It was announced a few months ago that IDW would release a new Samurai Jack comic book, one that would pick up where the cult animated series left off after it was cancelled in its fourth season by Cartoon Network. Written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and drawn by Andy Suriano, who worked as a designer on the TV series, the comic was originally planned as a five-issue mini-series. However, after a positive fan response to the announcement and, most importantly, strong order for the first issue, IDW has doubled their minimum commitment to ten issues.
“I’ve been told that if sales level out well we’ll be able to make it an ongoing comic series, but we’re not there yet,” Zub told Cartoon Brew during the New York Comic-Con last week. “All of us on the team are working hard to make that a reality though. We’re all in for the long haul.”
So, with the goal of an ongoing series in mind, Zub and Suriano have even more to pin on this new Samurai Jack adventure, titled The Threads of Time and designed to honor the world that creator Genndy Tartakovsky unveiled in 2001. It’s an undertaking that Zub admits is equally daunting and inspiring. “I’m ecstatic about contributing to its legacy and am pushing myself to deliver great stories that capture the feel of the show without retreading what’s already been done.”