Samurai Jack (comics)

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Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack and the Threads of Time #1
Publication information
Publisher IDW Publishing
Schedule Monthly
Genre
Publication date October 2013 – May 2015
No. of issues 20 and one special
Main character(s) Jack
Aku
Creative team
Created by Genndy Tartakovsky
Jim Zub
Written by Jim Zub
Artist(s) Andy Suriano

The Samurai Jack comics was a monthly American comic book series chronicling the travels of Samurai Jack. The comic book series follows up Season 4 of Samurai Jack of a time-displaced samurai warrior Jack in his singular quest to find a method of travelling back in time and defeating the tyrannical demon Aku.[1]

In February 2013, IDW Publishing announced a partnership with Cartoon Network to produce comics based on its properties. Samurai Jack was one of the titles announced to be published. It was further announced at WonderCon 2013 that the first issue of Samurai Jack will debut in October 2013.[2] The first comic in the series was released October 23, 2013.[3]

Nine years after Genndy Tartakovsky's series was put on hiatus, and just a few years before Adult Swim launched its concluding season, IDW Publishing had announced a new comic book featuring the continuing adventures of Jack, the temporally displaced warrior and his epic quest to destroy Aku.[4] 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 volume, which contained Issues 1-5, was released in May 2014. It was made available as both a hard copy and an eBook with a total of 120 pages.[5] Volume 2, "The Scotsman's Curse", contains issues 6-10 and was released 28 October 2014.[6] Volume 3, which highlighted the "Quest for the Broken Blade" (Issues 11-15), was officially released on March 31, 2015.[7] Volume 4; "The Warrior King", concluding issues 16-20, was released on September 1, 2015.[8] Over a year later, IDW released a full omnibus compilation of all 20 issues, titled Samurai Jack: Tales of the Wandering Warrior, on October 25, 2016.[9]

In January 2015, Jim Zub, creator of the Samurai Jack comic series, confirmed that the issues would be concluded with issue #20, in May 2015. He went on to state that "Working on Jack has been a project that felt just as creative and expansive as any creator-owned work I've done. Almost every single idea we pitched was enthusiastically approved by IDW and Cartoon Network. We told the stories we wanted to tell the way we wanted to tell them and, from everything I’ve seen and the people I’ve met, the fans thoroughly enjoyed them too. That’s a rare and wonderful thing and I won’t take it for granted."[10] Zub wanted fans to feel that with the comics, there is a sense of closure to the series. In the third season of Samurai Jack there’s an episode called “Jack and Travelling Creatures” where, after trials and tribulations aplenty, we catch a glimpse of a possible future for our wandering hero; we see Jack as an older Warrior-King, a veteran of an untold number of conflicts. Zub stated that the team is "embracing that awesome vision of Jack in a very heartfelt done-in-one story called 'Mako the Scribe'."[11] Tartakovsky does not consider the comics to be part of the story of Samurai Jack.[12](4:58)

Plot[edit]

After the follow-up of episode 52, we find Jack crossing the desert to find a wise old hermit living in a cave. He seeks help on his unending quest to go back in time. The sage tells him that Aku learned his mastery of time travel through an ancient relic known as the Rope of Eons. He studied it, and absorbed its power before destroying it, so others couldn't learn its secrets. However, if the strands are gathered, they can be reassembled to form a rope once again. With that Jack set off and crossed the desert to find a remote underground Colosseum where the first strand lies.[13]

Classic Volumes[edit]

The Classic Volumes are series of comics based on the events that happened before and during the TV series for Samurai Jack. The 136-page collection focuses on Jack's origin story and was released November 12, 2013. Simply put, Aku the demon wizard has enslaved Jack's people. Jack inherits a mystical katana and beats Aku in battle only to be sent far into the future where Aku's grip is all-reaching and all-powerful. Thus starts Jack's quest to journey back to his original time so he may finish what he and Aku started. The rest consists of short tales of Jack liberating others from Aku's hold, before passing along to the next town in true drifter style.[14] The artwork for the Classic Volumes is done by Ricardo Garcia Fuentes (commonly known as Micro), who also illustrated Jack in the Cartoon Network: Action Packs comic.[15] Volume 2 of the Classic Volumes was officially released on April 22, 2014.[16]

Issues[edit]

