THE STORY: "Light Brigade" by Peter J. Tomasi (W) and Peter Snejbjerg (A) - DC Comics
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A group of Allied soldiers encounters a pair of fallen angels who crashed to Earth in battle. Charged with recovering a holy weapon, the soldiers must overcome enemies human and supernatural to retrieve it before an army of undead Nazis can tap its power.
Behind enemy lines, low on supplies, and reeling from the horrors of World War II, the ragtag group needs to muster equal parts courage and faith in order to to save the world.
WHY IT WORKS: A self-contained story with well-defined heroes, villains and a thrilling climax, "Light Brigade" screams out to be adapted into movie form. In many ways, "Light Brigade" is the ideal ensemble film, with a host of characters with significant parts to play in the overall story and unique traits that make each one stand out from the rest.
The story's heroes all offer actors the chance to go beyond playing typical WWII soldiers, and each character has a fleshed-out history that should give actors some great source material.
As far as villains go, the Nephillim (an offspring of a human and an angel) is a chilling foe that any actor should enjoy bringing to the screen. The role allows for equal parts sinister dialogue and effects-driven stuntwork that would look great on the big screen.
WHY IT DOESN'T: To be honest, it's hard to come up with any reason why "Light Brigade" wouldn't make an easy jump to the live-action world. The fact that it's a period piece set in WWII could require some extra effort on the production side, and there are one or two scenes that could require some significant special effects work — but otherwise it seems like a smooth transition from page to screen.
HOW TO DO IT: This one's sort of a no-brainer when it comes to production. It requires very few set pieces and would rely heavily on the cast first and effects second. Assemble a group of actors who play well off each other and let them roll with it. The key characters to cast are the Nephillim and the soldiers Chris Stavros and Mark Longinus, though talented actors could create scene-stealing moments from any of the soldiers' parts.
FINAL WORD: Of any of the comics I've called out in this feature, "Light Brigade" is by far the most adaptation-friendly. It's not often that I say to myself a quarter of the way through a story, "This would make a great movie" — but that was definitely the case with this comic.
Peter J. Tomasi has crafted a compelling, action-packed story that blends your typical war tale and supernatural riff expertly. The beats are perfect, and the grand finale pays off in all of the ways a great film should. Mark my words: this will be a movie someday.
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