While television shows must always come to an end, the same cannot be said of their stories. Thanks to fandom, we've been lucky enough to get some fantastic comics based on canceled TV shows over the years. Whether it was a show that ended too early, or just a fan base that can't quit their favorite characters, comic book publishers have been happy to oblige fans with many television show continuations - especially in recent years.
When cult hits like Firefly and Jericho ended before fans were ready to say goodbye, comic books were there to fill in the gaps. When Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were cut from the airwaves, comic books were there to delight "Buffyverse" fans of all stripes. Even though Smallville ran for an incredible 10 seasons, there were still more stories to tell in comic book form.
Read on to discover which TV shows continued in comic books, and vote up the stories that sound worth reading!
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Following the supernatural trend that began with Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the late-'90s, Charmed had its own spin on fantasy drama centered around a trio of witches who use their powers to protect innocent people from the villainous evils of reality. Eight seasons and 178 episodes are nothing to sniff at, but when the fans demand more stories, you give the fans more stories.
And Charmed fans got what they wanted with comic book "seasons" 9 and 10, which encompassed the continuing witchy tales of the Charmed crew throughout 44 fully fledged issues. If that wasn't enough, Dynamite Entertainment published another five-issue series titled A Thousand Deaths in 2017, for anyone who was still craving more.Good addition?
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The production team behind Star Trek: The Original Series managed to get three seasons produced from 1966-1969, but the show wasn't a huge hit initially. The series would massively grow in popularity throughout the 1970s thanks to syndication, and would become a pop-culture mainstay that has spun off into every form of media imaginable.
From feature films to video games to novels and spin-off shows, Star Trek: The Original Series is one of the most enduring touchstones of American mass media. And from 1967 up through 2018, there have been numerous comic book series involving the original crew of the USS Enterprise.Good addition?
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Dollhouse, much like another of Joss Whedon's short-lived television series, Firefly, would follow its scant television run with some comic book adventures to appease fans who wanted more sci-fi stories. The show started out as a small-scale story of "Dolls" who could be written and rewritten with different abilities and personalities - and purchased for temporary uses. By the time the show ended, there was a full-on apocalypse involving the technology used to wipe and implant minds.
The Dollhouse: Epitaphs limited series is set during this apocalypse, and goes into various details about it involving different characters from the show. And if you thought Eliza Dushku's Echo wouldn't be a main player in the spin-off story, then you'd be wrong.Good addition?
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The X-Files was one of the biggest television hits of the 1990s. And while fans were treated to two feature films and a series reboot after the show went off the air in 2002, Scully and Mulder never really went away for good in the first place.
WildStorm and IDW had fans covered from the late 2000s to the mid-2010s with several comic book series of varying lengths before the series reboot came back to television. And while the comic books didn't really set out to end the story for Scully and Mulder, we all know, the truth is out there...Good addition?