Comicbooks: Comic-based shows like Inhumans and Iron Fist famously failed with both fans and critics. Some say the adaptions weren’t faithful enough, while others feel producers didn’t get creative enough in their reimagining.
However, the comicbook boom in television also produced some beautiful gems that have become staples of streaming. Here are six examples of networks getting it right and creating instant classics.
A reinterpretation of the comic by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, iZombie follows the adventures of Olivia “Liv” Moore as she navigates life as one of the walking dead. Working in a morgue to have ethical access to a steady diet of human brains, Liv witnesses the memories they hold, allowing her to help the Seattle police solve crimes.
The estranged and dysfunctional Hargreeves family comes together to mourn the passing of their adoptive father, a famous eccentric who raised them to be a crime-fighting super team, and re-opens old wounds along the way. While there are a lot of action sequences and world-threatening dangers, themes of family and grief are equally prevalent.
Based on the character created by Geoff Johns Stargirl is beloved for its depiction of a blended family, as well as its optimistic nature. After finding the Cosmic Staff, Courtney Whitmore is bestowed with immense power. She and her friends soon find themselves up against the ISA, a villainous organization that wiped out the heroes that came before them.
Like iZombie, this series is only loosely based on its source material. Archie Andrews still lives in the titular Riverdale with his group of friends, but there are more problems than deciding who to take to prom. Where the original comics focused on easily resolved teen drama, this iteration is heavy on mystery and intrigue with a mildly spooky twist.
The Boys, inspired by the comics by Garth Ennis, follows the misadventures of Hughie Campbell as he seeks justice for the death of his girlfriend Robin at the hands of a superhero during a moment of carelessness. The current showrunner is Eric Kripke, who is most famous for his work on the first five seasons of the show Supernatural.
After Wynonna returns home to Purgatory, a town nestled in the Canadian Rockies, she inadvertently triggers a curse that condemns her to hunt down revenants using the magical gun Peacemaker, the only weapon capable of subduing them. Combining supernatural and Western themes, Wynonna Earp was originally created by Beau Smith.