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rmn65  asked:

What creative teams could do the various possible dc All-Star books and what format they would be. My idea is Noelle Stevens doing a fun Aquaman graphic novel with the same tone as Nimona, Tom King and Mitch Gerards doing a 12 issue Green Lantern story (picture something like a combination of Sheriff of Babylon and Omega Men where two green lantern partners find the body of Hal Jordan on their beat in the first issue) and Tula Lotay doing the art for Wonder Woman. Do you have any possible ideas?

I’d definitely be up for some more All-Star, so long as it was treated as the prestige product it deserves to be. That’s my biggest issue with the current All-Star Batman, the name itself: it’s a great book, but as an in-continuity ongoing with a changing roster of artists, it’s hard to read the name as much other than a cash-in (though at least it means DC’s pulling from Superman to try and make Batman look cooler for a change, rather than the other way around). I actually thought The Legend of Wonder Woman was continuing admirably in the tradition of the All-Star titles, but that project’s been scrapped - a damn shame, especially given the creators talked about pitches for follow-ups with other characters; I’d of course have particularly loved to see their The Legend of Superman.

In any case, I thought about whether or not to ‘recast’ Superman and Batman for this as well - the original plan after all was that both would be ongoings, starting with a completely fresh slate with each new creative teams, until Superman became an untouchable classic, and Batman became radioactive for awhile (though I still wanna see Dark Knight, Boy Wonder), ruining the idea. In the end, I’m leaving Superman alone; any impetus to do more All-Star books in the first place would surely be to follow in the footsteps of that book, so there’s no reason to mess with it.* Batman on the other hand, I could see DC deciding to revise a bit.

I suggested before I’d be interested in seeing Tom King’s version of All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, probably with either Jim Lee or Mikel Janin again. But here’s an alternative proposal: Al Ewing and Chris Samnee. Samnee is I think an obvious choice; Ewing has mentioned his love for The Brave and the Bold and Morrison’s Batman, and while I don’t know that he’d have a full run in him for the character the way I expect he would for a lot of DC’s other heavy-hitters, I bet he could put out a really spectacular 12-issue story of the origin of the greatest crime-fighting team of all time.

For All-Star Wonder Woman I’d go with Fiona Staples as the artist, on the basis that she rocks and would be perfect for Diana’s world. I thought about Marguerite Bennett writing it, but while I think she’d fit excellently for the main book, I ultimately decided on Holly Black. I’ve only read the first trade of her work on Lucifer (I want to catch up on the original series before going further), but she did some really strong, atmospheric high-concept stories in there, an approach I think would translate very well.

With All-Star Flash, I’d be really curious to see what Warren Ellis would do. It’d be a big hit or a big miss - when he gives a shit with his corporate work he does some all-time-best material (no joke, he’s easily in the top ten Batman writers on the strength of a short story with Jim Lee and the crossover issue in Planetary), but when he doesn’t you can tell. I’d be willing to bank on him doing something really special with this one though: personally, I’d frame it as Barry and Wally’s first excursion into the Multiverse and meeting with Jay Garrick, building into a bigger adventure that would be their first encounter with the Speed Force. I don’t know that he’d be onboard for the fanboy joy aspect of the story that’s so part and parcel of the Flash, but I think his wit, his weird ideas and his storytelling sensibilities could knock it out of the park here under the right circumstances. I’d have Ron Salas on art; his Flash art is exceptional, and I think his style would mesh well with Ellis.

All-Star Green Lantern is a Jonathan Hickman joint, both written and drawn by him. Let him do whatever weird cosmic stuff he wants.

I decided on Tom King and Tula Lotay for All-Star Aquaman. King I think could really nail the more wistful, quiet tone I imagine would work for Arthur, mixed with the politics that inevitably spring up in stories about royalty, while still bringing the action when necessary and keeping it all fun to read. Tula Lotay is I think a plain-as-day fit for an auteur underwater sci-fi magical superhero book that’d also probably have a lot of talking.

