We've been obsessing for months about the lost season finale of world-saving show The Middleman. And now it's finally coming out... as a graphic novel.
If you missed The Middleman, you should definitely check it out when the first season comes out on DVD this July, in time for San Diego Comic Con. It was a fun, snarky show about an upstanding 1950s-style hero with no name, who fights monsters, super-smart gorillas, supervillains and even his own predecessor. He's helped by Wendy, an art student who learns the crucial art of world-saving at his side.
But sadly, the show's first season was only 12 episodes, instead of the planned 13. Creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and ABC Family, decided to cut the final episode and invest its budget in the other 12, but Grillo-Marxuach teased us by posting one page from the lostl episode's script a while back.
Now we're going to get the lost episode as a graphic novel, according to this new press release from ABC Family:
Fans of the ABC Family cult hit series can revisit the weird world of "The Middleman" and his trusty side-kick Wendy Watson when the "lost" series finale episode appears in comic book form this summer. The series will also be released on DVD in summer 2009.
In a deal with Viper Comics, "The Middleman – The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse" graphic novel is to be written by creator/executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Hans Beimler, with illustrations done by Armando M. Zanker and layouts by Les McClaine. "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse" special collector's comic book edition will be released in July 2009 to coincide with the annual Comic Con Convention in San Diego.
"The Middleman" season one DVD will include all 12 one-hour episodes that aired on ABC Family in summer 2008. The DVD will also contain extensive bonus material that will allow fans of the series to get an insider look at the mad capped world of their favorite heroes. ABC Family has partnered up with Shout Factory! to produce and distribute the DVD. The DVD will be available in July 2009.
So yay, because I've been dying for half a year to see how this all turns out. But boo, if the graphic novel is instead of more actual TV episodes featuring the brilliance of Matt Keeslar and Natalie Morales. (I suspect that massive, runaway DVD sales would help a lot in rescuing the Middleman.) Update: the New York Post is saying this means the show is actually, officially, canceled. For good. Bah.