If you’re a comic fan, then you know what it’s like to get sucked into the pages of that beloved story, imagining how it would look on the big screen and who would play your favorite characters, and then to think about how Hollywood ::cough cough Zack Snyder:: might go ahead and take a giant, fiery dump all over it. It’s the ultimate fan struggle: wanting to see the live-action version of your most cherished series while simultaneously not wanting to see it trashed on Rotten Tomatoes.
These are the comic properties we’ve been a bunch of fangirls over; the ones we would shell out 25 bucks to see in IMAX 3D, XD, Dolby Atmos, Super Digital Whateveryouwannacallit, just to see our fantasy world realized on the big screen.
Or small screen, we aren’t that picky. And those Netflix subscriptions are getting pretty pricey, tbh.
THE SANDMAN (1989-1996)
Publisher: DC Comics // Vertigo
Created by: Neil Gaiman // Sam Kieth // Mike Dringenberg
Written by: Neil Gaiman
The Sandman is one of those quintessential comic series that every fan should have on their shelf. With the big-screen adaptation in what seems to be a permanent stall (its second writer quit last year, stating the property belonged on the small screen), it may be years before we see Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece brought to life, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be anxiously awaiting its arrival. What with the success of Gaiman’s other adapted series, American Gods, on Starz, it’s only a matter of time before Sandman makes it to screens worldwide.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE (2010- )
Created by: Scott Snyder // Rafael Albuquerque
Written by: Scott Snyder (#1–present) // Stephen King (#1–5)
Artist(s): Rafael Albuquerque // Mateus Santolouco
Colorist(s): Dave McCaig
You can thank Scott Snyder for the completely badass reboot of DC’s Batman in 2011, but before he got his hands on the infamous Caped Crusader, Snyder teamed up with famed horror writer Stephen King to pen one of the most original and fantastic vampire anthologies ever. Just because we’ve seen our fair share of vampire films in recent years (there is such a thing as vampire fatigue, thankyouverymuch Twilight), American Vampire is one of those stories that could most assuredly revive (get it?) the genre for newer audiences.
I HATE FAIRYLAND (2015- )
Publisher: Image Comics
Written by: Skottie Young
Artist(s): Skottie Young
Colorist(s): Nate Piekos
Do you love fairytales with dark, twisty, gorey overtones? Or protagonists who can wield battleaxes with the precision of a Viking warrior while also keeping a sweet-ish and girlie facade? Then god damn, I Hate Fairyland (or, alternatively, F*ck Fairyland) is the series for you. The idea of seeing an Alice In Wonderland/Kick-Ass-esque mashup brought to life onscreen is almost more than we could ever ask for, particularly when that mashup also looks like it’s on acid.
FIVE GHOSTS (2013-2015)
Publisher: Image Comics
Written by: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist(s): Chris Mooneyham (#1-5, #7-) // Garry Brown (#6)
Back in 2014, Syfy announced it had optioned Five Ghosts for a TV series. Three years later, and the most we’ve gotten is an IMDb page with a tentative release date set as 2018 and a whole lot of nothing else. If Syfy puts the same kind of energy into this adaptation as it has The Magicians, you can bet we’ll have another amazing science-fiction series on our hands. Of course, we could always get another Wynonna Earp or Van Helsing instead, but if we’re really lucky, one of the premium networks will just swoop up the rights in another year or so.
PAPER GIRLS (2015- )
Publisher: Image Comics
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist(s): Cliff Chiang
Paper Girls kind of has a vibe like Stranger Things, only with teenage girls. And time travel instead of dimensional travel. This series is an entertaining mix of science fiction, mystery and drama, plus it’s set in the late ’80s. And since retro is the way to go these days, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a live-action version of this one really soon.
Created by: Bill Willingham
Written by: Bill Willingham
Penciller(s): Lan Medina // Mark Buckingham // Steve Leialoha // Craig Hamilton
Inker(s): Andrew Pepoy // Steve Leialoha // Mark Buckingham // P. Craig Russell
Letterer(s): Todd Klein
Imagine a world in which every famous fairy tale character lived and walked among us regular folk (or “mundies,” as we’re referred to in the series). No, this isn’t another Once Upon A Time. Fables not only takes place in the very real city of New York, but it’s a darker, grittier tale that would be much better suited for HBO or Starz. We’ve been lucky enough to get the Telltale video game The Wolf Among Us, a prequel to the series which focuses on the detective career of Bigby Wolf, but there’s a big difference between cel-shading (although beautiful) and actual live action. We think it’s about time this amazing comic was brought to real life.