'Freaks and Geeks' and 5 other series that should be revived as comics
(CBR) Seeing films and television series adapted as comic books is nothing new, but in the past decade we’ve experienced a new phenomenon in which canceled TV shows are finding a second life, and a second chance, in comics form. In many cases, these properties pick up right where their television runs left off, such as in Dark Horse’s "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Season Eight and IDW Publishing’s recent "X-Files" launch. So with that in mind, we turn to six other beloved genre shows that deserve a comic-book revival.
“Oh, boy.” It’s the trademark line from this classic late ’80s/early ’90s NBC series that starred Scott Bakula as a time-hopping (and body-hopping) quantum physicist tasked with putting right what once went wrong. Created by Donald P. Bellisario ("Magnum P.I.," "Airwolf," "NCIS"), "Quantum Leap" ran for five seasons before its finale in 1993 but there’s been talk of a revival on numerous occasions by the star and the creator. But what if this series, which had a short-lived comic series from Innovation running concurrent to the original show, found a new home in comics? It would seem a perfect avenue for this Sci-Fi themed drama, either with one-and-done stories in each issue or small self-contained arcs taking Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett through time.
This Lucy Lawless-led series was a staple of the late ’90s, the product of Sam Raimi and Tapert’s uber-successful foray into syndicated television. But after six seasons, this warrior princess found her end in 2001 — much to fans’ regrets. Unlike the others on this list, "Xena: Warrior Princess" has had multiple adaptations in comics — most recently by Dynamite in 2006 — but none of them hitched their wagons directly to the TV series and its storylines. Much in the same way Buffy the Vampire Slayer was flagging before Joss Whedon returned to the franchise with Season Eight, imagine if Tapert and Raimi came back to Xena in a big way and kicked off a new era — and hey, maybe we could get some Autolycus with it.
At first it might not seem like a concept conducive to comics, but if you think about the idea of a strange town with even stranger residents and an overarching mystery, it seems right at home alongside the likes of Morning Glories. Launched in 1990 by David Lynch and Mark Frost, "Twin Peaks" was (and is) a critical darling. The series was cut short at two seasons after some studio finagling, but there’s been talk over the years of a comeback. At one point in 2007, show producer Bob Engels worked with artist Matt Haley on a graphic novel to act as a companion piece for a "Twin Peaks" boxed set, chronicling the town some 10 years later, but Lynch shot down that idea.
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