Welcome to the Comics Stand, Moviefone's new column about comic books as they relate to the big screen.

In 'Red' -- opening this Friday, October 15 -- Bruce Willis stars as Frank Moses, a retired black-ops CIA agent whose identity is compromised, forcing him to fight for his life. If the trailers have been any indication, it's going to be an over-the-top action comedy about unstoppable killing machines. But what makes 'Red' different from other action flicks is that it's adapted from the sleeper comic book hit by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.

'Red' -- the comic book -- is a much more serious tale of the price of freedom, government foreign policy and how training unstoppable killing machines tends to be a deadly mistake. Throw in some comedy and fill it up with co-stars like Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich, and you have a brand-new Hollywood action blockbuster.

For a medium dominated by capes, comic books have had a surprisingly big year for non-superhero movie adaptations. 'Red' was preceded by the great ('Scott Pilgrim'), the just all right ('The Losers') and the awful ('Jonah Hex'). Now that studios are wiling to mine non-superhero comics for new movies, it might be time to give them a few pointers. After the jump, check out the five best bets for non-superhero movies.
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