What Does Rick & Morty, ECCC and D&D Have in Common? A Bonanza …

11 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: March 12, 2019

After reading IDW & Oni PressRick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons in a collected softcover release, I feel ready to take on the live show happening at Emerald City Comic Con! The panel takes place on Friday, 6:30pm at TCC Level 3, Room 5 in the Washington State Convention Centre. Here, writer Jim Zub and gang–Josh Trujillo, Kat Kruger and Kate Welch–through the wringer if he’s to recreate what he wrote in the book.

As for whether or not there will be any surprise visits, could voice talents Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell or Justin Roiland be nearby?

The four-issue comic book run released last year, back around late Summer and it offers plenty of easter eggs for fans of this role-playing game to enjoy. Fans of the Adult Swim cartoon will find this new adventure fun and exhilarating. From recreations of classic covers of many an AD&D game module to jabs at how different each edition of the game is, I was reliving my days of an avid AD&D gamer. The 80s and 90s were my time with many a role-playing game. The jokes are hard not to miss (when I’m in the know) and I loved the inclusion of Dungeon Master (from the animated series of the same name). I was in stitches since writers Patrick Rothfuss and Zub nailed this personality spot on.

Reading this book was a trip through memory lane, and it mixes up what the RPG game can become should virtual reality become a thing. In a later chapter, they are jacked into an AD&D style Matrix, and death can become very real. Technically, I can play Skyrim VR and get a dungeon crawl experience, but that’s a solo game than fully multilayer.

Readers need not to know the cartoon to enjoy this book. These characters are inspired from Back to the Future, where Rick is Doctor Scott and Morty is Marty McFly. Unlike this movie, this cartoon character is a dim-wit. He means well, but there are times the anxiety he faces forces him to put his head in the sand than face head-on. When he takes a liking to a girl who is playing the game, he has to learn what D&D is about.

Morty’s been living under a rock. That’s easy to do given his precocious personality and these days, lots of other pop culture peculiarities are available to play with. He is in for a ride for his life. The wry humour and the kinetic action never lets down. Because this character is one many can relate to, this cartoon has been quite the phenomenon. To see two massive properties collide has lots to enjoy, and yes, I hope the future is great if what Rothfuss and Zub predict with the game takes place!

5 Stars out of 5

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