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Six Adventure Films That Need Their Own Comics

What adventure films would make great comics?

Movies and comics go hand-in-hand. The top grossing films, every summer, are more than often originally based off of a comic book, but most folks already know that. As for the other way around, well, comics based off movie franchises are a hit or a miss. There's been some great books to come out of Dark Horse based off the Star Wars franchise, and most recently Eric Powell, John Carpenter, and Brian Churilla brought the classic adventure film Big Trouble in Little China to Boom Studios in one fantastic start to a series. That go us here at Comic Vine thinking: "What awesome adventure films could work well as a comic book series?" Here's a look at 6 films that could easily have their own comic book series.

6. Willow

Willow almost didn't make the list. It almost went the same way as Time Bandits because we just weren't sure if people remembered this film. Yes, that sounds silly. The 1988 fantasy-adventure film follows Willow Ufgood, a dwarf farmer and magician as he has to protect a baby, Willow, who is prophesied to take down an evil queen. There's a whole cast of cool characters as well, especially Madmartigan, Willow meets on his travels.

For many people who grew up in the 80s, when you say "adventure film," this is one of the first films to pop up. This is the only time we'd think that starting with a straight-up adaptation would be the perfect place to start. Sure, you could continue Willow's adventures after (spoiler alert) Queen Bavmorda was defeated, but an adaptation could pique the interest of a whole new generation of readers. Sure, Marvel did a 3-part mini-series, way back when, but it's time to reinvigorate this story. From there, the world is completely open for Willow to have more adventures.

5. District 9

This 2009 film was about a group of aliens, stranded on Earth and forced to live in a camp. It was shot documentary style and had some nice polish on it. A government agent, named Wikus, becomes infected with the alien's biotechnology and slowly starts to become one of them, learning what it's like to be an alien, held captive. It's a bit more science-fiction than adventure, but it's good enough for us.

What happened after the film ended though? Sure, the ship got away, but not all of the aliens did. There's many different roads you can take this story and all of them seem appropriate for a company like Dark Horse to do. There's a ton of potential with this world and you don't necessarily have to use the characters from the film. The aliens were pretty cool and there's probably lots of folks that would love to see this as an on-going series.

4. Adventures of Baron Munchausen

If you're never seen the Adventures of Baron Munchausen, do yourself a favor and watch this film immediately. This 1988 fantasy-adventure film is about the travels of a man across many different lands, featuring many different "out-there" characters, including the King of the Moon, who had a detachable head, played by Robin Williams. Baron Munchausen really captured the hearts and minds of those who saw the film.

Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown created this incredibly interesting world, even if they were just tall tales, and re-exploring this world, in comic book format, would be incredible. There's so many stories within this world, that any one of them could be developed into a mini-series, especially King of the Moon. This is a book that would work really well at Boom! Studios, who deals with fantasy quite often.

3. The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element has a special place in every nerd's heart. It's science-fiction full of action, adventure, and Milla Jovovich stealing the hearts of men everywhere. The world the film took place in was just so cool and new. Science fiction fans hadn't seen anything like this before, and because of all this, it became a cult classic.

What happened after the film though? Did Korben Dallas and Leeloo live "happily ever after?" This is something that could easily be explored in comic book format. This is such a new and large world that can easily be expanded upon, even if the creative team didn't follow more adventures from Dallas and Leeloo. This is a franchise that feels like IDW would handle very well, since they do well not only with science fiction, but licensed materials as well.

2. Mad Max

Last year, Warner Bros released a motion comic tied to the upcoming Mad Max video game, which still hasn't released. The motion comic was written by Tom Taylor (EARTH 2) and features the art of Jason Shawn Alexander (LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT). You can view part one and part two here. All these videos do is leave you wanting more.

Why hasn't Mad Max been tapped yet? Folks love a good post-apocalyptic dystopian future, especially one where Tina Turner makes an appearance. With a supposed new film coming out in 2015, this would be the perfect time for a comic book series to launch. This would be a great franchise for Vertigo work on, since the book is a bit more adult and gets pretty violent.

1. Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones has had numerous comic book runs in the past, some at Marvel, but a vast majority at Dark Horse Comics, but aside from the tie-in to the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, we haven't seen Indy in any adventures. Now that Disney owns the rights to this character, this could be the perfect time for Marvel to step in and reinvigorate this character and world. There's so much creators can do with this character, taking legends and lore from world history and applying it to a man with a whip and a fear of snakes. Also, it would be pretty awesome to see Indy punch some Nazis again.

Obviously, the comic wouldn't need to revolve around the Nazi Party and Henry Jones, Jr. squaring off, but it is a great antagonist for Indy. Everyone hates Nazis and loves seeing them get punched/shot/faces melted. However, Mola Ram, from Temple of Doom, was a pretty sweet bad guy, proving that other evil folks around the world work as a bad guy. There's no reason Indiana Jones comics shouldn't exist, especially with the large market Marvel could reach with their older readers.

Sorry Ice Pirates fans, but there's our top six. Let us know in the comment section below what adventure films would make great comic book series and who you'd love to see do it!

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring used to write on his blog a lot, but now he just writes on Twitter, trying to forget Kingdom of the Crystal Skull exists.

