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.