by Ryan Rigley
Zombies. What could possibly be scarier than a walking corpse hungry for human flesh? Well, if "The Walking Dead" has taught us anything it's that zombies aren't the only thing to worry about during a zombie apocalypse. People tend to do some crazy things when pushed into a corner. Crazy, unspeakable things that they might not normally be capable of.
Imagine, if you will, a person that is perpetually stuck in that mindset. Fully functioning human beings without any inhibitions, morals, or emotional attachments to the world around them. Now take that and amplify it tenfold. Garth Ennis, the mad genius behind "Preacher" and "The Boys," has done just that in his horrifying comic "Crossed."
by Ryan Rigley
What is it about crime that continuously piques our interest as a species? With shows like "NCIS" and "Criminal Minds" proving to be two of the most watched shows on television, it's plain to see that the crime genre won't be going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the crime genre is so popular that it has been featured prominently on multiple platforms throughout the years, including movies, video games and, of course, comic books.
Chief among the crime comic book scene is none other than Ed Brubaker, whose hit-series "Criminal" was recently optioned to become a feature-length movie for Hunting Lane Films. Brubaker, whose other works include the supervillain-inspired "Sleeper" and "Icognito," has demonstrated time and again that he is quite familiar with the inner workings of a good crime story. It's no wonder that his latest series, "Fatale," is equally, if not more, engaging than its predecessors.
by Ryan Rigley
What happens when you take TV shows like "House" and "Fringe," get them really drunk, lock them in a room together, and blast some of Barry White's greatest hits? We'll give you a hint. It begins with "Witch" and ends with "Doctor." Still can't figure it out? From the demented mind of Brandon Seifert, "Witch Doctor" is the most awesome medical horror comic to date. (In fact, "Witch Doctor" might be the only medical horror comic to date.)
With a unique combination of spine-tingling terror and medical drama, there's no doubt that "Witch Doctor" would be an immensely successful TV show. If people love shows like "Nurse Jackie" and "True Blood," then odds are they'll enjoy a show that seamlessly smashes the two of them together.
"Witch Doctor" also happens to be the first official title published by Skybound Entertainment, "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman's imprint through Image Comics. And given all of the success in TV adaptations that Kirkman has seen recently, we think there's a good chance that a "Witch Doctor" TV show could be an instant hit.
These days, when a film or television series creates a world, people to populate it and a resulting mythology, it's often dismissed as derivative or old. "I've seen that before." "That looks just like 'Avatar.'" "EVERYTHING RIPPED OFF 'JOHN CARTER'! WHY WON'T ANYONE SEE 'JOHN CARTER'?"
For genres that worship the creations of visionaries like J.R.R. Tolkien and (shudder) George Lucas, modern fantasy and sci-fi films have seemed content with simply riffing on whatever's come before them, without the risk of failure that comes with progress. Few seem willing to put something out there that doesn't at the very least resemble something familiar or something that could be called "strange."
Brian K. Vaughan's "Saga," however, is strange. It's very strange.