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TOP TEN BOOM! STUDIOS COMICS THAT NEED TO BE MOVIES (or TV shows)

So, the word is that BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox have a first-look deal to adapt comics into TV shows or movies. And, of course, last year BOOM! Acquired the wonderful Archaia publishing line, which comes along with the deal. I’m assuming licensed titles, like the Muppets and 28 Days Later, are not part of the deal—but even without them, there’s lots of great stuff at BOOM!/Archaia that needs to be adapted…Now!

Many deals are already in place: A great 2 Guns movie came out last year, and deals are in place for Unthinkable, The Foundation, Rust, Jeremiah Harm, and several others—but those wouldn’t have made my top 10 anyway.

Here’s what does, and why…

10. Dead Run by Michael Alan Nelson and Andrew Cosby. This would be a terrific “B” picture: Zombies, monsters, and fast cars. After the apocalypse, Americans live in fortified cities. Dead Run tells the tale of Nick Masters, a driver who makes deliveries through the wasteland connecting the cities.

9. Strange Attractors by Charles Soule and Greg Scott. What if you figured out, mathematically, the way a city “worked,” and used that formula to constantly tweak it so it didn’t burn out or destroy itself? That’s the story here: A city engineer who, basically, is God, and his new young student. A great sci-fi story aching to be turned into a thoughtful thriller.

8. I Thought You Would Be Funnier by Shannon Wheeler. This Eisner-nominated humor book is basically a series of New Yorker cartoons, but it could serve as the premise for a series of sketches or animated shorts. I know that spinning these kinds of things off into TV isn’t always successful, but with the right imagination behind it, it could be hilarious.

7. Hero Squared by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, and Joe Abraham. The writers of the best Justice League comics of all time tell the story of a superhero plucked from his own universe into one where his counterpart version has no powers…And his dating his arch enemy! Yeah, it’s high concept and a bit of a mind-bender at first, but this book has run several volumes for a reason: It’s great. I’d love to see it serialized as a super-hero sit-com. Think “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” if that movie had actually been any good.

6. Potter’s Field by Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta. Just about anything with Waid’s name on it deserves adaptation, and this noir about a man trying to name all the unmarked graves in Potter’s Field is no exception. It could be an ongoing series about each grave, or a movie focusing on the plot that linked the four issues in this great, underrated miniseries together.  It is one of his best works.

5. A Tale of Sand by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl. A graphic novel based on an unproduced screenplay by the genius behind The Muppets, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock. How is this not already a movie?

4. Mouse Guard. It’s beloved, it’s won dozens of awards, and it’s tailor-made for a small-screen animated series that would have some depth to it. Kids today are savvier by the minute—why not give them something they can really think about?

3. Deathmatch by Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno. A world’s worth of superheroes and villains find themselves trapped in a gladiator-like kill-or-be-killed arena, with no idea how they got there or why. It’s part mystery, part action, with tremendous spin-off potential. Plus, although it ran for over a year’s worth of issues, it would be fairly easy to adapt to movie length. Why should Marvel have all the epic, heroic fun?

2. Irredeemable/Incorruptible by Mark Waid. To me, this is Waid’s magnum opus. This story of “what if Superman went bad” (and in the case of incorruptible, “What if a supervillain went good”) is one of the greatest superhero comics of all time. I don’t know how well it would translate into a film—it’s a complex saga that took years to tell in the comics–but I’d love to see someone try.

1. The Killer by Matz and Luc Jacamon. The Killer is a French comic about a hitman who doesn’t really struggle with the morality of his job (which is what you’d expect from a book about a killer), but more with the ennui between jobs. It’s also a great thriller. And with five novels in the series, if the first movie is a success the sequel’s already written! Of all the comics on this list, this is easily the most literary and the one I’d be most excited to see adapted.

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THE 75 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN MARVEL HISTORY

So, the wonderful “Comic Books Should Be Good” blog is running a poll for the “75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History” and I sent in my entry. But I thought, since I’d done all that work, I’d share it with you all, my readers. Here they all are, from 10 to 1.

Note: I did this from memory. I figure, I should remember memorable moments. So it reflects my personal biases in terms of what I read. Also, “memorable” is not a synonym for “important.” These are the 10 I thought of first. Finally, a list of 10 is so short…I wanted to include Executioner using M-16s, the time Joss Whedon killed off Kitty Pryde, Human Torch’s last stand before his “death,” Spidey with Gwen Stacy’s body, and so many more.

Click “next” to start!

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THE BERKELEY PLACE TRIBUTE TO JIM STARLIN

My origin story for liking comic books involves a basement where I sat while my parents had dinner at another couple’s house, and the man of the house let me pore over his comic book collection.  Longbox after longbox.  I never wanted to leave.  I have no idea who that guy was, but he was my radioactive spider.  I started off with Spider-Man, but soon The Avengers became a favorite book.  I remember when Warlock and Thanos came along, and that oversized issue was one of my prized possessions.

