It usually goes the other way around, a comic becomes successful and some big studio orders a movie based on it. But there have been quite a few instances in which a movie or a show is so great, that fans demand more stories and a new comic book is born. These are just some you should check out.

Star Wars

It would have been stupid not to make a comic out of the Star Wars franchise. There’s a built-in story with lots of mystery, known and lovable characters, and a bunch of worlds that the movies haven’t even explored yet. That’s a lot to work with.

The comics go into everything. That’s not an exaggeration. They go into the backstories of Leia, Han, Luke, Vader, and even characters that don’t get much airtime in the films. They also go into what happened in between the movies, before them, way before them, and after them. At some point, they go out of their way to explain holes in the story of the films. There’s a lot of work that goes into this comic, though beware that just as some fans don’t even consider the prequels a thing, there are some that don’t take all (or any) of the comics as canon.

Godzilla

Why was Japan hogging all the Godzilla comic fun? That humongous dino-lizard was practically made for the medium, but the western world didn’t get it (him? her?) until the late 70s. The thing is, Godzilla isn’t just a giant reckless monster who loves to destroy cities and stomping on buildings. At one point it even has to escape hell.

Adventure Time

There’s a couple of things you need to know about the Adventure Time comics before getting too excited: first of all, the official comic ended way before the series even did; second of all, there is a new comic in development and it is titled Season 11, but the showrunners are not involved and said it shouldn’t be considered canon at all; third of all, there’s still a lot of spin-offs and mini stories to get anyone their Adventure Time fix for years to come.

The original comics that ran from 2011 till 2018, followed the usual crew from adventure to adventure in the land of Ooo. While there was nothing revealing, it was a fun comic to read. Now, the spin-offs and the miniseries is where it gets more interesting. They mainly explored the relationship between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and there’s also a spin-off with Cake and Fiona. There’s also a series of graphic novels with adventures that are a little more complicated than the ones on the show. Now we just a need an LSP spin-off.

24: One Shot

This graphic novel is set before season 1 of the show happens. As expected it follows Jack Bauer only this time is his first day and the Counter Terrorist Unit and he has to protect a very dangerous former terrorist with ties to the IRA. The novel is pretty similar to the show, Jack gets into some trouble, and he has about 24 hours to make it or basically die. Of course, this wasn’t the end of the story, there are actually two more novels in the 24 saga.

2001: A Space Odyssey

This Kubrick film wasn’t exactly easy to watch so it’s a bit weird that someone decided to turn it into a comic, but the result is actually great. Initially, it was released as a miniseries and it was basically the same story as the movie.

Later on, the comic goes into a richer story showing different humans finding monolith throughout time, playing with the central idea of the movie in a more creative way. Though the comic didn’t get much attention it did spawn a character that would later become part of the Marvel universe, Machine Man.