Sunday, April 19, 2020

Rick and Morty #1 (2015) Review


Playing the Market



Written by: Zac Gorman
Art by: CJ Cannon and Ryan Hill
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Oni Press

The issue opens up with Jerry telling Morty that he needs to get a job and of course, in this universe, that can only lead to a couple of things...Rick insulting Jerry and then taking Morty on some crazy adventure to make Jerry look like a complete and utter moron.  That's exactly what happens and while the insult is the standard "How'd that work out for you, Jerry?", the adventure is classic Rick and Morty.  They two are off to break the Inter-Galactic Stock Exchange and become filthy rich.



The first thing that fans of the show will notice is how spot on the comic looks compared to the show.  Everything looks pretty much exact.  The next thing they'll notice is that the dialogue follows suit.  I could actually hear the voice actors while reading it and nothing felt out of place.

The issue centers around an invention of Rick's that can predict the future and thus, predict the stock market.  Sounds simple, but to get things rolling, Rick has to register Morty at the actual Inter-Galactic Stock Market and so they jump in the space ship and away they go.  The rub of it all is that Rick is not allowed to step foot in said building.



When the two of them arrive at the stock market, they are immediately recognized by Professor Tock, a Dr. Who/Flavor Flav looking time detective with a penchant for time puns.  Again, this character fits so well in this universe and I only wish that he would have appeared in the show.  Its obvious Tock has his eyes on the two but lets them go on with their business.  Their business is to register Morty and they do just that.

Without warning, we flash forward some time ahead and see that Rick's plan was a success.  They are filthy rich.  Adding a ten million dollar expansion to the house rich.  You would think that everything is all Pinatas and RC Cola, but you would be wrong.  



Thus starts the best part of the story.  It seems that the money has gone to Morty's head and he feels that Rick is just dead weight.  The dialogue between the two is hilarious and when Rick drops the bomb of what the stock market predictor actually is, it is awesome and so fitting Rick.  Meanwhile, Professor Tock arrives on the scene and with the help of Jerry, apprehends the two-time criminals. The issue ends with a funny bunch of news reports before telling us to come back next issue.



While I really enjoyed this issue, it surprises me that this is an ongoing story.  I think it would have been better served as a series of one-shot episodes, but that's just me and I have no control over anything on this planet.  Like I said, I really enjoyed this issue and think that anyone looking to get a little more Rick and Morty will feel the same.  

Bits and Pieces:

If you are a fan of the Rick and Morty the TV show, there is no reason you won't be a fan of this comic.  CJ Cannon's art looks exactly like the show and Zac Gorman's script is spot on as well.  If you don't like the show, nothing here will change your mind because you have neither a funny bone or a soul.  And that's the WA-A-A-AY the review goes.

8.0/10

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