Limited series (comics)

In the field of comic books, a limited series is a comics series with a predetermined number of issues. A limited series differs from an ongoing series in that the number of issues is finite and determined before production, and it differs from a one shot in that it is composed of multiple issues. The term is often used interchangeably with miniseries (mini-series) and maxiseries (maxi-series), usually depending on the length and number of issues. In Dark Horse Comics' definition of a limited series, "This term primarily applies to a connected series of individual comic books. A limited series refers to a comic book series with a clear beginning, middle and end."[1] Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics refer to limited series of two to eleven issues as miniseries and series of twelve issues or more as maxiseries, but other publishers alternate terms.


The limited series has a single story to tell. It follows the standard plot set-up of beginning, middle and end. Usually, all plot points are covered by the end of the series. There have been limited series done in an anthology format, but only a few of these have been produced.

Limited series are often done by a single creative team, but in cases where there are changes, it is usually the writer who remains constant throughout the run while the artist(s) may change. The number of issues is usually determined by some combination of the writer's plotting and editorial mandate.


In 1979, in the process of recovering from the DC Implosion, publisher DC Comics experimented with a new format in the World of Krypton miniseries,[2] as DC termed such short-run works. The new format allowed the company to tell stories that may not have fit into an ongoing series and to showcase characters in a short story without the risk and obligations of an ongoing monthly.

With the success of the miniseries format, DC followed by experimenting with longer stories and concepts outside their universe of superheroes. Debuting in 1982, Camelot 3000 was the first limited series to run to twelve issues. DC coined the term "maxiseries" as a promotional description for this.[3]

It did not take long for other publishers to begin using the limited series format. Marvel Comics used it to feature popular characters from team titles and put them in solo adventures. Wolverine's earliest solo adventures were told in limited series. Crossovers were introduced in limited series form before the concept of multi-title crossovers was conceived. Contest of Champions brought forth the idea of a major event affecting the Marvel Universe. This would be taken further with the 12-issue Secret Wars saga in 1984 and by DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985-1986.

See also


  1. ^ "FAQ". Dark Horse Comics.
  2. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The worldwide success of Superman: The Movie motivated [DC] to publish more Superman-related titles. With that, editor E. Nelson Bridwell oversaw a project that evolved into comics' first official limited series - World of Krypton...Featuring out-of-this-world artwork from Howard Chaykin, [Paul] Kupperberg's three-issue limited series explored Superman's homeworld.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "GHM Columns : GHM Staff : Steve Higgins A+ Graphic Novels &#93".

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Limited may refer to:

Limited company, a company in which the liability of its members is limited to what they have invested in the company

Limited liability company, a limited company that blends elements of partnership and corporate structures - primarily in the United States

Private company limited by shares, a limited company whose shares are not public - primarily in Commonwealth countries

Private company limited by guarantee, primarily for non-profit organisations - in Britain and Ireland

Public limited company, a limited company whose shares are sold to the public - primarily in Commonwealth countries

Limited partnership, a partially limited company where liability is limited for limited partners, but not general partners

Limited liability partnership, generally a limited company where liability is limited for all partners

Limited liability limited partnership, a limited company where liability is limited for all partners - United States

Limited Brands, an American company - owners of Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works and others

The Limited, an American apparel company

Buick Limited, a car produced between 1936 and 1942 and during 1958

Limited express, a type of train service

Limited Inc, a 1988 book by Jacques Derrida

Limited series (comics), a comic book series with predetermined length

Limited, a high-end trim for vehicles of any kind

Limited series

Limited series may refer to:

A television show with a predetermined number of episodes telling a complete story arc, usually longer than a miniseries

Individual storylines within an anthology series are often called limited series

Limited series (comics), a comics series with a predetermined number of issues

A particular run of collectables, usually individually numbered

The Limited Series (1998 album), a box set by Garth Brooks

The Limited Series (2005 album), an unrelated box set by Garth Brooks

Sin City

Sin City is a series of neo-noir comics by American comic book writer Frank Miller. The first story originally appeared in Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special (April 1991), and continued in Dark Horse Presents #51–62 from May 1991 to June 1992, under the title of Sin City, serialized in thirteen parts. Several other stories of variable lengths have followed. The intertwining stories, with frequently recurring characters, take place in Basin City.

A film adaptation of Sin City, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, was released on April 1, 2005. A sequel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, was released on August 22, 2014. Dimension Films is developing a soft reboot of the series for television, Stephen L'Heureux who produced the second film will oversee the series with Sin City creator Frank Miller. This will be with new characters and timelines and be more like the comics rather than the films.

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