RICK AND MORTY vs DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Review: ‘Dungeoning the Dragons before the red box’

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Patrick Rothfuss (Author) • Jim Zub (Author) • Troy Little (Artist) • Alex Cormack (Cover Artist) • Leonardo Ito (Colorist)

Thanks to IDW Publishing for providing a review copy of Rick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons Director’s Cut Edition for review!

SYNOPSIS: When Morty needs to learn how to play D&D to keep up with the cool kids, his hard-drinking, old school-gaming, mad science-making grandpa is happy to teach him how to roll the dice, but neither of them is prepared for the saving throws they’re about to fail or the true quest yet to come. Strap on a +1 longsword and grab your 10-foot pole, because this is going to be a gaming gauntlet like no other! The world’s greatest role-playing game. Reality’s most dysfunctional family. What could go wrong?

REVIEW

After having the pleasure of meeting Jim Zub at Wondercon (you can find out more about that chat here) this graphic novel climbed right to the top of my to-be-read list. At the time I had no idea that PatRICK Rothfuss was involved, and it only made me more excited to read it, as I love his Kingkiller Chronicle series. Some graphic novel adaptations of animated shows feel a bit flat, but this one jumps right off the page and slaps you in the face with plumbus!

Some spoilers for this issue ahead!

After meeting a pretty lady who dabbles in character sheets and dice rolls, Morty wants to make a name for himself as a tabletop RPG player. He has no experience, so of course, he winds up taking a short cut and reaching out to Rick for help. In a rare moment of pure humanity, Rick invites some old pals over for a game and uses various methods to try and teach Morty to play. It was really refreshing to see Rick this genuinely excited about trying to help Morty learn something as fun as D&D. It’s almost unbelievable that he would be doing it purely out of the goodness of his own heart. He couldn’t possibly have any ulterior motives, right!?

The Director’s Cut Edition is definitely worth picking up. There are several pages in the back showing the original script, and some of the pencil work that was done to match the scripting. Seeing the final artwork at various stages of completion is fascinating. It really makes you appreciate how much the color and shading brings to the final look of a page.

I’m excited to keep reading this mini-series, and to see where Rothfuss and Zub take these characters! Subsequent issues promise to include Jerry, Beth, and Summer so that will surely end well for everyone…not.

Rick and Morty™ vs. Dungeons & Dragons® Director’s Cut #1 is now available in stores and online.

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