Today at ComicsAlliance, I’m reacting to Fox’s Human Target TV show, which took a comic with an extremely distinctive theme and boiled it down to something about as generic as it could possibly be.
To be fair to the show, the episodes I’ve caught have been pretty fun and enjoyably over the top (of the two episodes I’ve seen, one involved Christopher Chance jumping a motorcycle over armed guards as he escaped from the Russian embassy, then getting involved in a high-speed wreck with no ill effects whatsoever), but they’re also stripped of the smart, complex themes of losing one’s identity that made the Peter Milligan series one of my favorite comics ever. Fun as it is, it’s got nothing to do with the source material.
So to that end, I’m pitching other shows that take the “high” out of “high concept!” Where would Batman be without the vengeance? Where would Wolverine be if he was just pretty okay at what he did? Where would the Unknown Soldier be if everyone knew who he was?
Probably sitting on a sweet 10PM time slot. Enjoy!