In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.
What Marvel or DC character would you like to see in a manga universe?
There have been a number of manga series based on the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion but none (I’m aware of) deals with NERV’s American partner. Which is, quite obviously, Norman Osborn’s HAMMER. Normie, post-apocalypse, building giant robots that can only be piloted by people under the age of 15…so he (quite obviously) has a ‘camp’ for his teenage minions. And, of course, a small band of them rebel. It’s the best parts of Dark Avengers PLUS GIANT SEMI-SENTIENT ROBOTS WITH THE BRAIN PATTERNS OF THE CHILDREN’S MOTHERS AND/OR NORMIE’s EXES. (You’re welcome).
Also, Beast Boy in Fruits Basket is a thing that should happen.
Since I’ve already argued that the Heroes for Hire would make a great rock band, and since I first encounter Misty Knight and Colleen Wing when they were hanging out with the X-Men in Japan. . .clearly Misty, Colleen, Danny, and Luke should go up in a battle of the bands against the kids from Nana.
Once again, the only manga I’ve read in its entirety is Fullmetal Alchemist, but the worldbuilding for that series is so rich that I could probably think of a million potential options for crossovers. In this case, though, I have to go with Tony Stark. FMA, after all, contains a town called “Rush Valley” — a thriving region populated almost entirely with engineers who specialize in crafting frequently-weaponized metal prostheses. The creator of the Iron Man armor, much like FMA’s teenage girl engineer Winry Rockbell, would think he’d found heaven on earth.
One of the strengths, in my estimation, of the manga form, is an exaggeration of emotion. Passion causes physical pain, grief blackens the entire room, rage blanks out an entire page. I like this.
Okay, to be honest, I flat-out love this. I revel in the wildly out-of-control emotions in manga. Heck, I revel in the out-of-control repression in manga. Mmmm, repression …
This is the sort of fanfic I used to write for comics. Take the superhero characters I love and turn all the emotions up to eleven and turn them loose on the unsuspecting world! Turn them loose to rage, to pine, to mourn, to, to, to — to have really aggressively angst-laden conversations about their feelings outside of a Starbucks. To pick an example not-at-all at random.
So who would I like to see move from superhero comics to a manga-verse? Any of them. All of them. I love Bendis’s New Avengers to pieces, and the only thing I would change is I would have MORE angsty conversations about feeeeeeeeelings. I love X-Men Legacy, and the only change I would make would be to remove the fights and have them process their relationships all the time. I love Batwoman, and want to have a whole comic of Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer talking to each other about their family angst.
So. Yes. Any character would do.
So what about you? What Marvel or DC character would you like to see in a manga universe?