Unlike TV or film, comic books have total freedom of imagination. TV shows can’t say whatever they want because they’re worried about making Coca-Cola mad. and movies have to make everyone happy to recoup their five hundred billion dollar budgets. But comic books fly under the radar. Honestly, you get more truth from comics than any other popular medium of expression these days. Which is why when Preacher came out on AMC, I was stoked. That is the most hilarious, weirdo, blasphemous comic book on the planet. And it got me thinking — what other great non-DC or Marvel properties are out there that TV might be ready to take a chance on, and SHOULD? So then I listed them all, and here they are:
A Space Western Soap Opera with twice the intellect and an a million times the emotional power of Star Wars. Saga is funny, sweet, sad, and creative beyond your wildest expectations. Its writer, Brian K. Vaughn, is the current darling of the comics industry and the adulation he receives is completely warranted. In Saga, we follow the adventures of a magical goat man, his winged-soldier wife, and their illegal winged goat-baby as they travel the universe on the run from the worlds insisting their love is blasphemy. It takes every modern issue — LGBT rights, racism, sexism, imperialism, the military-industrial complex — and shows how they are f*cked up, and then proves it’s possible to beat the badness and make the world better… all while things like needing to collect the ejaculate from a dragon to bring an assassin back to life happen. The series is kind of framed like a TV show too, in that it’s already arced once and entered what feels like a “second season”.
How many stories about a little girl entering a magical land of fairies start with, “One day, a little girl found a magical land of fairies… and that’s when the sh*t hit the fan”? You’ll never find a more graphic, dark, and funny story about pigtails, fairies, axes, and blood than this hard-to-find comic series that belongs on FX more than probably any show currently on FX.
Locke And Key
Locke And Key is a comic book series written by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill, who is even more talented than his dad. Following the Locke family through their harrowing struggle against the evil resting just below the surface of their lives would be captivating on screen. This series actually had a pilot made and ALMOST got on TV and then didn’t. So close, guys. I beg you all to read Locke and Key if you can stomach creepy sh*t. You won’t be disappointed.
A guy and girl who both have the power to stop time with their orgasms use their power to commit crime. Also it’s feminist as fuuuuuuuu**. Also it’s significantly better than any super hero comic book out right now. HBO? Showtime? Cinemax? GET ON THIS.
Tough as nails thirteen-year-old girls fight aliens and chain smoke. Paper Girls is a throwback to kid’s movies in the ’80s (back when movies were allowed to let kids know about things that exist in the real world, like cigarettes and sadness). With the success of Stranger Things on Netflix, now is the perfect time to start a less-condescending kids entertainment renaissance, and Paper Girls would be fantastic for leading that charge.
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