Top 15 Properties That Should Be Comics
by Frankie Rodriguez
Hey everyone. Yes, another countdown from me. I seem to be good at it. Anyway, this time, we are gonna be going through our childhoods and seeing what out there could use a continuation or remake with a comic. There are gonna be some great surprises in this and some real no-brainers.
Now, this is all just opinion based. Feel free to agree or disagree and make your comments known. With that out of the way, let's get to it.
15 - INHUMANOIDS
14 - SHE-RA, PRINCESS OF POWER
Basically He-Man with boobs and a more powerful sword. Seriously. Her sword could do everything her brother's sword could and transform at her command to other weapons. She had super strength but in her world . . . She was the outlaw. Etheria was ruled by the evil Horde. And while many people joined the rebellion, the majority of Etheria is ruled by the Horde. That makes her a bad guy in her eyes. So she and her Great Rebellion fought many, many Horde generals and the overlord of Etheria, Hordak. Her brother got a reboot in comics and tv, why can't she? A warrior woman with mystical power. I can deal with that. Don't tell me that a new series with She-Ra going toe to toe like her brother, with some blood but good amount of characterization and adventure wouldn't be great.
13 - VISIONARIES
Magical Warriors of Light. Yet, the twist of this . . . it was a planet, Prismos, where technology such as we have today once existed till a magical event happened which made technology inert. As a hundred years past, the world had become lost in the medieval age with glimpses of the technological present they once knew. The powers of magic, thanks to a wizard, stood unleashed between two different factions. And thus, the war with the Spectral Lights began.
With nods to Arthurian myth, mixed with a little technology, this show is ripe for a writer to come in and give us a story of a Neo Medieval time. Where cars and planes and boats are powered by magic. With a look at this new world, that could be the most interesting journey yet in comic form.
12 - MIGHTY MAX
When I first heard this from CBC staffer Hector Ramirez, I was scratching my head and thought "Are you serious?" Then I got to think about it. This kid has the powers and abilities to go through time and space using a cap and a shirt. He's got a wise old sage in the form of Virgil, this giant . .. chicken/owl bird being and a Norse Warrior as a bruiser named simply named Norman.
Yet, his main enemy was called Skullmaster . .. who was voice by Tim Curry. OKAY. I am sold. While comes has done the whole alternate dimensions and different worlds thing to death, this is great breeding ground to do a lot of new stuff with Max; especially as he gets older. Skullmaster can still be the main enemy but give the kid some new enemies. Plus, if Max is protecting the ENTIRE multiverse, some more friends would help.
Yet, with a plethoria of worlds, this is Sliders meets Dr Who meets the Scoobies from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Or that is what it could be with the right writer and artists.
11 - CENTURIONS
Wait. You haven't heard of it? Okay. Let me explain why this is kind of a gold mine to actually bring back. First, it is a story of a team of experts in different fields and get special suites that give them powers to fight the evil Doc Terror and his army, who try to take over the planet. Originally starts with 3 operatives but later joined by 2 others, they fight off Doc Terror, Amber, Hacker and legions of robots.
Third, the designs are from GIL KANE & JACK KIRBY. Seriously, two of the greatest artists in comic book history are behind the designs of the show. That makes it automatically demand your love.
With the right writer and artists updating Kirby's & Kane's designs and giving the Centurions a bigger threat (with or without Doc Terror), this book could be GI Joe meets Bionic Man. Kirby & Kane demand your love creators!
10 - POWERPUFF GIRLS
9 - EXTREME DINOSAURS
8 - SYMBIOTIC TITAN
7- EXO SQUAD
6 - SKYSURFER STRIKE FORCE
This is a property that can very well be like IDW's GI Joe or Cobra with some new spins as well as making Psyphron, the main villain, a truly depraved super-genius. This has story potential with all the characters involve; not to mention the psychological and technological applications to crime and crime-fighting. This could be a book that could very well surprise people . .. with some redesigns for the heroes.
5 - C.O.P.S.
This cartoon was a cult classic to many of the people who grew up during the 80s. And with good reason. It was good, ole fashion good versus evil . . . just with super powers. And these super powers were either a product of technology or science. You have a ruthless mob don with a cartel of enhanced humans cause all sorts of crimes from embezzling to down right theft. You can just up the stakes in a comic version and really flesh out the characters. Get into personal relationships between the characters and develop some new and impressive ways of how C.O.P.S. stop crime in a future time.
With a strong leader, the right creative team and some slight updates to an otherwise great looking property, C.O.P.S. can inspire many fans to believe in their officers.
4 - W.I.T.C.H.
Jumping ahead with the girls with their powers or just a full reboot with a dramatic retelling the story of how 5 girls ended up with the powers of the elements and must combat everything from evil sorcerors to demons and must make a stand to save both the magical dimension and Earth. Let these girls really learn about their powers and grow up while fighting would be ideal for a new comic book. And with the lead characters all being women, many female readers may very well flock to it. Maybe hand it over to Gail Simone perhaps? Or Kathryn Immonen? hmm?
3 - BIONIC SIX
Seriously, why hasn't this property been touched? It has elements of the Fantastic Four, a family with super powers and go off on adventures, with a touch of Bionic Woman, Six Million Dollar man and G.I. Joe with an evil organization called Scarab. And while Scarab isn't the only enemy of the Bionic Six, they are the main adversaries. The art was beautiful. The characters were multifaceted. Including the struggle between Professor Sharp and his brother, the vile and ruthless Dr. Scarab.
Scarab members themselves were so different with very different motivations. Mechanic just loved to beat up things and watch cartoons. Chopper just loved destruction while Glove was the backstabbing, schemer who wanted to take over Scarab himself.
And those are the villains. The heroes, from IQ, the sole African American member, who was adapted but the smartest and third in command of the family. Karate-1 was somewhat brash but very loyal to his heritage and his teachings. And a consistent joker. Bionic-1 is the strong father who is the patriarch of the family but loves to experiment in the kitchen.
These characters and more are just the appeal of this property that could use a proper facelift or new beginning.
2 - SILVERHAWKS
You knew this was gonna be on this list. You knew this was gonna be here. The Thundercats has come back to a roaring applause. These characters are near blank slates that are ripe for writers to dive into their histories, personalities and really make the Silverhawks' war with Monstar into the epic battle that it always should have been.
Plus, the Silverhawks could also use some more characters to its roster. Monstar's band of villains seem to be much larger than the Silverhawks. Plus, with the right writers, they can do so much with each of the Silverhawks.
1 - M.A.S.K.
Take this concept and the characters and give them a new beginning. Update the characters, the vehicles and give new missions for the operatives of M.A.S.K. and double or triple V.E.N.O.M.s operative. Writers can do everything from crime stories to thrillers to war stories to fun races to mysteries. It is all in the manner of how you take this property. The mask helmets used were all special but the origin of said helmets were never explained. That is another story that could be told. So much potential here just waiting to be used for a new audience in a comic.
And this is my list of the Top 15 properties that I believe that should be comics now. What do you think? Did you disagree and have some choices of your own? Feel free to leave your comments below. Thanks again.