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RICK AND MORTY #40 REVIEW

by Doug Warren on July 25, 2018

Written by Kyle Starks
Illustrated by Marc Ellerby
Colored by Sarah Stern
Lettered by Crank!
Story 2
Written by Josh Trujillo
Illustrated by Rii Abregi
Colored by Sarah Stern
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press

Rick and Morty is hitting its stride in the comic medium. That is to say, this is an issue that will really give fans of the show what they want to read.

The main story is outrageous, and very Rick and Morty centric (meaning the characters. Not the series. Of course it’s centered around the series, Why would I even need to say that?). I say this because many times the comic series will have a book featuring Summer or the parents, and we Rick or Morty only make small cameos. Not the case here. (Side note, I don’t think I will go into the second/mini story too much besides this next statement. It seemed like just filler. You’ve heard of a one-joke premise? This was more like a zero-joke premise, just a silly situation without a real punch line.)

Rick has somehow gotten himself on a battle royale style game show/reality show where the object is to kill everyone else in the competition. Of course, he ropes Morty into it. And in true Rick fashion, he makes Morty do all the killings while Rick tries to make the kills flashier and funnier for the extra style points with the goal of racking up enough of those points to win a vacation.

Now, the ending of this story, for any other series may have been frustrating to the reader or seemed like a let down, but, with Rick and Morty, it fit right in.

This issue really did a good job of capturing the essence of the characters. Their actions/reactions and motivations are what you would expect from either of them. Also, the humor is a little more crass than the previous issues I’ve read, and I think that will appeal to the fans as well.
 

Our Score:

7/10

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