10 CREATIVE TEAM REUNIONS We Want to See1 of 12By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
Seeing Marvel's teaser for a new Matt Fraction/David Aja part of the Immortal Iron Fist team series to be announced this weekend at C2E2 got us thinking. Kind of a lot, actually.
If Fraction and Aja are reuniting after a few years apart, who might be next? So then we naturally got to making a list, and here we present it to you: 10 Creative Team Reunions We Want to See.
Some are of the, "Oh, why hasn't that happened yet?" variety. Some of them are the "Seriously, are you dreaming?" ilk. But all are at least possible given the known laws of the universe, in the sense that we're not looking to travel through time or resurrect anyone.
Of course, we whittled this 10 from a much larger list, and we're sure that you have your own picks feel free to let us know your thoughts at the social networking links below. For our list of the 10 Creative Team Reunions We Want to See, click "start here" in the upper-left corner. (Chris Arrant and Vaneta Rogers contributed to this article.)
JOE KELLY/ED MCGUINNESS2 of 12Both Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness were relative unknowns when Deadpool #1 hit in late 1996, and their frequently hilarious, sometimes brutal and surprisingly heartfelt run on the series helped bring the character and each other to new heights.
Now Joe Kelly (along with his Man of Action cohorts) is a successful writer in animation and Ed McGuinness is a bona fide comic book superstar, having recently illustrated Marvel miniseries Avengers: X-Sanction. Sure, they're both busy guys, but if they happened to find the time in their schedules for a new project together, it would please fans who have been waiting since Deadpool #9.
Could it happen?: Probably! Ed McGuinness has been working for Marvel for the past few years (usually with writer/head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb), and Joe Kelly is associated with them currently via his supervising producer role on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.
NEIL GAIMAN/CHRIS BACHALO3 of 12A three-issue miniseries spinning out of Sandman, Death: The High Cost of Living is one of the most famous stories of the early Vertigo era a tale that was both timely and timeless. Three years later, it spawned a sequel, Death: The Time of Your Life, which was also well received.
Bachalo is now known mainly for superhero comics and Gaiman is a successful novelist, so the two pairing together again would feel genuinely different at this point, instead of merely a retread.
Could it happen?: We don't see why not, though it may not happen any time tremendously soon given that Neil Gaiman's comic book projects are few and far between these days and Chris Bachalo is busy on Marvel books like Wolverine and the X-Men.
MARK MILLAR/GRANT MORRISON4 of 12Mark Millar and Grant Morrison are two of the biggest names in the comic book industry today, but in the mid-'90s they frequently worked as a writing duo on books like Skrull Kill Krew, The Flash and even Vampirella.
If these two teamed up once again, it would be akin to a Kanye West/Jay-Z-esque "Watch the Throne" moment, and a much bigger deal than when they were writing together the first time around, on somewhat obscure series like Aztek.
Could it happen?: Well, not without some serious talking it out between the two former collaborators. When Morrison asked by Rolling Stone last year if there was a chance of "bumping into" Millar in Glasgow, the Action Comics writer replied, "There's a very good chance of running into him, and I hope I'm going 100 miles an hour when it happens."
CHRIS CLAREMONT/JIM LEE5 of 12Is there a better marketing hook than "from the team of the best-selling comic book of all time"?
1991's X-Men #1 has been certified as such by Guinness World Records, and if the folks behind that book Chris Claremont and Jim Lee ever got together again, the project would practically hype itself. (Though with X-Men #1 sales to be reported around 8.1 million copies, expectations might be kinda high.)
Could it happen?: No real reason to assume that it couldn't just not at Marvel, since Lee is currently DC's co-publisher.
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS/DAVID MACK6 of 12Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack share a similar background, both cutting their teeth at the now-defunct Caliber Press before breaking into Marvel.
At Marvel, the two worked together on a four-part Daredevil story titled "Wake Up," with Bendis's down-to-Earth writing style contrasting nicely with Mack's surreal mixed media. The two also worked on Alias sequences and an issue of New Avengers.
Could it happen?: Definitely. The two are friends, and there's a lot we don't known about Bendis's post-Avengers future, so now is not the time to rule anything out.
DC'S <i>52</i> WRITING TEAM (GEOFF JOHNS, GRANT MORRISON, GREG RUCKA, MARK WAID)7 of 12For their first-ever weekly series, DC brought together a writing team of four of the biggest names in comics, all coming to the table with their own unique strengths: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid.
The resulting project was 52, a genre-spanning epic that unfolded in real time and starred several of DC's lesser-known heroes. It ended up being popular enough that DC attempted two subsequent weekly series to try and recapture the magic, Countdown and Trinity.
Could it happen?: In terms of actually being physically possible, yes, though it would take some time and major maneuvering Johns and Morrison are still with DC, but Waid and Rucka are both currently at Marvel (where they collaborated on this month's "Omega Effect" crossover a 2/4 reunion, at least).
ROBERT KIRKMAN/TONY MOORE8 of 12These days, Robert Kirkman is an Image partner and an executive producer on AMC's The Walking Dead TV series, and Tony Moore is a top artist at Marvel and elsewhere, most recently illustrating Venom and Dark Horse's Fear Agent.
In the past, the two collaborated on multiple projects, from the clearly quirky Battle Pope to the first six issues of eventual mainstream sensation The Walking Dead. Though they've found success on their own, it's an intriguing to ponder what else they could come up with together.
Could it happen?: As long as that lingering matter of Tony Moore's lawsuit against Robert Kirkman over Walking Dead-related profits is resolved, yes, but that's a rather large hurdle to clear.
JOE QUESADA/JIMMY PALMIOTTI9 of 12Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti started out as a penciler/inker team, and then started their own publisher, Event Comics, where they debuted popular creations including fireman-turned-superhero Ash and the indestructible Painkiller Jane.
Marvel hired Quesada and Palmiotti to launch their "Marvel Knights" imprint in 1998, and two years later, Quesada was named as Marvel's editor-in-chief while Palmiotti has concentrated on the writing end of the business.
Could it happen?: As long as Joe Quesada is Marvel's chief creative officer and Jimmy Palmiotti is solidly with DC, most likely not, though Palmiotti has written for Marvel in the not-too-distant past.
JOSS WHEDON/JOHN CASSADAY10 of 12Joss Whedon and John Cassaday were "the" super-team of the 2000s the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the artist of Planetary teaming on one of Marvel's biggest properties.
Sure, Astonishing X-Men saw some shipping delays, but it was one of the biggest comics of its era, and remains influential in both films (see X-Men: The Last Stand) and the current comic books. And with Whedon coming off of directing this May's Avengers live-action film, what better victory lap than returning to Marvel's comic book realm?
Could it happen?: If they can find the time (a big if), definitely possible, though Whedon has indicated that he'd like to focus on his own characters for a while following Avengers.
ALAN MOORE/DAVE GIBBONS11 of 12Come on we had to, right?
Could it happen?: Probably not.
OK, sure, it's possible that the two Watchmen creators could make up Dave Gibbons was quoted in DC's Before Watchmen press release, but he sure didn't seem excited to be but let's be realistic here. Moore just doesn't seem interested in doing comic books in general these days, let alone something remotely nostalgic.
Although, stranger things have happened right? They're both still active, and if Moore wanted to write a non-League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic, working again with Gibbons doesn't seem like the most unlikely scenario possible.
But really? Probably not. But would it be cool? Probably so.
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