For the past decade, Jason Aaron has devoted the bulk of his non-creator owned comics to Marvel, and he’s subsequently risen to become one of the company’s top writers. Aaron is currently scripting the latest Avengers ongoing series, while continuing his popular runs on Star Wars and Thor.
In the latest installment of Behind the Panel, SYFY WIRE spoke with Aaron about his opening arc on the Avengers as a prelude to an extended conversation that touched upon several aspects of his career in comics. While Aaron has handpicked his lineup of characters for the Avengers, he told us that he doesn’t actually have a favorite lineup of heroes from the past.
“I don’t know that I have one particular lineup that would be my favorite,” said Aaron. “That period when it was John Byrne and George Perez swapping off drawing issues was probably when I first started reading the Avengers [in the late ‘70s]. And I loved the Kurt Busiek [and] George Perez run [from the ‘90s], but there were tons of characters in that run.”
As a creator, Aaron told us that he attributes his success to his willingness to take risks with the characters under his control.
“I’m still a fan, but at the same time, I’ve never been intimidated by trying to put my own stamp on those characters that I love,” related Aaron. “Going back to when I wrote Punisher, that was a big moment. I love Garth Ennis’ Punisher run. Those 60 issues of Punisher MAX are some of my favorite comics anybody has ever done. When they first announced he was leaving the book, I instantly threw my hat in the ring. I was like, ‘I want to be the next guy!’ Even though I knew that’s terrifying. I could never follow that, I could never do that, I can’t be Garth, and I can’t do what he does. But at the same time, I was excited. I think I’ve always felt like that.”
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