Proving that Marvel superheroes can’t have all the fun, Dark Horse Comics announced today that its Eisner Award-winning superhero series The Umbrella Academy will be coming to Netlifx in 2018. Universal Cable Productions, Bluegrass Television, and Dark Horse’s own multimedia branch Dark Horse Entertainment will be producing a live-action ten-episode series based on the comic books by former My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá.
For those who haven’t read the comics (and you should, they’re fantastic), the series is about a family of super-powered orphans raised by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, aka The Monocle, in preparation to save the world. The plot revolves around their patriarch’s death, and the jaded adult heroes varying levels of interest in solving it. The seven siblings include the gorilla-bodied Spaceboy, the knife-wielding Kraken, the untrustworthy The Rumor, the psychic known as The Séance, the time-travelling Number Five, the deceased The Horror, and the troubled musician The White Violin.
Umbrella Academy is a delightfully morbid twist on the superhero genre, with a dark sense of humor and wanton weirdness that will fit perfectly on Netflix’s programming spectrum, right in between Daredevil and Stranger Things.
“I am thrilled that The Umbrella Academy has found a home at Netflix. I couldn’t think of a better place for the vision Gabriel Bá and myself had when creating the comic,” Gerard Way (who is also currently spearheading DC’s Young Animal imprint) said in the press release.
The press release named Fargo’s Steve Blackman as showrunner, and also released a new piece of promotional art from Bá, which you can see below.
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