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Sequel in Another Medium
aka: Comic Book Continuation

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When a work leaves room for continued adventures or ends on an outright Sequel Hook, but is continued in a different medium.

This is most likely due to the original work not doing well financially, but has enough interest to merit continuation in a cheaper medium. Alternatively, they were Screwed by the Network of the original medium and they have to continue it in another. In case of movie continuation from other media, it may also mark a special part of the whole story.

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See also The Resolution Will Not Be Televised and its inverse Recycled: The Series. Related to Expanded Universe when the other media-sequels are treated as a lesser canon. Compare Anime First and Comic-Book Adaptation, as well as Continuation, Fan Sequel and Next-Gen Fic for Fan Fic examples. If the continuation is in the same medium that the predecessor was itelf adapted from, see Recursive Adaptation.

Note that cases of prequels and interquels also count here; the point is, the works are all part of the same timeline.


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Examples by the original medium

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Book 

    Films — Animated 

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    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 

  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-Sky Trilogy was followed up with Below the Root, a video game conclusion to the series.
  • The same company also consulted with Ray Bradbury to make an authorized text adventure sequel to Fahrenheit 451.
  • The first book and two chapters from the second book about Madicken were first adapted into a TV series in six parts. The rest of the second book was adapted into a movie. And to make things complicated, material from the first TV series was used to make a second movie and material from the first movie was used to make a second TV series.
  • Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club eventually got a sequel, Fight Club 2, published as a monthly comic book series later collected in trade paperback. A threequel, Fight Club 3, was also released in this format.
  • The Witcher games are the continuation of the books series. That being said, the author of the books doesn't consider the games to be canon.
  • Several of H.P. Lovecraft's works have received this treatment.
    • At the Mountains of Madness has two sequels in tabletop game format, with the Beyond the Moutnains of Madness campaign in Call of Cthulhu and the Assault on the Mountains of Madness campaign in Achtung! Cthulhu. The source book for the later even references the former, letting the keeper decide whether the two campaigns are canon with each other.
    • The Shadow Over Innsmouth also has a prequel/sequel tabletop campaign in the "Escape from Innsmouth" scenario from Call of Cthulhu. It greatly expands on the federal government's raid on Innsmouth that was only briefly mentioned in the original story, while also extrapolating on what happened to both Innsmouth and the horrors it contained after the raid's conclusion. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a somewhat loose adaptation of this scenario.
  • Ringworld was given a 1992 PC game sequel titled Ringworld: Revenge of the Patriarch.

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    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Crysis 2 is the sequel but set at an altogether different time and place with a (mostly) new cast of characters. The events of Crysis and Crysis: Warhead were more directly continued in a six-issue comic book series endorsed by EA and published by IDW intending to fill the gap.
  • The Titan Comics-published Assassin's Creed Origins four-part comic mini-series details the fall of Cleopatra 14 years after the game.
  • The 1998 shooter SiN was originally followed by a 2000 anime movie in which Blade's partner died and was replaced by his sister, though this movie was later rendered non-canon when a sequel game came out in 2006.
  • First Encounter Assault Recon had two prequels in other mediums. The "Alma Interviews" was a live-action short movie depicting an interview with a young Alma before she really started on the spooky business from the game, while the "Director's Edition" of the game also came with a Dark Horse-drawn adaptation of the beginning of Fettel's rampage from the game's opening cinematic.
  • The Hope's Peak Saga of Danganronpa (most of which consisted of visual novels and video games) had two: one was Danganronpa Zero, a novel set before the first and second games and the only novel in the saga to be directly related to the plot, and Danganronpa 3, an anime which served as the conclusion chapter. The third cardinal game tells a completely separate story.
  • Life Is Strange has a comic continuation taking place after one of the two possible endings, in particular the one where Max saves Chloe and let the storm destroy Arcadia Bay. They go on with their lives, least until Max's time rewinding power suddenly start acting up to which they must find out why.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us has a prequel set 5 years before Superman's regime, in comic book form.
  • Melty Blood got a sequel through the manga Back Alley Nightmare, which also added Fate/Grand Order to the list of Nasuverse crossovers in the game.
  • Sakura Wars:
  • Infamous: A midquel example, the comic is set in between the first and second game and covers the plot points that the first game Left Hanging. Namely what happened with Alden, Moya and Sasha.
  • The IDW comic of Sonic the Hedgehog, while likewise being a Continuity Reboot following the cancellation of the Archie version, acts as a follow up of Sonic Forces, covering the aftermath of that game and what happened to Eggman after he was defeated before veering off into the usual good vs evil business. But not Infinite, oddly enough, whom in the game just vanished after Sonic and the Rookie beat him. This was due to a mandate by Sega that the writers weren't allowed to cover his fate, apparently wanting to do this themselves for a future game.
  • The PlayStation 4 remake of MediEvil released alongside a comic tie-in that acts as a sequel to MediEvil 2, and uses plot elements from what would have been the third game in the series, MediEvil: Fate's Arrow.

