The television trend continues to pick up speed for comic book properties. Marvel and DC have both put their best foot forward with current hits like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow, and will be piling more on this fall with Agent Carter, Gotham, and The Flash to name a few. However, third party publisher Image Comics is jumping on the bandwagon, planning to bring two of its comic properties to the small screen as well.
Variety has reported that two series from Image, Peter Panzerfaust and Rat Queens, both created by writer Kurtis J. Wiebe, will be adapted for television. Peter Panzerfaust was originally created as a comic series in February 2012 by Wiebe and artist Tyler Jenkins. The story is a retelling of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” set in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Peter Panzerfaust will be produced by BBC Worldwide and Heavy Metal with Life on Mars creators Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah writing the pilot script. The original comic series has been a gem among the many titles from Image. If you have not given it a go, I recommend you do post haste.
Rat Queens will be produced by Weta Workshop’s Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal. They plan to adapt the comedic fantasy into a half hour animated series. Created by Wiebe and Roc Upchurch, Rat Queens launched in September 2013 and the colorful description found on Image’s website reads:
Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.
At the current rate of comic-to-television adaptation, keep an eye out for something from Dark Horse or maybe even IDW. Crossing fingers for that long-overdue Transformers/G.I. Joe TV series…