FINAL ROSTERS, Ellie:
- GEN X- Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Molly Hayes, M, Quentin Quire, Hellion, Eyeboy
- Heroes For Hire- She-Hulk, Jessica Jones, Misty Knight, Hellcat, Silk, Collen Wing, Maddie Cho
- Alpha Flight- Carol Danvers, Mantis, Aurora, Brand, Puck, Talisman, Sasquatch
- New Warriors- Squirrel Girl, Kamala Khan, Sam Alexander Nova, Nico, Speedball, Firestar, Hazmat
Generation X was my final pick. I didn’t have it totally nailed down, but I wanted to have the “little brother” and “little sister” characters from a few different generations of X-Men on the team. I also wanted to have a series that could be about 90% guest cameos of awesome X-characters.
FINAL ROSTERS, Mike:
- Avengers- Captain America (SRogers), Odinson, Iron Man (TStark), Pym, Clint, Janet, Banner
- Invaders- Winter Soldier, Namor, Union Jack, Spitfire, Hammond, Toro, Le Peregrine
- Space Knights- Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Richard Rider Nova, Vance Astro, Moondragon, Quasar, Beta-Ray Bill
- Fantastic Four- Ben Grimm, Reed Richards, Jane Foster Thor, Rita, Black Knight, Dr. Druid, Stingray
MIKE: The Justice League is the big 7, so that is what I was hoping to do with my Avengers team, but figured I would lose a few of my hopefuls to either Barak or Ellie. I didn’t as I literally was able to draft the 7 heroes I envisioned. The Avengers are the prime super-hero team. Everyone wants to grow up to be an Avenger, and when the Avengers call, you say yes! Captain America (Steve Rogers) was selected first, both because Barak threatened to take him and he was going to be the team leader. Thor (Odinson) and Iron Man (Tony Stark) round out the Big 3. Giant Man (Hank Pym), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), and the Incredible Hulk (Bruce Banner) fill out the core team. The fact that I had to list secret identities as identifiers for every single hero shows exactly what I feel is wrong with Marvel right now. Let your big guns be your big guns.
Just as the Justice League had their fore-bearers the JSA, the Avengers would have the Invaders. The first super-team put together to fight the Nazis, the Invaders would evolve as heroes retired and passed on their identities but still be guided by the principles of the founding team (or in some cases the principals). Winter Soldier was going to be the tie to the Avengers as well as the team leader. Bucky all grown up is joined by fellow original team members Namor, Spitfire, Human Torch (Jim Hammond), and Toro. The third Union Jack fills in for the original Union Jack and for the final spot I wanted to add a character that filled what I feel was a glaring omission in the original team-either a French or Soviet super-hero. I went back and forth with Ursa Major and Vanguard before settling on Le Peregrine.
When you think Marvel comic super-teams, after Avengers and X-Men, the Fantastic Four has to be in the conversation. Typically a “family” team I was going to focus on the adventurers side. I wanted a team of heroes who weren’t necessarily out there fighting crime, but out there exploring the world. With so many potential scientist based heroes, I realized I needed a hero who would keep the team grounded in reality. While Reed Richards is usually the leader of the team, I feel Ben Grimm (Thing) would serve better as this team’s leader. Reed (Mr. Fantastic) of course would be on the team as would fellow scientists Dane Whitman (Black Knight), Walter Newell (Stingray), and Rita DeMara (Yellowjacket). Rounding out the team would be medical doctor Jane Foster (Thor) and mystical specialist Anthony Druid (Dr. Druid). As noted by the way I listed them, the book would focus on their exploration of the new Marvel Universe as scientists, and not so much as super-heroes. Think Challengers of the Unknown meets Planetary.
Space Knights is the team that fills the role of the Watcher on the Wall. It’s a great concept, the first (and sometimes only) line of defense against alien invasion. But no offense to them, but Nick Fury and Bucky Barnes are not suited for the job. You need a team of aliens to fight aliens, and who better to lead them then a human who sees himself as an alien? Peter Quill, Star-lord, is joined by his former Guardians of the Galaxy teammate Rocket Raccoon and future GotG member Vance Astro. They are joined by 3 other cosmic heroes who were born on Earth: Moondragon, Nova (Richard Rider), and Quasar. The final slot again was a tough call, as I had a short list of Groot, Bug (from the Micronauts!), one of the Galadorian Space Knights, or Beta Ray Bill. The power of Beta Ray Bill was too much to pass on. Also, the fact that most of my team also served as analogs of Green Lantern Corps members didn’t hurt. Peter Quill/Hal Jordan. Rocket/Ch’p, Vance Astro/Rond Vidar, Moondragon/Guardian of the Universe, Richard Rider/Kyle Rayner, Beta Ray Bill/Kilowog, and really who is Quasar, but a Marvel Green Lantern?
FINAL ROSTERS, Barak:
- West Coast Avengers- Dazzler, Wonder Man, Mockingbird, Kate Bishop, Shroud, Tigra, Striker
- Champions- Darkstar, Northstar, Black Panther, Tempus, Defensor, Namora, Radiance
- USAvengers- Hercules, Amadeus Cho, Scott Lang, Cass, American Eagle, Echo, US 1
- Defenders- Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider Woman, Nighthawk, Hellstrom, Sue Storm, Cloud
West Coast Avengers I wanted to be characters associated with the original team, or associated with fame. i wanted a somewhat misfit group of heroes, looking for s second chance, or looking to do the hero thing somewhere other than Manhattan. I have always been a fan of Shroud, and I thought Striker would be a great addition to this veteran team, getting some hero-training by some of the best in the biz!
My idea for Champions came from a passing comment from Mike, that Marvel didn’t really have a Global Guardians team. What better moniker than The Champions? Darkstar was a throwback to the original team, and represented Russia/ Europe. Northstar represents Canada, and is a character I have always been a fan of. Tempus is great because she is an Australian character without being an Australian cliche. South America didn’t really have a whole lot to choose from, so why not a callback to one of my favorite series, the one that started them all, Contest of Champions. namora representing Atlantis, and for my final pick, I really debated. An argument can be made that Russia is a part of Asia, and if so, I considered grabbing a most unlikely hero, Infamous Iron Man, AKA Dr. Doom. Instead I went with the recently introduced Radiance. I’d see Black Panther leading this team representing every inhabited continent, Marvel’s answer to Stormwatch/ The Authority, as well as Global Guardians.
USAvengers: The Team With No Name. Not a team, but a book about wandering heroes traveling the US and doing good. Each issue might be a self-contained story, or might contain parts of multiple stories continued in the following issues. Herc and Cho, Scott and Cass, American Eagle, Echo, and US 1 bring some interesting characters to the table, and would allow us to explore some lesser seen parts of the country, and deal with some way lesser-known villains. I wanted to draft Team America/ ThundeRiders, but draft rules dictated I would need to take them individually, so I settled for US 1.
Defenders: Just like the classic non-team, I didn’t really have an idea. NYC based, helping people, fighting villains and organizations the hoity-toity Avengers don’t have time for, some dramatic tension with Sue Storm on the team, touching upon topical matters in the news as well much more than most of the the other team books (USAvengers would also allow for this type of interesting exploration and examination of news and society). I went with Hellstrom instead of Strange as he has had some dealings with danny and Luke recently. I enjoyed the recent Spider-Woman series. This one was a blank canvas in many ways, but would be a lot of fun to write.
Marvel, give us a call. We can make these team books work. I bet these 12 could sell more than your top 12 team books are currently selling! Bold words, indeed!