Somewhere, Larry Welz is crying in his beer, telling the bartender he tried, he really really tried.
I'm not claiming he went around portraying Batman as a child molester or anything. He wouldn't have been allowed to even if he had wanted to. But his superheroes were all essentially ineffective, morally and socially stunted, and were more often than not the butt of a joke in a way that none of the main players were, and even many of the other guests.
Compare how he treats superheroes in Hitman to how he treats, say, the SAS members. It can't be compared.
You can't tell me that Kyle Rayner hazily recalling his anal rape is not disrespectful in the extreme, that it doesn't denote some disdain for the character.
LOL @ at a Grant Morrison Doom Patrol thread turning into a discussion about Garth Ennis.
/would rally you broskies up and making it even more off-topic by saying Ennis is better than Morrison (even though he can only write three kind of stories) but doesn't want to do it :p
Don't mind at all!
But no, I don't think Ennis is better than Morrison.
The fact that Ennis got brought up in here made me think what if Ennis had a run on Doom Patrol o.o
I'm sure he would have done a great Cliff, and established the relationship between characters remarkably well.
I'll always regret that he never did a Superman story, one big 6 or 12 issue run.
Who says he can't still have one?
Wouldn't call 6 or 12 issues a big of a run though, lol.
Huh. I just realised that the hillbillies arc on Punisher MAX I attributed to Ennis earlier wasn't written by him and that he did drop the series after Valley Forge. That explains a bit.
Something like Hitman, or his Demon run...that isn't natural Garth Ennis. Those aren't the stories he tells when left to his own devices, freely.
And there is no character more bogged down in editorial constraint than Superman.
I believe Garth Ennis has something to say about Superman, the ultimate immigrant story of the 20th century. I don't think he's particularly passionate about telling that story, and I don't think he'll put up with any editorial feedback to tell it.
So I don't think he'll ever, ever do it. There are hundreds of other stories that he'd like to tell, opportunities to tell them in the way he wants to tell them. Unless DC throws absurd amounts of money and freedom at him - which I don't think they would do, since this project would have limited wide appeal anyway - I just can't envision a situation in which such a run would happen.
If I owned any sort of comic company I'd ask him to write one, though, a la Alan Moore's Supreme. Completely straight, an obvious rip off, whatever.
However he can always do an out of continuity Superman book (ie All-Star, Earth and etc.) or just make a homage character if he really wants to tell the story :p
Maybe when he get's tired of doing the same ol' stories, he might do it. There's always chance of things happening. Then again I'm an optimist and find pessimism silly at times.