Samurai Jack comics overview
Issue No. Issue Title Overview Release Date
1 Samurai Jack and the Threads of Time Jack is stranded in a strange future ruled by the demonic wizard, Aku. His quest to return to the past has tested him many times, but now the stakes are higher than ever. Can an ancient relic known as the Rope of Eons finally take him home?[17] October 23, 2013
2 The Threads of Time Jack can defeat almost any foe in single combat, but how will he fare against a pair of perfectly synchronized warriors who can exploit his every weakness?[18] November 20, 2013
3 The Threads of Time Jack's travels bring him to a village filled with tension and mystery. Can he discover the town's strange secret before Aku's robotic army invades? Our samurai hero's quest to gather the Threads of Time continues.[19] December 18, 2013
4 The Threads of Time A mystic queen of great power and beauty accepts no criticism, especially from a lowly wandering samurai. Can Jack find another one of the Threads of Time before he’s imprisoned for royal heresy?[20] January 22, 2014
5 The Threads of Time Martial artists, warriors, nobles, monsters and more… Samurai Jack has defeated them all in his quest to gather the Threads of Time. Now, one last strand remains in the lair of Aku the demon wizard. Can Jack defeat his greatest foe and return to the past?[21] February 26, 2014
Special Samurai Jack: Special Director’s Cut Back to the Past! As the evil demon Aku takes over the ancient world, the fate of the world rests in the hands of a noble samurai warrior. But when Aku blasts him into the future, Samurai Jack must find a way to return and right the wrongs of the past! The special Director’s Cut reprints the classic adaptation of the first three episodes of Samurai Jack, along with bonus pages and commentary from creator Genndy Tartakovsky and artist Bill Wray.[22] February, 2014
6 The Scotsman's Curse The return of the Scotsman! The humungous highland hooligan and the stoically stalwart samurai team up once again! This time they battle against a bizarre mystic curse that—okay, that part’s a secret but trust us, it’s a doozy![23] March 19, 2014
7 Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman Samurai Jack and the Scotsman fight giants and wee folk alike as they struggle to free themselves from the gender-bending curse of the leprechauns.[24] April 9, 2014
8 The Caves of Crystal Calamity Jack reflects on his odyssey to return to the past, but he won’t like what he finds staring back at him.[25] May 28, 2014
9 Villainous Vortex How can our time-traveling samurai defeat a foe that controls the forces of gravity? [26] June 18, 2014
10 The Brain Battalion The war without has been a failure for Aku, so now it’s time to wage the war within! Can Jack overcome an opponent who unravels the thoughts and memories that make him a samurai?[27] July 30, 2014
11 The Quest of the Broken Blade: Part One After the Threads of Time failed to return Jack back to the past, he searches for a new way to return to his rightful era. But will Jack be willing to risk his magical blade in order to open a new portal to the past?[28] August 20, 2014
12 The Quest of the Broken Blade: Part Two Aku senses Jack's unexpected new flaw and calls forth a manhunt like no other. Soldiers, monsters, and bounty hunters scour the land for the weakened samurai warrior. Is anywhere safe?[29] September 24, 2014
13 The Quest of the Broken Blade: Part Three Weak and exhausted, the fugitive samurai known only as 'Jack' is running out of hope. Will anyone come to his aid or is this the end of his lifelong mission? [30] October 22, 2014
14 The Quest of the Broken Blade: Part Four Jack is tested by power greater than any he has ever faced before. Can he prove himself worthy and regain his strength?[31] November 30, 2014
15 The Quest of the Broken Blade: Part Five Jack faces Aku in one-on-one combat and both are determined to make it their final battle. Past and present collide in this epic conclusion to the 'Quest of the Broken Blade' storyline.[32] December 31, 2014
16 The Master of Time: Part One A prophet calling himself the "Master of Time" hides within a compound crawling with untold monsters and deadly traps. Jack the Samurai will need to become Jack the Infiltrator if he hopes to gain an audience with the mysterious master.[33] January 31, 2015
17 The Master of Time: Part Two Jack and the Thief team-up to discover the mysteries of the secretive man known only as the “Master of Time.” Is this finally the way home for our solemn samurai?[34] February 28, 2015
18 The Fallen Four Jack stumbles upon the site of great battle, grave-robbing witches brings back the spirits of the dead to defeat the samurai warrior![35] March 31, 2015
19 The Mad Mutts of Mystery Jack reunites with the team of dapper archaeological dogs as they search for their canine ancestry, but the secrets they fetch will leave them howling![36] April 30, 2015
20 Mako the Scribe Final Issue. A scribe named Mako has heard many strange stories of the great hero known only as 'Jack.' Mako's journey to record the truth of the samurai reveals a fascinating look at his legacy and possible future: Jack the King. Jack the General. Jack the Legend.[37] May 31, 2015

Appearance in other comics[edit]

Before the IDW series, Samurai Jack comics had appeared in Cartoon Network Action Pack, published by DC Comics.

