Spinning out of the top artists thread I had this thought and was curious how folks would respond.
Pick 6 writers, 6 artists and 6 characters that you’d select to start a brand new comics company. Two caveats: the creators have to be working today and the characters start with no history (so you can’t pick Batman and assume you’ll be an instant millionaire). I’ll start:
Mark Millar - as I think he’s the best ideas guy in comics
Jason Aaron - I think he’s better at going from action to comedy to tragedy that pretty much anyone
Keith Giffen - ok, this is the real best ideas guy in comics. Sorry Mark!
Scott Snyder - I think he does a certain genre very well, but he’s also the hottest name in comics
James Roberts - with the work he’s done on MTMTE I think he’d be amazing on a team book
Peter David - he’s maybe the most masterful storyteller of his generation
Todd McFarlane - as I think he’s maybe the best artist the industry has ever had
JRJR - His pages have more energy that maybe anyones
Frank Quitely - I love his widescreen work on JL right now
John Cassaday - I think his work appeals on a mainstream level more than anyones
Olivier Copiel - Also in the same category as Cassagay
Stewart Immomen - His work on Empress shows he creates beautiful action stories
Starlord - I think the space cowboy angle is really underutilized in comics
Spiderman - I think he remains the best character in comics history. Moreso than Batman because he can be both comic and tragic
Hulk - I’ve always loved Hulk but think Peter David was the only guy who understood the character
Blue Beetle - personal choice, but I think you’ve got a mix of Batman, a less uber Iron Man and a personality that’s like a grown Peter Parker
Adam Warlock - he’d be mu space based character. He needs to drop the melodrama, but you can tell stories that span the length of the universe with Warlock
Wolverine - I think he’s been the most popular character of the modern age for a reason
So my books would be Millar & Quitely on Wolverine, Snyder & JRJR on Spidey, Aaron & McFarlane on Blue Beetle, Giffen & Immomen on Starlord, Roberts & Copiel on Warlock and David & Cassaday on Hulk.
This was actually pretty difficult. I’m interested to see what others do.