Comic Review: Rick and Morty #48

What would Morty do with omnipotent powers?

Not much.

Overview:

Morty has woken to a strange new world.  Everything may seem the same, but it is entirely backwards.  His mom is happy, his dad is working hard, and Rick sacrificed himself out of selfish love.  Things are clearly not right.  Then, Morty is awoken by the real Rick to discover that he has become an omnipotent being.  With Rick still in trouble, it is up to Morty to use his new found powers to save the day.

 

In the comics second part, Summer is visited by her ex-husband, Hemorrhage.  The warlord has convinced Rick to bring him to their world so he could win back her hand.  Summer is not having any of it, which leaves Hemorrhage with nowhere to go.  Thankfully, he is adopted by the high school nerds and becomes an epic D&D player.

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Our Take:

Rick and Morty has become such a pop culture sensation mostly for one reason.  It can literally take us anywhere.  Most often places we would never expect – and, if you do expect it, then they will just make fun of the cliché themselves.  But, one place we have yet to explore is what Morty would envision as the perfect universe.  Morty is a simple character in all sense of the word, he is more of a victim of circumstance, and it seems the only lesson he needs to learn is to be confident enough not to follow his grandfather everywhere.  So, exploring Morty’s utopia sounds interesting, maybe a bit boring, but either way that is what this comic is going to offer us.

As if you couldn’t guess, Morty’s perfect world is exceptionally dull.  In fact, his whole family is like some idealistic picket fence home from the 1950’s.  Everybody is polite and happy, and even when faced with adversity there really is no problem.  So, I sure am glad he got pulled out of that real fast to be put in the middle of a space battle with Rick.  Even if Snowball made an appearance as a regular old puppers again.  Then, to make matters worse, before giving up his unfathomable power, Morty does nothing for the betterment of mankind and only gives himself a sex robot.  I mean, c’mon kid, you gotta be more creative than that.  Though, I did appreciate the rip on the Marvel Cinematic Universe when Morty says that snapping his fingers to fix everything would be anticlimactic.

Why is it that I am always underwhelmed with the second parts of these issues?  I mean, why even bother adding a second part unless it is going to be as good, if not better than the first?  This one, in particular, felt like an offhand idea that was rushed into print.  I would much prefer them to stretch out the first story and a little more depth to the plot.  Instead, we get a side story about a character that wasn’t that fun, to begin with.  There is a reason major comic publishing companies stopped breaking up their issues decades ago.  It just takes away from the story that you get invested in at the beginning, and readers lose interest.  I sure hope Rick and Morty comics start to phase this format out and give us larger plots.  Actually, I’m getting ready for another larger arch anytime soon.

I look forward to my fresh Rick and Morty content each month.  This comic is a wonderful media to help bide the time for a new season, and would highly recommend any Rick and Morty fan to read it.  However, that does not mean that every issue is a winner.  Such is the game with any series.  Yet still, if this was one of the more boring issues I have read and I still enjoyed it overall, then they must be doing something right and what do we have to complain about?  I just appreciate it more when the creators remember that they can do anything that they can imagine and take the free reign to explore this universe.  I don’t enjoy when they bring in some random character and spend 8 pages saying “hey, remember this guy?  He was in the show!  Remember!”  Does this sound like a negative review?  It’s not, I like this book too much.  Just some healthy suggestions and criticism.

Jesse Bereta

Jesse (Green Onion) Bereta is a chef of words. Classically trained in the kitchen, Jesse changed careers in ‘015 to pursue his passion of writing (and being a full time pop culture nerd). Aside from his work as a freelance writer, Jesse also operates his own website, podcasts, and is a father of two budding sprouts. The Green Onion headquarters is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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