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5 Shows On Netflix You Probably Didn’t Know Were Based On Comics

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After the success of shows and movies inspired by the comic book universes of Marvel and D.C., many of the popular shows you see nowadays are derived from the storylines of comic book series. Here are some shows on Netflix which you probably didn’t know are inspired by comics.

Locke & Key

Starring: Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott

Locke & Key is based on the comic book series of the same name written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Marquez. A mom and her three kids move into their ancestral house called Keyhouse after the death of their father. There, the kids discover keys that unlock a whole new magical realm. The show premiered on Netflix in February 2020, but good news for fans, it is already renewed for a second season.

Watch Locke & Key here. 

The Umbrella Academy

Starring: Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

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The Umbrella Academy revolves around a group of adopted siblings who exhibit superpowers and were trained by their adoptive father to become superheroes. The show was well-received by audience and was immediately renewed for a second season. It’s based on the comics written by Gerard Way (aka the frontman of rock band My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Ba.

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 Watch The Umbrella Academy here.

October Faction

Starring: Tamara Taylor, J.C. MacKenzie, Aurora, Burghart, Gabriel Darku

The story revolves around the lives of a monster-hunter family and involves witches and warlocks. While the show is based on the popular comic book series of the same name by Steve Niles and Damien Worm, the show didn’t garner the needed attention and was shortly cancelled after the first season.

Watch October Faction here.

Lucifer

Starring: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Before it even came to Netflix, Lucifer has already amassed a dedicated fanbase as a Fox TV series. The show mainly focuses on Lucifer Morningstar, aka the Devil himself, and his life on earth, particularly LA, as a nightclub owner and part-time consultant for the police. The show is based on the popular character from the DC Universe.

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Watch Lucifer here.

The End Of The F***ing World

Starring: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther

With dark themes merged with just the right dose of humor and romance, The End of the F***ing World captivated audiences the world over and even snagged itself an Emmy nomination just after its first season. The Netflix Original is based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Charles Forsman.

Watch The End of the F***ing World here.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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