We’re used to literary characters being re-imagined in different ways, and in stage plays being re-adapted to make them fresh for a new audience. However, for comics most books remain the same in publication as they day they were first released. And in this modern age of digital art and production old comics look very primitive in comparison.
So should we re-release old books with brand new art and maybe a slight updating of the scripts. I’m not talking about simply touching up stuff or fixing some colors, I’m talking about working with the same script from scratch with a new creative team and letting them tell the same story in a different manner.
Say for example Days of Future Past. A classic Marvel perennial book, one enjoyed form generation to generation. However it feels it’s age. The art is simplistic compared to books today. The script is laden with text boxes and the dialogue isn’t the sharpest. It’s a great idea, an inspiring book, but would it benefit from a refresh?
Simply put, should old books be redone with new creators, or are they sacrosanct?