Firefly fans got great news earlier this week with the official announcement of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, an upcoming comic book series that picks up with Malcolm Reynolds and his (surviving) crew in the aftermath of the 2005 movie. It may not be as exciting as an actual new TV series or movie, but it’s still very cool. It also got us thinking: what other short-lived science fiction shows would we love to revisit on the comics page?
There’s already plenty of precedent, after all. Even before the announcement of Leaves on the Wind, many different genre series had found extended life in comics form. In addition to the Firefly/Serenity universe, Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse have all continued to explore their respective universes to varying degrees. So have shows such as Farscape and Jericho. Hell, there’s even a new Six Million Dollar Man comic that will pick up where the 1978 TV series finale left off.
That’s one of the great things about continuing something in comic form. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed. It doesn’t matter how old the actors are. The characters have remained timeless, just waiting for us to join them again for another adventure. The list below are my picks for six prematurely cancelled series I’d love to see reborn as comics. Sound off with your thoughts and your own picks in the comments below!