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  • Samurai Jack: During the long lull between the fourth and fifth season, a comic was made which continued Jack's adventure and ended years later with Jack and his allies preparing to confront Aku. This was at a time when it was uncertain if the show would get an ending until it was finally announced in 2016 as the show's final season. Though seeing as the show's fifth season take place decades after the fourth, there is some wiggle room for the comic events to take place in-between them.
  • ReBoot was cancelled (for good) after a Season 4 cliffhanger, but the story continued years later in an official webcomic format hosted by Rainmaker Entertainment, ReBoot: Code of Honor.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender had several following the end of the show, starting with The Promise, which explores the fallout of Ozai's defeat and Zuko trying his best to put the Fire Nation on the right path after a century of tyranny. Later stories cover Zuko's search for his mother and Azula's fate, disputes between Katara and Sokka's water tribes, Toph's family situation, and the rise of industrialism and how that effects benders.
    • The Legend of Korra: Following in its predecessor's footsteps. The comic explores what happened after the Spirit World was connected to the human realm once more after the end of the series finale, the vacuum of power the local triads try to fill and the remnants of the Earth Nation army trying to continue their bid for world domination despite losing their leader.
  • Darkwing Duck: Like Rescue Rangers, the show got a comic book from Boom in 2010 set many years after the TV series and Drake taking up the Darkwing persona once more. Again however, sadly cancelled when Disney revoked Boom's license due to now having Marvel under their belt.
  • Gargoyles: A comic continued the story, headed by main show runner Greg Weisman no less, in 2006, ignoring the show's third season, The Goliath Chronicles. It even got a spin-off, Bad Guys, which as the title states focuses on the villains of the series. Despite great reception from fans, the comics ended up being cancelled when Disney increased their licensing fees and publisher Slave Labor Graphics had to drop the series.
  • The Critic was continued as online webisodes several years after it was cancelled by FOX.
  • In terms of Sequel Episodes, "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" from The Simpsons had a sequel in the comic series, dubbed the "Quickly Cancelled Comic Book Cavalcade". The stories are continuations of the three spinoffs proposed in the original episode, and true to form, they are as hokey as ever. In the "Wiggum, P.I." story, Wiggum becomes undead and Skinner suspects Big Daddy is behind it. Meanwhile, the eponymous "Lovematic Grandpa" finds his soul switched with that of Moe's Girl of the Week. Finally, "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" is forced to hold their salute to Rock & Roll on an island due to Homer crashing their plane on the way to their gig in Hollywood.
  • Teen Titans had a tie-in comic, Teen Titans Go! (not to be confused with the 2013 show of the same name. DC labels this one as "volume 1"), which ran alongside it. The comic continued after the show ended and told stories taking place after the series finale, even introducing characters they either couldn't use or had no time to cover (Like Ravager, Wildfire and both Wonder Girls: Donna Troy and Cassie). It also reveals Terra's past and answers the Ambiguous Ending from the final episode of if the girl Beast Boy ran into was Terra or not, with it being confirmed by her brother, Geo Force, that it is indeed her.
  • The Fairly OddParents got three live-action movies set after the main series in the form of A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, A Fairly Odd Christmas, and A Fairly Odd Summer. Considering how wonky their inclusion would be in the TV series (especially in later seasons). They're pretty much considered an Alternate Continuity.
  • Prior to the show being Un-Cancelled, Star Wars: The Clone Wars had some of its unmade story arcs adapted into other mediums; the comic book miniseries Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir and the novel Dark Disciple were made in a time when it seemed all but certain the show was dead.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Season 11: A "proposed" season set after the series finale. Despite this though, it doesn't really cover much of anything new and was cancelled after six issues.
    • Simon & Marcy: A spin-off that covers Simon, aka the former Ice King, suddenly regressing and Marcy's quest to help him culminating in trying rescue Betty who took on the GOLOB form in the series finale to save everyone.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers got one in 2010 that continue where the series left off where the rangers regroup once more. Lasted for only for eight issues due to Disney revoking Boom's license after gaining Marvel.
  • Gravity Falls received a single volume dubbed Lost Legends that, while covering stories during the events of the show and even before it, likewise has a few set in-between when Bill was defeated and Dipper and Mabel leaving for home.
  • Invader Zim: The comic continues on where Season 2 left off, usually in a lot of self-contained adventures though a few things did stick. Elements of the comics also showed up in the TV movie, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes had its own comic series, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, which kept going after the show's end and had some stories taking place after it.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The existing comic line has a "Season 10" staring in 2020.
  • Over the Garden Wall has a number of tie-in comics by KaBOOM! Comics, some of which are set after the show's end.
  • Regular Show received a six issue mini called 25 Years Later in which a now older Mordicai and Rigby get into a situation where their kids are taken from them by a magical imp and their quest to get them back.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: This one is a more complicated example. The comic book came first before the TV series but was more light-hearted against the darker themes of the TV show. After the TV series ended, the comic ended up taking on the more mature theme of the TV series as well as using some of the plotlines that was intended for the show's proposed third season. Thus some fans consider the comic a continuation of the TV series.


Alternative Title(s): Prequel In Another Medium, Interquel In Another Medium, Comic Book Continuation

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