Maybe a loaded question, but if you had one piece of advice for an aspiring comic book writer, what might it be?
Read books on history. Honest to god, this is my number one piece of advice for writers. Most non-fiction books will give you SOME ideas for stories, but books on historical events and persons are huge idea factories, in a way that the internet just doesn’t quite replicate.
So every time I go to a book shop, I check their remainder shelves for books on interesting historical events and grab them up. It is a person with a very poor imagination indeed who can’t come up with ideas after reading this stuff…My first Deadpool villain was based on King Ludwig II, the ‘mad king,’ of Bavaria. Secret Six dealt directly with prison allegories based on North Korea, China, and Ireland. The beastmaster story in Red Sonja is based on Roman arenas in rural Wales.
This stuff is precious as gold and you can get it for almost nothing on sale at bookshops anywhere.
For the actual PROCESS of writing, the advice I have is FINISH something. Start SMALL, a column or a paragraph or a very, very short story. FINISH. That’s what counts. The act of writing teaches skills, but the act of FINISHING teaches confidence. And you will NEED CONFIDENCE.
Finish things. Finish your story and do another. An unfinished story does no one any good. FINISH.
Does Superman have the potential to be more powerful than Hulk??? Be honest, please.... I need to know what do you think about it... What do you think of Charles Soule run on Superman??
Honesty and seriously:
I’m afraid I have no answer to your question that will satisfy you, because the rules that govern these characters’ relative strengths are made up. The rules were created solely for the purpose of telling good stories. Which means that there is no scientifically correct answer. Yes, Superman has the potential to be more powerful than the Hulk — if there’s a good story in it. And yes, the Hulk might remain more powerful than Superman — if there’s a good story in it.
Writers can always come up with compelling reasons for any character to beat any other character — if there’s a good story in it.
Regarding Charles’s SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, it’s great! He’s a fantastic collaborator and I’m loving working with him on DOOMED.
Also, his SHE-HULK book is my favorite new comic at the moment.
"Sorry I’m late for work, boss. Around 3am this morning, I discovered that Ben Vereen and Jeff Goldblum were in a short-lived detective series. You understand."