5 Comic Books That Would Make Amazing Television Shows

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by Rich Stambolian on April 9, 2013

in Comics

There are some amazing comic books out there that fans are dying to see converted to television shows. AMC’s ​The Walking Dead is a hit and it was a no brainer to make it into a television show. Some work and some don’t, but here is a list of shows that could easily translate well to the small screen.

 

100 Bullets

Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, and Dave Johnson created one of the most intriguing comic books on the stands from issue #1 until its end at issue #100. 100 Bullets is crime fiction with a dose of the surreal at its best. The premise of having a suitcase full of 100 untraceable bullets to do with as you please, given to you by a mysterious “benefactor” is a plot that would grab anyone at any age.

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Throw in an overarching conspiracy and some of the most memorable characters ever put to page and you have a great new series that could be your favorite show if done right. Ideally, the whole team from Mad Men would make this show and blow you away.

 

Chew

Even though writer John Layman posted on Facebook in early February that the Showtime Chew series is “not happening”, Chew could be a modern day Alien Nation style show that flips perspective on you left and right. From the aforementioned Layman and Rob Guillory; Chew takes place in a world where poultry is outlawed due to disease. The main character Tony Chu can literally “take a bite out of crime”- whatever he eats gives him visions of horrible crimes.

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The book would translate well to television because although you are dealing with a pretty ‘out there’ story – it would be relatively easy to shoot and make a very interesting sci-fi story that could actually one day come true. The show could follow Tony Chu through cases, personal dilemmas, and the uncovering of secrets perhaps best left hidden.

 

Criminal

Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips are one of the go-to creative teams in comic books. If you’ve ever read any Brubaker stuff then you KNOW the guy loves his crime fiction.

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The genius of converting Criminal to television is that you can dedicate each episode to one story and then move on to the next. This would work well as an anthology taking the BBC approach of crafting 3 episode seasons containing 2 hour episodes.

 

Preacher

Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon and Glenn Fabry brought to life the story of a reluctant preacher that was imbued with the spirit of a half-demon/half-angel. The spirit gave him the Word of God, which would compel anyone who heard it do exactly what he says. The story of Jesse Custer, Tulip, Cassidy, God, Starr, The Saint of Killers, and every other crazy thing would make for an amazing series on HBO, which would be the perfect home for a story that is as brutal as it is well-written.

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Picture Jesse on the small screen taking on Jody, the Saint, or being the Sheriff of that no-horse town and you have yourself another title in your library that you would re-watch over and over again!

 

Revival

Revival takes on a very interesting aspect of horror- what if the dead returned exactly as they once were? Their loved ones have gone through the grieving process, healed, and possibly moved on but something happens in this small Wisconsin town that has its residents up in arms and confounded.

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This show would fill the post X-Files and Twin Peaks void. Revival would be an eerie romp on TV that would have you talking at the water cooler every week, trying to figure out the mystery.

 

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Rich Stambolian writer profileRich Stambolian (@btcrich) can be found in his native habitat of Flushing, Queens. When he’s not in the wild he enjoys a good comic book, a good rasslin’ match, a video game or two, and maybe an ice cold sud.

 

  • http://teamhellions.com Kevin Hellions

    Hell, Revival is so perfect its already been stolen for network.

  • James

    Preacher would be amazing if it was on the right network. The wrong network would be a dealbreaker for that. And I heard that Showtime Chew show was gonna be a comedy?!

  • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

    Great list, Rich. As soon as I finally got around to reading Locke & Key I breezed through 5 volumes quickly, all the while thinking about what an amazing TV show it would make. Then I read that there was one in the works for a while, most recently an MTV project. The casting for the pilot looked decent, and I guess the screening was well received at Comic Con. Hope it comes to life one day.

    The other I’d have on my own list is Scott Snyder’s American Vampire. I’d love to see Skinner Sweet on the small screen, with each volume (and era) being it’s own season.

    Once again, great list!

    • Rich

      Thank you! My personal favorite would actually be Preacher. The story unfolds so well that it would work great as an HBO series. All the elements are there! Plus, it’s a pretty extreme book.

      Also since I am a huge fanboy I would LOVE to see an Adam Strange show on SyFy, which would be the best platform for a semi camp space drama.

  • http://www.shezcrafti.com shezcrafti

    I’d like to see Morning Glories become a show.

    • http://underscoopfire.com Howie Decker

      hmm I gotta check that book out. I think Mind the Gap is my next trade I’m gonna invest in

  • Kap-El

    Sweet List! The only ones I could see are Preacher and 100 Bullets.

    Chew is SO OVERRATED. Perfect to become the next WALKING DEAD.

    God, I hate Chew.

  • http://eclectikrelaxation.com @eclectik

    I will forever say that Daredevil on HBO or Showtime would be everything
    The Law/Lawyer angle and the crime fighting

    And Deadpool would be a great dark comedy

    • HowardTheDeck

      well wasn’t this prophetic of you! 8 months ago!

  • KingJeffo

    Update from John Layman regarding Chew becoming a TV show. If Hollywood doesn’t pick Chew up to be a TV series by the time it ends at issue 60 it will become an adult cartoon. I hope they go the cartoon route since I think it would be so much better!

    Los Angeles Times – Hero Complex Interview Quote…

    HC: You’ve said Showtime isn’t happening for “Chew,” but are there contingent plans?

    JL: We had a writer, Brian Duffield, we have a director, Stephen Hopkins, who’s done a lot of Showtime stuff. And then we’ve got a half-hour and an hour script. We have all that stuff back from Showtime. They’re shopping it around…. And Rob and I are both very focused on “Chew”…. We’re just going to let Hollywood do its thing. If nothing happens by the time “Chew” 60 is out and we’re unemployed, then we take control and Kickstart a cartoon. We just can’t do it right now. So you’ve got 25 issues, Hollywood, to make a TV show, or we’re going to do it ourselves.

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