10 Independent and-or Creator Owned Comics that Deserve Movies

With the current glut of DC and Marvel comic book inspired movies releasing and doing very well, it got me thinking about some of my favorite comics that don’t have movie deals (yet)..

Even the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back makes fun of the fact that with the success of the X-Men movies that every single comic book property has been optioned.

Here’s a list of comics that don’t seem to have anything in the works but should. (p.s. I counted anything not Marvel/DC as “independent.” It’s my list and I can do that if I wanna.)

Pitt

Pitt

What is it?:
Pitt a tender coming-of-age story of a young boy named Timmy who finds out that his unborn brother was stolen by aliens and had his DNA cross-bred with that of an alien race called the Creed. That unborn brother grows up to be the gray skinned, noseless, muscle-bound Pitt! He then escapes said alien race to reunite with Timmy and fight crime/aliens/ninjas.

It’s also the brain child of Dale Keown, famous in comics circles for penciling the Incredible Hulk in the early 90s.

Why it would make a cool movie:
Pitt has space aliens and a huge cross-breed killing machine with 6-inch talons. What wouldn’t be awesome about it?

Powers

Powers

What is it?:
Detective Christian Walker heads-up the powers homicide investigation division. He has an advantage when he checks into murders involving super humans because he was once one himself, a hero named Diamond. Now stripped of his powers he, along with his partner Deena Pilgrim, throw the book at supers who think they’re above the law.

Why it would make a cool movie:
Two parts Sin City one part Justice League, Powers would make that breakthrough adult comic book movie everyone was hoping Wanted would be. Being written by Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t hurt either.

Nexus

Nexus

What is it?:
Set 500 years in the future, Horatio Valdemar Hellpop (say that three times fast) was chosen by another race of intrusive aliens called the Merk to wield the power of the Nexus. The catch? Horatio is required to eliminate a number of mass-murders in order to keep the power. Doesn’t seem so bad. Then he finds out that once a target is chosen he’s tormented with visions of his victims and horrible headaches until the deed is done. Oh, and his first target is his own father!

Why it would make a cool movie:
Nexus has the potential to become a better personal drama than Batman. At least Batman wasn’t forced to kill his father for the good of mankind.

 

Walking Dead

Walking Dead

What is it?:
Who doesn’t love a good zombie flick? Seems like we’ve had a flood of them recently so why push for another one for the stack? The difference here are the characters and the human story. We see a story of a marriage on the rocks, uneasy alliances and a group of great 3-dimensional character (not archetypes like “the nurse” and “the gangsta”) trying to stay alive. Also it’s image’s number 3 best-selling comic. Only behind Spawn and Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealers. Not bad considering it’s only printed in black and white.

Why it would make a cool movie:
ZOMBIES!

Milk and Cheese

Milk and Cheese

What is it?:
Milk and Cheese are dairy products gone bad. Not as in their experation date but in the sense that they usually violently kill hundreds of people in a one page strip. In a movie setting the story could be a flimsy stringing together of ultra-violent scenes (kinda like the Die Hard movies) which doesn’t come to any sort of real ending, just a burning city and Milk and Cheese standing on a pile of corpses yelling “MERV GRIFFIN!”

Why it would make a cool movie:
Quentin Tarantino owes his career to ultra-violence, why wouldn’t it make a great movie if it’s a carton of milk and a wedge of cheese doing it?

Creator Evan Dorkin has had many offers to turn the duo into movies, TV shows and cartoons. Unfortunately for us he’s turned all of these offers down. Let’s hope for our sakes that someone eventually pitches the killer story that changes his mind.

Grendel

Grendel

What is it?:
Imagine if everything you tried worked. You never failed at anything; business, girls, school, everything that normal people struggle with. That’s how Eddie grew up. Unfortunately for him, the side effect of his perfection was apathy. With the realization that nothing in the wold mattered he threw away his life as a champion fencer and began an affair with fellow fencer Jocasta Rose. After her death, his life was shattered in two. He began writing successful novels under the name Hunter Rose and also became the costumed assassin Grendel.

Why it would make a cool movie:
If looks could kill Grendel wouldn’t need his pointy stick to finish off his marks. With the very stylized look of the Matt Wagner classic comic a studio could do a version reminiscent of 300 almost like a moving stained glass window. Plus ninjas are so hot with the kids right now.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars

What is it?:
Like Heroes, the TV show, Rising Stars takes a look at the superhero genre from the viewpoint of “What if It really happened?” One night a meteor crashes to earth and bestows amazing superpowers to 113 individuals who were in Utero at the time. The children were rounded up by the government and cataloged by their powers. Allowed to live normal lives most of the Specials (as they were known) blended into the background of society, until someone starts murdering them. The investigation into the murders revels that when one special is killed, their power is redistributed to the others, making them all more powerful. This fact swings the broom handle at the proverbial hornet’s nest and puts the Specials at odds with the government and with each other.

