While we are on holiday-hiatus, I thought that I would offer up some bite-sized list morsels for any ONE listener that might be out there. With Preacher season one in the rearview, and a proposed Runaways show coming to Hulu, my list of comics that desperately need to be adapted has evolved over time. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do yourself a service and seek out the stories that I’m mentioning. These are some of the best of the best. So, without further ado, here are my Top 5 Comic Books Ripe for T.V./Movie Adaptations Vol.2:
- X-Statix by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred— With X-Force in development at Fox (sigh….) I’m fairly certain that these characters are tied up with Fox’s stranglehold on the X-Men film rights, but with the success of the Deadpool film they could win back some of my respect be pulling a switcheroo and making Orphan, Anarchist, U-Go Girl, Doop, Phat, Vivisector, Dead Girl, and all of the rest of the rejects into starring roles in the X-Force film. These guys showed up out of the blue as the new status quo in the pages of X-Force originally and without warning. Check out my episode below for my thoughts on a cast. I’m thinking movie on this one.
- Girls by Joshua and Jonathan Luna— With the success of sci-fi and weirdness (I’m looking at you Westworld and Outcast) Image Comics 24 issue maxi-series about a small town trapped in a bubble (not Under the Dome) with an army of crazed naked ladies, giant sperm monsters, and more town drama than an All My Children and Survivor crossover–Girls NEEDS to get made. “And the chicks are great.”
- Invincible by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley— Watchmen was supposed to herald the end of superhero films…that was 2009. There have been DOZENS since then, and there is no better time for something…a little different. Robert Kirkman has taken T.V. by storm with The Walking Dead and Outcast, but it’s high time he dips his toes into the big screen….or however you would cleverly put that. Kirkman made a high profile exit from mainstream comics work quite a while back, but his creator owned superhero book Invincible has lasted 13 years and will conclude with next years 144th issue. I would argue that ALL 144 issues are strong and a love letter to everything that Kirkman loves about superhero comics….and there’s lots of blood. It would be something to behold the bloodbaths that many a Viltrumites caused.
- Death Sentence by Monty Nero and Mike Dowling— You thought Kingsman was the most insane British comic book adaptation? Try adding in superpowers via STD’s.
- Fray by Joss Whedon and Karl Moline— Alright. Give us our Whedon fix. Fox obviously has no respect for Whedon’s stuff. A Firefly/Serenity relaunch isn’t happening, and Whedon seems to be done with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. So, why not go back to basics? Give us Buffy evolved. The 8 issue 2001 miniseries set up a possible future in the Buffyverse, in which a Slayer is called upon to stake some vampires. The character of Melaka Fray made subsequent appearances in Dark Horse’s continuation of the Buffyverse in comic form via season 8’s Time of Your Life. If Marvel and Sony can share Spiderman, then Dark Horse and Fox can share a little known character called Fray. Dark Horse and Whedon get 100% creative control and find another distributor, while Fox keeps its mouth shut and collects some revenue. Win Win.
(I feel like we’ve tackled this topic before in an episode, but I don’t seem to be able to find said episode. It must have been one of the many asides that we get sidetracked into.)