Standout Creative Teams
I’m Sure that everyone can agree that there are creative teams that are good when they work with just anybody, but when they team up with a specific writer or artist they become great. It may be they are just more compatible. Or maybe they just keep each other from going too far overboard with their creative processes. But whatever the it factor is the teams just make for a far superior product.
Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley-
You can’t argue the power of a creative team that produced an extremely high caliber book together for 111 issues. And that’s just what Bendis and Bagley did with Ultimate Spider-Man. The duo brought new life to the Peter Parker character and the villains that he faced as his alter ego Spider-Man. While also keeping most of the core aspects true to the original 616 version. And the choice to make Peter’s origin last for about five issues made it clear that they were going to take their time and make Spider-Man something special.
Jeff Parker And Gabriel Hardman-
This creative team hasn’t put out too many series together. But when they have it has been something not to be missed. I have done an interview with Parker in the past, and when I asked him about the working relationship that they have. Parker gave a great answer about the way that they have a respect and trust with each other that allows them to say how they feel with a decision that one or the other may have. And how can the product be good if it is fundamentally flawed by the fact that one of the creators doesn’t believe in the direction that the book should go.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips-
This is one of those creative teams that has a large body of work to reference for proof of how good they are together. But one of the best proofs is their run on Captain America. A run that redefined the character while at the same time giving the book a new tone. Getting rid of the usual All American do gooder feel, for a more spy/espionage/noir angle. Brubaker and Phillips are also the creative team that brought Bucky back as the Winter Soldier and later made him the new Captain America after Steve Rogers was killed on the courthouse steps at the end of Civil War. But that is the more mainstream example of the chemistry that Brubaker and Phillips bring to a book. Probably one of my personal favorites was a book that they did for Wildstorm called Sleeper. Which was a crime noir series within the greater Wildstorm universe that displayed the seedy underbelly to a world that was never really clean even on the surface.
Kieron Gillen And Jamie McKelvie-
This is one of my favorite creative teams out there right now. Between their run on Young Avengers and their current work on The Wicked + The Divine, the duo are leading the pack when it comes to producing great comics. They build complex characters and stunning environments that grip the reader and don’t let go til you are through with the issue or trade depending on what format you are fond of. They are also responsible for the long running series Phonogram.
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale-
These two are one of the first real standout creative team. With their work on the Marvel color series. Hulk: Grey, Daredevil: Yellow, Spider-Man: Blue and there recently started Captain America: White. And of course there amazing series of Batman stories (Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Haunted Knight, and Catwoman: When In Rome). They have managed to redefine all of the character’s that they have had the pleasure of working on. Both Loeb and Sale are great when they are working with other creators, but when they work together it is almost guaranteed to be something special. They even made me like Superman with their series Superman: For All Seasons.
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