FIVE LICENSED BOOKS I’D LIKE TO SEE

I thought I’d run out of these once I did the Marvel and DC ones. I wasn’t sure about doing a Dark Horse one. The same with IDW and Dynamite and so on. Then one day I got thinking about Doctor Who comics and the licensed idea popped into my head. I actually ended up with a few more than 5. Some also rans include Stephen Mooney doing a William Ryker book (I bet he’d love that), a Final Fantasy book by Anna Fitzpatrick, an Outer Limits book by Darrin O’Toole and some kind of Godzilla book by Bob Byrne. In case some of you are unfamiliar with the properties, I have included a description.

DOCTOR WHO CHRONICLES
Artist: PJ Holden, John McCrea, Nick Roche and more.
Writer: Ciarán Marcantonio

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Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC from 1963 to the present day. The programme depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien. He explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.

I’ve become a bit of a Doctor Who guy recently. The idea behind this series is a mix of Doctors from one story to the next (mainly the old series though). Once I came upon this idea, I realised that Ciaran Marcantonio would hunt me down if I didn’t select him as writer of said book (he would be my first choice). We’d have to make a deal though: the first story can be about the War Doctor as long as he does a Sixth Doctor story not too long afterwards. Inspired by his recent posting of the above image, I have selected PJ Holden as artist on the first story. I see this as a rotating group of artists (to fit the rotating focus on different Doctors) so I’d have to include the likes of John McCrea and Nick Roche.

MILLENIUM
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire
Writer: Maura McHugh

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For those that don’t know, Millennium was series created by Chris Carter (X-Files) that followed the investigations of ex-FBI agent Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) now a consultant, with the ability to see inside the minds of criminals, working for a mysterious organization known as the Millennium Group.

I am big fan of the series and the detective/horror/mystic nature of it screams Maura McHugh to me and I’m sure she’d have fun having a crack at this kind of book. Declan Shalvey has done a lot of street level books so that covers the detective series aspect. His recent stint on Moon Knight has shown me that he can do some trippy stuff (I’m thinking of Frank Black’s “flashes” into the criminal minds). I’d have to include Jordie Bellaire because she makes every book better.

MORTAL KOMBAT
Leeann Hamilton

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Mortal Kombat is an American video game franchise. The development of the first game was originally based on an idea by Ed Boon and John Tobias of making a video game starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but that idea fell through and a science fantasy-themed fighting game titled Mortal Kombat was created instead and released in 1992. The original game has spawned many sequels and has been spun off into several action-adventure games, films (animated and live-action with its own sequel), and television series (animated and live-action). Other spin-offs include various comic book series, a card game and a live-action tour. Along with Capcom’s Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat has become one of the most successful and influential fighting franchises in the history of video games.

This game has returned to my good books in recent years with the last game beating my expectations and the new game looking like it is going to mean I’m buying a Playstation 4. I know Leeann Hamilton is also a fan and I’ve been loving her gender swap Mortal Kombat paintings over the last while (see the female Raiden above). The book can be all over the mythology after the 12 part Rain origin that me and (I assume) Leeann want 🙂

SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND
Artist: Barry Keegan
Colourist: Dee Cunniffe
Writer: Darrin O’Toole

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Space: Above and Beyond was a short-lived mid-1990s American science fiction television show on the FOX Network, created and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong.

The story: In the years leading up to 2063, humanity has begun to colonize other planets. Lacking Faster-Than-Light technology, this is accomplished by taking advantage of transient but predictable, naturally-occurring wormholes. Without warning, a previously unknown alien species, the “Chigs”, attack and destroy Earth’s first extra-solar colony and then destroy a second colony ship. The bulk of the Earth military forces sent to confront the Chigs are destroyed or outflanked, in part because the Chigs have some form of FTL, affording them greater freedom of movement (although this technology appears limited, and the Chigs also primarily utilize natural wormholes).

I really enjoy the science fiction aspects of Darrin O’Toole’s books including Tales of the Void and Earthruler so he was the first name that sprang to mind. I also wanted to reunite the team from the We Can Be Heroes webcomic which was really superb so I want Barry Keegan on art and Dee Cunniffe on colours.

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
Artist: Stephen Downey
Colourist: Ruth Redmond
Writer: Michael Carroll

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was an American science fiction television series that aired on Fox.

The story: At the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor, her son John and the 800 Series Terminator successfully destroy the T-1000, as well as the arm and CPU chip from the Terminator sent back to 1984 from the first film. The T-800 from the second film, at its own request, is then also destroyed to eliminate any future technology that could be used to create Skynet through reverse engineering. At the beginning of the television series, a T-888 using the name Cromartie is sent back to the time following Terminator 2: Judgment Day to kill John. Cameron, a Terminator that John sent back from 2029 to protect his earlier self, leaps forward in time with John and Sarah to 2007 jumping over the year in which Sarah would have died of leukemia (the disease was first mentioned in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines). Now wanted fugitives with the fear of pending leukemia playing on Sarah’s mind, they must also face the reality that other enemies from the future could be after them.

A comic book based on a science fiction franchise with a strong female character? Michael Carroll please. I’d also like to put one of my favourite writers with one of my favourite artists so I’d put Stephen Downey on the book. I just want to see what they’d come up together. Ruth Redmond is a rising star in colouring (she’s killing it on Storm for Marvel) and I’d like to see how her colours would match up with Stephen Downey’s art.