Already being a Rick and Morty fan makes this a comic I want to read. Finding out Firewatch creator Sean Vanaman of Campo Santo and Olly Moss wrote it makes this a must read! We delve into this special one-shot issue!
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Rick introduces Morty to a new invention: a device that measures any entity’s potential to become a fascist dictator. What could go wrong?
Why does this matter?
The show may be back, but the comic still manages to squeeze extra fun, sci-fi, and humor out of the property. This is a one-shot style story too so anybody can enjoy it.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Time to kill Hitler. All of them!
Talk about crazy timing for a story! Rick pulls out a Hitler-o-meter to prove to Jerry he’s not so much like Hitler (long story short Jerry needs to prove he’s Hitler like to save face with his family). This, of course, leads Morty down a dark road of murdering as he gains self-satisfaction in putting down Hitlers from multiple universes. You know, the usual adventure for Rick and Morty! Vanaman and Santo write a solid violence first sort of issue that actually has a strong message about killing too many Hitlers. Who knew? Along the way, Morty kills a world of kitlers (heh) and even must decide if killing a baby Hitler is the right move. All in all, this is a strong period on any future Rick and Morty Hitler stories. It’s done, they’ve made the jokes and done it all!
The dialogue is quite good, especially how the writers weave in Rick’s signature burps. The characters all sound as they should and Morty’s nervous nature can be read loud and clear.
CJ Cannon draws a good issue that mimics the cartoon very well. A highlight is the final page which uses infinite panels to convey a certain point. The violence looks solid and there’s nice variance between the different dimensional Hitlers. Possibly the biggest laugh comes involving a baby Hitler and it’s in large part due to how it holds up its hands in victory. Nice work overall.
It can’t be perfect can it?
This is not the funniest of issues with some jokes either falling flat or being flat to begin with. One involves Summer admitting she is going to be doing drugs, confirming Jerry’s worries. Another is a running subplot with Jerry who decides to buy new shoes. It’s kind of a lame joke in that it doesn’t tie into the main story unless the boots he chooses are supposed to look like Hitler boots? It’s not very clear and seems to be completely separate from everything else. The Hitler jokes certainly work here and there, but it does seem to be a one-trick pony that’s ridden too long for readers to care by the end.
Is It Good?
A good issue that hammers home an exclamation point on Hitler in the Rick and Morty universe with literal killings of interdimensional Hitlers. It’s not a bad issue by any means, but it does lack the laughs page for page.