Crisis of Comics: Wonderful World of Comics

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

There is a comic based on a ride at Disney World (Big Thunder Mountain).

I have not read it, but odd.

Instead of looking for the next Pirates, why not dig deep into the not-necessarily-animated Disney archives, and look for pre-existing properties, that might already have a fanbase. Marvel should (again), take a cue from DC:

  • Witch Mountain. The remake with the Rock could never live up to the creepy original films.
  • Condorman. Why not? No need to reinvent the wheel, a gritty reimagining integrated into the Marvel U.
  • Black Hole. Trippy Kirby-esque art.
  • Big Hero Six. A real shame they have done little with the property in terms of publishing. Opportunity missed.
  • Incredibles. One of the most beloved and well-reviewed superhero movies doesn’t have a comic?
  • Herbie. We could always use more Herbie. An anthology series perhaps.
  • The Cat From Outer Space.
  • Tron.
  • Medfield College. An mature, anthology style series.
  • Dragonslayer.

 

Crisis of Comics: More Hanna Barbera!

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

Scooby Apocalypse, FutureQuest, Flintstones, Wacky Raceland, reimagining classic cartoon properties with a more edgy spin. Snagglepuss as a gay, southern-gothic playwright.

Yes.

c160b5c08e1fea1ee84d0209fc90ade7I enjoyed Wacky Raceland quite a bit, the art was so very dense. FutureQuest was great fun, but keep these titles coming DC!

  • Captain Caveman. Make him less goofy looking, make him a hulking brute, keep the female sidekicks sexed up. Joe Jusko doing the art.
  • Hong Kong Phooey. David Aja art.
  • Space Ghost. He was great in FutureQuest, but really deserves his own title.
  • Yogi Bear. Draw him realistically, make him an eco-warrior.
  • Jabberjaw. Cybernetically enhanced shark designed for war, breaks free, and joins up with young twenty-somethings who have a band on a cruise ship.
  • Grape Ape. Godzilla/ Kong style shenanigans.
  • Speed Buggy. Fast and Furious meets Knight Rider style adventures.
  • Quick Draw McGraw. Gritty old west tale.
  • Scooby family. Genetically engineered dogs revolt, and are pursued by a group led by Scrappy.
  • Blue Falcon. This needs to happen.

Crisis of Comics: Tie-In Toys

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

608805IDW has cornered the market on toy-based property comics: MASK, GI Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, and even Rom. All properties that have previously had comics published by the Big Two.

Are you telling me that The Big Two couldn’t afford any/ all of these properties?

Granted, some aspects of these properties continue to remain the property of the original comics publishing their tales.

But, where are the toys? Here is a List of

  • Micronauts
  • Rom
  • GI Joe
  • Godzilla
  • MASK (which is complicated, because it was originally published by DC, but in recent years Matt Trakker’s place on the GI Joe team was confirmed…)

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Instead, we get toys that have little to do with the comics.

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Or Batman the ninja?

Or Batman with his cyber-animal companions and special armor?

Oddly, there are some Squadron Supreme Legos, because what 10 year old doesn’t love those characters.

And Red Sonja, can’t we get her back to Marvel?

Crisis of Comics: The Wu-Tang

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

Best_of_Spidey_Super_Stories_Vol_1_1“My daughter really liked the Wonder Woman film, can you suggest….”

“My son is really excited about the upcoming Thor movie, can you suggest…”

Comics (from the big two) have moved away from being for the kids. Gone are the single issue stories, gone are the kid-friendly (which doesn’t mean kiddie, although there is nothing wrong with Spidey’s Super Stories) tales.

There are plenty of comics being published for kids, some by the Big Two, but they often veer towards kiddie. If they want new (read: young) readers, they need to capitalize on successes, and have some comics be good entry points. There is nothing saying there cannot be mature story-telling. Mature, not always grimdark.

