Comic crazi­ness

The trend to­ward turn­ing comic books into TV se­ries is just get­ting big­ger.

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From left: iZombie, Ar­row and The Flash have all made the move from comic book to hit TV show. With more new TV shows be­ing made each year – over 400 across the 2015/2016 sea­son alone – TV is def­i­nitely in its hey­day. That is one of the rea­sons why there has been a re­cent surge in shows adapted from comic books. It makes a lot of sense: for one thing, suc­cess­ful comic book se­ries come with a built-in fan­base like The Walk­ing Dead, where the fans were chomp­ing at the bit to see the cult favourite comic book se­ries


come to life on TV, which it did in 2010.

Comic book-based TV shows tend to be hor­rors, fan­tasy or sci-fi and with today’s ad­vanced spe­cial ef­fects tech­nol­ogy, it’s cheaper than ever to make these shows look cool. Plus, like Out­cast (start­ing on FOX, Mon­day 6 June at 19:00), they’re of­ten pretty vi­o­lent and gory, some­thing many TV fans want more of. So here’s our roundup of some of tele­vi­sion’s top shows based on comic books… What it’s about: Kyle Barnes’s (Pa­trick Fugit) loved ones seem to be prone to de­monic pos­ses­sion in this 10- episode hor­ror, which is get­ting a sea­son 2. To­gether with Rev­erend An­der­son (Philip Glenis­ter), they per­form ex­or­cisms and try to find out why the devil seems ob­sessed with Kyle. The comic book: 18 is­sues have been pub­lished since 2014. OMG mo­ment: the show starts with de­mon-pos­sessed Joshua (Gabriel Bateman) bash­ing a cock­roach into the wall with his head… and then eat­ing the squishy re­mains. Yuck!


What it’s about: masked play­boy-turned-vig­i­lante Oliver Queen aka The Ar­row (Stephen Amell) and his friends pro­tect Star City from evil- do­ers like Mal­colm Mer­lyn/Dark Archer (John Bar­row­man) and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). The comic book: Ar­row is based on DC comic book hero Green Ar­row, who’s been around since 1941. OMG mo­ment: the deaths of Oliver’s bestie Tommy (Colin Don­nell) and mom Moira (Su­sanna Thomp­son) in sea­sons 1 and 2 were pretty shock­ing – so was the sea­son 2 re­veal that evil Mal­colm is ac­tu­ally Olly’s lit­tle sis­ter Thea’s ( Willa Hol­land) real dad.


What it’s about: the ori­gin story of Bat­man and vil­lains like The Joker, Pen­guin and Rid­dler has breathed new life in the lu­cra­tive Bat­man fran­chise. The comic book: the Caped Cru­sader was cre­ated in 1939 and has since spawned hun­dreds of comic books, eight live­ac­tion movies and over 10 mostly an­i­mated TV shows. OMG mo­ment: Pen­guin’s (Robin Lord Tay­lor) dad be­ing poi­soned in sea­son 2 episode 16 and creepy Dr Strange (BD Wong) res­ur­rect­ing vil­lain­ous Theo Gala­van (James Frain) two episodes later were huge twists.


What it’s about: foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor Barry Allen be­comes su­per-fast su­per­hero The Flash fol­low­ing a science ex­per­i­ment gone wrong. The comic book: The Flash was cre­ated in 1956, was killed off in 1985 but was then re­vived in 2008. OMG mo­ment: the sea­son 2 fi­nale (on Vuzu AMP on Tues­day 7 June) in­volved time-travel and the re­veal of the man in the iron mask.


What it’s about: zom­bie Liv Moore (Rose McIver) works in a morgue where she helps solve crimes by eat­ing brains and get­ting the vic­tim’s mem­o­ries. The comic book: cre­ated in 2010, the comic dif­fers hugely from the show. OMG mo­ment: sea­son 2’s re­veal that Seat­tle is about to turned into a city­wide zom­bie-friendly head­quar­ters. NB! See more on p47.


What it’s about: zom­bie apoca­lypse sur­vivors in the US fight off the un­dead, but the big­ger threat to stay­ing alive is usu­ally other hu­mans. The comic book: af­ter 156 is­sues, the se­ries is just as iconic among comic book geeks as the TV show. OMG mo­ment: sea­son 6’s “who did Ne­gan kill?”… Noah’s (Tyler James Wil­liams) death in sea­son 5 episode 14 where his face is lit­er­ally ripped apart… there’s no short­age!

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