Wubba lubba dub dub! Our year and a half of neglected suffering has finally come to an end: Rick and Morty came back and shocked us all like a Plumbus at the beginning of April. By announcing the premiere of season 3 only hours before the event itself, most of us scrambled to watch the episode and get another sweet, sweet hit of this whirlwind force of a cartoon. But like anything else that we are addicted to, one wasn’t enough. In perhaps what was the goal of this April Fool’s prank, show creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland left us with a reignited need to get more of Rick and Morty into our lives but a ways to wait. According to Pickle Rick, we might have to wait months to get more intergalactic adventures into our lives.
Or will we?
Through my own desperation of getting just one more hit of Rick and Morty in my life, I came across five of them—in comic form. The comic book series based on the show is collected in four volumes, with the fourth having just been released in February, plus a bonus volume titled, Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar featuring Summer and Mr. Poopybutthole! Unfortunately for me, I have already blown through these comics, leaving my bottomless pit of hunger for a drunken mad scientist and his idiot coward grandson in a state of perpetual desire for more . . . at least until volume 5 of the comic series is released in August, or the next episode of season 3 if it comes out before that (and let’s be real here: it won’t).
Volume 1 of the Rick and Morty comic was more satisfying than letting out a fart after holding it in on a date all night. I was initially apprehensive to read it, wondering, “Will this really hold up to the show, or will it just hurt me with a crippling disappointment?” Thankfully, I was not disappointed with this comic at all. The writing, although not directly by Roiland or Harmon themselves, is great. I could hear the voices of the characters as I read along, and the pacing of the plot never left a dull moment for me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s almost the same as watching an actual episode, with the only difference being that there were more events happening in one issue than one episode.
The story arc was also a pleasure; the continuity between chapters helped continue the evoked emotions that were placed in previous adventures. The volume begins with Jerry trying (i.e., failing) to give Morty advice on supporting himself by getting a job; Rick criticizes Jerry’s advice, claiming it comes from a “debt-choked idiot,” and drags Morty to the garage to show him how smart people make money. Unsurprisingly, Rick’s idea of making money is hardly legal, and things quickly spin out of control. By the end of the first chapter, I could safely say I had made the right decision to pick up this volume.
Although the comics keep the same pace with the show in terms of humor, they are not afraid to deviate by showing the reader more into the minds of the characters and their personalities. In the show, it is common knowledge that despite his stupidity, Jerry has the best interest of his family at heart, for the most part (real people are not two-dimensional, as we know). Once we finish the first chapter of the comic, on the other hand, we see that even with good intentions at heart, Jerry will always be reliable in making a mess of whatever he touches. The King Midas of shit, if you will.
The rest of Volume 1 is just as good. Chapter 2 sees Rick emotionally exposed to the audience of the series, and for one brief, shining moment, we can see his humanity. Chapter 3 is a bit lighter, but shows Rick’s desire to protect his family, Morty’s devotion to his grandpa, and Jerry’s continued inability to protect his family. These chapters parallel wonderfully with the show—we see the same kinds of plot arcs, a chased desire, something changes, things aren’t the way they used to be, and people have to face they changes they have created. While the show takes on a ride of sarcasm, sharp-tongued remarks, and stupid Jerry, the comic also beings us back to the reality of the actions taken by showing us the dark moments that are seldom seen by an audience.
I won’t say more, as I feel they are more fun to read firsthand. If you have made it this far, you should probably pick up the thing for yourself!