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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. With regards to the Flash Family, does it feel like DC just sledgehammered what you helped build to establish or re-establish a somewhat unnecessary status quo (ex: bringing back Hal Jordan, Brand New Day, etc…) ?”

    (Rhetorical question, but unless you’re going to kill him again in the Final Crisis, why bring Barry back at all? If there’s any major-league hero that became more dynamic and interesting not just after he was dead, but BECAUSE he was dead, it’s Barry Allen.)

  2. You know, maybe I’ll wait until Final Crisis is over before asking a question like that. For all I know Bart is going to pop out of a Speed Force burp as a kid again, Barry will bite the big one saving the world again, and Wally and Linda will live happily ever after.

    But with the Ross-ilization of the DC universe, it wouldn’t surprise me if Barry, Wally, and Jay were all smooshed together in a Multiverse-saving feat of heroics into the Kingdom Come “Mercury” Flash for about, oh, a year or so. In fact, I’d bet money on it.

  3. Maximus Rift on

    Isn’t BND a Marvel thing, Mark?

    Anyways, my question would be what he thinks about the reactions to his latest run in the Flash book.

  4. Lifeisaglitch on

    I don’t car what you ask him Stephen as long as you get him to talk about Kingdom Come, talk about creating a classic.

  5. (beating it into the ground…)

    Yes I’m fully aware Mr. Waid wrote KC. I just think the character concepts are being overexploited because DC likes the reaction they get to Ross’s depictions of the characters…which um, is justified by sales figures. But in my unwanted opinion, making KC an in-continuity alternate earth rather than a self-contained Elseworlds tale took a lot of shine off the apple.

    (Shutting up now.)

  6. (I meant to shut up, but Maximus asked)

    I know BND was a Marvel thing, I was referring to how comic companies “reset” the status quo to simplify their characters back to their template. Sometimes it’s done well enough (original Crisis) and sometimes it leaves a lot to be desired (BND, Zero Hour.) It’s pretty much the companies telling us “our core readers are idiots who won’t understand character growth and new readers are idiots who will only understand the most basic version of the character–you know the ones from movies and cartoons.” Which is why Spider-Man is a teenager living with Aunt May again; why the Hulk is no longer Green Scar and is back to “Hulk strongest one there is!”; and why Batman is about to be turned upside down all over again. It’s why Final Crisis and Secret Invasion exist: RESET.

    Where’s Power Girl’s baby, anyway?

  7. Mark Waid, If you could revamp and write a Marvel character and/or team and/or monster with NO RESTRICTIONS and Full Creative Freedom what would it be? (and very roughly outline the storyline you would pursue)

  8. DrStrangeCubicle on

    Paper or plastic?

    If you could write any book from either of the two major companies, what would it be?

  9. Real question!!!

    Mr. Waid: Which regular series story arc (from any company, but not counting graphic novels or minis) do you look back upon and say “Damn, I REALLLLLY wish I’d come up with that run.”?

  10. I loved Mister Waid’s Marvel work and would want to knwo if more is on the horizon? I know he has something Spider-related but I was wondering if he’d be doing anything I’d read. I have a strict policy against buying comics where heroes make deals with Satan analogs.

  11. Lifeisaglitch on

    If you were a tree what tree would it be?


    Who are your great writing inspirations outside the comic book industry?

  12. How much does the visual element sway your writing, at least in the early establishment phase of starting a take on a character? Does knowing you will be working with Alex Ross, for instance, affect your writing in a different way that if you were working with Ron Garney?

    Thanks, I’m a big fan!

    -Hercules in NY

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