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Every comic book TV show from 2024 to date, ranked from worst to best

Before 2024 even started, fans knew things were going to be relatively quiet for the comic book and superhero genre. Well, on the big screen at least. With Marvel Studios delaying a number of films until 2025 and DC Studios’ decision to scrap and relaunch the DC Universe, there are only two major tentpoles lined up for release this year (Marvel’s Deadpool and Wolverine and DCs Joker: Folie à Deux). Sony is also playing a role, with March’s underperformer Mrs. Web setting the internet on fire for the wrong reasons, while undoubtedly hoping for stronger performance Venom: The Last Dance And Kraven the Hunter.

Those are the movies though; on television it’s a completely different story. We’re only halfway through the year and we’ve already had some epic additions to the comic book TV landscape. Sure, there hasn’t been as much as there once was (thanks for that, WB and CW!), but there has been a lot of entertainment for fans of the genre. And that’s not even taking into account big upcoming titles like The boys season 4, the last season of Superman and LoisAnd Agatha all the time.

The five we’ve had so far are just the start of the TV goodness we’ll get in 2024. But which of these shows reigned supreme over the others? Has Marvel returned after a lackluster 2023? Could the TWD universe keep up the momentum of the previous two offshoots with the highly anticipated Rick and Michonne spinoff? And what about that long-awaited revival of X-Men: The Animated Series? Let’s find out!

Invincible season 2 part 2, comic book TV

I don’t want you to take Invincible‘s placement at the bottom of this list as a bad sign for the show itself; the truth is that, overall, the second season was almost as excellent as the first. The problem was the release format, which saw only eight episodes split into two sets, meaning 2024 only had four episodes left of the series (as the first half of the season premiered in November last year).

The quality of the show was as high as we have come to expect Invincible, with some truly surprising moments, as Mark Grayson’s story continues to soar to new heights. Steven Yeun was once again excellent in the title role and the finale set the stage well for the intriguing third season. Again, it’s just the fact that it feels like half a season (because it is) that ultimately holds it back a bit.

Like all Invincible Season 2 had premiered this year would have been higher on this list. That doesn’t detract from the show itself, but it does remind us that not every eight-episode season needs to be divided into two halves with months of breaks in between. It’s just not necessary.

ECHO, Marvel, comic book TV

Marvel Studios brought back Maya Lopez early this year for the first of its Marvel Spotlight shows. Echo broke the mold with a foray into the TV-MA field for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the first to do it), taking a more violent, disturbing approach than the typical MCU fare, and it worked extremely well.

The show was also much more grounded, offering a character study on Maya and her former kinship with Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. Their bond had soured Hawkeye when she discovered that Fisk actually had her father killed, so Echo was as much about Kingpin’s attempts to break Maya as it was about her attempts to rebel against him. The impasse was broken in the finale, creating the tight, concise and compelling story Echo ended on a high note, setting the stage for the long-awaited event Daredevil: Born Again series in 2025.

After a few failures for the MCU, this was an unexpected surprise. A grounded, five-part film that flowed from one episode to the next and featured a strong cast of supporting characters, Echo was the comeback the franchise needed, showcasing the ability to venture into tougher terrain and highlighting Alaqua Cox’s hero as the force to be reckoned with.

The Walking Dead: Those Who Live

Rick Grimes and Michonne’s long-awaited return to The Walking Dead Universe finally happened earlier this year The Walking Dead: Those Who Live. The third of the new TWD spin-offs, expectations were high after the successes of Dead city And Daryl Dixonbut it didn’t take long before he showed us he could do it too.

And it worked, as Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira’s screen presence was nothing short of captivating, with their first scenes immediately drawing you back into their world, their love story, their survival story. Lincoln found his feet quite quickly as Rick Grimes, picking up where he left off as the tough, no-nonsense former sheriff who had survived many versions of the apocalypse. Gurira didn’t take center stage until the second episode, but when she did, she quickly reminded us why she’s such a force on screen, commanding every scene with her powerful performance.

Those who live was worth the wait and brought the pair back to us in an epic and explosive way that only the TWD universe could. It was bigger, badder and in some ways better than the last few seasons of The living Dead and it did exactly what it wanted to do; Bringing Rick and Michonne back together and ending their story. The only thing that held it back was the rushed finale that took up too much and yet talked about it for too long. It did what it was supposed to do, but not exactly in the right way.

X-MEN '97

There are few words that can be used to describe the feeling of goosebumps that come over you when the X Men ’97 opening titles are played for the first time. A perfect recreation of the X-Men: The Animated Series credits (featuring a modernized version of the classic theme song), it immediately fills you with nostalgia and lets you know that – just like the ’90s – you’re in for an amazing adventure.

And that’s really something X Men ’97‘s first season was; an adventure. It was an adventure that took us through all the emotions, making us feel triumph, sadness, heartache, fear, shock, happiness, love and youth; it made us feel young and made all those fans who watched the original animated series on Saturday mornings watch these new episodes with the biggest smiles on their faces.

The Disney Plus series pushed some boundaries that the first couldn’t, and it allowed for some of the X-Men’s darker source material to be adapted. However, like the original series, they were adapted extremely well, creating an extremely compelling – and, as always, thought-provoking – story that just wouldn’t stop.

There were one or two episodes after that early flurry came and went that fans didn’t respond to as well (which unfortunately stand out a lot more in a 10 episode season than in a 25+ episode season), but X Men ’97 managed to honor the original animated series and bring back Marvel’s Mightiest Mutants for a modern audience of fans. This is what a revival of a classic show should look like.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVE (2023)

Witty, haunting, fun and surprising in every way, Dead boy detectives is an exciting experience from start to finish. The Netflix series is based on DC characters created by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner and serves as a spin-off from The sandman (although it was initially intended as a Doom Patrol spin-off) and it’s easily one of the most entertaining shows of the year.

The series focuses on Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, two ghosts on the run from Death as they dedicate their lives to helping other ghosts solve their mysteries and find peace. In doing so, the pair must deal with their own struggles, face their own pasts, and decide if the Dead Boy Detectives Agency is how they want to spend the rest of eternity.

The show is deceptively complex and masquerades as a fun adventure of the week series. It’s fun and filled with adventures of the week, but it’s also home to some of the most compelling characters you’ll see on TV all year, with smart, nuanced writing and heartfelt storytelling at its core.

When Dead boy detectives focuses on its characters, you fall in love with each of them and their unique quirks, and it somehow manages to make room for some very entertaining mysteries along the way. As dark as it is campy, as witty as it is sincere; Dead boy detectives is a hidden gem that will make you feel all the emotions, and it deserves many more seasons to fully explore its beautifully bizarre concept.

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