Netflix may have ended their deal with Marvel, but that doesn’t mean they’re done adapting innovative comics. They’re just taking a step down in scale.
First the streaming service announced their deal with famed comic writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted, Kingsman) to bring several of his works to life, and more recently we got a trailer for The Umbrella Academy based on the award winning comic from Gerard Way.
And it made me wonder, what other indie comics could be perfect for Netflix? Well if you’ve been wondering that too, then you’ve come to the right place! Because that’s what I’m gonna do today!
I’m just gonna throw this at the top of the list because the fact that this hasn’t been adapted yet, is mind blowing.
What’s great about Invincible is it starts off very familiar, being about a teenage kid who’s just inherited superpowers from his Dad, Omni-Man (who’s basically Superman). The whole book acts as a deconstruction of the superhero genre starting out light and fun, but quickly taking readers where they’ve never been before.
And since the series is for the most part a solo book, there’s no need to get things back to a status quo. People stay dead and decisions permanently affect the lives of the characters. It also just wrapped up recently, so there’s a clear beginning and end. Not something you always get from superheroes.
Trippy visuals. Neil Gaiman. Need I say more?
Taking place in a dream world, the limits of this series really are that of imagination. Blending superheroics with themes of mythology and philosophy, Sandman is one of those titles which has always been on the fringes of being developed into a movie, but never quite makes it.
I say throw it at Netflix, the company seems to thrive with giving creator full creative vision, so let’s get them in a meeting with Gaiman quick!
Written by one of the greatest authors of modern comics, Jason Aaron, The Goddamned takes place in a biblical apocalypse … but not the kind you would expect.
The book takes place during the time of Noah just before the flood, when humanity is so terrible God wipes it out. The story follows Cain, son of Adam, who’s cursed to immortality because of his decision to murder his brother, a decision that not only cursed him, but the rest of the world as well. According to Cain, man fell out of the garden because of his parents, but they fell into carnage because of him, and it’s something he has to live with forever.
The whole thing reads like a prehistoric Mad Max and it’s one of my personal favorites. It’s also a bit too harsh for network television, but would work perfectly on a streaming service.
Honestly if this one were done right, it could leave Stranger Things in the dust.
Set in the 80s, Paper Girls follows a group of twelve pre-teen girls who work a paper route before being hit by a mysterious lightning storm that ends up displacing them in time. The kids get wrapped up in a war between time travelers and often meet older versions of themselves that they’re fated to become.
It’s a unique spin on the coming-of-age genre and is a great ensemble of fun characters.
In 2012 the world of comics was shaken when an unknown book called Saga hit shelves. This could be the next Star Wars if Netflix played their cards right.
It’s a space opera about two parents from warring worlds, who are desperate to find their lost child. It’s bombastic and fantastical and it’s another one I have no idea why it hasn’t been adapted yet.
And the thing is since it’s a comic series, maybe a high budget Netflix show is the best way to adapt it. We’ve had episodics before on screen like with everyone’s favourite galaxy far far away, but with a series, you can actually make it feel episodic!
And that’s the list! Are there any I’ve missed that you’d love to see turned into a Netflix series! And let us know what your favourite innovative indie comic is in the comments!