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Adventure Time 1 (February 2012)

It’s impossible to explain Adventure Time‘s joyous insanity. The comic’s licensed–presumably the cartoon also owes a lot to “SpongeBob SquarePants” in terms of the lunacy–but the issue never feels derivative. It’s just nutty fun.

It opens with an introduction to the characters, which isn’t particularly important (yet), and moves quickly into the first bit of craziness. Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb’s art is full of little details, complimented with writer Ryan North’s occasional footnotes talking to the reader about the page’s events.

The two protagonists are purposefully infantile, but good natured and enthusiastic–it’s impossible not to enjoy their bantering. Some of North’s footnotes about them reveal Time‘s actual audience is not kids (though it’s from Boom!’s kid label, Kaboom!) because kids wouldn’t care about his jokes.

My only complaint is it’s too short.

Then Aaron Renier has a great, if completely gross, back-up story.

One response to “Adventure Time 1 (February 2012)”

  1. vernon wiley

    In this recession addled time of vanilla superheroes and endlessly retreaded plot lines, this book is indeed a total breath of fresh air. The exuberance of the creators is constantly on display here, and their level of craft more than adequate to convey the fun they had creating and passing it on to us when reading it. Wish I had a bunch more copies to sell to those looking for something new and different. Alas, the publisher is Boom, and overseas printing means none coming soon. Aaargh!

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