For every eye-roll about the latest comic book movie trailer, there’s an equally vexed sigh coming from the devotees of the more artful, less well-known comic series that have yet to hit the big screen. In an effort to right this egregious wrong, we’ve selected six overlooked series that we think deserve a shot at becoming a movie.

This guest post is by Andy.  Andy has lived in several different areas of the United States, but always calls Utah home. He wrote articles for a local paper about outdoor recreation with pets before joining the USDish team in 2010. Andy’s past times include collecting comics, reading, and movies.

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Checkmate

Not only does “Checkmate” stand on its own as a kick-ass comic book narrative, but it also has ties to other successful comic-world crossovers to the big screen – you’ve heard about this dude, Batman, right? Centered on a covert government agency, “Checkmate” is full of slick special agents named after chess pieces. The Black King and Black Queen run the operations (get it, black ops) and the White King and White Queen are in charge of intelligence. This comic series has been likened to the OMAC Project, the concept of ‘who watches the Watchmen?’ with a dash of 007 thrown in for good measure. The intrigue, catchy play on chess names, and the delightful ties to the “Dark Knight” make this the perfect setup for a jump to the silver screen.

Youngblood

“Youngblood” was the flagship publication for Image Comics, and features a government-sanctioned team of superheroes that live a celebrity lifestyle, all while keeping the country safe by doing the government’s dirty work. Despite the significant disdain many hardcore comic fans had for the series, thanks to what was considered low art quality and an overabundance of graphic violence and language that would make a sailor blush, the film rights to this edgy property were acquired by Reliance Big Entertainment in 2009.

Excalibur

Having ties to the X-Men does a lot to ratchet up the big-screen appeal of this Marvel Comics series, and mixing in a rakish British accent only adds to the appeal. But sexy accents aren’t the only twist – this ragtag band of mutants can jump from one dimension to another, exponentially adding to the types of misadventures and dilemmas they must face. And, as so many blockbuster hero tales insert a goofy sidekick to keep the kiddies happy, “Excalibur” comes with a ready-made Jar Jar Binks character in the form of Widget, a dimension-hopping robot that joins the gang in their quests to right the wrongs of one reality or another.

Locke & Key

A husband and father of three is murdered by teenagers and the tragic event sets the Locke siblings on a supernatural course as they return to the family estate, Keyhouse. Sam Lesser, one of the teens responsible for Mr. Lockes death, escapes from juvie to also head back to Keyhouse. Creepy, haunted mystery ensues when the youngest of the family discovers the Ghost Door, which can separate a person’s spirit from their body. The supernatural and paranormal implications make this unique series a timely choice to bring to theaters.

I Kill Giants

A tale about a misfit fifth-grade girl, who escapes into a fantasy world of giants and uses a Norse war hammer (named Coveleski) to keep them at bay, is just screaming for a movie treatment. Young Barbara Thorson is the heroine, who is obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons. The story keeps you guessing at whether she’s losing her grip on reality or if her uncanny perception of the invading giants is going to end up saving mankind. Everyone loves an underdog story and seeing this four-eyed little lady fight giants as she whips her trusty Coveleski out of a heart-shaped purse is just the kind of audience-pleasing fodder that would make this quirky tale a hit at the box office.

Sandman

Created by literary genius Neil Gaiman, this beautifully drawn series has all the darkness and suspense of a Christopher Nolan “Batman” movie. Dream is the enigmatic main character who presides over the world of dreams (another thing Christopher Nolan is a wiz with) and is, in essence, the personification of dreams. He was held captive for many years and the series follows his quest to rebuild his world after making his escape. As the series unfolds, Sandman becomes a classic tragic hero, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in theaters since “The Crow.” Adapting this beautiful series to film is a no-brainer.

Are there other comic books you’d like to see turned into movies?