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Old 04-24-2020, 01:48 PM   #1
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Artist/Writer Dream Teams

What artists & writers would you like to see paired together for a mini-series, one-off, or full run of TMNT? Think about how Tales Vol. 2 was approached. Feel Free to specify what universe you'd have them work within or whatever. This isn't a thread about favorites so much as it is about who you feel would compliment one another's style.

I don't read a lot of non-turtles comics, so my match-ups consist mostly of those who have already made their mark on the property, just not necessarily together, in some cases. Just firing off a few for starters.

Erik Burnham writing for Ben Bates (IDW)
Lloyd Goldfine writing for Khary Randolph (IDW)
Peter Laird writing for Michael Dooney (Mirage)
Steve Murphy writing for Sophie Campbell (Mirage)
Kevin Eastman & Ciro Nieli on shared duties

I think it'd be cool to have creative teams of series past like Dean Clarrain & Chris Allan of Archie, or Gary Carlson & Frank Fosco of Image, doing entries in the IDW universe, too.

Naturally, we all want to see Eastman & Laird doing an authentic collaboration again, as well.
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Old 04-24-2020, 07:56 PM   #2
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This ought'a be interesting. I myself primarily only read "regular" comics and have only read the Archie TMNT stuff more than like, twice, the other series never managed to hold my interest, so obviously my preferences would be completely different. There's a couple I could come up with off the top of my head based on stuff I've liked/loved of theirs in "mainstream" comics. No "favorite" team, and these are in no real order, just a few I know would do a great job.

- Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuinness. Their original run on Superman/Batman is quite simply just about as good as mainstream comics get, but whatever the story they've always complemented each other well. That run in particular though showed an incredible balance of fan-service, continuity, character development, snappy dialog, and thrill-ride action. McGuinness isn't the perfect guy for everything, but he does some nice looking Ninja Turtles and his style is just "cartoony" enough while still being on-model that I think he'd be a decent fit.

- Geoff Johns & Jim Lee. Some people have a sour taste in their mouth about Johns by now, but I'm primarily thinking about his amazing run on Teen Titans from around 20 years ago, and also but a little bit less his runs on JSA/Justice Society. Bottom line, the guy excels on team books with a lot of conflicting personalities and he's really good at writing teenage characters without simplifying them into stereotypes. And Jim Lee is simply Jim Lee.

- Brian Azzarello & Jim Lee. Again, Jim Lee is Jim Lee. And while I'm not a huge fan of Azzarello (he's honestly hit-or-miss with me), I do enjoy some of his work a lot, including his "For Tomorrow" run on Superman and his "Joker" graphic novel. And I feel like with his penchant for writing gritty, street-level crime stories with lots of tension and violence, it would lead to some stuff that would feel very reminiscent of early Mirage. Once again, even though it was much more "cosmic" in scope, I loved their collaboration on "For Tomorrow" (it's genuinely one of my favorite Superman stories) so I feel pretty confident that anything they worked on together would look and feel terrific.

- Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo. Again, just look at the "Joker" graphic novel and tell me you couldn't see some serious potential for an incredible, gritty, "grounded" take on TMNT coming from those two. And if it were anything at all like "Joker", it could finally be the "Hard R" take on the characters that some fans have always been curious to see, and it would be done in a way that still felt organic and logical to the characters rather than gratuitous.

That's all I got for right now. I tried to leave any biases out of it and think more of people whose work I think would really, really shine on a TMNT project. Some of those creators aren't my absolute all-time favorites in and of themselves, but have done some work that tells me that they could easily do some awesome TMNT stuff if it ever came their way. By contrast, Dan Jurgens is my favorite comic book creator of all time, but I think he's a bit too "stiff" for TMNT. Although maybe he could draw it if Brett Breeding inked it. Everything they ever did looked amazing. But he wouldn't be my first choice, much as I love the guy.
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Old 04-24-2020, 08:23 PM   #3
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Man, you two both have great suggestions and I’d be in the comic shop on day one for the majority of those.

I tend to lean towards some of the obvious greats, particularly from the “British invasion” section of American comics. Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, etc.
I mean, can you imagine Alan Moore’s TMNT? I honestly can’t, but I want to.

I’d particularly like Grant Morrison, who is my favorite writer. I’d like to see him paired with Frank Quitely or maybe Andy Kubert. Anyone really, but those two have proven to be solid partners in the past.

Frank Miller is an obvious choice, given his ties to Daredevil. It nearly seems unfair that he hasn’t done even a one-shot at this point. In his prime, it could have been a game-changer, but I’d still like to see what he comes up with now, if just for poetic justice.

Speaking more realistically, I think Al Ewing would be quite the catch. I think him and Jerome Opena could make for a great team.
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Old 04-24-2020, 08:38 PM   #4
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Jeeze, I don't know. Grant Morrison on writing and a name only some of you will know on art, Daryl Banks.

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Old 04-24-2020, 08:39 PM   #5
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Man, Alan Moore would definitely be interesting. I'm sure he'd dial up the Existential Angst past 11, too. I can't quite put my finger on whose pencils would go best with his writing - I love Gibbons, obviously, but I don't see it being right for this - but Moore is one of those guys who, to me, is nigh-untouchable. He could write just about anything and I'd give it a look. Just can't quite decide who'd draw it.

I love a lot of Morrison as well, and I almost suggested him, but in the end I backed away because he's almost too "cosmic" and cerebral for something like TMNT. Like, most of his best stories only barely make sense until you read the issues all in one long sitting, at which point it all clicks masterfully into place, but reading issue-by-issue, some of his stuff is almost irritating until you DO put it all together at once. So on a monthly TMNT book, maybe not my preferred choice. But that's not to say he couldn't do a good job, especially with some of the more fantastical and sci-fi elements of the franchise. Also, again, not sure who'd draw it, that's another thing that kept me from putting his name in.

Don't get me wrong, though, he's great, and he'd probably come up with something really good, especially if he had a competent editor that knew when to back off and when to reign him in. I mean his JLA run was really, really, really good... and I'm like, the ONE guy who "gets" Final Crisis (and I love it to death, flaws and all). And he's another guy who excels at team books, so yeah... yeah! I just think I'd put a few conditions on his recommendation. Kubert wouldn't be a bad choice for pencils. Not a huge fan of Quitely, I'unno. He's a bit too... inconsistent for my tastes.

Just for sh*ts and giggles, I'll nominate Mark Waid and Alex Ross, just because I like Kingdom Come so much. That would be nothing if not interesting.

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Yeah, yeah, I knew that was comin'.

He still did the only GOOD run on Titans since like 1992, and Superboy origin retcon aside, his Titans and JSA runs were more like "Continuity Porn" than anything. Don't let your hatred of his Green Lantern run cloud your judgment, boy. Most of his other work speaks to him doing quite well on a project such as this.
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Old 04-25-2020, 06:06 AM   #6
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I'm thinking, maybe Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. A lot of writers can capture the "Mutant Ninja Turtles", but Tomasi's one of the few I'm sure could nail the "Teenage" as well. And, of course, him and Gleason basically come in package.

Another ancient meme format in this thread and I'm gonna have to call Knuckles, though.
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