By Violet-Eyed Dragon 28 Comments
As we start the new year, what new series are imperative to maintain good characters, bring in new ones, and keep comics from going into chaos. This list is devoted to the series most urgently needed--and to make the list a series has to sound like it will sell. I'd love to see a Jewel series, but the world isn't ready for that yet. These suggestions, though, seem like they could work. (BTW, these aren't actual series, i just think they should be).
10.Megatron: Megatron is a fascinating character and one that should be explored in depths. What are his origins? Why does he hate Optimus Prime so much? Why does he keep Starscream around? And how does he stand on the "heroic scale," when he fights both the Autobots and Unicron? All these should be explored in depth, and the best way to do that would be his own solo series.
Best Writer for the Job: Greg Pak. He has a knack for identifying the best characteristics and themes in earlier portrayals of characters, and balances new variants with old styles perfectly.
9. Point Men: Not many people know who they are, but the Point Men are the defense for attacks in the Pacific. They are made up of what were the Initiative's best, and their roster has the very unique yet decidedly interesting Stingray, Star Sign, Paydirt, and Devil-Slayer. This leaves a lot of great story lines to be told.
Best Writer for the Job: Jeph Loeb. He writes nice story lines and manages to make every character have tons of personality. Sure he doesn't have the depth of the other authors, but he can definately do it well and make sure everyone remembers these guys.
8. Gamma Corps--These five exciting characters all have one thing in common: They hate the Hulk. However, there new status since Osborn's dethrowning is in question, and what do they even want to do?
Best Writer for the Job: Frank Tieri. He worked well with these characters in Dark Reign: Made Men and I bet he has plans for them. Let's see him get to use them.
7. Black Cat: This thrill seeking metahuman with powers that sometimes hurt the ones she love was once a mere sidekick (shall we say Catwoman knock-off), but even then she had great story lines and we all loved her. Now she seems to want to be a genuine hero, and what better way to keep her from being "the girl peter dates when mj is mad at him" then to give her a solo series.
Best Writer for the Job: Joe Kelly. His work on her in Amazing Spider-Man is, well, amazing--and he seems to be one of very few authors who actually cares about the character.
6. Rangers: Made up of Firebird, Phantom Rider, Red Wolf, Shooting Star, Living Lightning, and Texas Twister; this team deals with all the problems in the south: and act as super-powered border guards. If this isnt enough to make for an exciting political drama, keep in mind the many ethnicities at work in the team as well as the very diverse personalities. And won't it be neat to see if Armadillo comes back to the team or not.
Best Writer for the Job: Mark Millar. He can write political stories and come up with interesting dynamics between characters. He also has enough influence to be given big name characters to work with.
5. Underworld: We need to see more of the minor characters in the criminal underworld outside of New Avengers, Spider-man, and Daredevil. The stories of these three books often conflict, and a lot of characters are just abandoned for a while and then killed off. A series could show some becoming heroes, others being neutral, and others going the villain route. It could also sell.
Best Writer for the Job: Christos Gage. He combines famous and lesser known characters in dark yet exciting stories that mix many different arcs. He did an awesome job on Initiative and he could do the same here. Also, wouldn't it be great for him to add onto his arc about Diamondback and Constrictor's struggles: And to bring back Taskmaster.
4. Storm: The Black Panther series are awesome, and it is really important that Storm keeps her marriage. But X-fans are angry she isnt showing up more. Maybe a series with her travelling around the world--perhaps even being an amabassador back in the States, will convince everyone she deserves to stay with T'Challah. And we all want to see more of her personality--she is an interesting character, why is she ignored so much? Also, how is she dealing with Forge's villain switch and (fake?) suicide.
Best Writer for the Job: Daniel Way. He, like Pak, identifies the best themes in previous incarnations of a character and then merges them into something new. He also writes great stories and makes everything interesting and action packed. On top of that, he can do really dark (Wolverine) really silly (Deadpool) or even a combo.
3. Shadowcat: She is a favorite among fans, for year she was the essence of the X-Men, and lately she is being ignored. You know thats a bad thing cuz soon someone will write her as a seductive assassin or something just to boost sales and interest. We need a back to the basics, light and fun solo series for her. She already has a great supporting cast (Wolverine, Collossus, etc.) This really needs to happen.
Best Writer for the Job: Dann Slott and Marc Guggenheim. They write fun stories and Kitty is just the character they like. They are also much of the reason Brand New Day took off, so maybe they could do the same for Shadowcat.
2. Symbiotes: The new Venom series is a bad idea, and Marvel is going to mess up what makes the symbiotes so interesting if they cant draw parrallels between them and make each one an interesting character. Brock should stay as Anti-Venom, we need to see why readers should accept the new Venom, and we need to distinguish Cargnage and Hybrid. Also, what the heck happened to Toxin. The symbiotes are hugely popular and this is a series that would SELL.
Best Writer for the Job: Marc Guggenheim. You need a writer who is part of the Spider-man crew, and Guggenheim is really into Anti-Venom. He also is a good writer and could come up with a nice series.
1. New Warriors: Tigra is an awesome, unconventional hero, who should stop being Bendis's punching bag and get some attention. The rest of the New Warriors is pretty sweet too, and i bet people will like Scarlet Spider when they see more of him. And what team with Slapstick doesn't work? Initiative was a great series, and we need to see more of them.
Best Writer for the Job: Christos Gage. He did great with the New Warriors in Initiative, and he could do it again here.