Brian Bendis interviews Brad Meltzer, and exposes Meltzer’s lack of respect for the fanboy:
If someone came to you and said, “You can pick the team of The Avengers, you can pick the team of The Justice League–or if I went back in time and I told the two of us that that’s what we’d be doing–I would basically die right there, even though we’ve been doing it in our heads since we were 10 years old. But again, the hardest part for me was not wanting to just do what I think is cool, but what actually is bigger than me. I think that there is just a history–even in the JLA, even in The Avengers–where you saw what can only be called “The Ego Character.” It’s the character that’s like, “I’m being put on the team so everyone remembers me.” I hate that character. It’s in just about every run of every Justice League and it’s in just about every run of every Avengers. There’s always one character that’s the ego character. I really wanted to not be that guy–and listen, I’m sure I’ll get called on that whether it’s for Black Lightning or someone else–but to me Black Lightning has total business being in that book.
Brad – You have a team that includes Vixen, Black Lightning, Arsenal and Red Tornado. You think that fans will complain that you have one ego character? Give us some credit, sir. Also in the interview, you’ll get a look at how Bendis’s first issue of Mighty Avengers is structured. Go read.