I tweeted some comics pitches for big-name DC books and wanted to delve into each one a little more.
Martian Manhunter: A shape-shifting bad-ass delving into current events around the world. A truly global super-hero
Bill White made the wise suggestion that issues begin and we don’t know who the Martian Manhunter is. Because this is a character who isn’t tied to any particular geographical region, we can send him right to current events, the Gaza Strip, the Gulf of Mexico, etc.
This martian isn’t hunting one man, he’s looking for humanity, trying to find it every day.
Detective Comics: One case per issue, self contained. Batman Family + CSI + Fell. Different crime writer for each arc.
This comic should be kept simple. No arcs made for trade paperbacks but single issue crimes that are finished at the end of the issue. The problem is that very few comic book writers do single issue stories really well. Grab some crime writers to have a go at Batman and let’s see him earn his keep as DC’s World’s Greatest Detective. There are plenty of detective characters (there’s a chimp whose name I can’t recall and Elongated Man…shit, maybe the Riddler) who don’t get a whole lot of play in the DC universe and would be great candidates for a short story in the back of the comic.
The single issues make it easy for people to pick up the comic outta nowhere when a new movie comes out. Batman can be CSI but rather than cutting edge, he’s a step or two beyond the bleeding edge of criminology and crime forensics with plenty of Gotham PD around.
Wonder Woman: In which she gathers powerful women from the world’s myths in order to change the world.
A little girl raised by tengu in the forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, a Norwegian woman adopted by the valkyrie due to her valor in a time of war, etc. Let’s dig into mythologies from around the world and find these powerful women who are at the periphery just like Wonder Woman.
Green Lantern: Cosmic cop procedural. The Wire + Old Trek. Taking a hard look at why they are entitled to police the galaxy
What the hell gives these little blue men the right to delegate each sector of space with a super-powered space cop armed with a will-powered weapon? We’d figure that out as we watched Green Lanterns deal with galactic crimes, sector-wide civil wars and left-over Manhunter robots.
When I say Old Trek, I mean that show’s great surreal fucking planets that make no sense but are still gloriously fun.
“Hal Jordan, that man is natural-born lantern, good police.”
How about you? What would you do if you were in charge of a few comic books?