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 comics story do you want reimagined or covered, and by whom?
I am the only person I know, or know of, who likes Here Comes Tomorrow (the end of Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men). But I really like it. I like the apocalyptic future, I like Jean and Logan’s interaction, I like the Creepy Cuckoos acting as Cerebro. I really like the wacky cast of characters. I love the re-emergence of the White Phoenix, and her “crowning”. And I absolutely adore Tom Skylark and his pet sentinel (not to mention his sentinel girlfriend!). On the negative side we have Dark Beast and his overly cerebral nattering, the overwrought drug plot that is a negative of Morrison’s whole run, and of course the whole “Jean OKs the Scott and Emma” controversy. But I can put up with that stuff for the sake of Princess Jean and my robots.
I would love, love, love to see another take on this story line. I’ve said forever: Tom and Rover deserve their own series. And of course it should be written by Sean McKeever, who I recently discovered is one of my most favorite authors when I purchased X-Men Origin: Jean Grey, Teen Titans and Spiderman Loves Mary Jane at once and they were all written by him. He also wrote Sentinel so he understands the bond between man and machine.
Watchmen 2 is one of those running jokes, almost on the level of Hamlet 2, a story that nobody would really want to see because — clearly — the story itself is complete and trying to continue it would be fruitless. It’s equally obvious that any attempt to rewrite Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original story — Ultimate Watchmen! — would be a pointless exercise. That said — I’ve always been fascinated by the Minutemen, the first generation superheroes who appear briefly in the series, whose more complete lives are hinted at in the prose sections of the novel, or the credit sequence in Zack Snyder’s film. I’d be completely in favor of a ‘Minutemen’ anthology in which various writers and artists gave their interpretation of Hooded Justice or Captain Metropolis, Silhouette or the first Silk Spectre.
One of the first X-Men stories I read was Chris Claremont’s 1980s Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseries, in which Kitty Pryde is trained (by force and mind-control) to be a ninja by Logan’s vaguely demonic mentor, Ogun.
One of my most recent favorite series was Fred Van Lente’s run on Wolverine: First Class, which looked at Kitty and Logan’s friendship with new eyes and filled in their between-the-issues adventures from the 1980s era.
I think you see where I’m going with this.
It’s not that I don’t love Claremont’s old writing. But the original Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseries is very much a product of its time, and I’d love to see it redone with a modern comics sensibility, clearing up (or at least more explicitly condemning) the creepy consent issues, shining a brighter spotlight on characterization, and streamlining the pieces of the story. And Van Lente, who, in Wolverine: First Class, wrote easily the best Wolverine I’ve read in years, and the best teenage Kitty, would be the perfect candidate.
I have such a love, such a deep and passionate love for the Bill Sienkiewicz era of New Mutants. Demon bears. Legion. Gladiators. Drugs. I seriously love these books, and have likely re-read these single issues more than any other single issues I own. (Okay, with the exception of Uncanny #173, #188-193, #196, #200-203, and #206. /massive geek outburst.)
Anyway. What I loved about these New Mutants storylines is the incredibly good characterization and character moments in the midst of this dark, dark art. It made the Marvel U seem like a real and tangible threat to the kids in Xavier’s school. I worried about them, felt for them, fretted over their health and safety. I talked to the kids about their bad choices. Yes, often aloud and while waiting at bus stops. Seriously, Rahne, stop listening to your guardian and start listening to Dani! Dani, don’t worry so much, you’re doing fine! Sam, RELAX.
What I would love to see — please please please — is the New Mutants & Cloak and Dagger crossover drug story reworked and reimagined by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber. Rahne possessed by Dagger’s power, Bobby falling into Cloak’s hell, Dani and Sam and Illyana having to figure out how to save them would all be great. But Rahne’s fairy tale interpretations of events would be amazing as retold by this creative team.
So what about you? What comics story do you want reimagined or covered, and by whom?