Welcome to the tenth edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:
Last week I asked “What Comics are you most looking forward to on Free Comic Book Day 2013?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
@thepuremood: Wow, THE STRANGERS looks great! There are so many great looking books this year, I can’t wait! I’m most looking forward to the Megaman/Sonic crossover FCBD issue from Archie, and Marvel’s Infinity!
@comicbookjunk1e: This is the first year I haven’t paid attention to the FCB books because I knew I’d be out of town. I agree with ThePureMood – The Strangers looks pretty cool. My LCS retailer slipped a copy of Infinity into my stack of books this week because I’ve been reading Hickman’s Avengers books. It’s interesting – plants more questions than it answers.
@Aliasego: Atomic Robo & Friends, and the Steampunk Oz book could be good. / The batch of books from the big publishers looks very underwhelming this year though.
@UnbreakChrissy: The Walking Dead! XD
@Raving_Ranter: Free comic I’m looking forward to most? Mass Effect because I love the game series. Also AIX for Sejic art. / ME been hit and miss on some stories but hoping Joker’s better. 🙂 Wish Sejic do more comic work – AMAZING art!
@JoeTeulon: Star Wars!! Followed closely by Infinity
Thanks to all that shared! Now we move onto this week’s question:
“What direction would you take the Daredevil franchise in – TV Show or Movie?”
This is actually a pretty easy question for me to answer: TV Show all the way. Why you ask? Whereas a movie franchise would most likely consist of three movies (if it’s successful) a TV show has roughly 22 episodes per season. Think of it this way: you could possibly cover (at best) six classic storylines over those three movies (less if you tried for something original which is always welcome) which would take roughly seven or so years to see the light of day with each one around two and a half hours long for a total of seventeen and a half hours of Daredevil action. Compared to a TV show which would produce over the same seven-year timeframe 112 hours of Daredevil and you can see my point. Daredevil is a character that benefits from exploring both his costumed and civilian life, a character that benefits from building up the storylines slowly instead of cramming them into a finite timeframe. Daredevil’s villains are not the flashiest lot, unlike Spider-Man’s and Batman’s, and except for two of them they are mostly unknown to the general public. What works for other movie franchises is the knowledge of these characters. You come in knowing who the Joker or the Penguin is before you see a single frame but when the Owl and Mister Fear pop-up you are at a loss unless you are a diehard Daredevil fan. The TV show route would allow these characters a chance to grow and become loved (or hated), an opportunity for character development that at times gets lost in the transition to film. The TV show would allow the team to not only create original content and characters but also allow them the space needed to adapt classic Daredevil comic book storylines. A win-win if you ask me. Speaking of characters…
Matt Murdock has debatably the largest pool of former girlfriends than any other superhero around, with maybe Spider-Man the only other one to rival him. A movie franchise would not offer us the time to get to know these women properly and would be hard-pressed to cram a believable romantic subplot with the action and the drama. Everyone knows who Lois Lane and Mary Jane are but Daredevil’s women need a little more set-up. Elektra’s storyarc alone is something worthy of two or three movies to itself leaving Karen Page, Milla Donovan, Dakota North, Maya Lopez, and Kirsten McDuffie to either be ignored or turn into “just Daredevil’s girlfriend.” Besides his romantic interludes, Daredevil also has a rich supporting cast consisting of Foggy Nelson (his best friend and law partner), Stick (his mentor/trainer), and Ben Urich ( his reporter friend). Foggy Nelson would play a big part on the TV show and I’d love to see the ups and downs of their relationship play out over a larger space of time. The more time we get to know these characters, the more opportunities for them to completely win us over. Let’s not forget the added possibility of having guest stars from the Marvel Universe such as the Punisher.
Daredevil’s most infamous villains are hands-down Kingpin and Bullseye. There is no doubt about that fact. So when the one and only Daredevil movie gave us both and then proceeded to kill them off in the same picture, a big question mark of where do we go from here was left. Kingpin’s downfall should be a more satisfying experience, played out over multiple seasons in order for the viewer to truly get that feeling of accomplishment in the end. Bullseye is another villain that lends himself well to multiple appearances, always being the thorn in Daredevil’s side that plagues him year after year much like the Joker is to Batman. The TV show would also allow us to see the “Gang War” storyline that was prominent in Spider-Man play out on the TV series, a plot that would be hard-pressed to see the light of day over in the Wall-Crawler’s movie franchise. Daredevil’s rogues gallery are mostly non-powered villains, a fact that would work quite well on the small screen by helping keep the TV show budget low considering the reduced special effects cost while also maintaining that more realistic approach that the general TV audience accepts better. Seeing their interpretations on such villains as the Enforcers, the Hand, the Owl, and Mister Fear to name few would be a sight to behold. Let’s not forget the complex character of Typhoid Mary, a character that is both villain and lover much like Catwoman is to Batman, except a whole lot crazier. Television is the best avenue for some of these characters to be brought to life on, to experience a rebirth in popularity, considering their chances of making their way onto the big screen would be quite difficult indeed due to their low brand-name recognition.
Overarching storylines, case of the week standalone episodes, mixed with drama, action, and also the opportunity for a courtroom procedural/mystery of the week lends itself quite well to television, more so than a big budget film ever could afford. Regardless, whether it be on TV or in the Movies, Daredevil has earned the right to be “born again” into a new live-action franchise. At least we can all agree on that!
Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Stanley Lau. To check-out more from him, go to his DeviantArt page HERE.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
House of Flying Scalpels – http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.
Sci-Fi Jubilee – http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.
Sidekick Reviews – http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.
Ramblings From A Comic Newbie – http://newbiecomiclife.wordpress.com/
Cr8zyGurl brings us a blog with a refreshing perspective. She’s new to comics but that only makes her entries even more interesting.
The Indigo Tribe – http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.
Arousing Grammar – http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.
The Pure Mood – http://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.
Comic Book Junkie – http://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.
Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
That wraps up the tenth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.