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Review: Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry #1

Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry #1

One of the greatest actors of all time, and one whose career was cut way too short, was John Belushi. Anyone who has seen him on Saturday Night Live or any myriad of movies he was in can attest to his truly unique talent. His many skits on SNL were legendary and continue to inspire comedic minds everywhere. To only remember him for his role of John Blutarsky in Animal House is fairly reductive but understandable. He only appeared in 13 movies and every role was also quite memorable.

One of my favorite films by him was Neighbors where he played Earl Keese, a mild-mannered man whose life gets turned upside down by an insufferable couple who moves in next door. His performance in that film would have an inadvertent influence on storytellers everywhere leading them to discover characters who would normally be invisible in life and most stories. One fairly popular example of his inspiration is Stephen Root’s portrayal of Milton in Office Space one that is melancholic and amusing at once. Another such character can be found in Rick and Morty in the character of Jerry who is deftly explored in Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry#1.

We catch up with Jerry, shortly after he gets back with Beth, as his self confidence takes a nosedive when Beth doesn’t find him attractive anymore. This is when Jerry decides to take matters into his own hands buying everything that every weight loss guru sells, that is until Rick offers him a new invention that will get him there faster. The experiment is a success making Jerry a buffer and nicer version of himself but as all Rick’s experiments do, they go haywire, as his new invention has some dangerous side effects, making him a mutant.

Overall, the comic is a funny and entertaining story that captures the feeling of the show. The story by Ryan Ferrier is fun, rollicking, and irreverent. The art by CJ Cannon, Josh Perez, and Sarah Stern is beautiful. Altogether, an amusing story that feels like an episode of Rick and Morty.

Story: Ryan Ferrier Art: CJ Cannon, Josh Perez, and Sarah Stern
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry #1

Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry #1

(W) Ryan Ferrier (A) CJ Cannon (C) Joshua Perez
(CA) Cover A: CJ Cannon with Sarah Stern,
Cover B: Sina Grace, Cover C: Chris Uminga
Age Rating: Teen, 15+ — Sci-Fi/Humor

Price: $4.99 — Page Count: 40

Rick and Morty Presents is back by popular demand! This very special issue focuses on everyone’s favorite character, Jerry. Jerry’s wisely blaming all his marital issues on his Dad-bod. When he goes to Rick for a quick fix, things go so poorly, it’s…demonic. Written by Ryan Ferrier (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Regular Show, D4VE, and more!), with series artists CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez! Cover C by Chris Uminga is only available as an ECCC exclusive.

Rick and Morty Presents Jerry #1

Oni Press Announces their Plans for Rick and Morty #50

Rick and Morty comics creators Kyle Starks, Marc Ellerby, Andrew MacLean, Tini Howard, Jarrett Williams, Sarah Graley, Josh Trujillo, Rii Abrego, Benjamin Dewey, and Sarah Stern return for a special 50th issue of the Oni Press comic. The very special issue is filled with lots of memories… memories Morty would rather forget! Join us as we celebrate this milestone with a super oversized MORTY’S MINDBLOWERS issue with an introduction from Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty and the voice of Rick Sanchez!

Rick and Morty #50 celebrates the lineage of the first 49 Oni Press issues in this radical 48-page comic with 40 pages of story, all wrapped up in three covers with the first by Marc Ellerby and Sarah Stern, then two connecting covers by comic artist Matt Horak.

And to add to the fun, Oni is also throwing in limited reprints of the first original five issues written by Zac Gorman, illustrated by CJ Cannon, and colored by Ryan Hill, will have additional reprints with five new connecting covers by Marc Ellerby and Sarah Stern.

In case you missed the first 5 issues of Oni Press’s Rick and Morty comic, here’s a recap:

Rick and Morty #1

Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland’s hilarious hit Adult Swim animated series RICK and MORTY™ now has its own comic book series from Oni Press! Join degenerate superscientist Rick Sanchez as he embarks on all-new insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty, his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry. In this issue: Part One of “The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street”!

Rick and Morty #1

Rick and Morty #2

The stars of the hit Adult Swim show continue their first epic comic book adventure in Part Two of “The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street”! Trapped in a winding labyrinth of Rick’s own design, Morty desperately searches for an escape as Rick desperately searches for his hidden cache of booze. Meanwhile, the rest of the family tries to figure out what to do with Morty’s now-vacant room, not to mention the weird alien Jerry accidentally released from Rick’s lab.

