Seven Comics That Should Be TV Shows

Seven Comics That Should Be TV Shows
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
That Wonder Woman pilot from David E. Kelley didn't quite work out, but rejoice, comic fans, for Powers is coming to the small screen.

After getting the green light from FX in February, Brian Michael Bendis has revealed that his hit superhero detective series will enter production on the pilot in a few weeks.

Created in 2000 by Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming,Powers is a procedural drama in the vein of Law and Order, set in a world populated with superheroes. 

Though the prospect of witty, costume-clad bystanders offering one-liners to masked avengers in the role of Lennie Briscoe is enough to make one stir, there are a few other on-going comic books that we'd like to see on TV this fall.

​Is a story about a preacher, his trashy girlfriend, his vampiric best-friend/frequent betrayer, the bastard spawn of an angel and a demon, and a kid with an ass for a face. Jesse Custer, the titular Preacher, is possessed by a great power that can change the world or destroy it, and there are others who would kill to have that power. If you've ever wondered about the physical ramifications of telling someone to "go f*#k yourself," this book is for you.

Preacher would make an excellent, mature TV show for audiences of a channel like FX or AMC. Ennis and Dillon's anti-evangelical epic introduced many fantastic characters such as the Patron Saint of Killers, an ageless cowboy who never misses his mark, and Arseface, a teen who emulates Kurt Cobain for all the wrong reasons. 

A film adaptation has been in development hell since the late '90s, with a now defunct Sam Mendes-helmed version thrown wayward. One can only pray to Genesis that we may see it soon.


2. GIRLS, by the Luna Brothers.

​What do you get when you take a small town, a couple with enough relationship drama to make Brenda Hampton's head spin, and then add a giant alien sperm and a pack of feral naked women?

You get the most kickass zombie story ever told, that's what.


Girls is about Ethan Daniels who lives in Pennystown, PA (population: 63). Ethan is inept with women and hasn't spoken to his estranged girlfriend in six months, despite never being more than a mile away from her at all times. Suddenly, a naked woman appears, and all of Ethan's girl troubles seem to subside. Except, when he sleeps with her, she lays a bunch of eggs that hatch exact duplicates of the naked girl. 

Suddenly, the town is over-run by these girls, who only want to have sex with the men to procreate then kill all of the other women and drag their lifeless bodies to a giant sperm that EATS THEM (no joke). Paradise or Hell? That depends on the gender.

One part relationship drama, one part story of survival, one part ridiculousness, ALL PARTS AWESOME TELEVISION.

3. MORNING GLORIES, by Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma, and Rodin Esquejo

​If Lost were a comic book, it wouldn't have shit on Morning Glories

The story of Morning Glory Academy is a hard one to decipher. It's about gifted teens attending a prestigious school, where the faculty focuses on ... well, no one really knows, and half the fun is trying to figure it out. Parents are killed for asking too many questions, and most of the teachers seem to take interest in the students for reasons they don't understand.

Slowly and surely, the stage is being set for a grand battle between two sides, Jacob versus The Man In Black style. Each issue adds to the intrigue, with hints at special powers, time-travel, and the occasional blood-stained wall complete with an ominous message for the students; "The hour of our release draws near." If you were a fan of the Prisoner, Morning Glories would be right up your alley.

 

4. TRANSMETROPOLITAN, by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson


​Imagine a (somehow) even CRAZIER Hunter S. Thompson battling corrupt politicians in an alternate cyberpunk reality. That's the basic premise of Transmetropolitan.

Spider Jerusalem is the protagonist -- he's a renegade gonzo journalist and enemy of the present day. In this world, everyone is lazy, self-centered, and plagued with consumerism, thirsting for an American Dream that consists of sex, drugs, and violence. An obvious political statement, the comic chronicled Spider's battle against corrupt officials, fighting for change less because the people deserve it, and more so because the people piss him off to no end.

5. CHEW, by John Layman and Rob Guillory


Another police drama, Chew has an interesting twist that requires some suspension of disbelief but is entertaining nonetheless. 

Tony Chu is a cop who solves crimes... by eating. The series labels him a 'Cibopath,' someone who gains psychic visions from the food that he eats. After pursuing a murderer that kills himself on the verge of being caught, Chu realizes he needs to find out if his victims are still out there. So he arrives at the logical conclusion of EATING the now-dead murderer in order to gain this knowledge.

Naturally, his superiors at the precinct don't agree with this course of action and fire him, allowing him to make his way as an agent for the Food and Drug Administration. The series follows Chu's exploits as he investigates bizarre crimes, using his talents to solve mysteries and expand his pallet all at the same time.

6. IRREDEEMABLE, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause

​It's a story where the Plutonian, a Superman analogue with serious mental issues, goes ape-shit, destroys a major U.S. city, sinks the entire country of Singapore into the ocean (re-read for full effect), and basically turns into an evil asshole.

While the initial premise didn't seem to have the legs to run for more than a dozen issues, the story itself has become a journey into the Plutonian's psyche, examining the humanity of super-humans, and also looking at what his former friends and teammates are willing to do in order to stop his murderous rampage.

  7. Y: THE LAST MAN, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

​Imagine, if you will, a world without men. Sounds like a honky-dorry, gay ole' time, right? WRONG, according to the dystopic alt-reality established in the 60 issues of Vertigo's maxiseries.

In 2002, all living creatures with a Y-chromosome suddenly drop dead -- the only exception being Yorick (the titular Y, the Last Man) and his pet monkey, Ampersand. As society crumbles across the planet, Yorick and his monkey are whisked on a whirlwind journey, bringing them into conflict with new age Amazons, the remnants of the Republican party, and other groups who wish to use The Last Man on Earth as a means to their own ends. Yeah, your 'girl problems' are straight-up insignificant, compared to this poor guy's.

New Line Cinema acquired the rights to the story in '03, but as of now nothing has yet to materialize.

 
Honorable Mentions that you should Wiki-search: Gotham Central, Invincible, Mouse Guard, the Goon, DMZ, 100 Bullets, Ex Machina, The Sandman/Hellblazer/Lucifer, Milk & Cheese

So there you have it, comics that should be shows. Did we forget one of your favorites? Holler in the comments section.


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