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Put this one in the "What might have been" column -

Gail Simone on Twitter this week mentioned that there had been a plan a few years ago for DC to publish outsize comic books with multiple stories from multiple creators.

One would have been Superman, another would have been a superteam (she doesn't mention which one) and the one she would have been involved with is one that would have had Grant Morrison, Mark Waid and herself on the three members of the Marvel Family, with the main title rotating.

This would have been A) Awesome and B) in line with the old Captain Marvel comics whereby there were distinct stories and creators the individual members each with a distinct art style; CC Beck on Captain Marvel, Mac Raboy on Captain Marvel Jr and Marc Swayze on Mary Marvel.

As someone who has not managed to learn to love the current Shazam, this is a rather poignant loss.

So to start the new week, let's turn this into a discussion; your dream creative team for a main, or lesser known, character?
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Geoff Johns: "A lot of the elements and a lot of the character and a lot of the revelations and mythologies point back to Diana. And this is a journey for Diana and almost a reaffirmation of what Wonder Woman is, and what she represents. So it's going to explore all of that, and then on the story side, it's going to reveal a lot of secrets about the DC universe and our characters that we don't know. Jay [Jason Fabok] and I are really trying to make this an epic event book in the monthly book, but there's also a level of mystery to it."
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I may object to the concept, but darn it if the first issues of the Convergence titles have been a whole heap of fun, like visiting old friends in their comfortable familiar homes, though knowing that those familiar homes might well be bulldozed the following day/issue.

Shazam is a case in point, with great writing from Jeff Parker (writer on Batman '66) and sublime art from Evan "Doc" Shaner.

With one magic word! )
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I've been through a LOT of writers in my time, in the comic book consumer sense of course. Some have been great, some have been pretty awful, some have been workmanlike, and some have transcended the genre.

Neil Gaiman was a terribly tempting choice, as were Alan Moore and Grant Morrison (particularly early in their career), who were genuinely groundbreaking in the US comic format, and Gaiman at least still earns an automatic (if trial) pull on any new title he writes, and Mark Gruenwald deserves honorary mention for producing many excellent stories playing in the Marvel toybox, but there's another who IMHO always produces quality work. If he's writing the "classic" characters he treats them with respect but not reverence, and usually has a new twist on them, and if he's writing his own characters they may seem somewhat familiar, but there's something else going on to surprise us.

I mean, of course...

...Kurt Busiek )
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Hi folks!

When Superman the Animated Series and Batman the Animated Series were on, they had tie-in comics, the Adventures line. We've seen scans from those every so often. But there was a third title, Adventures in the DCUniverse that covered everyone else in the DCU in kid-friendly stories.

This version draws most closely on the Jerry Ordway Power of Shazam continuity. 7 pages of 22.

Say the word! Feel the power! )

Now we wait for the newest Shazam-related series to find a hole in the schedule.

Your thoughts and comments?


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