movies, Chris Hemsworth does a fabulous job of portraying the childlike innocence of Thor that comes with being on a new world. I’d like to see more of that in the comic. It would bring some humor to a hero who typically remains quite serious, and would therefore make the comic more well-rounded.
The other thing I like about Seeley’s work is his ability to weave characters together slowly. In Revival, Seeley introduces characters before they meet and very skillfully guides their stories together. Sometimes superhero plotlines can be a bit contrived, and his skills would be work well to bring a more realistic feel to the story.
Lastly, Tim Seeley has created very believable siblings in Revival with the sisters Martha and Dana. Thor and Loki’s relationship (or at least the realism of it) would benefit and thrive under his watch, and I think it’s safe to say that we all want more time with Thor and Loki.
I was once told that Morning Glories is “the prettiest comic where nothing happens.” I have to disagree with the latter half of that statement - things do happen - but I can’t contest that the artwork is gorgeous. Morning Glories is a visual masterpiece. When I first opened Volume 1, I immediately wanted to buy it. The panels were big, colorful, and clean. As a new comic book reader, I found that extremely appealing.
Joe Eisma does great work. The detail in the faces is the best part; he takes great care in showing expressions. This makes it much easier to tell when a character is angry, upset, or feeling vulnerable. For a big strong god like Thor, a wide range of emotions may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but personally, I’d really like to know how he’s feeling. We primarily see Thor as a powerful Asgardian who is always running around saving the world, but more emotion would help readers to better connect with him. I want Eisma because he can show me these emotions in great detail.
What are your thoughts on this team? Comment below!