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There’s a mountain of comic book projects that were solicited, advertised and told that never saw the light of day, and now we have one more lost treasure to add to that list: a Final Fantasy series by Kurt Busiek, Del Barras and Mike Mignola.
Commissioned by the defunct Disney imprint Hollywood Comics, the story was to be a four-issue adaptation of the video game Final Fantasy IV (released in 1991 in North America as Final Fantasy II). Busiek got the job by pitching an original story set in the Final Fantasy universe, with publisher Square (now Square Enix) then shifting him over to the adaptation of the then-forthcoming video game.
There’s often a thin line between comics and other entertainment media, and we’ve seen a plethora of comic-book adventures translate successfully to television, film and video games. But it’s a two-way street: A number of other-media properties find immense success in comics. But in all of that back-and-forth action, there are six epic worlds of storytelling from other media that could be bestsellers, given the right creators and the right format. With that in mind, we take a look at a group of top-tier movie, video game and television franchises, and imagine what could happen if and when they make a jump to comics.
Later this month, Dark Horse will publish Deva Zan, the first novel by artist Yoshitaka Amane, who is best known as the illustrator of the Vampire Hunter D novels and the designer for Final Fantasy. Anime News Network has a preview of the novel, which Amane wrote and illustrated.
I interviewed Amane this year at New York Comic Con, and here’s what he had to say about the writing process for Deva Zan:
If Beast creator Marian Churchland were a Final Fantasy character, she would be a Thief.