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The 2015 I’ds of March!

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The 2015 I’ds of March!

The concept is this – for the Ides of March, I tell you things that I’d have done in certain comics!!

But don’t worry, I’m not talking about simple 20/20 hindsight things like pick a famous bad storyline and just say, “I wouldn’t have done that” or “You know that cool character? I wouldn’t have killed him/her.”

No, I mean more like tweaks and nudges, stuff like that. Not major changes.

You can check out past years’ I’ds to see what I’m talking about, or just read on!

I’d make Felicity Smoak the new Oracle

I don’t really mean Oracle, per se, in the sense that I don’t think she needs to use the NAME Oracle, but that general role in the DC Universe. The upcoming Green Arrow creative team is getting rid of her in Green Arrow, she’s a popular TV character and, of course, most importantly, the role of Oracle is a good role that is currently completely empty. So since Felicity has nothing else going on in the DC Universe, why not use this cool character who already has a following outside the world of comics? She doesn’t have to just work for Batman, she can just be a general information broker/computer expert for heroes in general, sort of like what Oracle was before she became an ingrained part of the Bat-mythos (and even there, Oracle did other work – she was even a freakin’ member of the Justice League during Grant Morrison’s run).

(NOTE: In case anyone’s curious, she’s telling Green Arrow someone HIRED her to kill him, but she only took the job to help him track down who is out there looking to kill Green Arrow)

I’d have Sabretooth interact with one of his significant past victims

With Sabretooth now a good guy, there’s a strong set-up to be had where he, as a good man now (thanks to the inversion spell during Axis), has to deal with what he USED to be, as he struggles with that guilt.

Nice bit by Rick Remender.

However, so far, Sabretooth has only been interacting with either people who don’t really know him besides him being a villain or with the other folks in Wolverines, who are mostly just as conflicted as he is (except X-23, who he just hasn’t had extensive experience with). Therefore, I’d love to see him work with, say, Psylocke, who he nearly murdered. Or better yet, Tabitha Smith, who literally saw what happened the last time people believed Sabretooth was no longer evil (after Wolverine essentially lobotmized him – eventually he healed and, well, things went poorly for Tabitha and Psylocke).

Speaking of Tabitha…

I’d have the Nextwave characters show up more often

I really can’t believe that we’re coming up on a DECADE since the Captain appeared in a comic book!!!

And I think I’d try to sort of officially reconcile the two versions of Tabitha, as it almost seems like creators are wary of using Tabitha because her usage in Nextwave was so popular that they don’t want to move away from that take on her, but at the same time, that take on her doesn’t really mesh well with your standard superhero story.

I’d give Guy Gardner a haircut

I thought that the long hair and the bushy moustache sort of worked for what Charles Soule was doing with Red Lanterns, but now that Soule is gone and the book is ending, I’d just as soon see Guy return to his earlier look. I don’t need a bowl cut, just not this.

I’d pursue the Carol Danvers/Jim Rhodes relationship

Sure, it was out of nowhere when Kelly Sue DeConnick dropped this relationship into the beginning of the latest volume of Captain Marvel, but dammit, it makes SENSE! And now Carol’s book has been around long enough that I’d really like to see DeConnick return to the relationship again.

I’d leave the Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe around after Convergence

DC is in the middle of a very popular, critically-acclaimed crossover ENTIRELY BUILT around the concept of a Multiverse, so why not just keep the Pre-Flashpoint DCU around after Convergence? Hell, I would bet dollars to donuts you could even support a monthly title based just on tales from that Earth.

By the by, this really doesn’t count as an “I’d” really, but I was just thinking about Sensational Comics featuring Wonder Woman and its precursor, Adventures of Superman. Both titles work on the basic premise of asking creators, “What Superman or Wonder Woman story would you tell if you could use any version of the character?” and then letting them tell that story. You would think it would be saying something that most creators don’t use the New 52 takes on either character, no?

I’d have Elsie Dee and Albert show up in Wolverines

Come on, Ray Fawkes and Charles Soule! A Wolverine android and a little kid android who is a genius but has a lisp like a little kid? How have they not appeared in a comic book in nearly two decades?!?

I’d make Vibe a Flash supporting cast member

Due to the popularity of Cisco on the Flash series, the character has almost surely never been this liked at any other moment in his existence, so why not try to cash in on that? We’ve already established in the New 52 that Vibe’s powers can actually affect the Speed Force, so they’re already sort of kind of tied together, so why not explore that more? Have Cisco get a job working with Barry in the police department (maybe as a lab tech).

I’d replace the original Marvel Universe Namor with Ultimate Namor

We all know that Miles Morales will be a part of the Marvel Universe when Secret Wars finishes up (and don’t get me wrong, I’m completely in favor of that idea), but what about OTHER Ultimate characters? There’s not a whole lot of them LEFT, ya know? However, I think one neat trick would be to have the Ultimate Namor replace the Marvel Universe Namor.

I think it works because A. They’re basically the same character (right down to the whole “digging Invisible Woman” thing) and
B. It essentially allows you to wipe out all the problems that the Marvel Universe Namor has gotten up to, like his feud with Black Panther. It’d be like a slate being wiped clean.

I’d continue Multiversity as an anthology series

Heck, maybe that’s where we could address the Pre-Flashpoint Earth like I mentioned before. But seriously, Grant Morrison has introduced so many cool concepts, I’d hate to see them just never come up again (although, that tends to be what happens when Morrison introduces cool new concepts into the DC Universe). Think about different creators telling stories on different worlds. The possibilities are nearly endless! No one can make Captain Carrot work as an ongoing nowadays, but as ONE story arc in an anthology series? It could totally work!

Okay, those are my I’ds for 2015! Now YOU folks send in your suggestions for what you would do! Remember, it has to be tweaks and minor changes!

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