The Comic Connection: Issue #10

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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:

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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

@GuyFromEarth616: Mostly books from @Markosia, I loved Slaughterman Creed last year so I’m curious to see what they have http://www.markosia.com/fcbd-2013/

Thanks to all that shared! Now we move onto this week’s question:

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“What direction would you take the Daredevil franchise in – TV Show or Movie?”

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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…

Supporting Cast

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.

The Villains

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.

Conclusion

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!

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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.

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Blog Quote Bubble

In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:

House of Flying Scalpelshttp://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 Reviewshttp://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 Moodhttp://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.

Comic Book Junkiehttp://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.

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@Comic_Maven
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That wraps up the tenth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.

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10 thoughts on “The Comic Connection: Issue #10

  1. I agree with you that Matt’s private life has been too intense to be summarized in the 6 hours that a movie trilogy focused on him would offer.
    There’s another reason why Daredevil would work better as a TV series.
    To make a great series (no matter if it’s a comic book series or a TV show), you have to form a larger cast of supporting characters. If all the attention is focused on the leading character, in the long run readers will get bored with him/her.
    On the contrary, to make a great movie you mustn’t introduce too many supporting characters, or the audience will get confused.
    Daredevil has a large cast of supporting characters, so this the second reason why Marvel should build a TV show (and not a movie) around him.

    Among Daredevil’s supporting characters, the ones who should play a key role are Foggy, Elektra and the Black Widow.
    Foggy: As you know, it is rather frequent that a superhero decides to fight crime with someone else, with a sidekick whose help makes him/her feel more confident and sometimes pulls his/her chestnuts out of the fire.
    I love when a superhero has a sidekick who, instead of fighting crime next to him/her, as the various Robins used to do with Batman, prefers to help his/her mentor behind the scenes, as Foggy does with Daredevil. That’s why their relationship should be an important theme of the series: because Foggy helps Daredevil as a sidekick, but he does it in a way most people are not used to, that is to say by using his lawyer skills instead of his fists.
    A more frequent case of “behind the scene sidekick” definitely is the tech sidekick. Oracle is by far the most famous tech sidekick ever. Microchip is another good example: he used to help the Punisher, but later on he became a villain and Frank killed him.
    Green Arrow recently hired THREE tech sidekicks: Jax, Naomi Singh and Fyff. I think that Fyff is the only one who will survive at the end of the story arc, simply because a superhero doesn’t need more than one tech sidekick.
    Elektra: I don’t think I have to explain why she should get a key role: she’s a so interesting character that she got a solo series, and she’s also the most popular and important lover Matt ever had.
    Black Widow: She got a lot of popularity thanks to the Avengers, so her presence as one of Daredevil’s lovers would increase the interest around the TV show.
    As for the villains, you have already listed the ones who should appear more frequently, and I perfectly agree with your choices and reasonings, so I won’t add nothing. : )

    There are 2 other topics I wanted to talk about with you:
    1) I noticed something strange happening here in the WordPress world: when I release a comment, a lot of bloggers do not reply, but the odd thing is that some of those hateful bloggers who don’t reply to me start following me after having read my comment. I think it doesn’t make sense: if a blogger doesn’t reply to my comment, I guess he isn’t interested in what I write, so why sometimes he/she decides to follow me? It’s like taking out a subscription for a comic book you don’t like, don’t you think so?
    2) Last week I started reading novels again, and I finished a western novel I wholeheartedly suggest you to read: “White Falcon” by Elliott Arnold. It was short, written in a fluent prose and simply perfect from the first page to the last one, so it’s the ideal starting point for someone not familiar with western novels like you.
    As usual, I’m giving you suggestions, not orders: if you are too busy to read “White Falcon”, or you simply don’t want to try it because you think it’s not your cup of tea, I will go on supporting you and your blog anyway. : )

    • I loved to hear your thoughts and especially liked how you put it in regards to the “supporting cast”.

      Finding someone with the right chemistry to play off of Daredevil in regards to Foggy would be a priority. If they went with two actors that didn’t quite mesh the whole show would fall apart. Foggy is a pretty unconventional “sidekick” compared to other superheroes which makes him only more unique and more likeable.

      “Black Widow: She got a lot of popularity thanks to the Avengers, so her presence as one of Daredevil’s lovers would increase the interest around the TV show.”
      Getting Scarlet to appear on TV would be quite a feat but I wouldn’t hold my breath…

      “As for the villains, you have already listed the ones who should appear more frequently, and I perfectly agree with your choices and reasonings, so I won’t add nothing.”
      There was one other villain that Daredevil squared off against that had a pretty profound effect on the hero that I didn’t list: Mysterio. The reason I didn’t list him? I don’t think the Spidey braintrust would let him appear on a TV show instead of the movie franchise.

      “I think it doesn’t make sense: if a blogger doesn’t reply to my comment, I guess he isn’t interested in what I write, so why sometimes he/she decides to follow me?”
      They appreciate the fact that you wrote a comment but can’t be bothered to reply so they do the next best thing and just follow you. I guess?

      • “Finding someone with the right chemistry to play off of Daredevil in regards to Foggy would be a priority. If they went with two actors that didn’t quite mesh the whole show would fall apart.” 100 % agree.
        “They appreciate the fact that you wrote a comment but can’t be bothered to reply so they do the next best thing and just follow you. I guess?” I didn’t think about it, but you’re right: they don’t want to spend some time replying to my comments, and they decide to start following me in order to throw me a sop. Thank you for your replies! : )

  2. P.S.: “To make a great series (no matter if it’s a comic book series or a TV show), you have to form a larger cast of supporting characters” I meant to write large.

  3. The weekly question is very topical since as you’ve mentioned in your Trending section, the screen rights thankfully go back to Marvel. Other than Daredevil and Elektra movies I’m not familiar with the stories, villains and supporting characters so I would like to see them back on the screen one way or another. If S.H.I.E.L.D becomes a hit, maybe ABC network would like another comic based TV show to compliment it’s lineup?

  4. I agree that with you that I would rather see DAREDEVIL as a TV series, but I don’t think it would happen. Of course it could, with the success of ARROW, and the fact that the original DD movie didn’t do so hot…but I’m not sure. I think it’s a great idea though, especially if they started it as a relatively light hearted swash-buckling series, and then slowly turned it into the world of sin and debauchery Frank Miller gave us…and then turn everything around in later seasons just like Mark Waid’s run!

    • “I think it’s a great idea though, especially if they started it as a relatively light hearted swash-buckling series, and then slowly turned it into the world of sin and debauchery Frank Miller gave us…and then turn everything around in later seasons just like Mark Waid’s run!”
      Couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂

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