  • Action_Comics_469Wonder Woman. the current title is not far removed from the cinematic portrayal, but there has to be a middle ground between Super Hero Girls and the current title, a monthly Tales of Wonder Woman title, with one-off stories?
  • Spider-man. He is going back to being Friendly and Neighborhood, but the fact that he is likely still a CEO, etc, all the while a new Spider-man, with teenage PParker dropped this summer. When the current crop of Marvel titles launched, I recall there was a Spidey title. Keep it going, tales of teenage Parker, etc.
  • Batman. Kids love The Dark Knight, and not necessarily the Frank Miller characterization. Batman Family, a monthly book, stand-alone stories featuring Batman, Robin(s), Batgirl, etc.
  • Avengers. The team from the films, who cares if it is one-issue stories from their past, they need to at least acknowledge the team.
  • Superman. Something close to the character from the films, perhaps, but also with the optimism of 1970s Curt Swan era-Supes.
  • SHIELD. There is this tv show, it has an audience, but is in discussions about cancellations every year.
  • Tales of the Teen Titans. A book bridging the gap between Teen Titans Go! and the current title, tales from their past, paying homage to the Wolfman/Perez era (sigh).
  • eric_chase_anderson_interview_03Legion (Marvel). Is it for the kids? Probably not, but neither were some of the comics of the 70s-80s. Kids don’t have to be spoon-fed garbage. See if Eric Chase Anderson can do the art.
  • Flash/ Arrowverse. Hear me out, I know they have books, but come up with a logo, and have these books take place in that corner of the Multiverse.
  • Runaways. Rekindle interest in this property.

Crisis of Comics: X Marks the Spot

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

Gold is a Kitty Pryde led team made up of some of the classic characters, Blue is the time-displaced original X-Men, Generation X is Jubilee leading some new and young Academy members, Weapon X is…. a bunch of grimdark characters with guns and claws.

And now, there are solo titles: Bobby exploring the world of dating unlike ever before; Jean Grey, not dying yet, I guess.

Moreso than any corner of either Big Two-niverse, the X-corner has a lot of characters, and lots of very complicated history.

I want to like this corner of the Marvel U, I think.

I think after Starcat, and various other combinations, Marvel is trying to get back to something.

Why not merge the old and the new? Characters well-known in different situations:

  • Storm, Kitty, and Jubilee and 3-5 young X-women. Call it X-Women.
  • Piotr and Magik. Please stop with Colossus still crushing on Kitty. Joss went there. It is done, can we move on? We are not all lusting after memories of 14 year old Kitty. Can we focus on these two characters and bring them some depth and personality?
  • A Cyclops/ Summers brothers book. Many people hate Cyclops, I have always had respect for him, and think he is too-quickly judged and hated. Part of his charm is his dedication and aloofness. I really liked some of the Scott moments (young and old) near the end of Bendis’ runs.
  • Angel and Beast and Iceman, a core three from the New Defenders days.
  • Rogue and Gambit getting into trouble.
  • Sam and Paige and Karma, Mirage, Wolfsbane, and Sunspot and Cypher. A New Mutants reunion book.
  • Morlocks- focus on these misunderstood mutants who finally decide to step-up and help those who are being ostracized.
  • Exiles- bring back the reality jumping team, maybe they can help explain all the head-shaking that will come from Generations and Legacy as we ignore everything…
  • Excalibur- a well respected off-shoot book set in Great Britain.
  • And something with Northstar.

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Crisis of Comics: A Storm Most Wild

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

Warren Ellis is writing some sort of Wildstorm series, and I’m sure I am just not smart or clever enough to understand.

And that is what is wrong.

The Wildstorm Universe, at the core, was not about clever, it was about style, it was about slightly edgy, it was about real characters with superpowers (Swift commenting on her implants!).

It was also a manifestation of the times, in many ways.

I would argue though, that they are the heroes we still need. I know Mr. Ellis has had a hand in the origin of many corners of the Wildstorm Universe I enjoy, but instead of going high, can’t we go low?

There is nothing wrong with comics designed to entertain.

  • The Authority- a global proactive task force made up entirely of bad-ass members, and sorry Martian Manhunter, no spot for you. Hawksmoor, The Doctor, Swift, Apollo, Midnighter, and the Engineer. How about a quest for the next incarnation of Jenny.
  • Rosetattoo.PNGGen13- embrace the immaturity and tomfoolery of hormone driven, angsty teen superheroes. dated? Yes. Worthy of a reboot? Yes. Caitlin, Grunge, Burnout, Freefall, and Rainmaker. They should absolutely be able to exist and serve as contrast for the current Teen Titans.
  • DV8- oh, how I loved some aspects of this series, from many of the characters, powersets, and personalities. They were the dark side of Gen13, the bad kids with superpowers. But, maybe not evil. Maybe. Write it like the early issues of Alpha Flight, focus on individual characters in small story arcs.
  • WildCATS- some awesome character concepts and designs here.
  • Wetworks- an alternative Suicide Squad.
  • Stormwatch- if only to do something with Rose Tattoo.
  • Monarchy or Establishment- one of these teams should exist somewhere.
  • A Coda title- tie it in to the Amazons?
  • Divine Right- have fun with meta aspects and poke some fun at all the constant reboots.
  • Danger Girl- that’s right.

