5 Dark Horse Comics that’d make great Netflix shows like Umbrella Academy

David Harbour as ‘Hellboy’ in HELLBOY. Photo Credit: Mark Rogers Summit Entertainment and Millennium Films present, a Lawrence Gordon/Lloyd Levin production, in association with Dark Horse Entertainment, a Nu Boyana production, in association with Campbell Grobman Films.
David Harbour as ‘Hellboy’ in HELLBOY. Photo Credit: Mark Rogers Summit Entertainment and Millennium Films present, a Lawrence Gordon/Lloyd Levin production, in association with Dark Horse Entertainment, a Nu Boyana production, in association with Campbell Grobman Films. /
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 02: Comic book writer and artist John Byrne and Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing Chris Ryall take part in a panel discussion at Javits Center on September 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 02: Comic book writer and artist John Byrne and Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing Chris Ryall take part in a panel discussion at Javits Center on September 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) /

4. Next Men

Secret science experiments, superhumans, meta-commentary on comic book publishing, and many more ’90s point of references. The Next Men are a group of five superhumans that were created in a lab after a group of scientists discovered a creature in an explosion in Antartica. These five superhumans are raised in the lab but are living their lives through virtual reality. Their powers transfer from the virtual world and they escape from this project into the real world.

The Next Men comics ran originally in the early 90s and had a short run in 2010-11. However, for Netflix shows, three seasons are standard with the option of renewing coming at that point. There is no way that an interesting science fiction comic can’t get 30 hours of the show watched by as many people as maybe, The Umbrella Academy (Also a Dark Horse property).

Ensemble casts seem like the more popular type of show for streaming with the top shows like Game of Thrones or Netflix favorites like Stranger Things. Following five or more characters gives viewers a chance to relate to different personalities and allow them to experience their perspectives. Sometimes it’s best to challenge the viewer and make them sympathize with people of different backgrounds.

The time to strike the iron for comic book longevity is three years ago, but the time isn’t passed. Marvel may have experienced some fatigue but they are still churning the fire with multiple shows headed to Disney+ as well.