4. INCOGNITO by Ed Brubaker
INCOGNITO is a noir-style story set in a world where superheroes and supervillains are commonly known to the general population. One of the more famous villains, Zack Overkill, is put into witness protection and living amongst regular people for ratting out his former boss, The Black Death. While under this protection, Overkill is given drugs which are supposed to diminish his powers, but instead strengthens them.
When Overkill discovers this, he turns into a vigilante fighting for good instead of evil. So, not only is this book different in terms of the villain becoming the hero, but it’s drawn incredibly. The noirish artwork would translate well into a film and the dialogue is written impeccably. The action isn’t in-your-face, and the atmosphere is very moody (like WATCHMEN, of which I am a huge fan). Back in 2010, Fox bought the film rights to the book and hired Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan to adapt it. Since then, details have remained pretty mum, which usually indicates a mandatory sentence in development hell.
My Choice Director: Ridley Scott