Imagine you could change market forces so that ONE comics character who has either NEVER had a series of their own, or who has had unsuccessful series in the past, could have a great, ongoing title.
Whom would you choose, and what would be your dream creative team for that person’s book?
Remember, we’re talking about characters who have, as yet, not been able to hold their own book, in terms of sales (or have never even had the chance).
Who do you pick?
Static Shock written by Gail Simone with art by Nicola Scott.
The television show (and I’d hope the comic would draw much inspiration from it) is partially what influenced me to recently get into comics and that New52 series turned out to be the opposite of what I wanted.
Regarding Gail, she’s the only writer I’ve read since starting comics (back in September) that can effectively carry off a young voice (other than BKV). I would also trust her completely to manage such a diverse cast (expecting Richie/Rick Stone to be gay like I heard he was in comics) and treat all the characters with respect like she always has.
Nicola Scott because I was simply blown away by her artwork in Earth-2 last month. It’s beautifully well-done and so expressive. And expressive would be very important in the book’s art.
Dwayne McDuffie either asked me to write Static or suggested me for it at least four separate times, including once before I’d even turned pro. He was one of my first supporters and he remained a hero to me right up until he passed away.
At the time, I always turned down Static because, you know, Dwayne McDuffie was still alive and how was I ever going to write Virgil as well as Dwayne? The idea that anyone else should be writing him just didn’t make any sense to me.
Now, in retrospect, I feel like it was something Dwayne wanted and pushed for, and I missed an opportunity I will never get again, to write Dwayne’s character in a way he could enjoy and approve of, that day is now past.
Still love Virgil, though!