Getting into comics can seem difficult to the newcomer. Comic fans and companies have a jargon that is used all the time, even in comic book titles, that new fans may find confusing. A “Comic Code.” Let’s look at the term “Season”…
A comic book title followed by “Season” and a number can mean a number of things in comics:
- A continuation of a television series no longer on the air (or tie-ins to the continuation) or a prequel.
- Adaptations of episodes of a television show.
- Later series continuing a series considered to be in a television-style.
- A series of Year One-style one-shot titles from Marvel.
The continuation of a TV show, with numbering starting after the final season
Although many comics continue ongoing shows “Season X” implies (but doesn’t guarantee) that there is some involvement of the creator and that the comic is “canon”.
- Battlestar Galactica: Season II (1997) Realm Press.
- Battlestar Galactica: Season III (1999) Realm Press.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight (2007) Dark Horse Comics – “produced” by Joss Whedon, some issues written by him. Other series writers also contributed.
- Jericho Season 3: Civil War (2009) Devil’s Due/IDW.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 (2011) Dark Horse Comics – first arc written by Joss Whedon.
- Jericho Season 4 (2012) IDW.
- Smallville Season 11 (2012) DC Comics.
- The X-Files: Season 10 (2013) IDW Publishing – Chris Carter agreed to “executive produce” the comic.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 (2014) Dark Horse Comics.
A tie-in with the above series:
- Angel & Faith Season 10 (2014) (Dark Horse Comics)
- Smallville Season 11: Titans
- Smallville Season 11: Alien
- Smallville Season 11: Harbinger
- Smallville Season 11: Lantern
- Smallville Season 11: Chaos
A prequel to a TV show:
- Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero (2007) Dynamite – New series.
Comic book adaptation of episodes:
- The X-Files: Season One (1997) Topps
3, Television-style comics.
A follow up series to a title that was compared to television:
- Sleeper Season 1 (2003) Wildstorm-Eye of the Storm.
- Sleeper Season 2 (2004) Wildstorm Signature Series.
- Hard Time Season Two (2006) DC Focus – Superhero in Prison comic (compared to Oz)
- Top 10 Season Two (2008) Wildstorm-ABC – Superhero cops (compared to police procedurals)
- Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 2 (2008) Marvel – Teen drama (compared to teen dramas)
- Captain Action Season 2 (2010) Moonstone – compared to saturday morning cartoons.
4. Usage by Marvel.
In 2012 a line of graphic novels by Marvel with modernised retellings of origins/early stories called Season One:
- Avengers: Season One (2012) (Marvel)
- Daredevil: Season One (2012) (Marvel)
- Dr. Strange: Season One (2012) (Marvel)
- Fantastic Four: Season One (2012) (Marvel)
- Hulk: Season One (2012) (Marvel)
- Iron Man: Season One (2013) (Marvel)
- Spider-Man: Season One (2012) (Marvel)
- Thor: Season One (2013) (Marvel)
- Wolverine: Season One (2013) (Marvel)
- X-Men: Season One (2012) (Marvel)
This blog is meant to iron out issues and help understanding of comic book terms and ideas. However, it also uses many terms and ideas new readers may be unfamiliar with. For clarifications or corrects, comment below.