Such is the case with “Echo,” a comic book series written and illustrated by acclaimed comic creator and occasional “Runaways” writer Terry Moore. Variety reports that “Echo” has been optioned for the big screen courtesy of Lloyd Levin, a producer on the Zack Snyder-directed “Watchmen.”
In “Echo,” Moore tells the story of a young photographer by the name of Julie Martin. During a photo shoot, Julie watches helplessly as a high-tech battle suit explodes before her eyes. The liquid metal remnants of the suit are soon bonded to Julie’s flesh, turning her into a living weapon — a weapon that the military wants back very, very badly.
Published by Moore’s own Abstract Studios, “Echo” represents the writer-artist’s first creator-owned ongoing effort since ending “Strangers in Paradise,” the critically acclaimed graphic novel series. “Paradise” focused on Katchoo and Francine, best friends and frequent roommates, as they struggle through both the fantastic and everyday elements of life. The book received several accolades from critics and readers alike, and it even drew praise from industry favorites such as Kevin Smith.
While “Paradise” might have more of a fan following, “Echo” seems the most conducive to what the masses generally regard as a comic book film — something that has fantastic, super-powered or high-tech elements.
But Variety is quick to note — and good on them for noticing — that more realistic properties like “Road to Perdition” and “A History of Violence” are successfully leaping from the graphic novel to the big screen.
Given that trend, perhaps putting Moore’s “Echo” on screen now will pave the way for a “Strangers in Paradise” movie down the road. We’ll have to wait and see, but stranger things have happened.
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