Publisher: Oni Press
Writer: Tini Howard
Artwork: Marc Ellerby
Colours: Katy Farina
Release Date: 5th July 2017
Pokemon, amirite? Catching little animals and forcing them to fight each other for our amusement has long been the staple of video and card gaming, so it was always only ever going to be a matter of time before the team behind Rick and Morty turned their attention to this fundamentally peculiar craze.
Pocket Like You Stole It is based on the ‘Pocket Mortys’ mobile game, a game which sees Rick traversing the multiverse capturing all manner of weird and wonderful Mortys and forcing them to fight each other for fun (his, not theirs). As you’d expect, the inhumane barbarism of the premise is twisted into a distinctly Rick and Morty style here, balancing familiar science fiction and gaming tropes with some typically jet-black humour.
Writer Tini Howard shows a firm grasp of the voices of the characters, with some great verbal barbs being delivered by Rick. With such a beloved property, authenticity is vitally important, and Howard does a solid job of making the characters sound just like their cartoon counterparts, nailing Rick’s intermittent belching and Morty’s flustered stammer with consummate ease.
Artist Marc Ellerby’s Rick and Morty credentials are pretty much unquestioned by now, and he displays a comfortable grasp of the characters throughout the course of this issue. He’s also clearly having a blast with the variety of Mortys he gets to play around with, from the despondent, caged versions in Rick’s “zoobliette” to the lively assortment which grace the final page. Ellerby’s work is given an extra layer of polish thanks to the colours of Katy Farina, who captures the distinctive aesthetic of the show while still adding some of her own flair with the depth and shadow of the interior scenes.
The issue sees Morty trying to escape the clutches of Rick and attempting to lead his fellow Mortys in a mini revolution, with decidedly mixed results. It’s an enjoyable enough story, and definitely feels faithful to the show, but doesn’t quite deliver enough over the course of this first issue to make it an essential purchase. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great moments along the way, but it doesn’t quite capture that ol’ rick and Morty magic the way the majority of the cartoons – and a decent amount of Oni Press’s other comics – have managed to do, and lacks the ‘laugh out loud’ hilarity that often comes hand-in-hand with this particular franchise.
Fun, authentic, but not quite reaching those Szechuan sauce levels of “must have” just yet, this is still a great way to indulge your Rick and Morty fix while you’re waiting for the third season to premiere at the end of the month.
If you want to find out more about Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It, make sure to check out our interview with the creators by CLICKING HERE.
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