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10 Great Sci-Fi Comics Better Than Their Source Material

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  • Posted on 11th Oct, 2022 17:22 PM
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Tie-in comics are all too common, but for a tie-in comic to outshine its source material is an exceptional feat.

For almost as long as comics have been around, major media franchises releasing tie-in comic books have been a feature of the medium. Nowadays, it's common for the release of any new movie, game, or TV series to have a comic series released alongside it.

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However, what's rarer – and far more interesting – is for tie-in comics to eclipse their source material in their writing, art direction, and character arcs. This doesn't happen often, but it's important to recognize the talents of the artists and writers who can take the franchise in a new direction and surpass the stories they were based on.

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The Transformers series is almost always focused on the Cybertronian Civil War, so when IDW ended the war only a few years into their run and spent the next decade focusing on how the Autobots and Decepticons attempted to rebuild their shattered civilization, fans were shocked. But the series that followed, written by James Roberts with art by Alex Milne, Guido Guidi, Shawn Lee, and Joana Lafuente, became an instant classic.

With twists including Megatron realizing how far he'd gone in his quest for power and joining the Autobots to atone, Bumblebee convincing Starscream to give up his political ambitions and confess to his crimes for the good of Cybertron, and Thundercracker leaving the Decepticons to become a screenwriter on Earth, the aftermath of the war was anything but boring, and the series was met with love from fans and critical awards.

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