Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I'd buy X if Y was writing.

I'm currently reading Fluke by Christopher Moore. I can't help but think he should really get a chance to write an issue or two of Aquaman. I'd read it.

Fluke is just a mind blowing read. It's this really endearing story about whale researchers that just goes bat-shit insane at about the halfway mark. I really don't want to spoil it, but I recommend it to you all (although I'm not quite done yet), and Aquaman fans in particular.

I think Moore would be a good choice because of what Mike Sterling posted the other day. When was the last time you saw a comic book not aimed specifically at a children's demographic that promised thrills, adventure and laughs? I think Moore could pull it off and craft, not only a thrilling adventure but one that wasn't dire and depressing. Okay, maybe he can keep the dire and mix it with something else like excitement, humor, science, or dashing adventures on the high seas.

I've read Lamb, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Dirty Job and Practical Demon Keeping (which has H.P. Lovecraft owning a greasy spoon) and enjoyed all of them. It wasn't until my walk to work this morning that it hit me that this guy was writing novels that embodied what it was I loved about comic books and generally doing a better job about the whole thing.

I wonder who else would seem to be good fits?

J.K. Rowling writing Teen Titans? Tim O'Brien writing Sgt. Rock or The Unknown Soldier?


Jason said...

Chris Moore's books are a lot of fun. I like that most of the characters are interconnected, but you don't really need any pre-knowledge of the other books to understand them. I'd also recommend The Stupidest Angel (it's a Christmas book, so you may want to wait for the holidays to read it), I'm currently waiting on his new one from the library. I agree that he would write some good comics.

I'd actually like ot see JK Rowling write Shazam, the story has a lot of parallels with Harry Potter (powerful Orphan, Old Wizard Mentor) so I think it'd be a good fit. I'd also like to see more mystery writers on Batman (Michael Connelly would be a good fit).

joncormier said...

Ian Rankin is apparently taking over Hellblazer at some point, which could be cool. I like Rebus.