That TV-to-comics trend

Five recent illustrated adaptations.

With the news that Pushing Daisies is currently being adapted into a graphic novel, and that work is already underway, we decided to have a look back over the last few years at other properties that have been successfully converted to the illustrated form.

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chuck02_0Chuck

Writers: Peter Johnson, Zev Barow
Artists: Jeremy Haun, Phil Noto
Issues: Six

Released partly as a promotional tool for the series, the Chuck comics saw the characters travel around the world on various missions of espionage.

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buffy2Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight

Writers: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, Brian Vaughan among others
Artists: Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens, Dave Stewart
Issues: 30

Whedon’s wildly successful continuation of the Buffy story has long-outgrown its original remit, and proved to many that the medium can be used effectively to continue old shows.

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heroes-graphic-novel-cover-1Heroes

Writers: Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Pokaski among others
Artists: Micah Gunnell, Michael Turnbull among others
Issues: Two (hardcover volumes)

The webcomic for Heroes was collected into two volumes, received well critically thanks to the heavily comics-influenced aesthetic of the show.

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BSG_Comic_8_RaynorBattlestar Galactica

Writers: Brandon Jerwa, Seamus Kevin Fahey among others
Artists: Nigel Raynor, Jackson Herbert among others
Issues: 44

A large number of re-imagined Galactica comics have been produced in a variety of series, from ones focusing on Zarek through to an elite Viper squadron.

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sep073739eAngel: After The Fall

Writers: Brian Lynch, Joss Whedon
Artists: Franco Urru, Nick Runge among others
Issues: 27

As with Buffy, Angel’s graphic novel continuation has received popular support, particularly given the abrupt ending of the show itself and its wide existing fan base.