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  1. All of my top 5 ended up being from Image however one of the titles didn’t start with Image it started with Fireman Press. Image from day one has always pushed comics to the edge of the adult/teen boundaries.

    5. The Maxx – An incredibly bizarre and fantastic tale. The R rating is mostly due to violence and the occasional F bomb. I doubt this would be super popular but it would probably appeal to all of the The Pan’s Labyrinth fans.

    4. Chew – A fantastically twisted roller coaster ride of hilarity and unique twists on Latin words. One of the more hilarious buddy cop tales that would have a great transition to the screen as long as it is R.

    3. SCUD the Disposable Assassin – Another trippy and bizarre series but the comedic and satirical elements combined with all the pokes at capitalism would make this a fantastic film.

    2. ShadowHawk – In my opinion one of the greatest finite comic stories to have ever been published and a fantastic title to help launch Image. An anti-hero ****spoilers**** dying of AIDS, RENT meets Afleck’s Batman (seriously how many people did he kill in Dawn of Justice?).

    1. Saga – Currently my favorite title out there. I’m collecting the trades and I”m both looking forward to and dreading the end of the series. All you have to do is read the very first trade to know why this needs to be R rated.

  2. Great topic! Here are my picks:

    5) Lobo – Any film that did this manic bastard justice would have to be a hard R.

    4) Stuck Rubber Baby – This semi-autobiographical graphic novel by Howard Cruse covers his young adulthood as a closeted gay man in the civil rights era deep South. The themes alone put it into R territory, but there are also scenes of violence during protests and other active that would need to be graphic in order to have the proper impact.

    3) Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth – I know Matthew shares my love of this one. It deserves a big-screen treatment, probably with stop-motion animation to match Dave McKean’s aesthetic.

    2) Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes – There’s far too much Sandman to fit into a single film, of course, but I think the story of Morpheus’s imprisonment, escape, and quest to recover the Dreamstone from Dr. Destiny could be condensed into a manageable feature film. And, of course, it would have its climax in the incredible “24 Hours”, which must have sex and gore to work.

    1) Saga – I’m with Brandon here. This story deserves a wider audience, and while I think it would be best as a TV series, I think it would also work as a franchise of connected movies.

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