After earning a prominent place in pop culture, superheroes have earned legions of superfans, and the immense success of superhero comic book adaptations continues to grow. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Has already dominated Hollywood with its box office records, DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is not far behind.
However, considering the impact of superhero comics on film and television, it’s easy to forget that there are many other comic book genres that can make it to the big screen well. By diverting their attention to these dark genres, many showrunners have created impressive television adaptations that do not feature superheroes but are nonetheless dazzling.
Adapted from a homonymous comic by Jonathan Maberry, V-Wars focuses on a dystopian world riven by an ancient disease. Those affected by the disease develop predatory instincts and crave the blood of other humans. Meanwhile, remnants of the disease-immune population attempt to abolish evolved humans’ ways of survival.
Once best friends Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) and Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes) become victims of the class divide prevailing in their society. As Michael leads bloodthirsty vampires to glory, Luther races against time to find a viable solution to his problem.
As the title suggests, Stumptown is set in the city of Portland, where military veteran Dex Parios has a lot to do with it. She has PTSD due to war, grieves the death of her college sweetheart, struggles to make ends meet on her accumulated gambling debts, and is overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for her younger brother. It is these dilemmas that lead her to become a private investigator.
The adventures and misadventures of cunning military veteran Dex are based on a comic book series written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Matthew Southworth. From its premise, the series may seem like typical crime drama fare, but it is elevated by the performances of its cast and the impeccable chemistry between its characters.
8 Alien resident
Since the Umbrella academy to The mask, The Dark Horse comics have been the inspiration for many big-name TV series and movies. Based on a comic by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, Alien resident revolves around the trials and tribulations of an alien who lands on Earth and assumes a human identity in a mountain town in Colorado.
To his dismay, before he can carry out his nefarious plans, he learns that a 9-year-old boy can see past his false human behavior. The series offers a hilarious take on an otherwise bleak fantasy / sci-fi crime subgenre. Packed with quirky characters and fantastic performances, Alien resident rarely leaves a dull moment.
7 Locke and key
Straight from the Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez comics, Locke and Key tells the story of the brothers Tyler, Kinsey and little Bode who return to their ancestral home, Keyhouse, after the death of their father. They soon discover that it is not just any home, it is full of magical keys that could help them unravel the mysteries behind their father’s murder.
Although the series received mixed reviews after its release, it was appreciated by many for its lighthearted tone and intriguing fantasy elements.
Bringing new life to the famous Archie Comics, Riverdale Capture the day-to-day teen antics of Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica as they struggle to cope with dire criminal events in their town.
While staying true to the original characterization and coming-of-age themes of the font, the series brings its own contemporary twist. Along with that, it’s not shy about taking risks and introducing weird but entertaining plot points. It may not be for everyone, but any viewer looking for a teen series that has well-thought-out drama and intriguing mysteries in the same volume should see it.
5 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Half-witch, half-human Sabrina Spellman has become a fan favorite over the years. Woven from the same fabric as other Archie Comic characters, the teenage witch has had several adaptations in the past; each of which has a unique insight into the character’s magical adventures.
With a rather dark twist, the Netflix adaptation portrays Sabrina struggling to balance her life as a normal teenager with her new hidden abilities. With the forces of evil all around you, you must learn to defend yourself and protect your loved ones.
4 I’m not cool with this
Similar to Stephen King Carrie and Roald Dahl’s Matilda, I don’t agree with this follows the life of a complex teenage girl who discovers she possesses telekinetic abilities. But rather than being an asset, these unruly abilities further complicate your life as you struggle to suppress your anger.
Despite receiving rave reviews, I’m not cool with this was canceled after season 1. However, fans of the series can still check out its original comic book series, written by Charles Forsman, to enjoy more of its anti-hero action.
3 The end of the damn world
After its launch on Netflix in 2018, The end of the damn world It was nothing short of a cult phenomenon that garnered a huge fanbase around the world in no time. Unsurprisingly, even its second season received strong reviews and achieved its place as an epic adaptation of a comic.
With two grumpy but hilarious characters in the foreground, the series unfolds like a road trip where the two of them not only engage in a series of violent events, but also learn to overcome their existential angst and appreciate each other’s company.
What started out as Bong Joon-ho’s unique version of class warfare in a post-apocalyptic world has now grown into a complete series. Based on the French comic series, The Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer unfolds on a train that circumnavigates a world unsuitable for human survival.
Like most science fiction movies and shows, Snowpiercer it demands a strong suspension of disbelief from its viewers. Still, its exciting premise and impressive setting are enough to keep most viewers enthralled.
1 The Walking Dead
AMC The Walking Dead He ruthlessly eradicates his beloved characters and keeps his fans on their toes at all times. All of this, coupled with its morally skewed characterizations, makes it a show that’s jarringly dark, but fans religiously return to it every week.
The show takes place in a world where humanity has fallen and only a few have survived a brutal zombie apocalypse. However, the real threat to these survivors comes not only from the dead, but also from other surviving human communities that have formed their own set of ethics in a lawless world. As confirmed, The Walking Dead franchise it doesn’t end soon. Fans of the series can still check out their original Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard comics.
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