Besides San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest comic book event to happen this week has been the release of the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's musical-video game-romantic epic, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour.
(Oh, and you might've heard that the series is getting the big-screen treatment
from Shaun of the Dead
director Edgar Wright. You can check it out Aug. 13.)
While the heart of the Scott Pilgrim series firmly resides with the title character's romantic/heroic quest to defeat the seven ex-boyfriends of the enigmatic Ramona Flowers, the comedic center is definitely Scott's band, Sex Bob-omb
. They're not very good. The members, though friends, bicker among each other. They have a handful of fans (mostly friends and family). But for some reason, you'd still be inclined to book them for your next house party. Kind of the same feeling you'd get after seeing the fictional Flight of the Conchords peform.
So if Scott Pilgrim and the members of Sex Bob-omb get a movie, what other comic book musical acts are ready for their cinematic debuts? Here's my list of eight candidates who are ready for their close-ups.
Wikipedia/Alan David Doane
Marvel Comics/Frank Springer
Who A two-bit criminal with a disco music motif who used his hypnotic goggles and hypnotic back-up singers, the Mercy Killers, to steal from club owners and audiences. Spider-Man stopped him during a gig. But what happens after that? How does a stupid criminal with a dated gimmick survive during the last days of disco?
Elevator pitch Think 54 and Saturday Night Fever meets Bottle Rocket.
Other comics to check out this week
Atlas #3 Another good mid-list comic bites the dust. It was just announced that Jeff Parker's fantastic retro team book will be canceled with #5. Pick it up while you still can.
Neonomicon #1 If you're an Alan Moore fan who hasn't been turned off by his latest crustiness targeted at Watchmen and DC Comics, check out his new horror book from Avatar, illustrated by Jacen Burrows.
Red Mass From Mars #4 The long-awaited final issue of Jonathan Hickman's interstellar superhero saga.