In the comics universe, Lance Hornsby is still a chameleon-like person; he is still cruel at times but is a somewhat more sympathetic character. While he and Pamela are close, he doesn’t become obsessed with her to the point of ruining his own life. Instead, he’s able to adjust when Rick Grimes and Pamela work out a compromise that will help benefit both the Commonwealth and a rebellious Mercer and his squadron of guards, who were in conflict and endangering the citizens of the Commonwealth. This results in a free and fair election in The Commonwealth. Throughout the entire battle for power which takes place in The Commonwealth, Lance manages not to die. In fact, he is presumed to still be alive when the comic series ends, even after a 25-year time skip that sees Carl Grimes grapple as an adult with his father’s legacy.
By the end of the comic book version of continuity, this version of Lance even manages to do what his live-action counterpart could not; earn the respect of the series’ heroes. He’s even one of Rick Grimes‘ mourners when the latter is assassinated by Sebastian Milton, taken back to Alexandria, and buried.