Six by 6 | Six multimedia franchises we’d welcome into comics
All right, this will likely never happen, as author J.K. Rowling apparently remains opposed to her bestselling novels turned blockbuster movies being transformed into comic books. But with the Harry Potter novels and films complete, and Rowling herself penning a screenplay inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the right deal — and the right deal-makers — might be able to conjure a Hogwarts comic. It would be more than just one hero’s journey or just one school: A fully realized Harry Potter comics project could encompass multiple series, miniseries and one-shots. But it has to be done slowly, and right. And the person best positioned to bring this together is DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, who has long served as the shepherd of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter franchise.
The Lord of the Rings
You may not realize it, but J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth has come to comics on multiple occasions, perhaps most notably in the 1989 Eclipse adaptation of The Hobbit by Chuck Dixon and David T. Wenzel. More recently, DC Comics released a digital comic by Brian Wood and Simon Coleby that served as a prologue to the 2011 video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North; however, it was never published in print. Despite that drastic oversight, the pairing of The Lord of the Rings with sequential art is a creative crossover that would excite comic fans, and fans of both Tolkien’s books (OK, maybe) and Peter Jackson’s films. Like War in the North, which takes place in the great northern wastes during the events of The Lord of the Rings, the comics might use Tolkien’s rich and detailed books as a springboard from which to explore other corners of Middle-earth.
Final Fantasy is the fourth-largest video game franchise of all time, and it’s taken players to more than a dozen new worlds and introduced them to thousands of characters. Mixing swords and sorcery, magical items and a love for giant ostriches called Chocobos, Final Fantasy has become the leading RPG for generations of gamers. In Japan, there have been several manga adaptations and even one spinoff series, but none has properly taken advantage of the ardent international following. Each major Final Fantasy game has its own world and segment of characters, giving potential comic creators a chance to target the most popular ones for further exploration. Imagine Brandon Graham creating a Final Fantasy 7 continuation with Cloud Strife, Bryan O’Malley creating a Chocobo’s tale, Adam Warren doing a sussed-up version of the original Final Fantasy. Or even some superhero heavyweights like Gail Simone, Kieron Gillen and others stepping into this world of crystals.