It finally happened. Mr. Poopybutthole gets his first starring role in a comic book, which isn’t too surprising considering how popular he became after his first appearance in the hit TV show Rick and Morty. He might have the most insane name, but what about his comic, is it good?
Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar #1 (Oni Press)
So what’s it about? Check out the full preview here. The official Oni summary reads:
Mr. Poopybutthole is in trouble, and he turns to the one person he can trust: Summer Smith! She’s more than willing to help, but is he telling her the whole truth? Written and illustrated by Sarah Graley (Our Super Adventure) and colored by Mildred Louis (Agents of the Realm), Summer and Mr. Poopybutthole embark on their very own fantastic adventure across space, complete with jailbreaks, hijackings, and high school prom. Plus! Backup comics featuring good ol’ Rick and Morty, illustrated by Marc Ellerby!
Why does this book matter?
Sarah Graley writes and draws this issue bringing a unique art style that’s reminiscent of Bryan Lee O’Maley. She brings a lot of energy to her series Pizza Witch, which a series like this needs.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
The second panel on this page made me laugh.
Right off the bat Graley establishes how sucky Summer’s life is with Rick and Morty treating her like trash. It’s obvious she needs a friend and someone who will go on an adventure with her. Enter Mr. Poopybutthole. The connection between them is obvious right off the bat since they both need each other. This adventure makes sense and you can relate to the characters since Graley makes Rick and Morty such douchebags to Summer. TL;DR: you’ll want Mr. Poopybutthole and Summer to bond after these opening pages.
Rick and Morty fans shouldn’t be sad to see Mr. Poopybutthole take center stage though as they get a nice backup by Marc Ellerby at the end of the issue. The titular duo goes on an adventure after Morty tells Rick he’s having trouble writing an essay and of course this leads to Morty getting into mortal danger. Ellerby draws Rick and Morty spot on and there’s a fun alien they encounter that’s like some kind of amalgam of Sesame Street and Meatball from Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Ain’t he cute.
The art by Graley is good. It’s a simplistic style that manages to add details to backgrounds and effects well enough to make the scenes feel well rendered. Poopybutthole is incredibly simple, but the special effects around him add a bit of oomph to the character.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Graley’s story is mostly setup and it takes forever to get things going. It doesn’t help that the humor revolves around Mr. Poopybutthole saying his name, talking in his cheery way, and laying down a ton of “Aw, gee” and “Ooo-wee” remarks. Instead of the characters rushing off on the adventure that Summer so desperately wants, Mr. Poopybutthole seems to talk about the urgency and dire need of her help for page after page. Once they’ve finally gone on the adventure things start to get interesting, but that’s where the issue ends.
Graley’s art is good for the most part, but there are a few panels where Summer’s proportions are way off making her look way younger than she is and for that matter Rick has a big head/small body problem too. Using your own style is fine, but later on Summer has proportions more akin to the show again which throws things off.
Is It Good?
A great backup and a solid premise to the story make this a must read for die hard Rick and Morty fans. It’s also rather light on humor resorting to Mr. Poopybutthole’s name for laughs more than anything. Unfortunately the main story is so slow to start most folks could probably wait for issue #2.