Rick and Morty (Volume one) – Various

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Published September 16th 2016 by Titan Comics (first published November 20th 2015)
‘Rick and Morty’ created by: Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland
Written by: Zac Gorman
Illustrated by: CJ Cannon
Coloured by: Ryan Hill
Bonus shorts art by: Marc Ellerby
Lettered by: Crank!
Genre: Graphic novel, comic, science fiction
Pages: 128
Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Opening line:

“Well, I think it’s high time you started earning your keep around here, young man!”

Goodreads synopsis:

The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show Rick & Morty is now available in its first collection! Join the excitement as depraved genius Rick Sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty across the universe and across time. Caught in the crossfire are his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry.

My review

The only reason I picked this up is because a couple of new friends, who I was with the other day, were talking about a show called ‘Rick and Morty’. I’d vaguely heard of this show, but knew absolutely nothing about it other than that it is animated. That’s it.

There were a lot of inside jokes and references flying around, and this made me curious. I wanted to be in on the jokes! And it just so happened that my newly refurbished local library had a copy of this comic, which is based on the show.

I still haven’t watched the animated series, so I don’t know how close this comic is to the show or the storylines, but I’m betting they are pretty similar.

From what I’ve read, here is what I know: Rick is some mad scientist granddad, and Morty is his grandson, in a odd kind of Family Guy set up. The dad of the family is a standard, boring, dead-end job character, the mum I sense is more interesting than she first appears, and the sister…well, according to Jerry nobody cares about her.

Rick, for me, is the main main character, and I’m not too sure about Morty yet. Rick has more of a personality, more quirks and things that make him unique, whereas Morty is quite plain that it makes me wonder what makes him so special to be a main character, but I’m also thinking maybe that’s the point? Maybe it’s Rick that makes him interesting.

The comics and storylines themselves are very much science fiction, and Rick uses a portal to transport them to different worlds or places, and there’s even a short comic where they travel to an alternate universe! (I love alternate universes).

The humor, again, in some places reminds me of the humor in Family Guy, which is no bad thing! But this is definitely an adult comic, as there are a few rude/adult jokes dotted about, but not too many.

I loved the ‘Bonus Shorts’ at the end, and they were my favourite bit. I think that’s because, as a child I used to read The Beano and those stories were pretty short, and more enjoyable for being short, which is exactly what I found here.

Overall, I nice introduction to Rick and Morty because now I know who the characters are what the general theme and genre of the comic/story. I’m assuming the animated show is similar in theme to these comics.

I will be borrowing Volume Two from the library.

Link to the comic on Goodreads: Rick and Morty: Volume One

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