The Sandman And 9 Other Comic-Inspired Shows, Ranked According to IMDb

The Sandman And 9 Other Comic-Inspired Shows, Ranked According to IMDb

On the 5th of August, 2022, The Sandman made its long-awaited premiere on Netflix. The series added just another name to the list of incredible comic-inspired shows that have recently dominated the world of TV, but how does it compare to some other hits that were pulled from the pages of a comic book?

While the DC and Marvel cinematic universes are the usual suspects in the comic-to-television pipeline, there are also plenty of well-received non-DC or Marvel superhero shows as well. Users on IMDb have weighed in on what they think of the many comic-inspired series, and some are among the beloved shows on the website.

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10 Riverdale – 6.6

Veronica Lodge in season three of Riverdale versus comic book version

The Archie comics aren’t what anyone would normally go to as the source material for a gritty murder mystery. However, that’s exactly what happened with the first season of Riverdale.

With a 6.6 rating, Riverdale is one of the more controversial comic-inspired dramas. The show takes little other than the character names and some of the relationships from the original Archie comics. Furthermore, the show seems to change drastically every single season. However, it is certainly unique and does have a loyal fanbase.

9 Sweet Home – 7.3

Sweet Home Netflix

Based on a Webtoon of the same name, the Korean horror drama Sweet Home is anything but “sweet.” The show centers around a young boy caught in an apocalypse that turns people into monsters.

Sweet Home has a rating of 7.3 on IMDb. The show has some interesting symbolism in regards to the vices of humanity, and the apocalyptic “monsterization” epidemic is an interesting metaphor that is covered on multiple bases throughout the series. The show was written by Kim Carnby and illustrated by Hwang Young-Chan of South Korea.

8 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – 7.4

Split image of childhood and teenage Sabrina from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

From the same world as its sister series Riverdale, Chilling Adventure of Sabrina is a grittier take on the iconic Sabrina The Teenage Witch comics.

With a 7.4 rating, the series that follows local witch Sabrina Spellman is slightly more well-received than its in-universe partner. Sabrina has even been featured in a few crossover episodes. With over 4 seasons, the magical adventures of the witch are a fun part of a truly eclectic comic-inspired television universe.

7 All of Us Are Dead – 7.5

All-Of-Us-Are-Dead-Cheong-San

The Webtoon by Joo Dong-geun, Now At Our School, follows a group of high schoolers that realize their humble academy has become ground zero for a zombie apocalypse.

The Netflix take on the popular Webtoon, titled All of Us Are Dead, has a solid 7.5 rating on IMDb. Other media like Train to Busan and The Walking Dead have proven that zombie apocalypse dramas can also explore human nature and other elements bigger than the zombies themselves, and All of Us Are Dead does this perfectly.

6 Tower of God – 7.7

tower of god 2020 poster

South Korean writer S.I.U created Tower of God, an amazing Webtoon about a young boy named Bam who goes after his childhood friend Rachel in a special tower ruled by the godlike Zahard.

The anime based on the Webtoon comic has a 7.7 on IMDb, and there’s a good reason for it. The show has one of the best twist villains in anime and a great protagonist with plenty of growth in Bam. There are also plenty of fantastic characters like the princesses of Zahard. This prestigious group of powerful women includes major supporting characters like Anak, Androssi, and Yuri.

5 The Tick 7.9

The Tick 1994

The Tick was an 80s comic that parodied superhero tropes without going to the same lengths as shows like The Boys and Invincible. The show featured a humorous hero named The Tick.

The original 90s cartoon titled The Tick was rated a 7.9 on IMDb. There is the more modern live-action The Tick from 2016 with a 7.4 rating, but it’s the cartoon that was the first to adapt the source material. The cartoon Tick is a hilarious and not-so-bright superhero whose Batman-like appearance only makes his antics funnier.

4 The Walking Dead – 8.2

Negan on the cover of The Walking Dead #100

In 2003, illustrator Tony Moore and writer Robert Kirkman combined their talents to create a post-apocalyptic zombie thriller comic named The Walking Dead.

The series eventually went on to inspire one of the most popular TV shows ever, with an 8.2 rating on IMDb. Some say the show may have overstayed its welcome with a whopping 11 seasons, but the series has certainly had peaks that rival the greatest shows on television. The show isn’t exactly the most loyal adaptation of the comics, but the idea is certainly the same.

3 The Boys – 8.7

The Boys Evil Homelander

The Boys recently concluded its third season, and the unconventional superhero show has set up plenty of amazing conflicts for its characters. Especially interesting is how they tackle the morality of having “supes.”

With an 8.7 rating, The Boys is among the best-rated superhero TV shows on all of IMDb. The show’s character work is incredible, with morally gray protagonists and the monstrous Homelander. Perhaps even more incredible is the jaw-dropping acting that brings the characters from the original comic by Garth Ennis to life.

2 Invincible 8.7

INVINCIBLE COMIC COVER

Based on a comic series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Invincible follows the superpowered teen Mark Grayson and his incredibly powerful father: Omniman.

Invincible has an incredibly high IMDb rating, especially for a cartoon, at 8.7. The show’s deconstructions of superhero groups, the Teen Team and Guardians of the Globe, may not be among the best superpowered groups in animation. However, they are a humorous take on classic superhero teams like the Teen Titans and Justice League.

1 The Sandman – 8.8

The sandman Dream dream of the endless

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman was a comic series that followed Morpheus (also known as Dream), one of the seven Endless: a god-like group of people that personify different aspects of humanity.

With an 8.8 rating, The Sandman has quickly become one of IMDb’s most celebrated comic series. While the original comics were published under the DC name before moving to the special “DC Vertigo,” The Sandman currently has no layover with the larger DC superhero universe. It is part of a beautiful and interesting unique world that, so far, has been wildly successful.

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