Five Comics That Would Make Rad Video Games

by Tito W. James

My article about comics that would make good cartoons inspired me to think about comics that would be cool as video games. Please enjoy my suggestions and let me know what you want to see.

Judge Dredd is easy to envision as a video game. It’s a gritty, violent cyberpunk dystopia filled with mutant punks and a no-nonsense cop. The gameplay would be a combo of Gears Of War and God of War.

Yes, I know I’m double-dipping because I mentioned I Hate Fairyland in my animation article. But, it’s a really fun comic and it would be fun to play as Gert (pictured above).

Gert could use her axe for melee attacks and then summon magical weapons/creatures for long-ranged attacks. The gameplay style would be similar to Ratchet and Clank but with more “hack and slash” instead of “shooter.”

I’d like to see a super move where if Gert eats enough mushroom men, she trips out.

The plot of Luther Strode is essentially a “boss rush”– get powers, then kill disciples of Cain and anyone who gets in your way. Remember the video game Splatter House? Luther Strode would pretty much be Splatter House.

I’m looking forward to the live action Umbrella Academy show on Netflix but I do think the characters (Moon Boy in particular) are more suited for CG animation. In a video game, you could play as these awesome characters! The art and humor would be in a similar vein to Pyschonauts or Little Devil Inside.

As for gameplay, I think the Sly Cooper series would be a good model–a big, open world and three playable characters with abilities tailored to different missions. The lead characters would be Number Five, Moonboy, and The White Violin.

With no sign of Man Of Steel 2 and the Superman comics returning to a more traditional (yawn) take on the character, I have an action-oriented Superman itch that needs to be scratched.
There have been rumors for years that the same team behind the seminal Batman Arkham games is working on a Superman video game. If that’s the case, I’m sure it’s in good hands. However, I think a Western creative team still runs the risk of creating a play- it-safe Superman product.
I’d really like to see some Japanese developers get their hands on the “Man of Tomorrow.” It’s been argued that Superman is too powerful as a superhero, but honestly he’s only a moderately powered anime character. I’ve seen anime lolis throw down harder than Superman.
If you’re going to do Superman, I want to see something over the top like Asura’s Wrath, Devil May Cry, or Bayonetta. I’m talking punch someone into another planet level crazy! Just have him get sucked into the phantom zone and crapped out onto a hostile planet colonized by his worst enemies.

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