The first season of The Boys was pretty great in my opinion and they got to the action right away and kept it a steady pace throughout the entire 1st season. The end of the 1st season left off with Butcher(Karl Urban) finding out that his wife and Homelander(Anthony Starr) had a child together and he’s also framed for the murder of Stillwell(Elisabeth Shue), leaving fans wanting more and wondering where things were headed.
The Boys is probably the first time I’ve ever watched the show before reading the comics in regards to comic book adaptations but I am a huge fan of Garth Ennis so I did catch up on the comics in between seasons and seeing there are lots of differences I’m not totally worried about knowing everything that’s going to happen ahead of time.
The 2nd season starts off with Butcher being dropped and waking up in a parking lot in Fort Worth, Indiana and then switches over to Hughie and the rest of the boys to show what a dire situation they are in all while being the most wanted criminals in the country. Switching over to the Supers point of view the show then gives us a peak at a new recruit wanting to replace Lamplighter in the 7, Homlander’s interaction with this new recruit gives us a peak into the fact that he’s not hiding his psycho side quite as well anymore as he bursts the guy’s eardrums with no worries about what anyone thought about it, this season also introduces a power struggle of sorts between Homelander and the CEO of Vought International Stan Edgar, I actually really liked this and thought it added a system of checks and balances of sort for the supers.
The show also starts making a big deal of Super Terrorists or Super Villains but as far as I can remember they only introduced two of them and the first one gets killed by Noir Black like 5 seconds after he’s introduced. The other “Super Terrorist” we see is actually Kimiko’s little brother and the show starts making a pretty big deal of him, even hinting at one point that he’s the key to taking down Vought, about 5 seconds before the deputy director of the CIA’s head blows up right in front of Hughie and the boys but then he dies a few episodes later and I am still left wondering why they put such an importance on him, With only 3 episodes out so far I guess there could be more to this story.
We are also introduced to a new member of the 7 named Stormfront who has electricity based powers and plays the part of the cool edgy chick, except I thought it seemed a bit forced…sort of like when someone in high school tries to act cool for their friends and you can tell it’s not really how they are…the character is cool and all, I just don’t think the actress playing her is doing her justice but like I said only 3 episodes so far, perhaps she’s supposed to come across this way.
Overall I thought they moved the plot along nicely this season and that there were some really cool parts, like the whale part…you know you loved it too. I for one can’t wait to see more episodes, I actually have no clue if this was the complete 2nd season or if they have more episodes on the way but either way there is a 3rd season coming at some point and I can’t wait…I give it a solid 8 out of 10 and would suggest it to anyone…a great show!
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Inspired by the characters from the Batman comic book series the crime drama Gotham takes place during Bruce Wayne’s childhood immediately following the death of his parents and is an in depth look at the origins of Batman and the many villains he battles. The show features many characters from the comics including Penguin, The Riddler, Bane and the beginnings of The Joker. The cast includes Ben Mckenzie as James Gordon and David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne and the two are joined by Jada Pinkett Smith and Donal Logue. the series has an even 100 episodes over 5 seasons and is one of the better comic book based shows out there.
Based on the DC Comics series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon the TV series Preacher is one hell of a fun show to watch and I suggest it to everyone that hasn’t watched it yet, I’ll link to my review of the show below.
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name from the Neil Gaiman comic book series The Sandman revolves around the life of the Devil himself Lucifer and his life as a nightclub owner and playboy. The show is a bit different than most comic book based shows and the show itself, although decent, isn’t really my thing but the musical numbers that Lucifer does at the end or start of some episodes are amazing and make the show worth watching just for those alone. Starring Tom Ellis as Lucifer who’s joined by Lauren German and Tom Welling the series has 67 episodes over 4 seasons available to watch and Netflix has renewed it for a fifth final season of 16 episodes.
