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Among jam-packed slate of books announced by Image Comics over the weekend at Comic-Con International was Oliver, a four-issue miniseries by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson. Loosely based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver is set in a future where the government created an army of clones to fight a war that’s since ended. Now considered second-class citizens, the clones live in their own sectors, separate from humans — that is, until a human/clone Hybrid named Oliver sets out on a journey of self-discovery.
“Oliver’s story, like the original Dickens tale it’s loosely based on, is meant to touch on a variety of social and political themes,” Whitta told Comic Book Resources. “If anything the science-fiction spin allows us to really drive some of those themes home even further — and certainly the way that our military veterans are often forgotten about and not given the treatment they deserve is one of those themes that we were able to amplify through the unique plight of the cloned warriors in Oliver.”
Along with the Comic-Con announcement, Image has released a trailer for the miniseries, which you can watch below. Oliver debuts next year.