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thinking of Indiana Jones and Mad max comics

Posted by manwithoutshame

I would buy a Road Warrior comic in a second! I've said for awhile Escape From New York would be more than ideal for a series, maybe somebody will make it happen.

Posted by inferiorego

I would buy a Road Warrior comic in a second! I've said for awhile Escape From New York would be more than ideal for a series, maybe somebody will make it happen.

Gman and I discussed that before the list was finalized. I think going through Snake's past would be very cool, but it got cut... like Ice Pirates

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Who doesn't remember Time Bandits? They should be cast out and forsaken for all time.

Anyway how on earth has Mad Max not had a comic series before? I mean just imagine someone like Jason Aaron writing that!!!!!!!

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Posted by longbowhunter

I remember wanting to see Willow when it was in theaters. I must have been around 6 at the time. To this day I've still never seen the movie.

Posted by ssejllenrad

Multipass!

Posted by yfnjman

surprisingly, i agree with most of this list. not so much Baron Munchausen, but whatever.

oh...i'd be down with a Pirates comic, too. get on it Marvel!

Posted by kasino

Inglorious Bastards..you could make that a code name for a group in all wars

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@inferiorego: Ice Pirates? I vaguely recall that one. "Vaguely" because my mom made me turn it off due to - I think it was humping? I should probably go back and find out why my strict upbringing wouldn't let me finish Ice Pirates.

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Posted by inferiorego

@renchamp said:

@inferiorego: Ice Pirates? I vaguely recall that one. "Vaguely" because my mom made me turn it off due to - I think it was humping? I should probably go back and find out why my strict upbringing wouldn't let me finish Ice Pirates.

It's pretty awful.

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Edited by sora_thekey

I have one more to add to that list:

...and yes, an Indiana Jones series would be great!

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Posted by Guardiandevil83

This list is just love man. :)

Posted by Zmasonite

Indiana Jones would be gggrrrreeeeaaaaattttttt. I think Zombieland would be dope.

Edited by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones

Kinda surprised Mad Max doesn't already have one. Every other "2edgy4you" 70-80's movie got one.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

I'd only read Willow. Love that movie.

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Great choices. However, I would like to read a Mad Max comic

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

People remember Baron Munchausen? I would totally read comics of that.

Ironically I've never heard of Willow but I know Time Bandits. Time Bandits would make great comics.

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The Fifth Element

Meh, The Incal did it first.

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Posted by pikahyper

I never understood why Marvel didn't put out more then the Willow adaptation mini-series, it was a hot property at the time and that universe still needs to be expanded on.

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Posted by RustyRoy

LoTR/Hobbit, Harry Potter and Matrix.

Edited by AmazingWebHead

Oh yeah, an Indiana Jones comic I would read.

Ooh, how about Demolition Man?

Edited by Ostyo

Willow comic? Hellz to the yeahz!

Edited by Fabled

I've wanted a Fifth Element and Mad Max ongoing for a long time.

Posted by Danial79

You're right, The Fifth Element does hold a very dear place in this geek's heart... though I'm not sure I'd want a comic based on it. I would, however, love an Escape From NY comic as suggested by @manwithoutshame.

Posted by mak13131313

Sweet list! I would definitely read these.

Posted by mechwalker

I would totally read a Indiana Jones book. I think a James Bond book would be awesome too.

Edited by incredible_bulk77

i would read 5th element real hard. real hard. indy too.

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@sora_thekey: I agree about charlies angels they should also reboot the movie with cameos from the old angels

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Posted by fables87

I have one more to add to that list:

...and yes, an Indiana Jones series would be great!

I have to agree with this one! Also Harry Potter and Hunger Games would be cool as well.

Edited by Mars8254

I would enjoy The Warriors as a comic. See what happened with the gang after all the gangs tried to kill them.

Posted by Mars8254

I also played the crap out of The Warriors games on my PS2. The good life

Edited by dimitridkatsis

Ummm, Indiana Jones had comics they were really good too.

Edited by Billy Batson

Ummm, Indiana Jones had comics they were really good too.

Read the article:

Indiana Jones has had numerous comic book runs in the past, some at Marvel, but a vast majority at Dark Horse Comics, but aside from the tie-in to the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, we haven't seen Indy in any adventures.

I would totally read a Indiana Jones book. I think a James Bond book would be awesome too.

There are James Bond comics if you're interested.

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Posted by dimitridkatsis
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I would like to see Unbreakable....Or what about Harry Potter comics! Vertigo did Books of Magic why not Harry Potter!

Edited by Kondorr

Indiana Jones ongoing would be great... Ubreakabletoo... but not with Shyamalan involved

Edited by ReDKiNG

Wasn't a big fan of this movie, but I think a story following the main characters about how they survived with the other captives on the Predator planet would be pretty cool, if done right.

Posted by mechwalker

@billy_batson Thanks for telling me I am going to have to look into that

Posted by cobracaptain

@redking: Darkhorse is publishing AvP comics already.

Posted by Billy Batson

@mechwalker:

Titan has been putting in cheap omnibus format.

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Posted by kennybaese

How isn't there an Indy comic? That's just crazy town.