Monday, July 8, 2013

Adventure Time, Volume 1


Adventure Time, Vol. 1
by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb
Kaboom! 2012.  Unpaged.  Graphic Novel

     If Cartoon Network's Adventure Time TV show is as much fun as its comic book spinoff, it's a crackerjack.  The adventures of Finn the Human Boy and Jake the Dog are a ball of laughs for reasons very difficult to explain.  The funny bits are so very far off the wall they are not even in the house; indeed, they are in the land of Ooo where in this episode the Lich, a really creepy Skeletor-looking guy--has constructed a giant bag into which Ooo is being sucked.  Finn and Jake spring into action because "What time is it?"  "Adventure time!"  They are aided in their quest to restore world by the Desert Princess, the Lumpy Space Princess, the BMO robot/computer, and even the Ice King, who even though he is normally a formidable enemy and a jerk, comes on board to help since the Lich has sucked off his penguin pal Gunter, and his work of fiction. Making sense so far?  Only insofar as "much madness is divinest sense," and Ooo is a mad and funny world.

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