Now that Editor in chief Joe Quesada has weighed in on a likelyhood of an Iron man/ Green lantern team-up (also known as Iron Lantern, for those keeping track of Amalgam) Midtown wants to pitch in the crossovers we want to see, and the creative team we want to see doing them.
1) Spider-Man/ Batman (Dick Grayson)
If anyone has had the wedding bell blues as bad Spider-Man has, it’d be Dick Grayson. One Moment in Time revealed to us that Peter and Mary Jane’s wedding didn’t happen because Peter Parker let his crime fighting persona get in the way. That’s pretty bad but Dick Grayson had TWO aborted weddings. First, Dark Raven ruined Dick’s wedding with Starfire in Titans #100, when she killed their minister, then years later he flaked out on Barbara Gordon. So other than the usual “Let’s team up to fight a threat that neither one of us can take on alone,” let’s see the two hang out at a club give each other tips on their love life, strike out with women etc. Besides, Dick could totally steal Black Cat from Spidey. Lastly, the current Robin, Damian, would totally be a great straight man to Spidey’s jokes.
Although it’s be great to get Grant Morrison’s take on an intercompany crossover, you shouldn’t hold your breathe. How about Joe Kelly and Judd Winnick to do this humor filled crossover, with pencils by Marcos Martin? Just as long as Judd doesn’t decide to include the Red Hood.
2) R.E.B.E.L.S./ Guardians of the Galaxy
Many of the breakout hits in the past few years for both companies have been space related. Two of the most enjoyable series have been DC’s R.E.B.E.L.S. by Tony Bedard and Andy Clarke, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Both books are essentially about a ragtag group fighting to prevent the universe from being subjugated to a form of enslavement. Where the Guardians have fought numerous threats, the Rebels have been facing an ongoing struggle against Starro the Conqueror. And that’s the perfect plot for this crossover: Thanks to the tear in the universe created by Emperors Vulcan and Black Bolt, called the Fault, Starro makes his way into the Marvel Universe, and who’s to stand in his way? Nobody except Rocket Raccoon, Groot ( a talking tree), Starlord, Moondragon, Drax, Brainiac 2, his pet Tribulus, Adam Strange, Captain Comet, and JLA villain Kanjar Rho.
Who else could write this epic, except Abnett, Lanning and Bedard? Who else can draw it except super detailed Guardians artist Brad Walker?
3) Jonah Hex/ Wolverine
You’re right; Jonah Hex wouldn’t stand a chance. The disfigurement Jonah Hex would face thanks to Wolvie’s claws would somehow break the Ugly Barrier; some kind of looks “Speed Force,” and make him an Adonis. But we digress. This would be a period piece that takes place at the end of the 19th century, where Jonah Hex is the baddest ass in the world, and Logan is James Howlett, the pansy in a dress who has claws. They will be evenly matched, and maybe James would learn something about being tough as they take on Sabretooth, and maybe Quentin Turnball. These weird one- off stories are what make Jonah Hex stories great
Anybody can write Wolverine but not everyone can write Jonah Hex, so we give the writing chores to Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray who have done an awesome job with the Jonah Hex series, and pencils to Ron Garney who has done a similarly awesome job on Wolverine: Weapon X.
4) X-23/ Batgirl
Two of the hottest female protégés, Stephanie Brown and Laura Kinney have to fill in big shoes living up to the legacies of Batman and Wolverine, respectfully. It’s great to see more and more strong female characters in comics, and these girls represent the next generation of girl protagonists. With that being said, the issue would take place in Hawaii and their enemy would be a mud monster like Clayface. Nah, just kidding. Marjorie Liu would tell an awesome story and Nicola Scott would do a spectacular job on the art. Girl power all the way!
5) Marvelman/ SHAZAM!
Now that Marvel has the rights to Marvelman (formerly Miracleman) fans would be deluding themselves if they didn’t think that they would incorporate Robbie Moran into their continuity. Logically, a team-up between DC’s Captain Marvel and his science based replacement is a natural. Whether they want to tell the story in the early innocent time period of Fawcett comics, or the dark world created by Alan Moore or in the Trials of SHAZAM is up to them. Perhaps an anthology of sorts made by different writers and artists would be best.
Agree, disagree? Comment on the team-ups you’d like to see.