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“If Brian Michael Bendis can’t make a Moon Knight series work, who can?” That’s the question my friend posed to me when I brought up my inclusion of him on this list, and I think that’s the wrong question. With no ill will toward Bendis, maybe he wasn’t the right guy for it? I love Alan Moore, but somehow I don’t see him delivering a great Spider-Man series. For Moon Knight, if you look back at his previous revivals and what spurred them on, you can see it’s not about finding the “best” creator, but the “right” creator. Much in the same way Mark Waid & Co. re-invented the way to tell a Daredevil story, someone needs to come along with the right idea to refresh Marc Spector without damaging his past, and doing it in the auspices of a Marvel MAX miniseries could be the perfect place. Hell, you could even dig out that old Universe X concept that Moon Knight was in fact inspired not by a mythological god named Khoshu but the moon-based Watcher, Uatu.
Unlike his Marvel counterparts on this list, the Hulk has been able to carry an ongoing series for most of his life — but of the top-tier characters his title’s been the one most frequently on life support. The recently revamped Indestructible Hulk series has played up the brainy side of Bruce Banner to great effect, but I could also see a Hulk MAX title co-existing with that and exploring his murkier Jekyll/Hyde dynamic as seen in his debut.
Has Reed Richards ever had his own series? Outside of a few minis and one-shots, no. But even though Fantastic Four seems primarily driven by his ideas dragging his friends and family along for the ride, I feel like Richards has a ton of untapped potential on his own. For too long Reed’s been type-cast in the role of “Dad” straight out of a 90s TGIF network comedy, but he can — and should — be much more than that. I’m not saying you necessarily have to turn him evil as in the Ultimate line, but there’s room in the framework laid out by Lee and Kirby on down to Fraction and Bagley to do some interesting storytelling of Reed Richards cutting loose on his own.