Saru from Star Trek: Discovery

Comic roundup: Former Marvel president’s new venture; Star Trek: Discovery’s Saru receives IDW one shot; new Image Comic from Rogue One screenwriter

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Oct 21, 2018, 2:50 PM EDT

Former Marvel president Bill Jemas is making his return to comics with Artists, Writers and Artisans, Inc., a startup that just received $5 million in funding.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early Snapchat investor, provided the funds to AWAI. Jemas, who left Marvel in 2003, said the company will publish its first comics in “2019 or later” and that they are still looking for additional funding of $2.5 million “potentially from a TV network or movie studio.”

There are rumors that another Marvel figure may be involved at AWAI as well, with former editor-in-chief potentially acting as the startup’s editorial head.

Star Trek fans and talent gathered at Destination Star Trek Birmingham over the weekend where a new comic from IDW Publishing was announced.

The Star Trek: Discovery comic is called Captain Saru. It’s a one-shot release with a story by writers Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, art by Angel Hernandez, and cover by Paul Shipper. A first look at the comic was also shared at the convention and on social media following the announcement.

Fans can expect Captain Saru in February 2019.

Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta is teaming up with artist Darick Robertson (HAPPY!) for Image Comics’ Oliver. The comic will offer a different take on the Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Image describes the comic in a statement as a reimagining of the orphan “as a post-apocalyptic superhero fighting to liberate a war-ravaged England while searching for the truth about his own mysterious origins.”

Oliver has been more than 15 years in the making, so it’s a particular thrill to finally see it on its way to a comics store near you, and at a time when it feels more relevant than ever,” Whitta said in the statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with my long-time friend Darick Robertson, whose artwork I’ve admired ever since his groundbreaking work on Transmetropolitan.”

The first issue of the news series will launch January 23, 2019.