There’d almost certainly be an All-Star Justice League book to pull all these together, and my first instinct was to go back to Morrison. But he’s already written All-Star Superman, a massive JLA run and a JLA OGN, so while I’d hardly complain if we really got this by him, for the purposes of this proposal I think it’d be perfectly fair to hand this to someone else. I’d have that someone else be Steve Orlando, who I’d trust as much as anyone alive to do the ultimate iconic high-action Justice League epic, and I think he’d follow up on the ideas presented by the other books without missing a beat. Doc Shaner draws it: his work comes closest to the collective eyes-tilted-towards-the-stars tone I imagine these books striking. And also he’s real good at drawing, especially DC characters.

* Not that I could never imagine any kind of Superman follow-up at all; I still think it’s likely DC will get Morrison to do something related to it next year. I even came up with a little list of how I’d do some spin-offs one time. But a straight-up new story titled All-Star Superman isn’t happening anymore than DC would put out a Sandman book completely unrelated to Neil Gaiman’s stuff.


And we have ourselves a dunk-off.


These kids Gordon and LaVine put on a SHOW last night! One of the most entertaining dunk contest duels I’ve ever witnessed to date, probably the best overall dunk contest in many years.

I think everyone’s favorite dunk HAS to be when Aaron Gordon decided to take a seat 8 feet in the air LOL (stop the madness!!).

I don’t think he necessarily got robbed because Zach had incredible dunks all around as well, but I think it should’ve been a tie at least. One thing’s for sure though, us viewers were the biggest winners.

Check out the highlight mix here

Great, I’m struggling with whether to go to SWCO, again. Because I still feel horribly guilty for not meeting Carrie Fisher when I had the chance to do so. If I had waited another hour rather than listening to my parents about traffic becoming worse the longer I waited, I could have met her and had that photo. I actually don’t think I’ll ever be able to forgive myself for that, and frankly, I feel like I don’t deserve to go this year because of it

anonymous asked:

Out of all the books that DC is putting out right now, what are the three you'd reccomend the most?

My immediate instincts are Batman, Supergirl and Midnighter & Apollo, but each of the three has a catch: Tom King’s Batman has been pretty intensely divisive among fans so I don’t know that I can recommend it whole-heartedly, I can’t in good conscience unambiguously recommend anything from the Superman office while Eddie Berganza is still group editor, and with Midnighter & Apollo you really do need I think to read Orlando’s original Midnighter run (which goes best with Grayson, which works best in the light of Morrison’s 7-year Batman run, but those are add-ons. To be clear, you should absolutely read Midnighter regardless, and then the current Midnighter & Apollo mini after that). JLA is likely going to be great but hasn’t proven the current setup as viable yet; Wonder Woman has had some peaks and valleys and might be too slow-paced for some (though definitely get Year One when it comes out in trade); Detective Comics is a fun superhero team book but in service of some really iffy high concepts, with Batwoman spinning at least initially directly out of that; Superman and Super Sons are in the same boat as SupergirlDoom Patrol relies on a fair bit of continuity, and the other Young Animal books aren’t necessarily going to appeal to a broad audience; Flintstones has been known to strike some as tonally ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, feel free to give any of those a try, they’re all at least pretty good, but for one reason or another they’re not for everyone. I mean, nothing is, but the ones below I think hit a wider spread.

For my recommendations, I have to fudge it a bit and squeeze in a fourth. Nightwing and All-Star Batman are both excellent bets if you’re looking for a straightforward, traditional thrills ‘n chills ‘n spills superhero book. Between the two I personally think Nightwing is better, but it depends entirely on taste, so I’d say both deserve a shot; Nightwing’s more weird character-driven high concept adventure, All-Star is…well, it’s Scott Snyder’s Batman, but even more so. At this point, you probably know if that’s your jam or not. DC Bombshells is a book that by absolutely no means should work - it’s a spinoff of a series of variant covers based on a series of statues of DC heroines as 40s pinup girls - but Marguerite Bennett spun straw into gold with a consistently entertaining superheroes vs. Nazis series that’s formed its own little pocket pulp DCU, one that’s easy to catch up on between the trades and the digital-first releases; if you’ve enjoyed Al Ewing’s Marvel work, this might be for you. Finally, while it’s only one issue in so far, Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s The Wild Storm looks to follow more than respectably in the tradition of the kind of boots-on-the-ground, brutal, hard sci-fi take on superheroes as…a lot of Ellis’ other works, but this one looks like it could be especially good.