More based on The Avengers movie than the comic books themselves but still the movies were based on the comics , so same thing. The action science fiction drama follows the story of Phil Coulson after his supposed death in the film The Avengers, he’s put in control of his own team of agents and although the series starts out a bit slow it does get lots better after the first season. There haven’t been a ton of Marvel characters featured on the show but characters like Quake, Absorbing Man and even Ghost Rider have made appearances or been regulars on the show. The show stars Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson who is joined by Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen and currently has 123 episodes over 6 seasons, giving you plenty to binge on. The final season is set to broadcast sometime in 2020.
Based on the DC Comics character John Constantine from the Justice League Dark comic book series the horror drama series Constantine depicted the life of exorcist and occult detective John Constantine as he battles the forces of evil. The show sadly was canceled after only one season but deserved so many more. The show starred Matt Ryan as the title character who has made guest appearances on multiple DC Comics series on the CW since the cancellation of his show. There’s only 13 episodes total but they’re good enough that they leave you wondering how the show got canceled so quickly. There was also a film starring Keanu Reeves about the same character which is amazing!
Based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow the superhero tv series Arrow explores his origins and then stretches throughout his entire life and career as a vigilante/superhero. Starring Stephen Amell, Manu Bennett and Colton Haynes the series spawned what is now known as the Arrowverse, a group of shows on the CW all based in the same universe and connected to each other and has 7 seasons currently with an eighth in the works.
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name the superhero series The Flash would be the second show to become part of the Arrowverse and would follow the life of the Barry Allen version of the character as he gains his powers and learns to use them and learns what it really means to be a hero. Starring Grant Gustin as the title character the series has 5 complete seasons with season 6 currently airing on the CW.
Featuring various DC Comics characters the superhero series Legends of Tomorrow focuses on the adventures of a group of superheroes who travel through time to set history right. One of the interesting things about the show is they change the lineup a little every season, giving fresh characters and fresh stories. The show currently has 4 seasons available and a fifth season that will air January 2020.
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Otto Binder and al Plastino the superhero series Supergirl follows the life of Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El and her struggles to balance being a superhero with living a normal human life. The series currently has 4 complete seasons with a 5th airing on the CW right now and stars Melissa Benoist as the title character.
Based on the DC Comics character of the same named created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden the superhero drama stars Cress Williams as the titular character and shows a retired superhero returning to his hero ways. It adds much needed diversity to the superhero genre and currently has 2 complete seasons with a third now airing on the CW.
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Geoff Johns the superhero series Batwoman explores the life of Kate Kane(Ruby Rose) and a Gotham missing a Batman so Kate takes on the moniker of the bat but with her own little twist. The series first aired just a month ago and is still somewhere in the middle of its first season but shows lots of promise so far and can currently be watched on the CW as part of the Arrowverse.
Based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman the post apocalyptic horror show depicts the lives of normal people in a world where the dead don’t stay dead and explores how humans become the real monster when put in certain situations. The show is a cultural phenomenon and currently has been nominated for numerous awards. it has 9 complete seasons with the 10th airing currently on AMC and has a great cast including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jon Bernthal.
The Netflix series Daredevil is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and would be the beginning of a good run of Marvel Comics Netflix series. Starring Charlie Cox as the titular character the show explores the origins of the blind superhero and takes a dark and gritty approach as well as having some of the best fight scenes I’ve ever seen on television. It would spawn multiple spin-off series but sadly was canceled after the third season.
Another one of Netflix’s Marvel series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name The Punisher depicts the tragedy that turns Frank Castle into the anti-hero and is hands down my favorite of the Netflix series. Jon Bernthal stars as Frank Castle and he is absolutely perfect in the role, I can’t imagine anyone else playing the character now, he just portrayed him too perfectly. It’s a crying shame that this show was canceled after only 2 seasons but with the new Disney Plus streaming service who knows what the future might hold for Frank Castle.
Once again a Netflix series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter and portrays her work as a private detective and her apprehension to be a hero. The best part of the show in my opinion was David Tennant’s portrayal as the villain Killgrave or Mr. Purple as he’s known in the comics, he was brilliantly creepy and sent chills up my spine. The show was canceled after 3 seasons but did fit a lot of story into those three.
