Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Comic stuff

Blogger Kelvin recently listed a few comic titles and creators --- some existant, some sadly only possibilities --- that he'd put together if he were in charge of the U.S. comic industry, and I concluded not only that this was just a peach of a meme, but that Kelvin is a marketing genius. His ideas are so fantastic, indeed, that I can't do my own list. Instead I can only lamely link to his. Carry on Kelvin!

Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing Don Slott try his hand at a Doc Samson series now that he's emerged as a shining star of the comics scripting world. (The current series is appalling, and Slott's 1996 attempt smacked of amateurism, or misguided editorial officiousness).

I really think ol' Leo would make a fine series lead, in the hands of a capable writer. That heady blend of strength and ratiocination, the internal conflict of the professor and pacifist turned powerhouse, the psychiatrist who often perforce must resort to violence. And think of the guest stars the doctor could analyze --- neurotic Peter Parker, driven Matt Murdoch, complete tool Captain America. "Now relax and think back to the day Bucky was killed. Unburden yourself of the decades of guilt. We're only as sick as our secrets, Steven."

Speaking of Doc Samson, that Civil War banner idea I swiped from Dorian actually seems to have originated here.

Nothing fills up a post like lists. Here are five comics (from five different authors) which I read over and over again:

1. Watchmen – Alan Moore
2. The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller
3. Bone - Jeff Smith
4. Animal Man - Grant Morrison
5. Sandman - Neil Gaiman

Oh, all right, here are five comics I like that aren’t the De Rigueur Nerd Classic Canon:

1. Catwoman – Ed Brubaker
2. Enigma – Peter Milligan
3. The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck – Don DeRosa
4. Marvel Team-Up – Robert Kirkman
5. Lucifer – Mike Carey

Yep. Them's good reading.

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