Graphic novels make great television. At least that’s what you would assume after one glance at my streaming history. For the most part of 2020, I have watched a lot of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime graphic-novel based movies and shows. Why? Because the stories, characters, and settings explode on the big screen as well as they jump off the pages of books in which they originate.
Here is a list of four graphic novel-turned television titles in the order in which I watched them. Want to know which one reigns as my favorite? Keep reading.
- The Witcher, by Andrzej Sapkowski. This television series, aptly named for the title character is based around a solo monster hunter-for-hire and his life. Geralt of Rivia travels around the countryside putting down all sorts of mutated beasts and monsters. Geralt is a complex but kind and fair character who battles the demons of his own past, struggling to find his place in the complicated human/magic/fantasy world around him.
- Extraction, based on Ciudad written by Anthony and Joe Russo. This graphic novel and Netflix series tells the story of Australian mercenary Tyler Rake who is on a mission to save a kidnapping victim. His tactical expertise and quick wits keep him going on his blood-infused fight for justice, which ultimately takes his life…or does it?
- The Old Guard, by Greg Rucka. This story follows a group of immortal warriors who have been secretly protecting humanity for ages, a task that gets increasingly difficult as time goes on and technology advances. The story begins as this small group of undead learns that there is a new immortal in their midst. The team takes action find her and teach her of their ways, without getting caught in the process.
- Wynonna Earp, by Beau Smith. This modern-western supernatural series is based around the title character and her sister, Waverly, descendants of the legendary Wyatt Earp, who (along with a secret government agent) fight to protect the people from demons knows as Revenants, without revealing anything to the public.
WOW! What a lineup. Each one of these fantastic graphic novel series struck a chord with me in their own way and deserve to be seen (or read) at least once. But which one is my favorite?
Extraction had WAY too much in-your-face violence for me to stomach, but I still am curious as to what happens next. The Witcher is a GREAT series: graphic novels, video game (where the story actually originated), and the show have great characters, setting, and plot, but isn’t at the top of my list. Wynonna Earp is delightful. The characters are likeable, the story is fun, not-so-gory, and the tie-in to the Wild West and its people are right up my alley…but, The Old Guard wins this battle for me. In spite of the violence, everything about this story comes together for me. The main characters have a protective and familial bond with each other, their fight to stay secretive in a high-tech world is challenging, and a surprising rivalry is formed as they exile a member of their own team and one long-lost partner returns. I can’t wait to see and read more from this series.
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