Given the enormous success of The Walking Dead it’s a bit surprising that more Graphic Novels have not made their way on to series development slates. Even though Graphic Novels are usually looked upon as the mini-series of the comic world, they often pack the most intense premises and possess a much more complex narrative, generally, then the pulp of monthly Comics. Even when a well known Comic staple, like Batman for instance, ventures into the pages of a Graphic Novel, such as The Dark Knight Returns, they usually arrive without the easily digestible template of mainstream Comics. Graphic Novels represent the state-of-the art for sequential story-telling, a sort of parallel story highway to the Comic world where writers can focus on deeply nuanced narratives featuring plot craft that steers closer to the lane of fine literature, and artists can express themselves, and the characters, in abstract and experimental ways. If you’ve never read one, it might sound too grandiose and high brow for Comics; if you are a fan, than you know that what I’ve said is only beginning to scratch the surface of the Graphic Novel phenomenon.
Comics are naturally the source of numerous hit films and television series already, but it is generally true that they find their success in the higher concept trappings of their source material in a highly episodic way. One adjustment that has to be made to any Graphic Novel that is brought to television as a series is keeping the story open ended. Most Graphic Novels have an endgame. Obviously if you are going to produce a series, you want something that can go on for years. That said, here are three Graphic Novels that possess the premise of a great TV series. Who knows, maybe one of them will even make it on the small screen some day.