Speaking of Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples have constructed an uncommonly imaginative story about star-crossed lovers on the run in the middle of a galactic civil war, with a comic that feels like an ever-evolving collage of science fiction elements and visuals that feel both familiar and not.
Despite its position as one of the more acclaimed and fiscally-successful comics on the market (the latest issue ranked 29th among all individual comic sales for the month of December, outselling Superman, The X-Men, and Iron Man), adapting Saga could prove challenging.
To construct the world that has fallen out of Vaughan and Staples’ head, such a project would require a large cast, well-rendered planets, and a ton of either CG or Henson-esque (think Farscape) creations to nail the epic space opera feel of the book. That’s an undertaking that could be prohibitively expensive, but if the book keeps selling and growing, it might force that uphill climb.
Between The Walking Dead, its upcoming spin-off, and The CW’s potential iZombie series, TV probably doesn’t need another zombie show, but an adaptation of Revival wouldn’t exactly be that. Instead, the show would focus on the way that a town copes with the influx of dead people returning as themselves. It’s something that resembles the premise of Resurrection (a mid-season replacement for ABC) so closely, that when the previously attempted Revival show got passed over, it prompted writer Tim Seeley to tell Bleeding Cool:
It’s an unfortunate thing for us, as we had worked with some very talented people to get Revival on the small screen, and we were completely unaware that this novel/script existed. But, I choose to believe that these things just happen some times, and we plucked a low hanging fruit, or simply fell upon a concept that was “in the air.”
Does the presence of Resurrection mean a Revival show will never be? Not necessarily. Remember, while Resurrection was inspired by a novel, Seeley and artist Mike Norton are still unraveling Revival‘s story and all the mysteries therein.
Despite it’s less-than-mainstream name, mature content, and the scarlet letter of an IOS ban for issue #2 and #3, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are actually unraveling a smart and sweet love story with a bit about awkward sexual discovery thrown in for good measure. Also, the main characters freeze time when they make love, allowing them to rob banks.
That concept is probably a little too goofy for television presently, but there is a larger mystery behind the dual protagonist’s special skill set that might help ground the story in a more serious place.
This one is more “one to watch” than some of the other comic series on this list right now, but Matt Fraction is one of the best writers in comics and this book is too clever to not mention as something that could work as a sexy and fun adventure series for the right pay-cable network.