No, this is not a hate thread. If you want to vent out that Nocenti/Hopeless/Bendis/Lobdell suck or something, go somewhere else
This thread is looking at how writers styles, and the characters, work.
Hear me out
We all know that certain writers have specific niches where they work best
Gail Simone works best in team books, though she can do individual females
Rick Rememder has his best work in dark. militaristic stories
Matt Fraction has a humor based style that works best with titles who aren't meant to be all gritty like the one above me here, but can be very ,very serious as necessary
And Grant Morrison (Knight of the English Empire...no really he was knighted) writes the best when he is given a title where he can write vaguely insane stuff (Why he has never written Deadpool I have no idea, unless that New X-Men thing is still up)
Now, all characters have some degree of flexibility to them, that you see rather frequently.
For example, Jonathan Hickman does Sci-Fi writing. This may seem suitable only for the FF, but he can write this easily enough with the Avengers, who can, have, and will deal with alien threats, and have them just as believable if they were dealing with Red Skull, Loki or other terrestrial enemies.
Brian Azzarello normally writes dark, grittier comic books. He can write Wonder Woman as he does because, of the DC's big heroes, she is the most fitting to that style, being the only Trinity member to kill and be in character
In theory, I could name a lot of other writers who can take on new characters and write them well. Scott Snyder, who mostly writes detective (Or reporter) based stories, in theory could handle Flash or Green Lantern by working with their roles in their police positions, be it Central or Oa
While over at Marvel, and I know I am going to get flamed for this, Brian Michael Bendis could probably do a decent Runaways, due to his good work with young characters (Such as Spiderman and the New X-Men), and the fact that, when it comes to salvaging a franchise, he may just be second to Geoff Johns (Who, as far as I can tell, is a generalist so I can't really place him well here unless we have a place for a Repairman writer)
The question is, are there writers who can't work with a character at all? Bar writers who have....bad status among fans (And I don't need to have a thread of hate smeared), what writers would never be able to write a specific character. Could Bendis, king of the streets write a decent Superman story? Would the sci fi loving Hickman be any good if he tackled the Dark Knight? Is it a likely event that Gail Simone fail at writing Iron Man? Should Greg Pak, whose specialty is writing super strong characters like Hulk, Hercules and Superman, write Spiderman?
What do you guys think?