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Three Comics To Turn Into TV Shows.

October 9, 2019 by  
Filed under Mainstream Comics (Marvel/DC), News

( With DC Comics and Image doing the damn thing when it comes to bringing comics to the small screen, it leaves the possibilities for future comic book shows wide open.

Of course, that factors in that fans actually watch the television shows and don’t simply get hyped that a show is being done. It’s always been a thing that annoyed me because some fans become more invested in the film side—it’s higher risk that TV after all—and become disappointed that TV doesn’t have the same budget.

Really? Really?

That aside, everyone has a couple of series they would love to see on screen. I mean, you would end up with a longer, deeper story in a40-plus minute show across several episodes that season than a 90 minute or two-hour film every two years or so. Then again, I tend to pick television over films 80-percent of the time when it comes to comics.

Here are a few comic book series I’d love to see as television shows.

Marvel Noir

Marvel Comics has a ton of series that would make a great show. One of them that would be good for Netflix is Marvel Noir. Taking place between the Roaring 20’s and before World War II–depending on the story—it took a pulpy, hardboiled detective literature approach. I loved this because like Marvel 1602, it took established characters, put them in a time before the Golden Age of Comics, and it used street-level heroes in dark settings. I was sold!

It would make for a good family of shows if Netflix ran with it after cancelling most of the Marvel shows.

Southern Bastards

This comic from Image could easily be a show on AMC without heavy investment in special effects. Southern Bastards sees the former sheriff returns to his hometown of Craw County, Alabama which is just…peak south. High school football is the most important thing there and good ol’ boys are steady raising hell. The coach of the team is now something of a crime lord in the county. The former sheriff returns not with the intent of cleaning up the county, just to deal with his father’s death and the high school football coach’s role in it.

With that story alone, Southern Bastards could honestly be a good addition to any network to chop up another NCIS or Law & Order. The series has a great pace and doesn’t scream “comic book” at all, it yells “dramatic series.”

Quantum and Woody

Of the U.S. publishers, Valiant is the one that delivers often without a bunch of grumbling from fans. It’s also not as big as Marvel and DC. If anything, it’s more on the end with Image and Darkhorse. Valiant has some strong titles and their timeline is one of the easier ones to follow since its linear. That means it’s not a mess like Marvel’s because the company is afraid of definitively passing major personas on to new characters. There’s always a plan B just in case fans throw a loud enough fit about “Sam Wilson can’t be Captain America” or some other such nonsense.

That brings me to Quantum and Woody. It wasn’t hard to pick which series would be the company representative for Valiant. This series gives you all the things you’d expect from a superhero comic with a lot comedy thanks to shenanigans the step-brothers get into because of Woody. The original premise was for Christopher Priest to do a series similar to Luke Cage and Iron Fist. What you get is something along the lines of a superhero version of Lethal Weapon.

Staff Writer; M. Swift

This talented writer is also a podcast host, and comic book fan who loves all things old school. One may also find him on Twitter at; metalswift.

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