Why it would make a cool movie:
The convention of telling a story with flashbacks has been Lost’s bread and butter. Now just imagine that storytelling technique about cool superheroes in a murder mystery. Box office gold I tell ya!

J. Michael Straczynski’s epic graphic novel was once on track to become a movie but issues between Top Cow (the publisher) and Straczynski killed the process. Now that he’s directing the Silver Surfer and World War Z movies the prospect of seeing a Rising Stars movie any time soon seem very dim.

Astro City

Astro City

What is it?:
Astro City is a huge universe filled with spandex wearing super heroes and villains. The stories revolve around many of the characters and reveal nuances in their lives. Such as: does a hero who can fly, who is always busy saving the world, ever have time to enjoy it?

Why it would make a cool movie:
Astro City has a life of it’s own that would translate well to the screen. Once everyone is tired of the “blow-up everything” Michael Bay approach to super heroes Astro City will be a great deconstruction of the genre.

Ghost

Ghost

What is it?:
Patrick Swayze is killed by his business partner and makes sexy clay pots with Demi Moore… No wait. Elisa Cameron died, more specifically was murdered, but that doesn’t stop her from walking around investigating her own murder and shooting GUNS!

Why it would make a cool movie:
Ghost was written with a smart, strong, and not too shabby looking heroine. She would be good For supers of the female persuasion whos track record consists of Barb Wire and Electra.

Monkeyman

Monkeyman and O’Brien

What is it?:

Ann O’Brien’s father was a brilliant scientist who’s experimental machine 1. ripped super-intelligent apeman Axewell Tiberius (Monkeyman) from a different dimension into ours and 2. Turned Ann into a seven foot tall amazon with superhuman strength.

I’m going to be in my own lab accident one day because it’s obvious I’ll receive super-powers and not lymphoma.

Why it would make a cool movie:

In one issue Monkeyman swings live sharks to beat up the badguys. Shark wielding giant gorilla!!! ’nuff said.

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10 Independent and-or Creator Owned Comics that Deserve Movies

With the current glut of DC and Marvel comic book inspired movies releasing and doing very well, it got me thinking about some of my favorite comics that don’t have movie deals (yet)..

Even the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back makes fun of the fact that with the success of the X-Men movies that every single comic book property has been optioned.

Here’s a list of comics that don’t seem to have anything in the works but should. (p.s. I counted anything not Marvel/DC as “independent.” It’s my list and I can do that if I wanna.)

Pitt

Pitt

What is it?:
Pitt a tender coming-of-age story of a young boy named Timmy who finds out that his unborn brother was stolen by aliens and had his DNA cross-bred with that of an alien race called the Creed. That unborn brother grows up to be the gray skinned, noseless, muscle-bound Pitt! He then escapes said alien race to reunite with Timmy and fight crime/aliens/ninjas.

It’s also the brain child of Dale Keown, famous in comics circles for penciling the Incredible Hulk in the early 90s.

Why it would make a cool movie:
Pitt has space aliens and a huge cross-breed killing machine with 6-inch talons. What wouldn’t be awesome about it?

Powers

Powers

What is it?:
Detective Christian Walker heads-up the powers homicide investigation division. He has an advantage when he checks into murders involving super humans because he was once one himself, a hero named Diamond. Now stripped of his powers he, along with his partner Deena Pilgrim, throw the book at supers who think they’re above the law.

Why it would make a cool movie:
Two parts Sin City one part Justice League, Powers would make that breakthrough adult comic book movie everyone was hoping Wanted would be. Being written by Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t hurt either.

Nexus

Nexus

What is it?:
Set 500 years in the future, Horatio Valdemar Hellpop (say that three times fast) was chosen by another race of intrusive aliens called the Merk to wield the power of the Nexus. The catch? Horatio is required to eliminate a number of mass-murders in order to keep the power. Doesn’t seem so bad. Then he finds out that once a target is chosen he’s tormented with visions of his victims and horrible headaches until the deed is done. Oh, and his first target is his own father!

Why it would make a cool movie:
Nexus has the potential to become a better personal drama than Batman. At least Batman wasn’t forced to kill his father for the good of mankind.

