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IDW Publishing Announces “Samurai Jack” Comic Book

Fans of Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack are finally being tossed a bone. Nine years after the series finale of Genndy Tartakovsky’s show, IDW Publishing has announced a new comic book featuring the continuing adventures of Jack, the dimensionally displaced warrior and his epic quest to destroy the wicked overlord Aku.
Written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and illustrated by Andy Suriano, the new comic will pick up where the series left off, beginning with a five-issue storyline called Rope of Eons. Suriano, who designed characters for the show, reflected on returning to the popular character via press release: “Returning to Samurai Jack is such a personal experience and labor of love for me. It’s like stepping through a time portal back to characters I know as friends and a world that really launched my animation career.”

The first issue of Samurai Jack, which will begin in October, will feature a variant cover by show creator Genndy Tartakovsky, as well as one by Rob Guillory (Chew).

(via Comic Bastards)

  • Auntie A

    Hopefully this is a sign for an upcoming SJ film. Last I heard Tartakovsky had several project lined up and has yet to be revealed.

  • zac leck

    I’m really surprised they didn’t do this sooner.

  • Dana B

    Well this just made my day! I really do hope the Samurai Jack film will be a-go one day. I think it’s about time the world should see how stylized action in animation can look…because I’m tired of seeing nothing but talking animals and kiddy fare in my CG.

  • Jen Hurler

    At the very least, maybe this will lead to serialization on TV again.

  • Clutch

    It should be noted that the writer, Jim Zub, came from animation as well. Jim went to Sheridan in the late 90’s and has taught animation at Seneca and other outlets. Jack is in good hands!

  • Ryan

    Whats this about cactus dudes and trolls? Jack only fought robots in the show..

    • OkamiKing

      ………. He fought demons and dragons. He’s fought rock golems and blind archers. He’s fought a lot more than robots

      • ILDC

        Who all turned out to be robots?

        • Stefan Georgescu

          Not really. For instance when he fought the necromancer or what the heck he was in the canyon, the one that kept the souls of his defeated enemies, he wasn’t a robot, nor where his minions.

  • SarahJesness

    I’m wondering how they’ll go about this. Samurai Jack was a pretty silent series, having little dialogue or narration. Will the comics follow suit, and can they pull it off the same way the series did?

    • Christina Skyles

      Comics don’t need words either. There’s no ‘rule’ that says there needs to be word balloons everywhere polluting the page.

  • Kevin Martinez

    Why isn’t Genndy writing this? Or anyone else working on the show? SJ is in dire need of closure, and this will be one step or two removed from fanfiction.

    • nino_kipiani

      Actually, the storyboard writers were the real writers of the show because of the lack of script. Genndy was the front man in designing Samurai Jack, but most of the episode plots were created by the storyboard writers.
      One of the comic creators is Andy Suriano worked on the animated show.

  • Inkan1969

    All right. IDW’s been doing a great job on “My Little Pony” comic books. I’m sure the Samurai Jack cartoons will be just a good.

  • Mike

    So glad to see Samurai Jack getting some attention once again! I’m really not digging the stylized Jack on that third cover though–it doesn’t seem to mesh with his character.

    • Stefan Georgescu

      The fun part is that it’s actually de-stylized, the original SJ is very stylized.

  • Unown

    Huzzah! I hope The Scotsman makes a few appearances in these! He was my favorite character and him and Jack made an epic duo!

  • krazehh

    *Screams like an excited 14 year old girl*