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Preview: Rick and Morty #49

Rick and Morty #49

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

Oh, bruh, you need to steel yourself for this one because some stuff went down, and RICK AND MORTY ARE DOING A GROUNDHOG DAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

Rick and Morty #49

Preview: Rick and Morty #48

Rick and Morty #48

(W) Kyle Starks, Karla Pacheco
(A) Marc Ellerby, Ian McGinty
(C) Sarah Stern
(CA) Cover A: Marc Ellerby with Sarah Stern, Cover B: Simon Troussellier
Age Rating: Teen, 16+ — Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor

Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

Uh oh, someone’s messed up reality again pretty badly…. The Smith family loves each other, Jerry has a job, Summer is nice to Morty… No one is cursing, or suffering from existential melancholy or threat of death. I mean, everything is sort of safe and great, like a 50s sitcom. And what is going on with Rick?! Can Morty fix this all before…well, I guess, before everything works out nicely for everyone for once?

Rick and Morty #48

Kyle Starks and Erica Henderson’s Assassin Nation #1 Goes Back to Print

Two-time Eisner Award winner Erica Henderson and Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks hit their mark with the launch of Assassin Nation last week and delivered fans a side-splitting, mega-violent action-comedy. In order to keep up with the growing customer demand, Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment‘s Assassin Nation #1 is already slated to go back to print.

Assassin Nation #1 introduces readers to the World’s (Former) Greatest Hitman—who has a hit out on him. What to do? Why, hire the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards, of course. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers will have to work together to keep the new crime boss safe, figure out who’s trying to off him, and also… survive.

With the same laugh-until-you-cry spirit of action-comedies like Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, and DeadpoolAssassin Nation is the bombastic, hilarious, murder-fest readers have been waiting for. 

Assassin Nation #1, second printing (Diamond code: JAN198546) will be available on Wednesday, April 17. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 25.

Review: Assassin Nation #1

Assassin Nation #1

The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him.

Created by writer Kyle Starks and artist Erica Henderson, Assassin Nation #1 is a fun send-up of the assassin genre. It plays with some tropes and delivers a first issue that’s over the top in its violence. There’s a Tarrantino quality about it all with blood and guts flying everywhere.

The concept of the comic is so simple yet so brilliant introducing us to the world’s greatest assassins and hitmen who are hired to protect someone who has an issue with someone trying to assassinate him. That plot would be enough alone but the team has included some teases of further plot points that should make this series a bit more than its initial concept.

The series could easily just be a serious action thriller by Henderson’s art delivers a more comedic take on the genre. Taking the violence to that next level is so silly to look at, it’s hard to not chuckle at the ultra-violence presented. Blood splatters. Brains fly. When things get going, there’s a Looney Tunes aspect to it.

The first issue is good and feels like it ramps up to a finale that’s so over the top, it’s hard to not laugh and smile at the silliness of it all. I expected an action comic and got a massive laugh by the end. This is a solid debut that has me excited to see what comes next.

Story: Kyle Starks Art: Erica Henderson
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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: Mars Attacks #5

Mars Attacks #5

writer: Kyle Starks
artist: Chris Schweizer
covers: Anthony Marques (A), Ruairí Coleman (B), Eoin Marron (C), Robert Hack (D), Chris Schweizer (E-Sub)
Anthony Marques (RI-Virg), Ruairí Coleman (RI-B/W), Robert Hack (RI-Virg), Chris Schweizer (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

When things may be at their lowest, Spencer Carbutt may just become the man that his father has been trying to make him amidst all of the explosions and meltings and giant insects making a mess of all types of infrastructure. Make sure you grab yourself a copy of the conclusion to the rootinest, tootinest, Martian-shootin’est comic book you did ever dang see!

Mars Attacks #5

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

Preview: Mars Attacks #4

Mars Attacks #4

writer: Kyle Starks
artist: Chris Schweizer
covers: Kyle Smart (A), Ruairí Coleman (B), Eoin Marron (C), Robert Hack (D), Chris Schweizer (E-Sub)
Kyle Smart (RI-Virg), Ruairí Coleman (RI-B/W), Robert Hack (RI-Virg), Chris Schweizer (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Running from a bunch of wild Martians with nothing better to do than leave you a smoking pile of ash and having a good laugh about it will leave a man in need of some rest. When Spencer and the Major find a place to lay low for a while, they encounter a threat of a non-spaceman variety and things are going to get real tense!

Mars Attacks #4

Review: Mars Attacks #3

Mars Attacks #3

The Carbutt boys continue their trek to safety, this time with the help of the U.S. military, who plan on swatting the Martians like flies…until they see how big the Martian flies are, and, oh boy, there is gonna be a whole mess of trouble!

I’ve never been much of a fan, or in to, Mars Attacks. I saw the film and read a comic here and there, and was tempted to get into the miniature game. But, as a property the campiness didn’t really appeal to me. So, when Dynamite Entertainment launched a new series, I skipped it as I just didn’t have an interest. After reading Mars Attacks #3, I now need to go back and read the first two issues. I’ve made a mistake.

Writer Kyle Starks delivers the goofy adventure I expected in some ways. The martians attack as the U.S. Military and Carbutt boys head to safety. And, they do so with giant bugs, the iconic rayguns, and a bit of gory humor. What’s unexpected is Starks’ focus on the Carbutt boys, a father and son, and the issue’s focus on their relationship. In the apocalypse, the two have it out in their own way about a father’s hope for their child and the child’s reaction to that.

In the midst of all of the chaos, the gore, the destruction, Mars Attacks #3 has heart.

As a fairly new father myself, I may be a bit sappy but the issue nails it in some ways with that interaction. The insanity is the backdrop, the human connections are the real focus. And due to that, the issue shines. This isn’t what I expected and by focusing on the relationships, it’s so much more than what has come before.

The art by Chris Schweizer with help on colors by Liz Trice Schweizer is an interesting style which I’m not quite sure ow to describe. The designs you’ll like or dislike, I personally liek it, but it’s the focus of each panel that’s interesting. The chaos isn’t front and center and instead often the background for what the real focus is. There’s some over the top death but it’s done in a way that’s not exploitative and gore porn delivering a bit of humor to it all.

There’s times to admit when you’re wrong about a series and this is one for me. Mars Attacks #3 has me hooked to go back and check out the previous two issues to see what I’ve been missing. This is an issue that’s easy to pick up for new readers and its focus is something we can relate to. The team has delivered an issue that’s not the over the top destruction that’s expected but instead a focus on family. It’s what I look for in a series, something focused on the characters within as well as the action and this delivers the combination perfectly with a solid dose of humor.

Story: Kyle Starks Art: Chris Schweizer Color: Liz Trice Schweizer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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