Adrianne Palicki, best known for her portrayal of whip-smart bad girl Tyra Collette on NBC's “Friday Night Lights,” also happens to be a comic-book fanatic.
Her older brother Eric, a comic-book artist, turned her on to the form when they were growing up in Ohio. Still hooked, Palicki, 25, keeps a pile of comics on her coffee table and sports a Supergirl tattoo.
While she's happy that “Friday Night Lights” has been renewed this season, she says there's another role she'd really love to play – Supergirl, of course. “It's my first love.” Palicki spoke with us about her favorite comics.
“Supergirl,” various writers and artists (1958-present)
The Supergirl character started popping up as a supporting player in various DC Comics titles in the 1950s, and became a lead feature in Adventure Comics. The first few “Supergirl” series didn't last, but the latest iteration is going strong. “When I was a kid I was this little blonde fuzzy-headed thing,” Palicki says. “I looked up to her.”
“V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore, art by David Lloyd (1988-1989)
This 10-issue series is set in Great Britain in a dystopian future, when much of the world has been destroyed. V, a romantic and mysterious anarchist who speaks in iambic pentameter, and his prostitute friend Evey, plot to bring down the fascist government. “Alan Moore's writing is almost novelistic,” says Palicki. “It's very intricate and wordy and smart.”
“Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Pia Guerra (2002-2008)
A mysterious plague causes the simultaneous death of every male mammal on earth – except for the young escape artist Yorick, or “Y,” and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. As society falls into chaos, a tribe of Amazons becomes hell-bent on eliminating any traces of patriarchy. Palicki says the series is a “very disturbing read” that's also imbued with comedy.
“Wanted” by Mark Millar, art by J.G. Jones (2003-2004)
This six-issue series is about a depressed man who feels his life is going nowhere – until he discovers he's part of a secret society of super-villains. Palicki discovered ‘Wanted' when she tried out for a role in the recently released film adaptation starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. Palicki didn't get the part, but she loves the comic. “It's dark as hell,” she says.
“Invincible” by Robert Kirkman, art by Cory Walker (2003-present)
Palicki's “Friday Night Lights” co-star Scott Porter introduced her to this series, about the seemingly normal teenage son of Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero on the planet. “It's a little more bubblegummy than the other comics that I typically go for,” Palicki says.