Rick and Morty #2

Rick and Morty #3

“The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street” continues! Morty has made it home from the horrors of the labyrinth but Rick remains stranded in a strange alternate universe where Morty is the “Rick” and Rick is the “Morty.” Can our Morty fill in for his missing grandpa and bring Rick home? Plus, Morty and Summer’s other grandpa comes for a visit that the kids will never forget.

Rick and Morty #3

Rick and Morty #4

Old Rick Donald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had a VIOLENT PROLETARIAT UPRISING! When Rick refuses to pay his alien workers a fair wage, he finds himself on the business end of a pitchfork. Meanwhile, Morty’s relationship with a beleaguered young milkmaid gets hot and heavy.

Rick and Morty #4

Rick and Morty #5

Rick and Morty team up to save a summer camp from an evil real estate developer in this cameo-packed homage to cheesy 1980’s camp comedies, “Mortballs!” Unfortunately for Morty, his idyllic summertime adventure begins to unravel when reality itself starts coming apart at the seams!

Rick and Morty #5

There will also be a very special limited run of Rick and Morty #1 Lenticular, which will be available in limited quantities at Awesome Con (April 26th-28th) and will also be available on the Oni Press website on May 29th.

Rick and Morty #50 is on sale May 29th at your local comic shop.

Preview: Rick and Morty #47

Rick and Morty #47

(W) Kyle Starks, Karla Pacheco
(A) Puste, CJ Cannon (C) Sarah Stern
(CA) Cover A: Marc Ellerby with Sarah Stern, Cover B: Jen Vaughn
Age Rating: Teen, 15+ —Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99—Page Count: 32

Summer is terribly upset her favorite show got cancelled… so upset that Rick is tired of hearing about it, and loads up the old interdimensional Cable Box. YEAH! INTERDIMENSIONAL CABLE, BAYBEEE!!! But uhhhhhh, my dudes, things don’t go the way they were expected to.

Rick and Morty #47

Preview: Rick and Morty #46

Rick and Morty #46

(W) Kyle Starks, Karla Pacheco (A) CJ Cannon, Marc Ellerby
(C) Sarah Stern
(CA) Cover A: Sarah Stern with Marc Ellerby, Cover B: Jude Vigants
Age Rating: Teen, 15+ — Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

Rick and Morty go to a theme park filled with robots that look like for real people, and exist to fulfill all your carnal and/or lusty needs. Like that show, you know? With the robot theme park. But with Rick and Morty. You get it, right?

Rick and Morty #46

Rick and Morty Presents Returns For A Second Volume!

The renowned one-shot quarterly series, Rick and Morty Presents is back for a second volume, with four new, oversized single issues on the horizon including Jerry, Mr. Meeseeks, The Flesh Curtainsand Unity. The comic series tells four standalone stories, each focused on a different Rick and Mortycharacter from the critically-acclaimed Adult Swim show that follows sociopathic genius scientist, Rick Sanchez, who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.

Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry #1 

(W) Ryan Ferrier, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Joshua Perez, (CA) A: CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez, B: Sina Grace

Rick and Morty Presents is back by popular demand! This very special issue focuses on everyone’s favorite character, Jerry. Jerry’s wisely blaming all his marital issues on his Dad-bod. When he goes to Rick for a quick fix, things go so poorly, it’s… demonic. Written by Ryan Ferrier (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Regular Show, D4VE, and more!), with series artists CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez! Features a variant cover by Sina Grace.

Rick and Morty Presents: Mr. Meeseeks #1

(W) James Asmus and Jim Festante, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Joshua Perez, (CA) A: CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez, B: Sarah Stern

A message from Mr. Meeseeks: You ASKED for it, and we’re obligated to deliver! That’s what Meeseeks DO, after all! But WAIT… who the heck asked us to find the MEANING OF LIFE?!? THIS IS ONLY A 30 PAGE STAND-ALONE STORY!! I’m Mr. Meeseeks and this will not end well!