 

Walking Dead

Walking Dead

What is it?:
Who doesn’t love a good zombie flick? Seems like we’ve had a flood of them recently so why push for another one for the stack? The difference here are the characters and the human story. We see a story of a marriage on the rocks, uneasy alliances and a group of great 3-dimensional character (not archetypes like “the nurse” and “the gangsta”) trying to stay alive. Also it’s image’s number 3 best-selling comic. Only behind Spawn and Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealers. Not bad considering it’s only printed in black and white.

Why it would make a cool movie:
ZOMBIES!

Milk and Cheese

Milk and Cheese

What is it?:
Milk and Cheese are dairy products gone bad. Not as in their experation date but in the sense that they usually violently kill hundreds of people in a one page strip. In a movie setting the story could be a flimsy stringing together of ultra-violent scenes (kinda like the Die Hard movies) which doesn’t come to any sort of real ending, just a burning city and Milk and Cheese standing on a pile of corpses yelling “MERV GRIFFIN!”

Why it would make a cool movie:
Quentin Tarantino owes his career to ultra-violence, why wouldn’t it make a great movie if it’s a carton of milk and a wedge of cheese doing it?

Creator Evan Dorkin has had many offers to turn the duo into movies, TV shows and cartoons. Unfortunately for us he’s turned all of these offers down. Let’s hope for our sakes that someone eventually pitches the killer story that changes his mind.

Grendel

Grendel

What is it?:
Imagine if everything you tried worked. You never failed at anything; business, girls, school, everything that normal people struggle with. That’s how Eddie grew up. Unfortunately for him, the side effect of his perfection was apathy. With the realization that nothing in the wold mattered he threw away his life as a champion fencer and began an affair with fellow fencer Jocasta Rose. After her death, his life was shattered in two. He began writing successful novels under the name Hunter Rose and also became the costumed assassin Grendel.

Why it would make a cool movie:
If looks could kill Grendel wouldn’t need his pointy stick to finish off his marks. With the very stylized look of the Matt Wagner classic comic a studio could do a version reminiscent of 300 almost like a moving stained glass window. Plus ninjas are so hot with the kids right now.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars

What is it?:
Like Heroes, the TV show, Rising Stars takes a look at the superhero genre from the viewpoint of “What if It really happened?” One night a meteor crashes to earth and bestows amazing superpowers to 113 individuals who were in Utero at the time. The children were rounded up by the government and cataloged by their powers. Allowed to live normal lives most of the Specials (as they were known) blended into the background of society, until someone starts murdering them. The investigation into the murders revels that when one special is killed, their power is redistributed to the others, making them all more powerful. This fact swings the broom handle at the proverbial hornet’s nest and puts the Specials at odds with the government and with each other.

Why it would make a cool movie:
The convention of telling a story with flashbacks has been Lost’s bread and butter. Now just imagine that storytelling technique about cool superheroes in a murder mystery. Box office gold I tell ya!

J. Michael Straczynski’s epic graphic novel was once on track to become a movie but issues between Top Cow (the publisher) and Straczynski killed the process. Now that he’s directing the Silver Surfer and World War Z movies the prospect of seeing a Rising Stars movie any time soon seem very dim.

Astro City

Astro City

What is it?:
Astro City is a huge universe filled with spandex wearing super heroes and villains. The stories revolve around many of the characters and reveal nuances in their lives. Such as: does a hero who can fly, who is always busy saving the world, ever have time to enjoy it?

Why it would make a cool movie:
Astro City has a life of it’s own that would translate well to the screen. Once everyone is tired of the “blow-up everything” Michael Bay approach to super heroes Astro City will be a great deconstruction of the genre.

Ghost

Ghost

What is it?:
Patrick Swayze is killed by his business partner and makes sexy clay pots with Demi Moore… No wait. Elisa Cameron died, more specifically was murdered, but that doesn’t stop her from walking around investigating her own murder and shooting GUNS!

Why it would make a cool movie:
Ghost was written with a smart, strong, and not too shabby looking heroine. She would be good For supers of the female persuasion whos track record consists of Barb Wire and Electra.

Monkeyman

Monkeyman and O’Brien

What is it?:

Ann O’Brien’s father was a brilliant scientist who’s experimental machine 1. ripped super-intelligent apeman Axewell Tiberius (Monkeyman) from a different dimension into ours and 2. Turned Ann into a seven foot tall amazon with superhuman strength.

I’m going to be in my own lab accident one day because it’s obvious I’ll receive super-powers and not lymphoma.

Why it would make a cool movie:

In one issue Monkeyman swings live sharks to beat up the badguys. Shark wielding giant gorilla!!! ’nuff said.

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