Hulu has an interesting new video up going in a direction that I’ve never seen before. They’ve taken the first issue of Joss Whedon’s X-Men comic series “Gifted” and turned it into what they’re calling a “motion comic.” That means that they’ve used the original art work from the comic along with all the dialogue and transformed it into video using some fancy computer next-gen version of pan-and-scan along with voice actors. The result is fairly impressive, somewhere between static comic and traditional animation.
I haven’t read the comic in question, although my understanding is that it has been well received. From the video, it seems to follow a storyline vaguely reminiscent of that of X-Men 3 (i.e., it introduces a mutant “cure”) but it differs in that it doesn’t suck like a particularly whorish black hole.
This is only the first issue, so if it goes well on Hulu, presumably we’ll get to see this as an entire series, and possibly see other comic books get similar treatment. The video (with commercials because it’s Hulu) is below.