Saturday, April 28, 2012

It Oughtta Be...

...a comic book! Yes, I've done "It Oughtta Be..." installments for a book series to be a movie series, and a comic book to be a TV series, now it's time to tell you about a TV series that I think would make a good comic book!

That series? "Leverage." If you haven't seen it, it's about group of criminals who were brought together by a former insurance investigator to help the little guy get leverage against the powerful and rich that screwed them over. It's on TBS Sunday nights, and as I'm writing this, they're on reruns, with new episodes to come, so if you haven't watched the show, you could catch up.

Now, the way the crew help out the little guy is by using their skills to pull off a scheme that typically tricks the powerful and rich person who's screwing over the little guy into causing their own downfall. In some ways, it's kind of like the original "Mission: Impossible" combined with "It Takes a Thief."

And I think it would make a great comic book. See, one of the things about the show is, as you watch it, you're not entirely in the know so far as all the tricks that have been pulled against the bad guys. Oh, there are hints if you're paying attention, but often the hints can be taken more than one way. As things start to happen, we get flashbacks that show details we didn't see before. For example, say the bad guy's car gets blown up after they've put a package in the trunk containing something they stole from someone else (without the bad guy getting hurt themselves -- the bad guys are rarely physically injured, more often they end up being arrested for the crimes they committed but couldn't be proven before). Later, we'll find that what was in the package is still safe and sound, the team simply swapped packages around so it could be returned to its rightful owner. These flashbacks are typically done in black and white. I think the comic book format would work well for this, myself.

I also think the characters would translate well. Sure, we wouldn't really get to hear Sophie's accents (unless the writer of the book used standard comic book accents, which is entirely possible), but other aspects would portray well -- like some of the gymnastics that Parker performs in her thievery, for example.

I'm not sure who would be the best publisher for this book, or even who I'd want to write and draw it -- it would have to be a writer who can think ahead enough and plot tightly (I bet Tony Isabella would do a great job writing the book, as well as other writers of his generation), and the artist would need to be able to capture the actors' looks without making it look like photo reference being used all the time (who did the artwork on that Star Trek one-shot that Claremont wrote about 20 years ago? Was that Alan Davis?).

So I'm throwing this one out there, and hopefully, someone will nibble on this bait!

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