In Review: Rick and Morty #47

This is the perfect way to feed one's Rick and Morty cravings while waiting for the series' return.

The covers: A pair of very different covers to pick up if you have money leftover after purchasing your plumbus. The Regular cover is by Marc Ellerby and has a gigantic Rick leaning over the Smiths’ television with a terrifying smile. Summer and Morty scream in terror at their grandfather, probably because what he’s selected they watch: Interdimensional Cable. I loved those episodes and comic book tales, so any return to them has me coming back for more. Rick looks awesomely evil on this cover and the colors enhance this, with the lighting on him and the twisted greens behind the character. The Variant cover by Jen Vaughn is an unexpected one. Rick and Morty are ice skating. Morty is, unsurprisingly, really good at striking a pose as he’s lost in the moment, while Rick flashes an angry smile at what he’s done. The pair have etched a giant image of Rick’s face in the ice and for the teeth a creature is trapped under the surface, though it’s smashing its way out. This cover is a great visual definition of both characters and features a bizarre twist with the monster under the ice. Nice. Overall grades: Regular A and Variant B+ 

The story: “Interdimensional Cable Trouble” by Kyle Starks opens with Summer having a crying fit because her favorite show has been cancelled. There’s an extremely funny comment by Rick in the fourth panel on the second page that I won’t spoil. Summer’s crying and wailing intensifies, prompting Beth to say, “Oh no, she’s teening up. Someone do something.” Jerry asks if Rick can do something, but why should he since “Your wife has a whole cabinet full of calm-down pills, Jerry. That’s a solution you don’t need an omega-level genius for.” Rick and Jerry go back and forth about what Jerry can do for Rick, but Morty has the solution by setting up interdimensional cable. “I-I figured there has to be a dimension where Summer’s show wasn’t cancelled, right?” Rick is ecstatic and joins the family. The first show they watch is hilarious and had me roaring with laughter. The second show takes the story in an unexpected direction. The story is smart, funny, and demonstrates why you don”t mess with Rick Sanchez. “U-To, Brute?” is by Karla Pacheco and provides an origin and justification for a supporting character and how he fits into the largre scheme of things with the leads. It’s more sweet than funny, which is a fine change up, but it didn’t thrill me. Overall grades: “Interdimensional Cable Trouble” A and “U-To, Brute?” B

The art: The first tale is illustrated by Puste and it looks great. The first page is a dramatic full-paged splash featuring Summer crying and wailing at the heavens. This makes the reader think something major has occurred and a turn of the page shows her to be overreacting. Morty looks great at the start of the second page as he looks upon his sister’s distress with joy, while Rick is more focused on the television. Beth’s reactions are great, with her folding her arms in indifference to her daughter’s state. Rick and Jerry’s conversation on Page 3 has them emoting perfectly, with Rick angry at his son-in-law for making a horrible suggestion and then Jerry getting miffed at Rick’s condition. I like how Puste creates full backgrounds for this issue, making it seem as if one is looking at scenes taken directly from an episode. Rick’s pleasure at the bottom of 4 is hilarious. The first two panels on 6 had me snickering at the visuals and I lost it with the last two panels on the page that made the humor of the situation shoot into the stratosphere. The final panel on 7 is a good surprise and then 8 has a good three panel shocking sequence. The action that follows is good and Rick runs with the story from here on out, with his emotions running from anger to arrogance. There’s some good movement on Page 14 and some subtle action on 15. The joy and horror on 16 is great and an excellent lead in to the joy on 17. CJ Cannon illustrates the back up story and it, too, looks like it was lifted straight from an episode. This has many more settings than the first story and though only briefly shown, they create a mulitverse well. I like the visuals on this as much as the first. Overall grades: Both A 

The colors: Coloring both stories, Sarah Stern completes the visuals by capturing the palatte of the series. The bland colors of the Smiths’ living room are recreated perfectly on every page, with the colors changing only when individuals get close ups, such as Beth on 2 or Rick on 4. That illustration of Rick at the bottom of 4 gets a spectacular lime green background that’s not unlike the color of his portals. I like how Morty’s face gets some dark shading at the top of 5, foreshadowing all the trouble he’s about to begin. The colors of the antagonists of the tale have them stand out in every panel, since they’re a dark pink and the house is blasé peach. Colors are key to the final panel on 8 and Stern makes them surprising. The pinks on 10 are otherworldly and appropriate for their source. The sick green that ends 17 is terrific. Colors help to establish the variety of setting on 20, but it’s the green sky on 21 that really stands out for me. I like the color of the lead’s shirt throughout the second story which has him constantly catching the reader’s eyes. Overall grade: A

The letters: Crank! is the sole letterer and his work is good. He creates this issue’s yells, dialogue, sounds, transmissions, the second story’s title, and the lone word that ends the second tale. The yells by Crank! are set off by being in a larger and thicker font than dialogue, allowing the reader to better hear their emphasis. The sounds are funny, with them being primarily in the first story. I laughed hard at the ones on Page 6 which increased the punchline of the gag substantially. Transmissions from the television shows are in italics so the reader can tell they’re coming through the set. The final word on the last page gives the tale a fairy tale feel. Nicely done. Overall grade: A

The final line: I had to return to this series for Interdimensional Cable and I was not disappointed. I got plenty of laughs, great visuals, and an excellent twist on what I was expecting. The second tale is okay for it being a change of pace for this series and franchise, but it isn’t one I’ll remember. This is the perfect way to feed one’s Rick and Morty cravings while waiting for the series’ return. Funny, twisted, and glorious. Overall grade: A

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Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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