Rick and Morty #26
Writer: Kyle Starks
Artist: CJ Cannon
Publisher: Oni Press
So you’ve seen the show and you’re a fan. What more could there be to it? You haven’t even come close to experiencing the Mortyverse in it’s spectacle of comedic nihilist sci-fi brilliance until you’ve picked up an issue of the Rick and Morty comic. It will surpass your expectations and leave you feeling awkward as you burst out in hilarity while shuffling through the pages of the latest issue. Or is it the R-r-rickverse?
Kyle Starks impressively creates a complex situation in the latest issue of Rick and Morty, Rick and Morty #26, that weaves light-hearted humour through the bowels of its literature all the while dealing out a barrage of nihilistic remarks. Initially, we are brought to an ordinary day in the life of our heroes where Rick throws shade at Morty for his woeful attempt at a science project. Of course, in a display of uncavalere sportsmanship, Rick ups the stakes and creates Drippy Boy. A blob like creation meets Vincent Vega creature. While, this is taking place, a race of anxious racist blue aliens are poised to take over the earth and, of course, Morty’s dad (Jerry) is sure to make the entire sequence about himself only to be demasculated by his wife, leaving just enough time for Drippy Boy to save the day. Lost? It’s just another day in the office.
That said, Rick and Morty #26 takes the reader places where the cartoon never dreams to go. Certainly not to such extremes. From a certain neutral cold heartedness standpoint, we see the disdain Jerry is dealt out by his entire family, is explored. His need to prove himself time and time again is easy to identify with, moreso than his animated counterpart of the cartoon. Beth Sanchez is even more emotionally abusive than what is seen in the cartoon, Morty is merely a means to explore the world of the comic and Summer is useless. Rick, on the other hand, is elevated to a state of nihilistic superiority in this issue with his endless narcissism from his attitude towards his grandson right down to his dealings with the President of the USA. Downright abysmal and longing to be proven wrong yet he never is.
Rick and Morty #26 plays out so well that it makes you forget you’re not watching another episode of the infamous TV show of its namesake. To be fair, every Rick and Morty story is a clusterfuck of epic proportions, but where it lacks refinement, it makes up for in ingenuity. The art in this issue is on point and stylistically true to the cartoon’s form which isn’t lost with me. It’s consistent.
Buy it! Rick and Morty #26 is hilarious and packed full of laughs for the budding young apprentice Atheist or for someone who has actually experienced the world for what it truly is. It would help if that “someone” was a sci fi fan.