Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Stone Soup Writing

If you are not familar with the story, Stone Soup is basically a story about how people do not realize what they have some times, and what might seem to be a pile of junk by their owners can be combined into a tasty soup.

Well, I love it when writers realize what cool stuff they have laying around and use characters well.

This is not to say that I want some hardcore continuity adherence, just for more writers to look at the older stories and say, "Hey, that character is pretty darn cool."

Some recent examples of this cool trend...

- Christos Gage on Deadshot. Gage basically just reread Ostrander's Suicide Squad and Deadshot mini-series and saw how many super cool stories could be told with this character, and, well, he did.

- Peter Milligan on Toxin. Part of the reason Toxin #1 is surprisingly good is because Milligan adds extra depth to characters like King Cobra, Mr. Hyde and Razorfist. This is just like what he did on Elekra with Killer Shrike and others.

- Tony Bedard on Spider-Man: Breakout. Tony Bedard took some old villains, and does a great job telling new stories while using their old personalities. Very impressive to me.

Can anyone think of any other examples?