Once again a Netflix series based on a Marvel Comics character of the same name, Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as the hero with indestructible skin and although it’s a decent show is about the point where the quality of the Netflix Marvel shows started to drop off quite a bit. The show was canceled after 2 seasons.
Another Netflix series based on a Marvel Comics character of the same name but in my opinion not done nearly as well as the past few entries on this list. Iron Fist falls short of being great television and it almost felt like Netflix gave up trying at this point. Starring Finn Jones in a less than stellar performance as the kung fu fighting hero Iron Fist the series was canceled after 2 seasons and for once I agreed with that decision. I’m not a fan but it was part of the universe Netflix was trying to build so figured I’d list it.
The final series released as part of this Marvel Netflix group of shows The Defenders was the culmination of all the Netflix series I just listed, taking the characters from each show and throwing them together as a team. It was a decent show and certainly better than Iron Fist but was canceled after just one season with 8 episodes and was the nail in the coffin for Netflix and Marvel working together.
Based on the DC Comics team Teen Titans created by Geoff Johns, Akiva Goldsman and Greg Berlanti the superhero series Titans is one of the first originals that the DC streaming service offered and explores how the superhero team was first formed and how they all found each other. I love the direction DC took with this series, making it gritty and dark and keeping us adult comic book fans in mind. The series currently has 2 full seasons available with a third one the way and is a great start for the newer streaming service.
Another great offering from the DC streaming service Doom Patrol is based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, who are kind of like the misfits of the superhero world. The series is a great addition to the streaming service and the cast is great including Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton and Diane Guerrero(Who I absolutely love and I’ll link to the article that explains why below). The series has 1 full season so far with a second on the way sometime in 2020.
Another Netflix Original, this time based on the comic book of the same name by Dennis Liu Raising Dion is about a mom trying to keep her child safe when she finds out he has superpowers. I will link to my review on the series below. The show currently has 1 season available on Netflix.
Amazon Prime Video is starting to come out with some pretty good series and The Boys is perhaps the best of the bunch. Based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson the show focuses on a group of normal guys that get together to take down the very corrupt and very powerful superheroes of the world. I love how the series shows us how even superpowered beings are flawed and have issues like the rest of us. Karl Urban leads a great cast in a fresh take on the superhero genre and the series has 1 season available so far with a second on the way.
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name the FX series Legion is set in the X-men universe and is perhaps one of the strangest shows I’ve ever watched. In the comics Legion or David Haller is Professor X’s very powerful mutant son, the show hasn’t made it clear as to the background of David Haller and so far only seems loosely connected to the comic book character but nonetheless is an interesting and unique approach to the genre. The show has a total of 3 seasons available with no further ones planned, so it is a neat little binge-worthy package for any comic book fan that wants their mind messed with a bit while watching a good show.
ABC takes a crack at the superhero genre with this series about the Marvel Comics characters of the same name starting at their origins and slowly broadening their story from there. I couldn’t really get into this show much but can certainly see why a younger generation of comic book fans might enjoy this show, it’s basically a teen coming of age story but with superpowers thrown in. The series was canceled after just 2 seasons but is worth a watch if you’ve run out of new shows to check out.
The Hulu Original series based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name Runaways explores the formation of the young team and the problems that arise when they find out their own parents are the villains they need to stop. The show that features a pet dinosaur and teenage team of heroes has 2 full seasons available currently with a third and final season due out in December, 2019.
Although it isn’t based on any comic books specifically the series The Gifted takes place in an alternate Marvel universe where the X-men were wiped out and mutants are in hiding. The show is filled with interesting characters, some from the comics and some made up just for the show and I actually enjoyed this show quite a lot and that’s why it saddens me a bit that it was canceled after just 2 seasons but it’s still worth checking out for sure.
Although it isn’t based on any comic books specifically the science fiction serial drama Heroes is based on comic books in general and depicts a world where an eclipse causes ordinary people all over the world to gain extraordinary powers. The series first aired on NBC back in 2006 and had 4 seasons before it was canceled and it also spawned a miniseries in 2015 titled Heroes Reborn, which in my opinion wasn’t anywhere near as good as the original series which to this day remains one of my favorites.
