There's a lot of comic book entertainment out there, and TV is no exception. From the CW to HBO, networks across the country are making our favorite comics into TV shows. However, the reverse is happening a lot too. Publishers from Dark Horse to Dynamite are printing new adventures of our favorite TV shows in comic book form.
We thought we might come up with a reading list for anyone interested in that concept, and we're presenting it here for your viewing pleasure. Turn off Netflix and put on your reading glasses, because here comes 10 TV-Inspired Comics You Should be Reading Right Now.
10 DOCTOR WHO
If you’re a real Whovian and you haven’t checked out the Doctor’s comic book adventures, you’re really missing out. You get a lot more info out of the comic books, which have a lot more room to play with side characters we don’t get much of on the show.
For example, were you a fan of the War Doctor and disappointed he didn’t get more screen time? Check out the Doctor Who comic to see more of his adventures, plus more team-ups between Doctors! And if you aren’t dying for a meeting between Doctors 1 and 14, then are you even a real fan.
9 RICK AND MORTY VS. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
Rick and Morty is famous for a lot of things, and one of those is the fact that there’s so much time between seasons. We hate the Rickless gaps just as much as you do, which is why we slake our cravings with the Rick and Morty Comics. There are a ton of great options to choose from, including the Adventures of Pickle Rick and Krombopulos Michael, but the book we really recommend you read is Rick and Morty Vs. Dungeons and Dragons.
Whether you’re a player of D&D or just a swords and sorcery fan, you’ll love this book for the signature Rick and Morty humor mixed up with nerd-tactic magic. Check it out now.
8 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
The end of Battlestar Galactica is one of the most bittersweet moments in sci-fi TV history. It wraps the series up really well, but it also signaled the end of Battlestar on TV. That’s why we’re so appreciative of the Battlestar Galactica comic.
It expands on the massive world built in that series. It also continues some plot lines that the show didn’t quite finish. It’s also a great place to start if you’ve never watched the show, as it tells stories in simple, confined ways that even new fans can love. Check it out if you love the TV series or just space operas in general.
7 STAR TREK: THE Q CONFLICT
With Discovery already on TV and the Picard series on its way, now is a great time to dive into more Star Trek fandom. That’s one of the reasons why we’re recommending Star Trek: The Q Conflict. If you’re a fan of The Next Generation, you already know just how cool of an antagonist Q can be, and putting him in a comic means there’s a lot of room for his deceitful ways to be even more visually intriguing.
And even if you’re not a Q fan, there are a lot of great Star Trek comics titles out at any time. You just have to be on the lookout for them.
6 ADVENTURE TIME
Adventure Time had one of the most emotional series finales of all time last year, and it was hard for fans to accept that their favorite cartoon was finally coming to an end. Luckily for them, Adventure Time lives on as a comic book series.
Join Finn, Jake, and the rest of the land of Ooo as they continue their adventures in fighting evil. Don’t miss out on this delightful fantasy comedy title, especially if you’re a fan of the artwork of the TV series.
5 MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is one of the weirdest, funniest things on Netflix right now. And if you’re a fan, you’ll be delighted to know that the MST3K format works really well in a comic book too. Just like in the show, Jonah and his robot friends provide commentary on an especially weird piece of fiction from the past.
But instead of a film, the characters dunk on an old comic story, reprinted from its original publication. Not only is this comic great for fans of the show, it’s a really cool experiment in the comic book medium. Plus, it’s just really funny.
4 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS
If you've been a fan of Power Rangers at any point in its history, you have to read this. It's an updated, more serious take on the original show.
But it's not a modernization in the same way that Saban's Power Rangers film was earlier this year. Check out this book if you want a great team dynamic and fun sci-fi that still has a bit of a bite.
If you're a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment, you already know that there's a very visual element to the sport. The characters in the ring become icons, whether they're heroes or villains. They inspire action figures and costumes from their signature looks.
It should be no surprise, then, that the WWE superstars transition very well into comics. Read this book if you love the dramatic storylines developed in WWE promotions, and especially if you grew up with a favorite WWE character. They're sure to make an appearance.
2 LONE RANGER
Alright, technically the Lone Ranger was a radio show before it was on television. However, the iconic look of the masked vigilante roaming the Wild West does come from the iconic TV show of the same name, so we thought it would be appropriate to put it on this list. The Lone Ranger's time on TV took place in the 50s, but don't let that influence your opinion on the comic.
The old-timey social morals of the 1950s are far from this title. It addresses current social issues and incredibly dark, modern villainy on the backdrop of the Old West, and is a great book to pick up if you love modern comic book storytelling. Let us be clear: this book is rooted in the past, but it matters for today.
1 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Let's be honest. You should be reading any comic with Buffy's name on it. However, you should really be reading the new Buffy series from Boom! Studios. Boom!, since acquiring the Buffy rights from Dark Horse, has decided to reboot the Buffy universe. That's right, your favorite Vampire Slayer is starting over from the very beginning. So if you loved Buffy but missed the early days of the Scooby Gang, you need to check this one out. And don't worry, it's just as charming, witty, and spooky as Buffy has ever been. That, despite all this comic's modernization, does not change.
What comic books are you keeping up with right now? Are any of them inspired by classic TV shows? Did we leave any of your favorites in this category off our list? Let us know in the comments below!