Our writers have been 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: Captain America
Week 2: Thor
Week 3: Assembled by Casey Hayden
I did. It was the first real comic I’d ever owned, and it was Wolverine #3, and in terrible shape. I’m sure I overpaid, but I was also rewarded with a trip down the rabbit hole into a new universe.
After that, I stayed pretty true to the X-Family of books (which exploded in the 90’s, for better and for worse), loved being there for the onset of Image Comics, and kept an occasional finger on the pulse of Spidey and Batman. Pretty standard faire. Like I said: nerd generalist extraordinaire.
Now that I’ve hopefully passed muster on the geek-cred test, maybe you’ll want to hear about my Dream Comic Book Team.
Colossus, Wolverine, Iceman, Psylocke, Armor, Shatterstar, Cable, Beast, Blink, Archangel, Rogue
Why these? Because it is MY dream team, so I picked who I like. But I also put some thought into it, cutting a few members whom I am fond of (Nightcrawler, Cannonball, Sunspot) and adding some to make sure the team has enough offensive power and balance (Rogue and Beast). I don’t intend this lineup to be the new roster for an existing book. Instead, my March Madness offering goes a bit deeper to offer the seeds of a plotline and title for a special X-book to handle just this particular story (more on that below). Maybe it’s a graphic novel; maybe a short-run series - that’s for Marvel to worry about.
The team's "big time super." A version of Rogue who uses her absorption power more than previously and has a better handle on it. Her power would be especially dangerous and sought after in the future described below.
The X-men find themselves in a future dystopia unlike any other they’ve witnessed thus far. Mutants AREN’T being hunted into extinction or being “cured.” Most humans DON’T hate and fear mutants. Indeed the question of “what is human?” is more difficult to answer than ever before.
In this not unrealistic vision of the future, biotechnology has run rampant and headlong into the gene-trade and DNA modification (DNA-modding), resulting in a splintered and stark stratification of society. Most people fall into one of these camps.
Designer Metahumans (aka Metas) - The elite of society, gaining their place through money and connections. A firmly ensconced ruling class bent on greed, material pleasure, and personal power. Through gene therapy and nanotech, they sample and appropriate abilities from “gene markets” that are stocked fresh with genetic material from enslaved mutants.
Purists (aka Puritans) - Oppose DNA-modding on moral and ethical grounds and want to turn back the clock, by any means necessary. A small minority of the human populace who’ve banded together the hardcore right-wing, religious movements, and some former military members. They are a seemingly insignificant revolutionary force with some factions that are pretty scary in their own right.
Workers - The majority. Striving to attain enough status for more modding and elevated roles in society, desperately hiding any gene-flaws, having their children taken away and killed if they’re found to be too “defective.” They struggle with the lock-down on free reproduction and the eugenic inquisitions the Metas are constantly implementing.
Natural born mutants (aka Muties) - A few may be in hiding, but virtually all have been captured and kept barely alive to fuel the gene-trade as raw material. Mutants who are docile and strong enough may escape the horrors of the biotech butchers by working in impossible conditions on other worlds, asteroids, moons, etc.
TITLE: X-MEN: 2112
The title refers to the year the in which the story takes place. And it is a fun numeric palindrome and rolls off the tongue.
When choosing a writer(s) for such a grand idea, I did heavily consider Fabian Nicieza because of his great runs in X-men and X-Force in the 90’s, and I would like to see this book have a bit of an X-Force vibe to it. But ultimately, I decided on a powerhouse duo to helm this project (even though it would be super unlikely).
Chris Claremont is the grand-daddy, the man who KNOWS the X-men so well. He has written more X-men books than anyone else and is responsible for some of the best stories (e.g. God Loves Man Kills, Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past, and more). He arguably deserves the most credit for for making the X-men the recognizable group they are today. Also, this X-men: 2112 storyline would offer a nice homecoming of sorts for Claremont, in that he could do what he does best - quality stories that aren’t heavily tied to continuity.
Not every bit of Claremont’s more recent X-men work has been 100% pure gold, and my Dream Team book would deal with a dystopian future on a much grander scale than Days of Future Past. And that is where our collaborator comes in. Jonathan Hickman is getting very high praise for his recent Image Comics creation, East of West, which is best described as a sci-fi Western in a dystopian future centering on unique portrayals of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Hickman is also no stranger to Marvel, having written for Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Avengers. My intent with this pairing is to allow Hickman to challenge Claremont to add some sweeping scale to the depravity of this future society and to keep it fresh and resonating with young, new audiences.
What do you think of my Dream Team? Share your thoughts and/or suggestions of your own in the comments below.