I’m sure I am missing a few shows and there are a ton of new Marvel series coming out in the next year or so on the new Disney Plus streaming service but I wanted to stick to shows I’ve actually seen and can give a real opinion on, any shows I’ve missed I’ll probably write a review about once I do watch them so follow my blog to watch for future posts.
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Raising Dion is a Netflix original series that first aired on October 4, 2019 and currently has one full season available to watch, it is based on the comic book and short film of the same name by Dennis Liu. The series starts out about a little boy that starts to display incredibly powerful abilities and how his mother tries to cope with these abilities and hide them from other people but as the series goes on it becomes about much, much more and slowly starts to introduce other super-powered individuals and the origin of their abilities.
When I first noticed the show on Netflix I initially passed it up as it was rated TV-PG and I assumed it’d be aimed towards kids and kids alone but I eventually ran out of new shows to watch and decided to give Raising Dion a chance and I’m super glad I did. The show takes us on an adventure while explaining the science behind the incredible abilities some people have mysteriously gained and although there is a lot to love about this show for kids there is also a lot to keep us grown-ups entertained.
There is a lot to love about this series including the great cast such as Michael B. Jordan who is great in pretty much anything he stars in, the dude can effin act. He is joined by Alisha Wainwright and Jason Ritter and although Jordan doesn’t have a huge role but his character is integral to the storyline and success of the series. There are a couple good plot twists towards the end of the series, one kind of predictable and the other not so much, it will leave you in anticipation for the next season, which is sure to happen seeing the show is trending on social media at the moment, mostly due to the plot twist everyone is talking about. If you’re looking for a new show to sink yourself into Raising Dion is a choice you won’t regret and can be enjoyed by parents and kids alike.
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and debuting in Amazing Fantasy # 15 in 1962 Spider-Man has become a household name and is known by comic book fans and by those that have never picked up a comic book in their life, most people when asked about Spider-Man would think of the original Peter Parker version but what some people might not know is that there have been countless different versions of the super hero and with all the talk about Spider-Man coming back to the MCU I thought it was a good time to go over some of my favorite versions.
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Created by the great Brian Michael Bendis this version of Spider-Man debuted in 2011 in Ultimate Fallout # 4, Miles Morales is an Afro-Latino teenager who takes over the moniker after Peter Parker is killed and his costume is quite different than the usual one and happens to be a lot of fans favorite version of the costume, this version was also in the recent animated movie Into The Spider-Verse, fans have grown to love this version of Spider-Man and I for one can’t wait to see him on the big screen or even the MCU if Sony permits it.
There are actually two characters that go by the name Spider-Girl but I’m talking about the Mayday Parker version here, first appearing in What If (vol. 2) #105 Mayday Parker is the daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Parker from a future alternate universe, she would go on to star in her own comic and has even been part of superhero teams such as The Avengers, New Warriors and Fantastic Five and she shares the same powers as her father except with a little less strength.
Marvel Zombies Spider-Man
The zombie version of Spider-Man debuted in Marvel Zombies # 1 in 2015 , set in a parallel universe where basically everyone becomes a zombie and eats each other, Spider-Man ends up being one of the only super heroes to have guilt over what he’s done, although he still can’t stop himself from doing it, he is also the first of the zombies to turn on the other zombies.
From alternate universe Earth-65 Spider-Gwen is a version of Gwen Stacy who debuted in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 in 2014 and was featured in her own comic shortly after, in the Earth-65 universe Gwen Stacy was bit by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker . This version has garnered a ton of fans and is one of the most popular iterations of Spider-Man.
Perhaps the most comedic take on the character this version is a pig with Spider-Man’s powers and hey how can you argue with that right? He debuted way back in 1983 in Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, yes his name is Peter Porker rather than Peter Parker , it’s a dad joke of a name and I love it, his origin is quite unique as he was actually born a spider who was bit by the pig version of aunt May whose name was May Porker but before she bit him she was irradiated by an atomic powered hair dryer she invented, yea quite the origin huh, gotta love it.