Nick Spencer’s Ant Man was really good but I think it’s lost alot of steam recently. The other Marvel work was good, but Superior Foes was special. It’s was JLI, Guardians level excellent, something that stood out in the same way Hawkeye and Vision have been stand outs. I just don’t think anything else has reached that same high, in ways that other writers like Fraction or Brubaker continued to ascend.
My pyramid of writers has Snyder, Aaron and Millar at the top. Spencer would be getting close to that same level, maybe getting ahead of Brubaker, Bendis, Gillen, Fraction and others, but given how some of his tics are appearing as we see more of his work I don’t know if I’d put him with the top 3.
I’m curious though, who would others put as the best writers in comics right now (based on the last couple of years work). Has Tom King earned it? Has Hickman lost it? Millar, Snyder and Aaron seem to be to be the guys who are the consistent top performers right now who can write anything and make it great.
Gar: I edited Jim’s post slightly at the start just to give context to the thread which grew out of the Marvel one.