 

Crisis of Comics: An Injustice

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

“Superheroes in a Mortal Kombat styled fighting game, but with plot!”

People love it.

It held the number one and two slots on a list of bestselling games.

Imma gonna go out on a limb and say it is selling way more than DC’s top selling comics.

There is an injustice comic, but it’s not necessarily in-canon. Why would you miss out on this opportunity? People want a ridiculous plot with heroes fighting each other, GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT!

Set-up something Secret Wars style, a Fightworld, and populate it with characters not currently starring as a main character in DC books:

  • Power Girl
  • Guy Gardner
  • Booster Gold
  • Vibe
  • Arsenal
  • Gorilla Grodd
  • Catman
  • Dr. Sivana
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Amazo

 

Crisis of Comics: The Legends of Yesterday, Tomorrow

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

On a bad week, Legends of Tomorrow the TV show has more viewers than the number of issues sold combined for DC’s top 10 comics.

People are enjoying the tale of this “made-for-tv” team. Might I lament that the original “made-for-tv” heroes are being passed over…

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162498137_688b5d6af9_oInstead, DC is missing the chance to sell a book closely resembling an Arrowverse show, but also to bring in some significant characters from the Distinguished Chronology of their publication history:

  • Firestorm
  • Atom
  • Rip Hunter
  • White Canary
  • Hawkgirl (even if not giant)
  • Hawkman
  • Heat Wave
  • Vixen

These characters are in the series and would be great to deliver to readers.

Given the temporal anomalistic nature of the team, why not include some other characters long-missing from DC?

  • Stargirl
  • Plastic Man (you had to see this one coming, right?)

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Crisis of Comics: The Strongest Ten There Is

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

Take the biggest Occam’s Razor in comics, and remove all the danger, make it a cool pill that anyone can take to gain superpowers and what do you have?

The state of comics today.

Bah-Dum-Tish!

Red Hulk was the worst.

No, wait, then they took an already awesome character, who stood side-by-side with gods, armed only with his genius intellect, take that character and make a hip, cool, new Hulk.

NO! Thank. You.

Gamma Irradiation seems to now be as common as Kryptonians or radioactive spiders or any number of other things.

Amadeus Cho doesn’t deserve this.

1065748-jb4I offer up the 10 acceptable gamma irradiated characters:

  • Hulk/ Banner
  • She-Hulk- Jennifer Walters
  • Skaar (I loved Planet Hulk and World War Hulk)
  • Lyra
  • Abomination
  • Doc Samson
  • The Leader
  • Jailbait – just because this somehow made it past the censors as a name.
  • Ogress- the only other acceptable member of the Riot Squad with Jailbait.
  • Betty Ross- her time as a red She-Hulk can be referenced, but let’s get back to Harpy!

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Crisis of Comics: A Swarm of Champions

Crisis of Comics takes a weekly look at some of the recent publishing woes by the Big Two, offers up theories and concludes with suggestions about what might be missing.

The most recent issue of Champions saw the introduction of the Red Locust. Was she likeable? Yes. Was she necessary? No. My thoughts on Marvel’s woes are well documented, and with the Legacy publishing initiative launching later this summer, the last thing Marvel needs right now is more new characters. If Marvel wanted to add a new character to the team, why not use a pre-existing character, or a character with a legacy connection to a pre-existing character?

  • White Tiger- Legacy character Ava Ayala has been on TV, and even had her own mini-series.
  • AraƱa- Would I break my “No More Spiders” dictum from last week? Sure. I’m in charge!
  • Hummingbird- a member of the recent New Warriors reboot.
  • Reptil- also used to star on TV
  • Dust.
  • Enigma.
  • Gorilla Girl.
  • Komodo.
  • Ricochet- needs another chance in so many ways.
  • Tarantula (Maria Vasquez)- Who? A character beloved enough to have a cosplayer.