Title Issue(s) Release Date(s)
Cartoon Network: Action Packs[38] 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 July, 2006 - February 2008
Cartoon Network: Super Sampler[39] 1 October, 2013

Collected Editions[edit]

Title Material Collected Publication dates ISBN
Samurai Jack Vol. 1: The Threads of Time Samurai Jack #1-5 June 17, 2014 978-1613778944
Samurai Jack Vol. 2: The Scotsman's Curse Samurai Jack #6-10 October 14, 2014 978-1631401312
Samurai Jack Vol. 3: Quest For The Broken Blade Samurai Jack #11-15 April 21, 2015 978-1631402456
Samurai Jack Vol. 4: The Warrior-King Samurai Jack #16-20 September 1, 2015 978-1631403804
Samurai Jack: Tales of the Wandering Warrior Samurai Jack #1-20 October 25, 2016 978-1631407093

References[edit]

  1. ^ "II - "The Samurai Called Jack"". Samurai Jack. Cartoon Network. 
  2. ^ http://www.idwpublishing.com/idw-teams-up-with-cartoon-network/
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  4. ^ Cartoon Brew Accessed: December 3rd, 2013. | Jim Zub and Andy Suriano Reinvent Samurai Jack
  5. ^ Samurai Jack: Volume 1 (Issues #1-#5) | Released: May, 2014
  6. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samurai-Jack-Volume-Scotsmans-Curse/dp/1631401319/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410855568&sr=8-1&keywords=samurai+jack+volume+2
  7. ^ Samurai Jack: Volume 3 (Quest for the Broken Blade) on Amazon.com [Accessed: March, 2015]
  8. ^ Samurai Jack | Volume 4: The Warrior King (Released: September, 2015)
  9. ^ Samurai Jack | Tales of the Wandering Warrior (Released: October, 2016)
  10. ^ Samurai Jack Ends with Issue 20 | Jim Zub (Official Website) Accessed: March, 2015
  11. ^ http://www.jimzub.com/2015/01/
  12. ^ Joshua Yehl (July 25, 2016). "Samurai Jack Will Cross a Line He's Never Crossed - Comic Con 2016". IGN. Retrieved January 24, 2017. Tartakovsky: Story-wise, the way they did it isn't, for me, Samurai Jack. 
  13. ^ Samurai Jack: Issue 1: Plot (Review)
  14. ^ [1] Samurai Jack: Classic Volumes (review on Flickering Myths)
  15. ^ Comicartfans.com Ricardo Garcia Fuentes | Accessed: 2014-02-08
  16. ^ Samurai Jack: Classic Volumes 2 on Amazon
  17. ^ Issue 1: Samurai Jack - Released: October, 2013
  18. ^ http://www.comicvine.com/samurai-jack-2-the-threads-of-time/4000-433872/ Issue 2]: Samurai Jack - Released: November, 2013
  19. ^ http://www.comicvine.com/samurai-jack-3-the-threads-of-time/4000-437533/ Issue 3]: Samurai Jack - Released: December, 2013
  20. ^ http://www.jimzub.com/samurai-jack-4-solicitation/ Issue 4]: Samurai Jack - Released: January, 2014 (On JimZub.com)
  21. ^ http://www.jimzub.com/?s=Samurai+Jack+%235 Issue 5]: Samurai Jack - Released: February, 2014
  22. ^ IDWPublishing of Samurai Jack: Director's Cut
  23. ^ http://www.jimzub.com/samurai-jack-6-solicit/ Issue 6]: Samurai Jack - Released: March, 2014 (On JimZub.com)
  24. ^ http://www.comicvine.com/articles/exclusive-preview-samurai-jack-7/1100-148451/ Issue 7]: Samurai Jack - Released: April, 2014 (On JimZub.com)
  25. ^ Issue 8: Samurai Jack - Released: May, 2014 (On JimZub.com)
  26. ^ Issue 9: Samurai Jack - Released: June, 2014 (On comicvine.com)
  27. ^ Issue 10: Samurai Jack - Released: July, 2014 (On comicvine.com)
  28. ^ Issue 11: Samurai Jack - Released: August, 2014 (On comicvine.com)
  29. ^ Issue 12: Samurai Jack - Released: September, 2014 (On atomicempire.com)
  30. ^ Issue 13: Samurai Jack - Released: October, 2014 (On atomicempire.com)
  31. ^ Issue 14: Samurai Jack - Released: November, 2014 (On atomicempire.com)
  32. ^ Issue 15: Samurai Jack - Released: December, 2014 (On atomicempire.com)
  33. ^ Issue 16: Samurai Jack - Released: January, 2015 (On comicvine.com)
  34. ^ Issue 17: Samurai Jack - Released: February, 2015 (On idwpublishing.com)
  35. ^ Issue 18: Samurai Jack - Released: March, 2015 (On desertsky.popshop.comixology.com)
  36. ^ Issue 19: Samurai Jack - Released: April, 2015 (On idwpublishing.com)
  37. ^ Issue 20: Samurai Jack - Released: May, 2015 (On comicbookresources.com)
  38. ^ Action Packs: Cartoon Network on ComicVine (July, 2006 - February 2008)
  39. ^ Super Sampler: Cartoon Network on ComicVine (October, 2013)

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