Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #4 (of 4)by Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub, Troy Little Published 30 Jan 2019
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"Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #4 (of 4)" Reviews
The art is incredible and manages to evoke so much expression from characters designed to be simple (read: artfully, deliberately crappy-looking) yet animated.
And the writing? First, if this was part of the TV series it would be on-par with some of the best-written episodes. Second... there is some Rothfuss-ass shit in here!! Seriously. Waiting for Doors of Stone? These comics will tide you over. A character literally refers to disaster coming "like lightning from a clear blue sky" in the midst of a series of rhyming couplets about how the loss of a child is the loss of a world. I didn't expect to see The Other Kind of Pat Rothfuss Bullshit on display in a comic series, but here we are, and I'm blown away.
Entertaining 'til the end, even when you already know the (very) slight moral finger-wagging and praising children above all tales that are being told, because they almost exactly mirror Rothfuss' talking points on conventions over the last five or so years — thankfully, he never lets it get in the way of a good narrative and, of course, it is nice to finally read some Rothfussian prose again.
However, the clearer moralistic/compassionate undertones are a change from the more nihilistic nature of Rick & Morty's TV adventures. Still, as I said in the beginning, this is a fun read and it's cool to see a mashup of two great franchises done with such skill. The change in power dynamics gave this issue an interesting twist and especially Jerry's character (pun intended) was executed very well. Rick and Beth, who were a bit off in previous issues, are also more on point.
If you like either Rick and Morty or D&D or both, this series should be an easy pick-up. You'll get your money's worth. Trust —BURP— me.
It was an okay ending to the series. The actual last battle wasn't as involved as I'd thought it would've been. Overall, this series was probably just about having fun with the characters in the D&D world, but the problem I had was that they weren't always their characters from the show. I get that they are in another world and can become someone else as is the whole deal with tabletop, but part of the appeals is that it is Rick and Morty characters. If they're not being themselves, then this is just an MMORPG with Rick and Morty skins installed. Rick seemed a bit more like himself, but overall was super toned down compared to his actual character in the show. The others were just skins of their character from the show. It just didn't really feel like a Rick and Morty story with the writing. It was still just something fun to read though.
"Are we the baddies?"
Yes, yes you are.
The final issue of the series hits a few of points, and touches on them rather well I think. Monstrous races are not always evil because they're monsters. The DM is not the enemy of the players, but the facilitator of their story. I like that we finally get to see some of the family members actually roleplay, since the games in the earlier issues were combat heavy killing sprees (which, given Rick was "running" them, makes sense).
If I have a complaint, it's the happy ending. I will acknowledge that I am very inexperienced in the world of Rick and Morty. But from the episodes I have watched, a happy ending is a rarity. So having one here doesn't quite fit for me.
I’m not really a Rick and Morty fan, or at least I wasn’t until I read this series. I saw people tweeting the McElroy boys who are mention briefly in volume one, and I am head over heels for The Adventure Zone and am slowly getting into DnD, so I picked up the first issue on a whim. I was hooked immediately. It’s better than any episodes of the show. I was laughing so hard when Summer chose to be an elf ranger, which is the same character I picked for myself. You learn so much about the game alongside Morty, and I so loved that Rick kind of took a backseat and we let Morty’s dad actually be useful for once. I wish it were longer but I’m glad that it existed even for a short time.
The ending is fine but it feels like 2 issues worth of content was squeezed in here. Some abrupt transitions. Gorgeous art at the end!