Many successful audiovisual products are based on established stories to reach an even wider audience. There are several cases of adaptations of books for the cinema or series, for example.
However, in some cases, another famous genre within Literature seems to be excellent base material: comic books (HQs). Beyond comics, comics have a great diversity in terms of content: they are manga, graphic novels, collections, among others.
In this list, we are going to introduce you to some series shown on television or streaming services that were initially based on comics and that you probably didn’t know.
The comics that originated the Netflix series have a Brazilian involved in the illustrations, the cartoonist Gabriel Bá. The stories were created by Gerard Way, and the person responsible for the adaptation was Steve Blackman (who brought Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Emmy Raver-Lampman to the cast).
The plot is focused on a group of superheroes who are in the care of an eccentric billionaire, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (played by Colm Feore).
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The most watched series on Amazon Prime Video is derived from the comics written by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, with development by Eric Kripke. The plot is focused on two very different groups: the superheroes and those who want to end the superhero hegemony.
The reasons for the clashes are diverse, and the series is already confirmed for its 3rd season on streaming.
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Created by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, exhibited by The CW since 2015, iZombie is based on the comic book series of the same name by DC Comics released by the Vertigo label. The creators are Chris Roberson and Mike Allred. The production features Rose McIver in the lead role of a doctor who is turned into a zombie.
The series was completed in 2019, in its 5th season.
Another production that is also based on comics released by DC Comics’ Vertigo label, is Preacher. The comics, written by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, bring an atmosphere full of tension and interesting drawings for readers. Somehow, the series managed to translate the visceral energy from the pages to the screens.
Altogether, four seasons have been released full of tensions caused by the most macabre characters you can imagine.
Launched by GNT, the Brazilian series Lili the Ex is based on the comic books created by Caco Galhardo. The production had a total of two hilarious and emotional seasons with the protagonist Lili (played by Maria Casadevall) trying at all times to make the life of her ex, Reginaldo (Felipe Rocha) hell.
The series Lucifer, which was initially shown by Fox but now belongs to Netflix, is derived from a work by Neil Gaiman. For those who don’t know, in the famous comics of Sandman, there is the character Lucifer, who was so popular that he won his own story.
The comic book spin-off was developed by Mike Carey and also published on the Vertigo label. Television production features Tom Ellis in the lead role.
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The French graphic novel known in Brazil as The Perfuraneve was written by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. Although there is a film, directed by Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho in 2013, the television series was launched this year by Netflix and TNT.
The plot is basically the same as the comics, but with new elements added, like some characters and situations. There is still a lot about class struggle for the public to understand next season.