Welcome, one and all, to another poll! This time around, we’re diving into the world of comics. Now, any poll about the best series, or the best character or the best publisher, you’re going to see a lot of winners from the big two, Marvel and DC. So, I wanted to avoid that natural battle, and am instead asking you to vote for… The Best Non-DC/Marvel Comic Publisher!
So, these are your choices:
Founded in 1986, Dark Horse have grown to become one of the biggest comic publishers in the world. Generally known for having some pretty dark Western releases (including Blacksad, Hellboy, and Sin City), the brand has branched out into some other styles too. This has not only included titles based the likes of Legend of Zelda and Minecraft, but also some translated manga releases, including Ghost in the Shell and Berserk.
Realistically, Image are the biggest competitors for Marvel and DC. Not bad for a company that only began in 1995. You need only look to some of their better known titles to understand why. Not only do they old the rights for both Spawn and Witchblade, but they also release The Walking Dead, which went o not be adapted into the critically acclaimed TV series. Throw in the likes of the award-winning Saga, and you’ve got a real powerhouse here.
Formed in 1999, IDW is the second youngest companies on this list. While they do have the likes of Locke & Key among their releases, they are mostly known for one thing: modern stories for licensed franchises. From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers and My Little Pony to Star Trek, Ghostbusters, and The X-Files, they have a little something for everyone.
Beginning life in 2005, Boom Studios recently signed a deal with Netflix, so we can expect to see plenty of their releases getting adaptions. They also secured the rights for BRZRKR, written by Keanu Reeves. If license are more your thing though, their current best known series is Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
So, which of these titans of illustrated stories is your pick? Cast a vote and let me know in the comments below.