When it was recently revealed Rick and Morty wouldn’t be back on TV until March 5, 2017 a lot of folks were upset — and rightfully so as the show is excellent.
Secretly though, I knew it wasn’t that big of a deal. Why? That’s because the monthly Rick and Morty comic published by Oni Press is damn funny and it’s just as inappropriate and zany as the show. I take a look at the latest issue out this week and ask the question, is it good?
Rick and Morty #7 (Oni Press)
This issue is the first of a main story arc with a backup story too. If you love the interdimensional Rick storyline you’re going to love this as Ricks are being offed across the multiverse!
Why does this comic book matter?
Well the show is on hiatus and this is the only Rick and Morty fix you can get. Do we need to say more?
Oh yes you will laugh.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This is a solid issue with a ton of laughs that take digs at everything from The Wonder Years to cyberpunk. While this series has had its best issues in the form of one-shots, the multi-part stories are nothing to scoff at. This issue sets up a pretty huge story arc in the grand scheme of things and it rivals anything the show has done to date. I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say the one universe that doesn’t have a Rick… doesn’t have a Rick for a reason!
Writer Zac Gorman continues to capture the characters’ voices extremely well, with all the stuttering and swearing necessary to pull it off. The backup in this issue actually ties back to an earlier issue; the humor is still here if you haven’t read the issue it calls back to, although if you didn’t read that one it’s going to feel very random. That said this series excels at random!
Thankfully CJ Cannon is back on art too. The previous artist was good enough, but Cannon is a master at making these characters look like they stepped straight out of the cartoon. The art is very important as far as comedic timing – just look at Peanuts – and Cannon never falters in this way.
It can’t be perfect can it?
It’s damn near close!
That’s pretty funny.
Is It Good?
It’s funny, features some fun dissection of science fiction tropes and establishes a new storyline that’s big with its ideas. Recommended!