4 Non-Superhero Graphic Novels That Must be Adapted Now

1. Y the Last Man

Y the Last Man follows the journey of Yorick and his pet capuchin monkey Ampersand, the last two males on earth after a planet-wide plague killed every other being with a Y chromosome.

The series looks at the frightening possibilities and consequences of half the world dying in one fell swoop. However, despite the grim crux of the plot, Y the Last Man is also extremely funny and smart.

Yorick is a reluctant, wise-cracking hero, kind of in the mold of Han Solo, who throws out enough pop-culture references to make Nick Hornby proud. That, combined with all the action and plot twists on his search for answers, makes this story ideal for the big screen.

Fortunately, it appears as if this movie will be made. Unfortunately, it appears as if it might be made by D.J. Caruso, director of Disturbia, who is “loosely attached.” If he does, he’s probably casting¬† his boy Shia LaBeouf. Rumor has it he would also cast Alicia Keys as Agent 355.

If there’s one thing this movie doesn’t need, it’s effing Shia LaBeouf. The movie would be better served by a smooth actor who can still do the ole’ wink and nod thing at the camera. Ideally, I would like someone such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt or James McAvoy to star as Yorick.

But I can wish in one hand…

2. Preacher

As the title suggests, Jesse Custer is a preacher in a small Texas town, but he’s not your run-of-the-mill man of the cloth. He was possessed by Genesis, the unholy union of an angel and a demon, and as a result has untold powers. Jesse teams up with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire (not sure which is more unbelievable) to travel the country.

On their journey, they search for god and fight a variety of enemies including an angel of death, a serial killer and a secret organization that controls governments and protects Jesus’ bloodline.The book questions popular conceptions and conventions of religion and also has a dark sense of humor. Oh yeah, and it’s violent, like, extraordinarily violent, but don’t worry no more so than the Bible.

A film adaptation presents an opportunity to make an exciting action film that also makes intelligent commentary on modern religion. If done right, it could be what Constantine, the movie adaptation of Hellblazer, could have been.

A Preacher movie has been planned for years, but it has been stuck in development hell for more than a decade. In February, it was announced that D.J. Caruso is attached to direct, but you already know my feelings on that subject. I think no matter who directs, the movie would be good as long as Timothy Olyphant plays Jesse. He’s the perfect choice based on his current role as Marshal Raylan Gibbons on FX’s Justified.

3. Transmetropolitan

Being a journalist, I had to include Transmetropolitan. It’s a cyberpunk story set in a metropolis simply known as “The City” sometime in the distant future. It follows a popular, bordering on legendary, gonzo journalist, Spider Jerusalem. Spider is an homage to Hunter S. Thompson, and he fights government corruption and injustice with the help of his “filthy assistants.”

Hollywood seems to be aboard the “gritty” bandwagon these days, and Spider is the definition of gritty. He’s foul-mouthed, a heavy-drinker and drug user and often uses dubious methods. If done right the movie could be a Philip K Dick-esque thriller, but if done wrong, it could be Judge Dredd.

This is another movie that is rumored to be in development. The creators of the book want to make it and have said they want Tim Roth to play Spider, which would be undoubtedly awesome because Tim Roth rules.

However, I think Jackie Earle Haley would be a better choice. He’s already shown his aptness at inhabiting comic characters, playing Rorschach in Watchmen and Guerrero in Fox’s Human Target.
4. The Sandman

The Sandman, not to be confused with the lame Spider-Man villain, follows Dream who is also known as Morpheus. Morpheus is basically a physical manifestation of dreams and rules, surprise, the dream world. But he is captured by an occult ritual and must work to rebuild his kingdom.

The books take place mostly in “The Dreaming,” or the dream world. To rebuild his kingdom Morpheus has to change his old ways and repent for past sins. The Sandman is dark in the best kind of way, kind of like The Crow. As the series progressed, the stories also turned to fantasy and mythological elements in various story lines. The Crow combined with Lord of the Rings, who wouldn’t watch that?

Again, this is another movie that was in development hell, although now it is rumored to be planned as a TV series for HBO. I think the nature of the book lends itself better to a TV series. However, it also most likely rules out the best option to play Morpheus: Johnny Depp.

*And after completing this post, I realized all of these comics are from DC’s subsidiary, Vertigo. That wasn’t intentional; it just kind of happened.

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2 thoughts on “4 Non-Superhero Graphic Novels That Must be Adapted Now

  1. Olivia says:

    That’s because Vertigo is the shit.

  2. Y the Last Man! I love that comic! I will have to check out the others you named. You’re obviously a man of discerning tastes

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