Justin Roiland’s ‘Trover Saves The Universe’ Video Game Gets A Mini-Series From Image/Skybound

by Olly MacNamee

As announced yesterday at Skybound Xpo, Image/Skybound will be launching its first mini-series based on a video game. But this is Image Comics, and so this is not your usual video game tie-in comic. Rather it’s based on the hit game, Trover Saves the Universe by Justin Roiland, CEO & Co-Founder of Squanch Games, but probably better known to you and I for Rick & Morty and Solar Opposites.

“Welcome to the ICJ—Important Cosmic Jobs—where employees are ranked by their boss, and at the end of each month, the worst employee literally gets the ax. It’s…not a great gig. But when ICJ’s top eyehole monster winds up dead, the company’s most inept (and rival) employees, Klover and Bo, are falsely accused of his murder and hunted by the Space Cops!

Now they must clear their names and unravel a conspiracy that reaches the very top… that is, if they don’t kill each other first!”

The new comic book series will be written and illustrated by Tess Stone, a choice Roiland couldn’t be happier about:

“When Skybound mentioned they were interested in doing a Trover Saves the Universe comic with the help of Tess Stone, I knew it was going to be something of high quality. Important cosmic jobs is such fertile soil for storytelling, and Tess has successfully expanded it beyond the game’s DLC to create a whole new crazy adventure for Trover fans to follow.”

Variant cover by Justin Roiland

And Stone is rather keen on her new gig and the opportunities it presents:

“Working on this series has been such a wonderful opportunity in more ways than one. Not only do I get to play around in the wonderful setting of Justin Roiland and Squanch Games’ Trover Saves the Universe, I was given the chance to build up and fall in love with characters of my own. To be able to have this creative flexibility in a world I already adore and admire seems too good to be true, but here we are! I hope that the series through my eyes can properly display my love for the world and everything within, and I’m so excited to share it with everyone!”

Trover Saves the Universe #1 features a main cover by Stone and a variant cover by Roiland. It will be available on Wednesday, August 4th.

Check out the preview of the first issue to get a taste of what’s in store for readers:

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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