Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Gary Whitta will make his comic book writing debut alongside artist Darick Robertson with a post-apocalyptic adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist.
According to Image, the series titled simply Oliver, reinvents the character of Oliver Twist 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,” said Whitta in a 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.”
“This project has been a long labor of love for me,” added Robertson. “Co-creating Oliver has been an opportunity to bring my level best work, with support from Eric Stephenson and Image. It is the essence of what brings me passion for comics and visual storytelling. With Oliver, I have been able to co-create a rich, emotionally engaging story by my (very patient) friend Gary Whitta, whose career has just surged in the time we have been creating this book. For me, this is what indie comics are all about. I am thrilled to have it scheduled for its January launch at long last.”
Oliver #1 is due out on shelves January 23.