The Best Comic Book TV Adaptations On Netflix That Aren’t DC or Marvel
When it comes to TV shows based on superhero comics, Marvel and DC rule the roost. However, people who aren’t really into comic books may not know that there’s a whole world out there of comics and graphic novels featuring many different kinds of protagonists, plenty of which have also been adapted for film or television. If you’re looking to branch beyond the usual fare, here’s a list of non-Marvel and DC comic book TV adaptations available on Netflix.
Happy! (Season 1)
What if you could see and communicate with your kid’s imaginary friend? That’s just one question cop-turned-hitman Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) is faced with in the first season of this very dark comedy. Based on the short comic series of the same name, don’t let its Christmas theme and the adorable cartoon horse on the cover fool you: This is not a show for kids.
Featuring Italian mobsters, a creepy Santa, and a heaping of drugs and violence, the full eight-episode first Season is available on Netflix.Happy! Season 2 began airing on Syfy on March 27, 2019, and will likely be available on the streaming service after all of the episodes have aired.
Wynonna Earp (Season 1 and 2)
If you recognize the name of this series, it might be because it has an extremely loyal fanbase that is pushing for its fourth season to be made. Wynonna Earp is about the eponymous heroine, a descendant of Wild West legend Wyatt Earp, who returns to her hometown to battle demons alongside her sister and a ragtag group of friends. It’s a fun, supernatural Western with as more heart than horror, and has been lovingly compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Season 1 and 2 of Wynonna Earp are available to stream on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada. The third season of the Canadian series aired on Syfy in the U.S. in 2018. Unfortunately, there’s no word as to when it will be on Netflix, or when the fourth season, which has been delayed in production, will begin shooting.
The Umbrella Academy (Season 1)
This one is a Netflix original. Based on the comic book series of the same name by Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy is about a family of orphans will unique powers who are reunited after their adopted father’s death.
The series, which stars Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Mary J. Blige, and many more, has become a celebrated hit for the streaming service. Though no official announcement has been made, it seems almost definite that Netflix will order another season (or even two) very soon. All episodes are exclusively available on Netflix.
The Walking Dead (Season 1-8)
This one is likely familiar to most. The Walking Dead has aired on AMC for an impressive nine seasons, with more to come. It features a group of survivors working to get by in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Many characters have come and gone throughout the show, but they’ve been led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) through the current season.
Season 1 through 8 of The Walking Deadare available on Netflix in the U.S. Season 9 will likely be made available sometime in between the airing of its final episode (airing March 31, 2019) and the first episode of Season 10 in Oct. 2019.
Riverdale (Season 1 and 2)
The CW basically has a monopoly on DC comic book TV adaptations, but it has also branched out into other universes. Riverdale, which is based on the characters from the Archie comics, is a teen drama mystery series that has captivated audiences. It stars Cole Sprouse, the late Luke Perry, and many more.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 1)
Also based on a character from the Archie Comics, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a comic book series of its own that takes the character, who was originally a light-hearted teenage witch, to a much darker place. The show, which stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, is said to be set in the same universe as Riverdale and is created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, CCO of Archie Comics.
Unlike Riverdale, the show was made exclusively for Netflix. The first part of Season 1 began streaming in Oct. 2018, with a Christmas special released in December. Part two of Season 1 comes out on April 5, 2019, bringing the total to 20 episodes. A 16-episode second season has been shot and will be officially announced at a later date.