Oct 5, 2018

Roundtable: Standing With Mark Waid and His Comics

What's Your Favorite Mark Waid Comic?
Comics Cube Roundtable

BENMan, I have to try and remember everything he’s written. It’s probably not my favorite, but I love how he and the rest of the writers made me care about a whole cast of characters I never would have before in 52. There’s no way that comic should have been that good.

MIGS: This is a tough one, but I had to pick Daredevil. Not because he's one of my top 3 favorite superheroes, its because his run was very different from the previous creators who wrote the series. In Bendis and Brubaker's run, we have a grim and gritty book. But in Waid's run, it was just like Matt Murdock's early days when he battled colorful villains. His run was kinda refreshing to the character. It gave the book a new identity.

DUYIt's hard for me to pick a favorite too, but if I had to, it's one very specific issue of Daredevil, the tenth issue of the 2014 series. Waid had tackled real issues, specifically those of mental health, prior to the issue, but it's in this one where it deals with Daredevil and depression, using the Purple Man to really amp up the condition. Much of the issue focuses on Daredevil, and from the start of the issue it's made clear that depression prevents you from reaching back to people who are reaching out to you.

It's in this issue that Waid and Chris Samnee pull out a trick I've only seen one other time. Matt Murdock brushes off his girlfriend, Kirsten McDuffie, and goes to bed, and the story ends, Daredevil logo on the lower right and all. And then it's the letters page.

And then it's the next page. Matt finally calls Kirsten, who, it turns out, is waiting by his door, waiting for him to reach back out to her. It's so powerful, moving, and touching.

EDRICK: Empire. Waid just captures evil perfectly in this series. Hope it continues as long as Waid is actively churning out comics.

BEN: It’s probably Daredevil, if only for this panel alone.

TRAVIS: I reread the issue where Ikari beats him, the other day, and wow, I'm 38 years old, I've read the entire arc already, and they got me afraid for Matt Murdock on the reread!

BEN: The illusion of danger is not an easy trick. But also,it was high quality across the board and had probably the best roster of artists ever for such a sizable run. Along with Waid’s traditional understanding of character and finding new angles to explore out of the groundwork laid before him. Like Duy said, the scenes dealing with depression were really powerful.  I’d also like to go back in time and remind everyone how, when that creative team was announced, Marcos Martin was by far the more popular and more highly anticipated artist, but then Paolo Rivera killed it on that first arc.

TRAVIS: Waid wrote my favorite Captain America story, with the final issue of his first run with Ron Garney. Cap, under fire, on the run, stopping to cut slaves free of their chains and refusing to board a rescue vehicle unless they take all of them, as well.

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He also wrote my favorite "statement on the DCU" with The Kingdom, which had breadth, delicacy, and insanity that set it apart from so many similar comics, and completely flipped what I dislike about Kingdom Come.

JD: Kingdom Come is my all time favorite comic. I was a die-hard Marvel kid and it turned me in to a life long Superman fan. Mark Waid opened up the “other side”, the DCU, for me. After reading KC I had to find out who all those characters were or who they were amalgams of. Kingdom Come was my first step in to the DCU’s rabbit hole, forever enriching my comics experience, and I have Mark Waid to thank for that.

TRAVIS: If "Crisis of a Letter Column" is his (it's during his last Legion run), he also wrote my favorite Crisis.

BEN: Daredevil may arguably be his best work, but my favorite probably is his Legion of Super-Heroes reboot. He did the best job of updating and preserving I’ve seen in a reboot, and I think he gets credit for making Brainiac 5 perpetually annoyed, which is my favorite depiction of him.

JEFF: I really enjoyed his Daredevil and Hulk runs but his original short stint on Captain America with Ron Garney is still my favorite. Bringing back Sharon Carter was such a great move, and she's been a great supporting character on the book (and back then the book suffered from a lack of interesting supporting characters). I love the panel where Cap has his shield at the Red Skull's throat and asks him to tell him there's a way he wont kill him, Skulls reply is a simple "Isn't there always another way?"

Whether you like Gruenwald's old rule back then about Cap not being allowed to kill, I like how Waid threw that moral question at us on taking a life, even one as evil and irredeemable as the Red Skull. For Cap, the ends never justify the means, which is something that doesn't seem to be in style these days. Operation: Rebirth and Man Without a Country are two Cap stories I always highly recommend. Both the writing and art are some of Waid and Garney's best work.

MAX: Flash and the first half of Irredeemable for me. Irredeemable got me back into comics and was a pretty well-thought-out response to Warren Ellis superheroes. There’s a bit where Waid addresses the negative side to the idea that heroes should hand over all the tech and knowledge they discover for society to benefit, which was a big part of The Authority. Poisoned chalice type stuff. Though that’s only a small part. i liked the inspiration for the series: what if superheroes weren’t mentally equipped for all the pressure that comes with that responsibility? The series ended up undermining that by the end, but the start was really powerful stuff.

DUY: I have to say that Waid and Brian Augustyn's run on Wally West is and will always be "my" Flash. I thought I was a Flash fan. Turns out I wasn't, because The Flash isn't enough to get me to read a comic. Then I thought I was a Wally West fan. Not true either, because I actually don't care for most depictions of Wally West. So it turns out I'm just a Waid/Augustyn Wally West fan. And I'm cool with that.

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