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A five-issue miniseries based on Samurai Jack that was published by IDW Publishing after the fifth season that aired on Adult Swim ended its run. It involves Jack experiencing alternate lives that differ greatly from his original life as a samurai determined to vanquish Aku. With every battle, he gains vague memories of how he lived before and tries to figure out what has happened.

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  • Alternate Continuity: The comic is a self-contained adventure that diverges drastically from the original cartoon and IDW's previously published comic continuation.
  • Gainax Ending: The series ends with Jack switching lives once more, this time becoming a tiger.
  • How We Got Here: The series begins with Jack inexplicably the leader of a futuristic biker gang and gradually develops to explaining how this change has happened as the series goes on.
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  • Lighter and Softer: The miniseries is noticeably less dark than the Adult Swim revival, and more in line with the first four seasons. There is no blood and Jack is back to only being seen destroying robotic enemies.
  • President Evil: When Jack's life changes to him having an office job, he sees on the television at his home that Aku is running for President (though it's not stated in what country) with a duplicate of himself being the only candidate running against him.
  • The Reveal: Near the end of the series, it is revealed that the reason Jack's been changing lives is because he consulted a scientist named Professor Kots to let him use his Quantum Ray to go back in time and defeat Aku, not aware that the device is not a Time Machine.

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