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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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Dark Horse Comics President Keith Goldberg and Le Vision Pictures USA CEO Zhang Zhao attend the Le Vision Pictures USA launch event at Sofitel Hotel on November 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Le Vision Pictures)
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Dark Horse Comics President Keith Goldberg and Le Vision Pictures USA CEO Zhang Zhao attend the Le Vision Pictures USA launch event at Sofitel Hotel on November 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Le Vision Pictures) /

1. Concrete

An original Dark Horse comics property looks like a familiar Marvel character, The Thing. Concrete is a large stone body who had a brain transplanted into it by, you guessed it, aliens. The story, however, is not focused on saving the world or high-tech science fiction. The aliens are only mentioned in an expository way and Concrete attempts to live a somewhat normal life. The realism is present as this hulking stone tries to navigate humanity while dealing with some obvious issues, sitting on furniture mostly.

This series would be a gamble because most viewers are going to see a comic book and think superhero. Yet, with this property, there is potential to dive in deep with some world problems that an intense character study could show. Think of an issue that everyday people face bullying on social media or climate change. Here’s a large stone humanoid that suffers from these problems just as much as “normal” people do, but can offer a different approach to these day-to-day issues.

If these series were to be greenlit, it would certainly need a well-versed actor who is comfortable either motion capturing or voice acting the role with many levels. The performance and dialogue would be the focal point of this series by far.

Dark Horse Comics has already partnered with Netflix on a few programs, and it’s only a matter of time before certain comics start being adapted into the streaming giant. Will these five find their way into millions of homes? Time can only tell, but Netflix would be insane to pass up on the interesting stories they could tell through these comics.

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