August 8th, 2013, 11:50 pm

5 TV Shows I Want to See Continued As Comic Books

In the beginning of the week, I listed all the television shows which had been continued past their air date via comic books. Now the fun part begins - here are the television shows I want to see make the leap from the small screen to the four color page. I've also included the publisher I think would be the best fit (some, such as the Warner Bros-owned DC, may already have the rights to the property in question.) I've also included the creative time of writer and artist I'd like to see tackle the project. Feel free to reply in the comments about what shows you'd like to see continued!

Publisher: Dark Horse
Creative Team: Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman) and Mike Mignola (Hellboy).
The Pitch: This conspiracy series with an innovative take on vampires starred Jack Davenport and Iris Elba, but it never made it past one season on the BBC. There was talk of an American version surfacing with Elba, but it never happened. A potential comic would definitely strike a cord with an audience looking for more cerebral horror as well as more bite and less sparkle in their vampires.

Publisher: Dark Horse
Creative Team: Paul Tobin (Bandette, Spider-Girl) and David Aja (Hawkeye, Iron Fist).
The Pitch: "Leverage" ran for five fun-filled seasons, and unlike a lot of series on this list, it didn't leave much in the way of unanswered questions. Still, the season finale left a clear direction to keep the story going, and the real reason to continue is simply the show's sheer amount of fun. Plus, imagine what kind of heists in every issue of an ongoing series?

Pushing Daisies
Publisher: DC Comics
Creative Team: John Layman (Chew) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, The Dead Boy Detectives).
The Pitch: Whenever discussions arise of continuing a canceled series in any format, this series always comes up. Bryan Fuller's quirky and imaginative series was just too creative to last on prime-time TV. A graphic novel continuation has been in the works for some time (at one point it was even rumored to tie-in into DC's zombie Lantern epic "Blackest Night"). For something with as much acclaim and fandom like "Pushing Daisies" - it's not a question of if, it's a question of when.

Publisher: IDW
Creative Team: Joe R. Lansdale (Jonah Hex, Bubba Hot-Tep) and Moritat (All-Star Western).
The Pitch: Like "Pushing Daisies", "Deadwood" is the other show that always comes up when continuations are mentioned in any medium. And like "Pushing Daisies", the visual story matter of "Deadwood" lends itself to a graphic novel rebirth. Westerns have an long history in comic books which extend all the way back to Bat Lash and the Rawhide Kid. With the renewed popularity of comics like "All-Star Western", maybe it's the perfect time for Deadwood to rise from the grave.

Publisher: DC Comics
Creative Team: Richard Pulfer (Blue Yonder, Bat & Wolf) and Diego Diaz (Blue Yonder)
Okay . . . okay . . . it's a cop-out. Here's the real pick.
Creative Team: Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man) and J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl)
The Pitch: As you can tell from the creative team, this is a project I'd love to do. It's one of my favorite series, and one I would like to write a continuation for. Like "Leverage", the show had a five season run, but like many other shows on the list, the finale left one or two unanswered questions I'd love to see unwrapped. There's been talk of a follow-up movie, but like most post-TV projects, nothing solid has ever materialized. In my opinion, the best cinematic vision of "Chuck", and many other projects on this list, is a comic book continuation which gives you all of the visuals without worrying about special effects or actor contracts. With "Smallville Season 11" doing well on DC Digital, this might make a solid pick for expanding the digital-first brand with another cult hit from DC's parent company, Warner Bros.

(That's it for this rant. Check out a new Blue Yonder next week!)

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