August 5th, 2013, 10:23 am

TV Continuation Continuum

So you've watched that boxed set of your favorite TV show forward and backward six times. You've got the DVD, the blu-ray and maybe even the bootlegged VHS tapes. But no matter how much you love your favorite TV show, once it's over, it's over, right?

Not necessarily.

With comic books all the rage both movies and television, studios have come to see the four color page as a two-way street: not only for scouting potential properties, but also continuing properties past their cancellation. Some of these properties even have the original showrunner in the writer's seat. So with that in mind, here's a list of all the TV continuations that have switched networks to your local comic book shop. While this is intended to be an extensive list, it is by no means all-encompassing - so if you know of something I missed, let me know.

(Please note these are only continuations of TV shows. They are comic books which pick off where the TV show left off. They are not tie-in's, which build upon the TV show without continuing the storyline).

Check back Friday for a list of the TV comic continuations I want to see!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 and 9
Publisher: Dark Horse
Creative Team: Much like the TV show, Joss Whedon, but various creators tell the seasons' story, including Brian K. Vaughn (Under the Dome), Scott Allies, George Jeanty, Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg.

Angel: After the Fall Volumes 1 through 5, Spike: After the Fall, Angel: The End, Angel & Faith Vol. 1-4
Publisher: IDW and Dark Horse
Creative Team: Like "Buffy", Joss Whedon gets at least a co-writer credit on much of it. However, the property started at IDW and then ended up at Dark Horse, making it confusing to read in order say the least. Brian Lynch started as the writer, before going to Bill Willingham, and finally ending up with Christos Gage on the "Angel & Faith" series.

Jericho Season 3 and Season 4
Publisher: IDW
Creative Team: "Jericho" writers Dan Shotz, Robert Levine and Matthew Federman wrote Season 3 and oversaw season 4, which was written by Kalinda Vazquez.

Charmed Season 9 Vol. 1-4
Publisher: Zeneoscope
Creative Team: Veteran TV tie-in writer Paul Ruditis writes all four parts of season nine.

X-Files Season 10
Publisher: IDW
Creative Team: Series creator Chris Carter actually co-writes this continuation of the hit FOX TV show with veteran comic book writer Joe Harris (Darkness Falls, The Fury of Firestorm).

Smallville
Publisher: DC Comics
Creative Team: Bryan Q. Miller, who started out as an in unpaid intern on the TV show and eventually rose through the ranks to the position of Executive Story Editor, writes this continuation which does very well plugging in the holes left by the end of the Superman prequel.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Parts 1-3, The Search Parts 1-3
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Creative Team: Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Gene Luen Yang writes these continuations, which both act as "season 4" and also help bridge the gap between "Avatar" and its sequel series, "Legend of Korra". "Avatar" creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are also co-creators on the book.

Batman Beyond/Justice League Beyond

Publisher: DC Comics
Creative Team[/b]: Adam Beechen of "Countdown" fame writes several graphic novels picking up where the futuristic Batman series, itself of continuation of "Batman: The Animated Series", left off. In addition, Sean Murphy and Kyle Higgins just launched a digitial-first title, Batman Beyond 2.0. There's also a Justice League Beyond spin-off by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs.

Heroes
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Creative Team: "Venom" and "The Sixth Gun" writer Cullen Bunn will pen a continuation of this superpowered series from NBC. No publication date has been announced yet.

News Archive