Marvel has a plethora of great series and characters. We’ve seen this in how they’re releasing movies. Cartoons have always been a great platform to introduce people to the comics. And soon the company will have live-action television as a great venue (okay, so they’ve had it before, but not quite as great as it could be).
So, here is the first part of a continuing series that I’d like to suggest as great comic series to be made into some form of other media. This week I’d like to submit New X-Men: Academy X.
This comic debuted in the early 2000′s, and lasted up until recent X-sagas. It has been one of my favorite X-titles ever. Maybe it is my fondness for my years in high school. Maybe it was the introduction of the future of X-Men. Maybe it was the growth of already classic mutant characters. Whatever it was, I enjoyed the early era of the series.
This comic was about a new generation of mutants learning from teachers of the previous. Cyclops reopened Xavier’s school to welcome these kids, and many of the old X-team members became faculty. This comic was high school drama set with super powers. It made the comic fun and readable. This wasn’t about the good guys vs. bad guys. This was about the coming of age of those who have gifted powers, and need to learn responsibility. There was still the time to fight the bad guys, but it was mostly about how do kids with super powers deal with each other. It was all about how do kids deal with hormones, life changes, teen angst, AND super powers.
Where a cartoon would be easy to produce with the onslaught of super powers, I think a live-action show would make for great television. Play up the teen angst, but make it like some of the more recent hero shows, like Arrow and Smallville. Fight some crime, but have more inner fighting. Plus, these are new characters to both hardcore comic fans, and television viewers alike. It’s a clean slate! Some of the faculty are less known mutants too.
That brings me to another great thing about the comic and can be with the series too. The faculty are not just bystanders, or comic foils. They get involved too. There’s bickering among them. There’s some inappropriate student/teacher relations. It makes for quite the teen drama. Use some lesser known mutants, like Dani Moonstar and Emma Frost. Maybe have Cyclops as the headmaster just for some connection to classic X-Men. It could go for a good ABC Family drama!
Well, until I think of another comic turned TV show, have a Marvel-ous day!