Best Movies & TV Series Based On Brian K. Vaughan Comics, Ranked

Brian K. Vaughan was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1976 and enjoyed comic books from an early age. He and his older brother were both fans of The Incredible Hulk. Vaughan decided to become a writer as a teenager and enrolled in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied film. It was at NYU that Vaughan participated in the Stan-Hattan Project, a class for aspiring comic book writers. After college, Vaughan would eventually write for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse comics. He has contributed to books such as Spider-Man, American Captain, Batmanand buffy the vampire slayer to name a few. Despite his success as a contributor, Vaughan came to favor creating his own characters and from 2002 to 2008 he wrote one of his most popular works. Yes: the last mana post-apocalyptic series about the mysterious death of nearly every Y chromosome on planet Earth, except for a man and his pet monkey.



Vaughan’s other popular works include Saga, The pride of Baghdad, and Runaways. His unique and creative style has drawn comparisons to other iconic comic book/graphic novel authors such as Frank Miller and Steve Niles. In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Vaughan had signed a 3-year contract with Legendary for his film and television works. Not only have his contributions to the world of comics been hugely entertaining, but they’ve also been incredibly successful, with many of his works making the leap to the big screen, along with film or TV series adaptations. To be continued, his award-winning comic series Ex-Machina will be adapted to the big screen in The big machine with Oscar Isaac. Here are the best movies and TV series based on Brian K. Vaughan’s comic books, ranked.


4 The big machine

Ex-Machina is a comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and published by DC’s Wildstorm. The series follows protagonist Mitchell Hundred in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, who is elected mayor of New York City. Hundred is also the world’s only superhero, The Great Machine. The comic intercuts current events with flashbacks to Mitchell’s past as The Great Machine. Vaughan, writer and creator, revealed in a 2016 interview with Vulture this “Ex-Machina was trying to make sense of the world after watching from the roof of my apartment in Brooklyn the fall of these buildings and trying to make sense of politics and this concept of heroism and if it’s a real thing or just something that we impose on people. Everything was born from that day. » In January 2020, it was announced that Ex-Machina would be adapted to the big screen with the film not yet released The big machine with Oscar Isaac.

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3 paper girls

paper girls is a sci-fi mystery comic that draws comparisons to Netflix’s smash hit stranger things. Set in the 80s, paper girls follows a group of four pre-teen newspaper delivery girls who are unwittingly embroiled in a war across time. Encountering an evil faction of time travelers, the girls must travel through time to save the world. Throughout their journey, they are confronted with visions of their future and must decide whether to succumb to their fate or rebel against it. The comic book series won several Eisner Awards from 2016 to 2019, including Best Writer for Vaughan. In 2019, Amazon announced an adaptation of the popular comic book series. The series stars Riley Lai Nelet, Fina Strazza, Sofia Rosinsky and Camryn Jones and is set to release on Amazon Prime Video on July 29, 2022.

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2 Y: The Last Man

Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic that chronicles a mysterious global androcide in which all male chromosomes (including those in utero) die en masse except for amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. Chaos ensues as society crumbles and the surviving women adjust to life without men and the sobering realization that unless there is an act of God or some intervention radical scientist, the human race will one day be extinct. The comic book series received widespread critical acclaim. In 2021, an adaptation of the same name premiered on FX on Hulu. The short-lived series starred Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thirlby and Amber Tamblyn and was canceled after one season despite generally favorable reviews from critics.


1 Marvel Runaways

Runaways is a superhero comic book series distributed by Marvel. It chronicles the lives of a group of teenagers who learn of their parents’ underground criminal life as members of an eclectic criminal organization known as “The Pride”. Once confronted with the truth, the gang of teenagers run away and attempt to right their parents’ wrongs by devoting their lives to heroism. Each adorned with their own superpowers from birth, the group of superheroes dub themselves “The Prides Kids” and wage war on their supervillain parents. The series was canceled after only 3 seasons.

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