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Rick and Morty #41 Review

A fun issue that’s villain-centric and a backup that book lovers will enjoy.

I’ve read and reviewed Rick and Morty comics from the very beginning which is probably a good thing when it comes to issue #41. This issue opens with the iconic Mr. Poopybutthole, who wants to let us know reading specific issues throughout the run will make this issue even more enjoyable. Oooweee, let’s see how accurate he is, shall we?

So what’s it about?

Read the preview.

Why does this matter?

This series has been a delight and largely been written by Kyle Starks and drawn by Marc Ellerby. They collaborate on the first story here. Then we have Tini Howard and Jarrett Williams finishing off the backup going full tilt with public domain characters. Sounds like a blast.

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

I miss this guy. Credit: Oni Press

The main story puts Rick and Morty in a tough spot all thanks to Jerry. He’s a dope and it’s a situation we’ve seen before. This issue is a touch different though, as it calls upon comic book creations in this universe and their banding together to become a mega threat. Rick and Morty are in hot water and as is custom, they’re really screwed. Thankfully Mr. Poopybutthole sets up and jumps in from time to time narrating the story, adding a warm, wholesome feeling. The true joy of this story is the villains who get plenty of focus thanks to Starks’ script. The sexual deviant Peacock Jones is gross and Mr. Sick is a fun twist on a famous character. They all bring a dastardly feel that’s fun in an issue that’s worth quite a few laughs.

Tini Howard’s backup is quite hilarious, breaking the fourth wall and focusing on Rick messing with public domain characters. It’s a good setup, albeit a short one, that should reap benefits for anyone who is well read.

The art across the issue is great as always from Marc Ellerby, who only gets better with each issue. Ellerby plays around with Rick’s gooey lip in a variety of comical ways. Jarrett Williams’ backup has a fun cel-shaded look that makes the characters pop. It’s a style I could see animated, giving the show a different look.

It can’t be perfect can it?

I appreciate the fourth wall-breaking Mr. Poopybutthole, but the humor in explaining reading previous issues to truly enjoy the issue is cumbersome. It seems to be here to allow a slower opening to introduce each of the villains from previous issues making the setup of the issue run on too long.

Is it good?

A good issue that sets up a situation from which Rick and Morty may not be able to escape.

Rick and Morty #41
Is it good?
A good setup issue for both the main story and the backup.
The opening issue focuses on the villains who bring quite a few laughs
The backup is clever and sets up a fun mini story
The opening issue takes awhile to get going

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