ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Rick and Morty,’ Vol. 8

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Rick and Morty Vol. 8

It wasn’t until the end of 2015 that I heard about Rick and Morty. Several of my coworkers at the time had been watching the show since season 1 and would talk about the episodes whenever they aired. I had lost interest in the newer seasons of shows like Family Guy and South Park, so I had been looking for a show that had a similar style of comedy. Luckily, they managed to convince me to give the show a try and now I was able to read Rick and Morty Vol. 8.

At that time, I wasn’t a big fan of science fiction, and knowing that this show had elements of it. However, after the first five minutes, I knew that this was the show I was looking for. What started as the creation of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon that was inspired by the Back to the Future series turned into something that many generations would love. When they announced that there would be comic books that told extra stories, I was happy to have more content. Even though the adventures that Rick, Morty, and the rest of their family go on are not canonical to the show, it’s incredible to see what other stories in that universe could be told. I’ve been following the comic series since the beginning. Most of the stories in the comic series are standalone, with the exception of a few that have multiple parts. I had the pleasure to read through Rick and Morty Vol. 8.

Rick and Morty Vol. 8
From “Rick and Morty Vol. 8” – Kyle Starks (Author), Tini Howard (Author), Josh Trujillo (Author), Rii Abrego (Illustrator), Marc Ellerby (Illustrator), Katy Farina (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Illustrator), Rian Sygh (Illustrator)

Rick and Morty Vol 8. , which was published by Oni Press, is written by Kyle Starks (Author), Tini Howard (Author), and Josh Trujillo (Author). The comic was illustrated by Rii AbregoMarc Ellerby, Katy Farina, Sarah Stern, and Rian Sygh. Rick and Morty Vol. 8 collects issues #36-#40. We see Morty and Summer get kidnapped by vampires, Jerry having a bad day, Rick and Morty taking part in a killing-themed tv show, Rick and Morty getting arrested, and some funny shorts that are separate stories. I won’t into full detail of what happens in each issue since I highly recommend you read them. But if you know anything about the show, these are fairly typical adventures for the unlikely duo. 

Rick and Morty Vol. 8
From “Rick and Morty Vol. 8” – Kyle Starks (Author), Tini Howard (Author), Josh Trujillo (Author), Rii Abrego (Illustrator), Marc Ellerby (Illustrator), Katy Farina (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Illustrator), Rian Sygh (Illustrator)

Reading the different stories in this volume felt exactly like watching an episode of the show. It’s quite evident that the writers in the comic stuck to what makes the show great but still found a way to make these stories their own. The writers included jokes that fit the style of the show and didn’t feel forced. A lot of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the characters were included with ease. The stories are wacky and include the usual elements of science fiction that are a staple of the show. The book nerd inside of me liked the fact that the first story included vampires and what they originally represented in English literature. On top of that, the two-part story with the vampires was called Let the Rick One In, which is a play on the 2008 Sweedish romantic horror film Let the Right One In. The arc uses several elements of the movie’s plot but doesn’t rely too much on it.

Praise also does have to go to the artists, who too managed to make me feel like I was watching an episode of the show. The randomness of their adventures is perfectly depicted through the drawings. The excerpt shown below is from the story where Rick and Morty are competing in the killing-themed tv show. This concept led the artists to draw other versions of what Rick can transform himself into, as seen in the episode titled Pickle Rick. I’m always amazed at what creations this series develops, and this amazement surely carried on in the comic book series.

Rick and Morty Vol. 8
From “Rick and Morty Vol. 8” – Kyle Starks (Author), Tini Howard (Author), Josh Trujillo (Author), Rii Abrego (Illustrator), Marc Ellerby (Illustrator), Katy Farina (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Illustrator), Rian Sygh (Illustrator)

I highly recommend that you get Rick and Morty Vol. 8 so that you have multiple stories to read. If you’re a fan of the series, it’ll be something to get you by until the release of season 4.

Rick and Morty Vol. 8  is  available wherever comic books are sold.

 

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TL;DR

I’m always amazed at what creations this series develops, and this amazement surely carried on in the comic book series.  I highly recommend that you get Rick and Morty Vol. 8 so that you have multiple stories to read. If you’re a fan of the series, it’ll be something to get you by until the release of season 4.

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