The offbeat superhero show The Tick is returning to Amazon Video next month. The first six episodes hit the streaming service last summer, and the next batch will be available from February 23.
A new trailer for the show has been released. Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Peter Serafinowicz plays the antennae-spouting hero of the title once more, with Griffin Newman (Search Party) as his reluctant accountant sidekick, Arthur Everest. The cast also includes Watchmen star Jackie Earl Haley as the villainous Terror, and Rogue One‘s Alan Tudyk as the voice of Dangerboat (who is a talking boat). Check it out below:
The Tick was created by Ben Edlund and first appeared in 1986 as a spoof of superheroes, initially in a comic strip before heading up his own title in 1988. Edlund is an executive producer on the show.
In an interview with Uproxx last year, Edlund spoke about striking the right tonal balance for the show. “I’d say that’s the highwire act here,” he said. “To me, it’s a dangerous, but I think an exciting and interesting, move to take things seriously while still having fun with them. It creates a strange, interesting kind of crisp new air in it.
“I think for someone who cannot allow The Tick to grow or stretch, or find new territory, it might feel wrong, and that’d be okay. But I feel like what’s happened is, a lot of the people I was worried about–the people The Tick’s grown up around, and I’ve worked with, and fans that have weighed in so far–a very good number of them are feeling this new [approach].”
This marks the third time the character has been adapted for TV. In the mid-’90s he featured in an animated series, while a live-action show was broadcast on Fox in 2001. Although that only lasted nine episodes, it received strong reviews and has since gained a cult following. A terrible side-scrolling beat-em-up video game was also released in 1994.