If you don’t frequent Cartoon Network or have any cool kids in your life, I am going to to do you a solid and let you know right now you need to be watching the Pendleton Ward created Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. Adventure Time may be one of the best adult nerd friendly children’s cartoons of all time. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world called the Land of Ooo, you’ll find Jake the talking dog who serves as mentor and fellow adventurer to 14 year old human, Finn. Jake and Finn’s friends are Princess Bubblegum, Wildberry Princess who has the occasion assassin after her, a goth rock moody vampire named Marceline, and villains like the Ice King. And yes, there are adventures galore! And lucky for us, those adventures are now in comic book form now, published by KaBoom! (the children’s division of BOOM! Studios).
Adventure Time #7 features FOUR cover options, a story that can stand alone, and two bonus short stories. Cover A by Chris Houghton with colors by Kassandra Heller, my favorite – cover B by Jason Ho, cover C by Graham Annable, and cover D by Franco. The story is written by Ryan North with art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb with letters by Steve Wands. The two shorts are “Time Waits for No One” written and illustrated by Shannon Wheeler (creator of Too Much Coffee Man), and “Lumpy Space Drama” written and illustrated by Zac Gorman.
In #7 Jake is trying to fix Princess Bubblegum’s time machine and even utters the phrase dearest to Whovian hearts -”Timey wimey.” But of course, Jake being who he is (inspired by Bill Murray’s Meatballs character), he has to mess with time and we all know how that kind of behavior can have repercussions. The results of Jake’s antics are a janked timeline that is not math, as Jake and Finn might say. Read Adventure Time #7 and find out what BMO is up to, if Jake and Finn learn to be more observant, and find out who exactly Queebles is.
“Time Waits For No One” features various philosophies, with apologies to Ray Bradbury and others, on time explained by Princess Bubblegum. And “Lumpy Space Drama”, well, that one is not as much crazy fun, but it does end the adventure on a moody, funny note kids may miss but adults will understand.
I just can’t say it enough, this comic book is one to make a trip to your local comic book store to grab off the shelf with great flourish. You will read it from cover to cover again and again, and chuckling while the person next to you thinks you’ve lost your mind. Heck, if you’re like me, you’ll be doing the voices and reading the painted signs aloud.
Release date, tomorrow August 22, 2012
Diamond Code JUN120949
Retails $3.99 (variant cover prices vary)