The Bloody Comics Crew is back with another question of the week. Hopefully you know the drill by now, but in case you’ve been MIA here’s it is: I ask a question to our comics staff, they answer. The catch is, we also want your answer in the comments section.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What creative team would you love to see on a horror book?
Lonmonster: One of my favorite writers at the moment is Jason Aaron. His work on “Thor: God of Thunder” recently has been moody and insightful showcasing his ability to write for a darker world. Then again, this is nothing new given his work on “Punisher MAX”, “Scalped”, and “Ghostrider”. I bet you didn’t know is he also wrote the “Friday the 13th: How I Spent My Summer Vacation” comic back in 2007. His bibliography doesn’t just show that he can write darker stories, but ones with a sense of gravitas. And who better to capture that tone than Jae Lee, with his beautifully grim artwork that is never anything short of uncanny. We got a little tease of an Aaron/Lee team-up when Lee was drawing covers for Aaron’s “Wolverine” run, but it’s not enough. I’d like to see them do creator-owned, but I’d be equally stoked to see them bring back a book like “Tomb of Dracula”, “Hellstorm Prince of Lies”, or “Howling Commandos”. I want it, and I want it bad.
Jorge Solis: Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Pichelli. I love the work they do with Ultimate Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. With Bendis, he has done such great character arcs. With Pichelli, her artwork is just phenomenal, epically how she just brought Angela into the Guardian of the Galaxy series. They haven’t done a horror comic & Pichelli has been talking about doing a creator-owned project. I think they’d bring something fresh to horror.
Bree Ogden: I’d kill to see The Twisted Twins work with Menton3 but that feels too obvious. Oddly enough, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and there are three men I’d pay big bills to see work together. I’d love to see Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins move his pop surrealistic art into adult horror territory and team up with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as writers. Right now, the most terrifying thing to me is real life. A lot of the horror comics I feel most haunted by are the ones based in reality. CRAOLA and the creative team behind American Horror Story all truly excel at finding the bizarre and horrific hidden within reality. Ryan and Brad know how to suck horror out of every day situations like a leech and viscerally present it to the consumers. And CRAOLA can create anything to make you feel unsettled. I think that a horror comic written by Ryan and Brad, illustrated by CRAOLA, would take us down a rabbit hole of reality and pop culture, opening our minds to unseen horrors while simultaneously tripping us out via CRAOLA’s unique surrealism.
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Brady: Grant Morrison & Sean Murphy (Joe The Barbarian) on The Creeper. Let Morrison do his blend of crazy-genius on a Ditko creation – that can be all kinds of great. Murphy can do scary (The Wake) art oh so well so if DC wanted to make Creeper…creepy, that’d be my vote!
Green Basterd: A creative team that I’m thoroughly enjoying right now is behind Uncanny Avengers, which is one of the few Marvel Now! comics that I am following, Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña. I have been a fan of Remender since his run on Venom and when I saw issue 1 of this book I took it for this reason. At the time Acuña wasn’t on the book and he doesn’t do every issue but he has definitely taken on the bulk of the work. Acuña’s eerie illustrations coupled with Remender’s writing style and abilities I think they could pull off an excellent horror book.
Jimbus_Christ: Jeff Lemire’s incredible oblong style of art comes to mind when I think of horror books. His stellar work on “The Underwater Welder” shows he can tell a chilling tale, but I long to see straight up horror from the man. He has an ability to cut to emotions like loneliness and longing that would fit perfectly into a horror book. There are times where his art style looks horrific without him even trying, which sounds like a dig but it’s a total compliment. It’s unlike anything out there, and his creative use of paneling would go a long way to get under a reader’s skin. I can’t even fathom how perfect a horror story would be in his hands, but its something I’ve been dying to see for a long time.
Shadow Jayd: I think a collaboration between Alan Moore and Dave Dorman would be nothing short of maximum quality. Moore is a force to be reckoned with in the comics world and, in my opinion, one of the most influential writers to ever grace the industry. I don’t think I have to stress the unadulterated genius/cultural significance behind “V for Vendetta”, “Watchmen”, and “Batman: The Killing Joke”, etc. Dave Dorman illustrating for a hypothetical new horror endeavor by Moore is something that I’d really love to see. Sure, he’s got an extensive, and still growing, background in science fiction and fantasy, and is probably one of the best “Star Wars” artists out there, but he’s definitely no stranger to horror, and his work is exceptional. My body is ready for this now.