Comic Fodder

"Skrull Kill Krew" from Comic to TV Show

Recently Marvel Comics released a quarterly report for their stockholders that, amongst other things, list all the upcoming film and TV properties Marvel has in development. I browsed this list, seeing the usual projects "Spiderman 3", "Fantastic Four 2", "Ant-Man" but stopped and doubled back when I saw "Skrull Kill Krew" listed under upcoming television properties in development. I read the line again just to be sure I wasn't misreading something…"Skrull Kill Krew" is what it said the first and second time I read it.

If you've never heard of the "Skrull Kill Krew" allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite comics of recent days. Initially released as part of the Marvel Edge imprint, "SKK" was written by Mark Millar and Grant Morrison. Let me take a moment to allow that to sink in…

Morrison and Millar….together…

If learning that Morrison and Millar worked together on a Marvel book blew your mind, let me tell you the basic premise of said book: five people acquire the ability to change their shape after eating hamburger made from Skrull-contaminated beef. The beef comes from Skrulls who had been hypnotized into changing into cows by the Fantastic Four in the second issue of the Stan Lee penned series. After eating the tainted beef the five shape-changers band together in order to the Skrulls plan to infiltrate human society by masquerading as humans.
The five-person team is comprised of an eclectic group of young men and woman: Ryder, the leader, is a big black guy with dreadlocks and an attitude. He’s got the ability to teleport as well as shapeshift; Dice, a surfer dude who used his shape-changing abilities to morph his hands into giant guns; Moonstomp, a skinhead white supremacist from the UK who hates Skrulls as much as he hates other non-white races, he carried around a hammer named Nobbler, and it's got the magical power to turn people's heads into mush; Riot is a spiky haired punk-rocker who can turn into a huge insect-looking creature; and Catwalk who is a former supermodel that uses her powers to morph into a cat-like being with razor sharp claws.

Recently released as a trade paperback that collects the entire five-issue series, “Skrull Kill Krew” is a bizarre, sometimes surreal, action-packed romp conceived by Millar and Morrison to bring a better sense of closure to the solution of leaving aliens, transformed into cows, in a sunny meadow which was the ending of FF # 2. How this concept can become a weekly television series is a question I’m dying to have answered. I’d love see a script for the pilot episode just to know how much of the original concept survives the translation to the small-screen. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this message to MARVEL COMICS: BRING BACK THE SKRULL KILL KREW, LEST YE FEEL AWESOME HEAD SMASHING POWER OF NOBBLER!