Actually, as a comic book fan, that's something I do anyway. Sometimes, as an intellectual exercise, I try to imagine what I would do if DC assigned me to do something I really, really hated. Because any writer can write a character they love (well, anyone but Phil Jimenez), but it's a true test of a writer to write a character they hate.
It's an illustrative exercise. Not only does it help you identify and label what precisely you don't like about such characters or concepts, it helps you to realize that they might not be irremediable after all.
Take, for example, the Outsiders. Please. Badump dump. There are very few things in DC I hate more than the Outsiders. So what would I do if I had to write the Outsiders?
The question asked, I suddenly realize I don't hate all the individual Outsiders, just the ones created specifically for the team. Well, of course; they are brain(dead)-children of Enemy of Society Mike W. Barr, from whom, like abhorred Strife, no good can come (see Hesiod's Theogony, lines 226 - 232). How could it be otherwise?
Nor do I hate the concept of the Outsiders; a team created by gathering characters on the periphery of the established DC "families" and groups. Linking otherwise "free radical" characters into some core is consistent with the thesis of my pet concept, the Dynastic Centerpiece Model: that characters become greater when they are framed by their relationships with a larger group of characters. This is a recurring tack at DC, and has often revived moribund characters (Shadowpact, Suicide Squad, Secret Six, Dr. Thirteen's Limbo Squadron).
If my one arm were twisted to write the Outsiders but my other arms free to do so as I wished, I would start with gathering some of the real "outsiders", characters who've been pushed out of regular Dynasties and groups. Then I realized: I actually did that once, tongue in cheek.
If I wrote the Outsiders, here's roughly who might be in it.
- NOT Black Lighting (who has graduated to "insider" in my mind, and should remain in the JLA)
- The Question
- Man-of-Bats and Little Raven
- Red Tornado (who should not now be, or ever have been, in the JLA)
- Reverb, renamed as Vibe II (end of subject)
- Ralph Dibny (yeah; you heard me)
- Vixen (I really can't believe I just wrote that)
- Tasmanian Devil
- Phantom Stranger (in his way)
- Dr. Thirteen
- Blue Jay
- Little Mermaid
- Baron Winter (an idea so dumb I figure it has to work)
- Super Chief (dead or not)
- The Creeper
(1) Yes, I'm aware of the Detroit thing in there, and the Global Guardians thing.
(2) I really do NOT like some of the characters in the list; but I'm still entranced with the idea of including them. I consider that a good sign.
(3) I imagine it more as a co-op than a "team" per se. Picture a member proposing a mission at a meeting, and then other members volunteer to participate in that mission or not. No formal "leader"; just a facilitator, probably a civilian one.
I think a book about this group of "outsider" would be a good Outsiders. What do you think?