Will Netflix Go All In On Dark Horse Comics???
February 15th marked the release of a new Netflix original show, “The Umbrella Academy”. Inspired by the comic series of the same name and published by creators Gerard Way and Dark Horse Comics, this show offers a somewhat different feel than products given to us by the big two (Marvel and DC comics). Which brings up the question, where did this come from?
As many people have heard by now, Marvel has pulled their products such as “Daredevil”, “The Punisher”, “Iron Fist” and “Jessica Jones” from Netflix’s streaming service. Although the shows may still be there at the time of writing this article, there is no way that Marvel will be making new deals with Netflix anymore, in an attempt to promote their own streaming service. So with the big two creating their own shows on their own terms, there is a somewhat hole left in Netflix for comic book adaptations. Step in Dark Horse. A little lesser known comic book publisher, Dark Horse is most known for being the publishers and creators of “Hellboy” and “Star Wars” (expanded universe before Disney bought the rights). Yet these are not the only great titles that Dark Horse has, and the best way to introduce these titles to a new audience is through episodic shows. We also know that Dark Horse does have other dealings with Netflix, such as Dark Horse creating the “Stranger Things” comic series.
So is “The Umbrella Academy” Netflix’s first step towards filling in the whole Marvel has left and going all in on Dark Horse? Was it potentially a shot at marvel for pulling their shows off? I guess we won’t know until the future. All I know is that I hope we see more lesser known comic book publishers making a name for themselves, rather than just hearing constantly hearing about Marvel and DC.