But it wasn’t until much later, 1982, when at the tender age of 12 I discovered Dreadstar.  Literally, this was another “everything changes” watershed moment for me.  If my first books were my radioactive spider, this was like when Doc Ock took over Spider-Man.  I saw comics as something more mature.  The glossy paper made the stories look and feel more important—like art.  The characters and subject matter were deeper.  They weren’t complex like an X-Men soap opera, they were complicated on a personal, character-based level.  It was because of Dreadstar that I started reading books like Flaming Carrot, Fish Police, Nexus, and Badger.  It expanded my vision.

It also inspired me to go back over Starlin’s catalog.  He was best known, of course, for creating cosmic characters like Korvac, Starfox, and Drax the Destroyer and reviving Captain Marvel—and then killing him in the very first Original Graphic Novel ever published.  But he also created Shang-Chi, KGBeast, Pip the Troll, and Nitro.  He was a cocreator of Heroes for Hope, the 1985 charity book that represented an early use of famous novelists in comic book writing (featuring stories by Stephen King and George RR Martin, among others).  And he killed Robin.

And what with a little character known as Thanos getting so much airplay nowadays, and today being the release date for Guardians of the Galaxy, I thought I’d pay tribute to Jim Starlin with my top ten favorite Starlin comics! Hit next to start!

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BATMAN’S GREATEST STORIES

So, Comics Should be Good is running a poll of the best Batman stories and I cast my vote.  I thought I’d share it with y’all.  I know everyone’s got their personal favorites, but I don’t see how you can wrong reading these ten stories….

1.  The Island of Mister Mayhew (#667-669)

2.  Batman: Year One (Frank Miller)

3.  The Killing Joke

4.  A Death in the Family (the one with Jason Todd)

5.  No Man’s Land (I would rate this one higher but the issues not written by Greg Rucka or Ed Brubaker aren’t nearly as good)

6.  Knightfall

7.  The Dark Knight Returns

8.  The Long Halloween

9.  The Demon Lives Again (Denny O’Neil’s Ra’s Al Ghul story)

10.  Gothic

I would have liked to include Scott Snyder’s “Black Mirror,” which was his first story with the Dick Grayson Batman.  It was a really, really good comic—but unfortunately between the new 52 and the relative newness of it, I can’t say it had much of a lasting impact.

I would have liked to include Grant Morrison’s first issues (Batman & Son, #s 655-658), but then there would have been too much Grant on the list.  Of course, is too much Grant Morrison even a thing?  Probably not.

Batman: Venom, which introduces the serum used by Bane was a tough one to eliminate and Batman: Year 100 was awesome as well—but ten items means ten items.  Gotta follow the rules.

I also would have liked to include Hush and All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder because I love those comics and also it would piss off all the “real” Batfans out there.

What did I miss, guys?

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MARVEL’S BEST OF 2014 (SO FAR)

Marvel has done a decent job this year so far, but not a great one.  Several of their reboots have either failed or haven’t been good enough to call successes, like Iron Patriot and Ghost Rider.  The relaunch of Captain Marvel didn’t come out well, either—it went from a solid character-based book to an adventure story, and its charm was largely its intimacy.  And several titles that were once good are starting to show quite a bit of wear.  In particular, Guardians of the Galaxy was great for a while but crossing it over with Bendis’ X-titles didn’t do it a good service.  Nor did bringing in the Angela character.  The book seemed to be losing focus, and fracturing, the closer it got to the movie launch date.

And big screen influence may well be the corrupting influence.  Ever since the reboot, all of the Avengers books have struggled to find and keep a central idea—and the “big” Avengers books (Avengers, New, and Uncanny) are the worst of the lot.  The decompression in the storylines verges on the boring—too much exposition, too little character, too much “Wow!  Isn’t this big!”  It’s like the heart was drained out of them when Bendis left.

Mighty Avengers, also known as the “black Avengers,” is on the cusp. Having a street-level team was a good idea, and having a team that is trying hard to be a team was what made Brian Michael Bendis’ early work on New Avengers so much fun.  The problem is, the book doesn’t have a good sense of itself yet.  Why are these people together?  I still don’t see it.  So as of now, it’s not one of the best books on the market.  But it could be.

And Bendis’ X-books, which started strong, hasn’t continued to thrive.  It, too, has gotten plodding.  It all feels ponderous and pointless.

But those are the negatives.  Marvel is actually doing a great job with smaller stuff.  Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s Moon Knight is a humble book of done-in-one stories, each wilder than the next, and every one making me want more.  Ms. Marvel is the best new Marvel book in years, and one of the best on the market, period.  The first issue was the best introduction to a new character since Amazing Fantasy #15 gave us Spider-Man.  And George Romero’s Empire of Dead Act One was a pretty cool comic book movie.

But I know what you’re really looking for a list, so click to the next page for the top 10 Marvel comics of 2014.

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