5 Other Jonathan Hickman Comics That Should Be TV Series
This week we got word that two of Jonathan Hickman’s comic book titles (Transhuman and East of West) will be heading to Amazon Prime (probably), as a development deal is currently underway, and they should be cool. Great stories, the artists of the series are involved, Robert Kirkman is involved, and Amazon has been putting on some quality content as of late. But there’s a few more Jonathan Hickman series that I’d like to see make it to the small screen through a streaming service, so here’s 5 other Jonathan Hickman comics that should be TV series…in no particular order.
Hickman had a wildly popular run on The Fantastic Four, which indirectly lead into the now landmark Secret Wars event, but that FF title had a spinoff comic series also written by Hickman called The FF or The Future Foundation. The team was started by Reed and the fam, but included a slew of other, much younger characters, and the entire thing would work well as TV show…once Marvel gets that Fantastic Four movie done, of course. Once that’s done and they introduce Dragon Man and Mole Man and his Moloids we have pretty much the entire team, and what a team is it! Franklin is a character that deserves to be explored and Valeria’s snappy dialogue alone would make her a fan-favorite. Yeah, Disney is getting their own streaming service, so Amazon is likely going to be out, but I’m already going to be getting that, so let’s get it done already.
The FF series would most definitely be geared to a family audience, and it’s going to require at least one Fantastic Four movie, so don’t plan on seeing this anytime soon, IF you see it all, and that’s a pretty big “if”. Marvel doesn’t really take risks for their on-screen stuff, but Avengers: Infinity War may change that up as the decade-long ride finally comes to an end and things are more open in a creative sense. Either way, this would be a great little family sci-fi action series.
Image Comics The Manhattan Projects is an odd little title, but it’s got rich story-telling and terrific characters. The story revolves around some of the most famous scientists ever known working together in an alternate post-Word War II future where the Manhattan Project tasked with developing the first atomic bomb was a front for alternative experiments and projects ripped out of science fiction. It’s super weird, crazy funny in a sick, twisted way, and it would make for some great high sci-fi shenanigans on a streaming service.
While I know The Manhattan Projects would make for some great TV, it’s a tough show to make. It would require a huge cast and big sci-fi budget to be done right, but the material probably wouldn’t have enough of a reach with the audience to make it successful enough to justify either. If the two shows being looked out now are able to pull off a giant success, however, nothing is out of the question.
An adventure story that brings together elements of the supernatural/sci-fi, redemption for old soldiers, very weird yet compelling characters, and a terrific hook that I won’t spoil here, The Dying and The Dead may be one of Hickman’s lesser known stories, but it’s an absolute winner. The story revolves around a murder at a wedding, the return of a lost civilization from another time, and a group of WWII veterans who are mysteriously involved with both. Hickman weaves detailed threads that beautifully come together, eventually, but it’s that slow burn that would guide a show for several seasons.
The Dying and The Dead has changed names once, and, as far as I know, has been on a long hiatus. And that sucks. But what better way to bring it back and get to the end of the story? There’s a lot of potential in The Dying and The Dead for a series, but, again, it’s super weird. it may be too much for a wide audience. But weird is in style, so this series has a better chance than others on this list to getting the small screen treatment.
This is a weird one because it’s already supposed to be a show. In 2014 SyFy picked up Pax Romana for a series, but there’s no new news on the subject. So what’s up with that, SyFy? Get your act together! Pax Romana is a sci-fi story about the modern day Vatican discovering the secret of time travel and using that to send a military force to 312 AD to change the past in order to save the future. Things do not go according to plan, and all hell breaks loose.
This is a wonderful series that I actually think would make for a better movie, but whatever. I wish SyFy would piss or get off the pot with this one, though, as I’m dying to see it finally get the attention it deserves.
My all time favorite Hickman story (that isn’t a Marvel story), The Nightly News is a slap in the face to TV media that ruin lives with later retracted lies. As a violent story grabs the attention of the media, a cult emerges from these media errors, leading to a compelling and thought-provoking story about the ways the media impact us. Although the book is only 10 years old, the evolution of social media and the introduction of things like Fake News would make this adaptation a relevant piece of fiction. While I could imagine this as a long form series, an anthology series dealing with the darker side of the media could be a better approach.
The odds of them making something like The Nightly News into a series are quite good, I believe. The media is constantly in the news in an already dystopian-esque side of modern times, and there’s plenty of real-world scenarios playing out that could be great fuel for a string of hour long one-shots. We already have quite a few with Black Mirror and Electric Dreams being only a couple, and one that keeps that dystopian tone that’s the thing of nightmares while keeping things rooted in the media could be a big hit.