Converting an animated show into comic format is a risky game. Much of the joy of a good series comes from the voices of the characters, and while you can mimic dialogue on paper, it’s hard to get across the essence of the character’s voice when transmuting it from a voice actor shouting in a booth to black words in white bubbles.

Rick and Morty #1, from Oni Press, somehow manages this translation with aplomb, due in no small part to the speech quirks of Rick Sanchez, Morty’s ethically dubious and morally bankrupt grandfather who is a mad scientist, probably an alcoholic, and boasts the ability to conjure ridiculous, universe destroying MacGuffins at the rate most of us pass gas.

Rick and Morty was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon (the latter of Community fame) and the animated series is suitably graphic, offensive and risque, befitting it’s 10.30pm time slot and sitting comfortably with other Adult Swim alumni. The show has been renewed for a second season and has generally met with wide acclaim for being off beat and


  • Emulates the animated series perfectly, almost to a fault.
  • The characters are well realized and wonderfully emotive, rarely having the same expression, panel to panel.
  • New locations, characters and aliens sit well with the Rick and Morty canon.


  • Again, it’s the animated series down to a tee.
  • Captures the quirks of the characters perfectly on the page.
  • The story is genuinely exciting with a dip into Rick’s past that could prove interesting in later issues.


Rick and Morty #1 is a solid start with an excellent main story and an interesting side story in Summer Spectacular #1, which stars Morty’s sister Summer as some sort of secret agent in the not so distant future nursing an array of scars, some of them gained by less mundane means that her dramatic entrance suggests. It’s hard to tell how it’ll tie in with the main story set out in Rick and Morty #1 or if it’s even related at all, but it sure is funny.

The same goes for the rest of the issue, there are a few laugh out loud moments that perfectly match the tone of the series, and every few panels have a line or a visual joke that’ll put a smile on your face. If nothing else, Rick and Morty #1 clearly set out to emulate the winning formula of the animated series and on that front, they ticked nearly every single box. A solid start to a hilarious new series that fans of Adventure Time and Bravest Warrior will love, even with the considerably more adult tone.

Read the full review here.


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