The Vindicators and Pickle Rick returning in new Rick and Morty Presents comics

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Dec 12, 2017

Do you hear that?! It’s the VindiBeacon! Well, sort of.

Oni Press announced that fan favorites The Vindicators will take center stage in the first story of the upcoming Rick and Morty Presents quarterly series, which features self-contained, 40-page one-shot stories that dive more deeply into the show's quirky characters. According to Geek.Com's official announcement, the series will tell "the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favorite Rick and Morty characters, each issue will focus on a different side character in the franchise.”

The first issue, Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators! drops Mar. 7, 2018 and is being written by J. Torres, with art by CJ Cannon, colorist Nick Filardi, and letter art by Crank.

The first (and last) time viewers were introduced to the superhero team known as The Vindicators was in Rick and Morty Season 3, Episode 4: "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender." Without context, this was supposed to be the second time Rick and Morty were called by the obvious Guardians of The Galaxy meets Suicide Squad rip-off. In actuality, this was the team’s third adventure, and they didn’t bother calling the mad scientist and his naive grandson. Regardless, the open-ended and character-driven episode leaves plenty for the comic’s creative team to explore.

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Torres told Geek.com that he plans to take the characters through time, where they accidentally create a supervillain while trying to form a team. “The Vindicators episode was my favorite of the past season. I love the superhero genre, so this send-up was a blast to write,” said Torres. (You can get a better sense of the... unique make-up of the squad in Adult Swim's NSFW video below.)

All the Rick and Morty Presents stories will have the same art team, but every issue will have a different writer. Mallory Ortberg is writing the Krombopulos Michael story in the second installment. Issue three will be a Sleepy Gary story by Eisner nominated writer Mags Visaggio. Pickle Rick and Jaguar will remind you why you don’t go to therapy in the fourth issue, written by Delilah Dawson.

You’re probably thinking: “Oh jeez, I can’t wait until March.” If so, click here to find a local comic shop and one of the many Rick and Morty comics Oni Press has published, because who knows when Season 4 will air.

Are you excited for more Pickle Rick?! Which characters do you hope to see in the new comics? Send your demands to the comment section below, and maybe your dreams will come true.