Rick and Morty Presents:  The Flesh Curtains #1

(W) Lilah Sturges, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Joshua Perez, (CA) A: CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez, B: Marie Enger

Learn the true origins of THE FLESH CURTAINS, Rick’s rock band with BirdPerson and Squanchy! Booed off of every stage, they consider giving up… until Rick invents a machine capable of writing songs people can’t resist. But when their multi-dimensional concert goes awry, Rick suddenly finds himself in massive debt to a ruthless alien loan shark. Will Rick do the safe thing and play the music guaranteed to make the band a success, or do the insane thing and play the music guaranteed to alienate almost everyone in order to impress his favorite musician? 

Rick and Morty Presents: Unity #1

(W) Tini Howard, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Joshua Perez, (CA) A: CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez, B: Sina Grace

It takes a special kind of madness to capture and imprison Rick Sanchez — the kind of madness only an ex can deliver.Unity wants to make a play to take over the galaxy, and she’ll need the best (and worst) of her exes in her clutches to do it. And Rick wants his Party Naked t-shirt back, she stole it when they broke up. 

The first issue of the second series of Rick and Morty™ Presents is scheduled for release March 13, 2019, with the subsequent issues releasing in June, September, and November.

Preview: Rick and Morty Presents: Pickle Rick #1

Rick and Morty Presents: Pickle Rick #1

(W) Delilah Dawson, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Brittany Peer, (CA) A: CJ Cannon with Joshua Perez, B: Benjamin Dewey
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor—Price: $4.99—Page Count: 40

The biggest pickle-sized character in pop culture comes to comics! In this reimagined version, written by Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars) and with art from series artists CJ Cannon and Brittany Peer, Rick gets out of some much-needed family therapy time by inventing a fruit gun, which he uses on himself, and things go…poorly. Yes, cucumbers are fruits! Plus, Jaguar’s back and he’s on a mission to save his daughter.

Preview: Rick and Morty Deluxe Edition, Book 3

Rick and Morty Deluxe Edition, Book 3

(W) Kyle Starks, Sarah Graley, Marc Ellerby
(A) CJ Cannon, Sarah Graley, Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina, Mildred Louis
(CA) CJ Cannon with Sarah Stern
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Price: $49.99
Page Count: 288

The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK AND MORTY™ is available in its third deluxe hardcover collection! Catch up on the adventures of sociopathic genius scientist Rick Sanchez and his inherently timid grandson Morty Smith as they embark on dangerous adventures across the universe! Recoil at the despicable Doofus Jerry and his attempt to take over the family (and the world)! Relive the joys and sorrows of Tiny Rick! Join Summer and Mr. Poopybutthole on their own adventure through fame and misfortune! All that and more in this oversized collection! This special edition collects issues #21-25 of the main series, as well as the entire Lil’ Poopy Superstar miniseries. It also includes a brand-new introduction, over thirty pages of extras, and an exclusive sound clip voiced by Justin Roiland. Wubba lubba dub dub!

Preview: Rick and Morty Presents: Sleepy Gary #1

Rick and Morty Presents: Sleepy Gary #1

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A) CJ Cannon
(C) Nick Filardi, Sarah Stern
(CA) CJ Cannon with Nick Filardi (Cover A), Cara McGee (Cover B)
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 40

Sleepy Gary may be a parasite, but when Jerry is with him, he’s… happy. Does it matter if it isn’t really real? Can either of them even know what’s real anymore? Explore the nuances of love, perception, and high-speed vespa chases in this darkly funny and poignant one-shot, written by Magdalene Visaggio (KIM & KIM, ETERNITY GIRL) and illustrated by series artists CJ Cannon and Nick Filardi.

Preview: Rick and Morty Presents: Krombopulos Michael #1

Rick and Morty Presents: Krombopulos Michael #1

(W) Daniel Mallory Ortberg
(A) CJ Cannon
(C) Nick Filardi
(CA) (Cover A) CJ Cannon with Nick Filardi, (Cover B) Andrew MacLean
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $4.99
Page Count: 40

Learn the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favorite Rick and Morty characters in Oni Press’s new quarterly series of one-shots: RICK AND MORTY™ PRESENTS! In this issue, writer Daniel Mallory Ortberg (co-founder of THE TOAST) joins series artists CJ Cannon and Nick Filardi to tell the tale of KROMBOPULOS MICHAEL, the professional assassin who just loves killin’. Discover the roots of Rick’s relationship with the galaxy-trotting killer with no code of ethics: children, animals, old people… it doesn’t matter!

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