REVIEW: ‘Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon,’ Issue #1

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Adventure Time Marcy & Simon #1

Adventure Time was a fantasy cartoon series on Cartoon Network that ran from April of 2010 to September of 2018. With over 200 episodes, the animated show became a hit with not just the target kids demographic but also an older audience, including myself. With such a large fan base, the Adventure Time stories are continuing over at BOOM! Studios which announced it would be continuing the series much like they did with Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. 

The first of the new limited-run series, Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon dropped issue number one on January 16th, 2019. The issue is written by Olivia Olson, with art by Slimm Fabert, colors from SJ Miller, and letters from Mike Fiorentino and is infused with as much fantastic wonder as the animated show.

This first issue of six, it begins a story that focuses on the friendship between Marcy and Simon, formerly the Ice King, that has lasted over 900 years. Picking up after the events of Adventure Time’s tenth and final season we see the Vampire Queen and former Ice King rediscover themselves through Simon’s “Ice King Apology Tour” as they begin traveling through the Land of Ooo in an attempt to right all of Simon’s wrongs.

With the Ice King no longer the ice evil ice elemental we’ve come to know over the Adventure Time series, we get to follow Simon as he makes amends. The comic itself feels like an episode of the show and Olson wrote the dialogue in a way that I can hear the voice actors in my mind as I read. Adapting shows, especially ones that have been on the screen as long as this one, can be rough and sometimes dialogue doesn’t always hit. That being said, Olson knocked it out of the park. As the voice of Marceline in the animated series, it’s safe to say that there is no other person to tell this story except her. The understanding of a character she’s brought to life is continued in these pages.

In the comic, we get to explore Marceline and Simon’s relationship further and ultimately see how Simon feels after feeling like he wronged his best friend. The story is simple so far, setting up the series with the “Apology Tour,” and showing Simon’s sincerity in apologizing to every single Princess and person he’s wronged. But just as we see nothing but happiness and acceptance, we learn that the transition to Simon from elemental has a consequence.

The art and colors are perfect, and what you would expect from a series based on the show. Fabert has brought the world of Ooo to comics before and he succeeds again. As an introductory issue, it sets up the story well and it also serves as a jumping in point for readers who may not be caught up with the show or may have never watched it. There is enough well-done exposition that this a comic anyone can pick up to read.

Thankfully, the comic is also written in a way that is both accessible to the target audience, which is young readers, while also having enough references and depth to keep adult readers engaged with the story. If you’re an Adventure Time fan, you should know by now that BOOM! handles the series in comic form well, and this is no exception.

With five more issues to go, I can’t wait to read more about Marcy and Simon and see into their friendship in a new way. Neither of them needs to protect the other now, so it will be great to see them develop as further as equals.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1 hits comic stores and digital retailers January 16, 2019

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1
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TL;DR

With five more issues to go, I can’t wait to read more about Marcy and Simon and see into their friendship in a new way. Neither of them needs to protect the other now, so it will be great to see them develop as further as equals.