Comics publisher IDW decides to follow Marvel's lead onto TV

Comics publisher IDW decides to follow Marvel's lead onto TV

IDW, one of the largest non-Marvel-or-DC comic book publishers, has announced plans to bring its titles to television, figuring if Marvel can launch several dozen TV shows, maybe it could squeeze in one or two. Only slightly hampering this plan is the fact that IDW's most recognizeable titles—The X-Files, Transformers, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—are already based on TV properties. (Still, the company deserves all the karma in the world, as it also publishes My Little Pony comics, thereby doing the admirable work of keeping Bronies out of the toy stores and doing unspeakable things with comic-book illustrations in the safety of their own homes.)

While IDW's non-licensed properties don't have the iconic appeal of Marvel's well-known stable of characters, it can still pitch familiar subjects, as two of the first three prospective shows involve genres that have been done to death, risen from the grave, and then been done to death again—zombies and vampires. Life Undead is its zombie show, and it at least boasts a showrunner (Paul Zbyszewski) who's worked on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lost, and Hawaii Five-0. The vampire show is V Wars, which concerns a global battle against television's favorite undead creatures.

As the IDW site describes it, "These aren't your usual vampires and werewolves—it goes much deeper than that." (So someone might turn into a wolf at the sight of a full moon, but on a really profound level.) The third show, Brooklyn Animal Control, is about werewolves living among us, and the secret agency that has to distinguish between the lyncanthropes and Brooklyn hipsters who have simply let their beards get out of control.