Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rick and Morty #1 - A Review

If you aren't already familiar with the Adult Swim series Rick and Morty, you've been missing out on one of the funniest and most original series in recent memory. Ironic given that the show started out as a decidedly unoriginal five-minute short, created as a blatant riff on Back To The Future to "poke fun at the idea of getting cease and desist letters", according to co-creator Justin Roiland.

The show centers upon super-scientist Rick Sanchez and his milquetoast grandson Morty, as they travel through space and a fair number of alternate dimensions having adventures. Think Doctor Who if The Doctor were completely amoral and a drunken, continually belching asshole and you might just be able to grasp what Rick and Morty is like... after a few stiff drinks.

Speaking of The Doctor, one can't help but notice that this first issue's antagonist - Professor Tock, The Time Detective - bears more than a slight resemblance to William Hartnell in Colin Baker's wardrobe, with Sylvester McCoy's umbrella.

If you're a fan of the show, this first issue will be familiar territory. And if you're not familiar with the show, it's also a fine introduction to the mad world of Rick and Morty.  The plot involves Rick - in an effort to spite his idiot son-in-law Jerry -  teaching Morty the finer points of the intergalactic stock-exchange. Of course Rick has been forbidden from trading due to unspecified past crimes and that sets Professor Tock on his trail. And hilarity ensues. With killer cat robots.

This comic has immediately earned a place on my pull-list. To stay that it has perfectly captured the look and the humor of the show would be an understatement!  This is a must-read for all fans of the show as well as smart, twisted sci-fi satire.

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