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Rick and Morty #49 Review

RICK AND MORTY ARE DOING A GROUNDHOG DAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

Kyle Starks, Karla Pacheco and Marc Ellerby, CJ Cannon
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We don’t know when the next season of Rick and Morty will drop on TV, but in the meantime, let’s read comics! Oni Press has been producing some of the funniest comics on shelves thanks to Kyle Starks’ long running series. We’re only one issue away from the milestone 50th issue (which I hear is extra-sized) so why not dig in and try it out before everyone is talking about it?

So what’s it about?

Read our review.

Why does this matter?

Aside from this comic being consistently entertaining, it also is drawn by the great Marc Ellerby, who has only been getting better since doing the backups when the series first started. Since issue #35 Ellerby has proven you don’t need no stinking moving pictures when it looks this good.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Okay now it’s making sense.
Credit: Oni Press

The main story is a Groundhog Day homage which means repeated scenes over and over, solid montaging, and a resolution to break the time circle. It opens with Rick waking up and discovering the spaceship is crash landing all thanks to Morty’s bad driving. On the planet, they find a dead Rick and a dead Morty (which Marc Ellerby draws in a fantastic almost-full page spread). They fly off. Turn the page, Rick wakes up the same way and things carry on from there. The story plays out with some surprises too and if you thought Rick would become a better person like Bill Murray’s character did in Groundhog Day…you probably don’t watch Rick and Morty!

The beauty of this story is seeing how Rick takes advantage of the looped day in some excellent montaging work. This allows for some great visual gags and some surprises to be sure. Imagine if Rick could do what he wanted and have it not mean anything? Folks die, y’all!

Oh god, oh no, this isn’t good Rick!
Credit: Oni Press

The backup “Don’t Tell Rick the Jerrysitter’s Dead” by Karla Pacheco and Ian McGinty is great fun too. This story explores the Jerry babysitting company we’ve seen in the show and how the Jerry we know might be the most ruthless and dangerous ever. Pacheco and McGinty introduce a few different types of Jerrys that are visually hilarious and the story ends in a bloodbath much like the best Rick and Morty stories.

It can’t be perfect, can it?

The repetitive nature of the premise can grow ever so slightly tiresome. It definitely makes this issue a one-off adventure, but hell, that’s the point.

Is it good?

An excellent issue that proves the quality level of this series is very high. I can’t wait for issue #50 for the sheer fact that the ingenuity and fun of this series is as strong as ever.

Rick and Morty #49
Is it good?
An excellent issue that proves the quality level of this series is very high. I can’t wait for issue #50 for the sheer fact that the ingenuity and fun of this series is as strong as ever.
The Groundhog Day premise is great fun
Great backup if you like Jerry stories
The art throughout is spot on to the show
The Groundhog Day premise does get repetitive -- as it should, right?
9.5
Great
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