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Comic Countdown #31: Starring Roles

Posted on August 12, 2012 AT 09:14pm

It’s that time again! Another installment of the Comic Countdown is here, and this time, the topic will be video game related, along with the usual comic book topics. With the announcements of games such as Deadpool and the ongoing movie tie-ins like The Amazing Spider-Man, comic book video games are on the rise. While many games are already out there, there are still a large amount of characters in the comic book community that could do very well on their own, starring in a video game (or ones that could use another shot). With that, here’s a list of ten (in no particular order) comic book franchises (or characters) that could and should get their own video games.

#10: Executive Assistants (Aspen Comics)

The EA’s are an interesting story, both because of their vast and varied skill sets, and the fact that everyone seems to want to kill them. With those two aspects, a third person action game, maybe by a studio such as Volition (Saint’s Row) would be a good fit for a game. There could easily be pursuit, shooting, melee fighting, and all sorts of twisting and turning plot points that gamers would love.

#9: Bullseye (Marvel Comics)

While good old Lester is a bad guy (and a very bad one, at that), there is no questioning how much fun it would be to have a combat mechanic where anything and everything is a weapon that can hit with pinpoint accuracy. Plus, being the bad guy can be fun. Imagine having to take out guys like Spider-Man, Daredevil, and many other Marvel greats as the protagonist of the story. Sometimes, the bad guy can win, and this could be one of those interesting cases. Volition again would be a good choice, or High Moon Studios (who are currently working on the Deadpool game) may also be a fitting studio.

#8: Hellboy (Dark Horse Comics)

Hellboy has gotten a few different game incarnations over the years, the last in 2008 with the cross-platform Hellboy: The Science Of Evil. But most of Big Red’s games haven’t done too well, and Hellboy, an integral part of the Dark Horse catalog, deserves much better. Vigil Games could really make this a great action game, especially with a combat system along the lines of Darksiders II.

#7:  X-O Manowar (Valiant Comics)

Aric Dacia’s last game came alongside Iron Man in the old Acclaim title X-O Manowar and Iron Man in: Heavy Metal several console cycles ago. With the recent reboot of the title, it’s about time the man in the armor gets another shot at gaming stardom. Namco Bandai seems like they could have a good shot at making this recently re-established glory last, and across multiple platforms.

#6: Nightwing (DC Comics)

While he was playable in the Challenge Mode of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City, Nightwing has enough history and skills to be able to survive on his own. With the massive popularity and quality of Arkham City, it would be good to see Rocksteady continue their use of DC Comics characters in their games, and even if it’s just a tie off of the franchise, using Nightwing would be an interesting game, and one that fans could really get behind.

#5: Blade (Marvel Comics)

The only game that really represented Blade properly was the tie-in for the original Blade film. With such a rich history (and the increasing popularity of vampires), an action game for Blade would seem pretty fitting for Marvel Studios. Get a big game company behind them, perhaps Capcom, who have experience with the undead with their Resident Evil franchise, and this could be a game that many fans are talking about.

#4: Witchblade (Top Cow Productions)

In 2010, an upcoming Witchblade game was announced at San Diego Comic-Con. Since then, very little has been heard about it. Witchblade is one of the biggest titles in the Top Cow catalog, and getting Sara a game to go along with her Artifact-wielding associate Jackie, who wields The Darkness (and has two games of his own) would be a great way to expand within the company. Getting 2K Games, who worked on The Darkness titles, would also be a major victory.

#3: Catwoman (DC Comics)

Catwoman has been a major part of the Batman franchise for a very long time, and her inclusion in Batman: Arkham City shows that she can handle a lot of things on her own. Her own game would be a major push for the character, and enlisting Rocksteady, as with Nightwing, could really help develop a stable of games based in that universe for fans to get their hands on. A very popular character whose development has been emphasized over the last few years, Catwoman would be a sure-fire choice for an expanded role in the group of games already based on DC Comics characters.

#2: Black Panther (Marvel Comics)

T’Challa is many things: a skilled warrior, a king and a hero. With all those titles already under his belt, as well as with his affiliations with The Avengers, the Black Panther really should be a focus in a video game. His combat skills would be excellent, and a royal plot line could make for a great story. Throw in the setting of Wakanda, and there is an almost completely untapped environment to explore. Give this storied franchise to a developer such as Bethesda or BioWare, and there could be a classic game in the making here.

#1: Spawn (Image Comics)

Spawn’s gotten a few games for himself already, but he’s due for another, especially with the recent rise in popularity after the return to the book by creator Todd McFarlane. The supernatural elements and the plethora of abilities at Spawn’s disposal could make this an incredibly epic game for all involved. It’d be cool to see an smaller developer take on this task, with perhaps Deep Silver taking on some of the responsibilities, or allowing NetherRealm, the makers of Mortal Kombat taking the helm, using their immense combat system skills to make this game unforgettable.

That’s it for this week’s Countdown! Make sure to leave any questions, comments or concerns in the comments section, and thanks for reading! See everyone back for another edition of the Comic Countdown next week.

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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