Rick and Morty VS. Dungeons & Dragons: Chapter II: the Painscape #1 / Writer: Jim Zub / Artist: Troy Little / Colorists: Leonardo Ito / Letterer: Crank! With Troy Little / Cover Artist: Troy Little after Cynthia Sheppard / Publisher: Oni Press / Published September 18, 2019
Both Rick and Morty and Dungeons & Dragons have large overgrown fandoms, which have at times had socially toxic tones to them, so it’s nice to see both playing nice in a sequel almost nobody expected by veteran writer Jim Zub (Champions and Skullkickers) and Troy Little (Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Powerpuff Girls). This is a sequel to the crossover by Zub and fantasy novelist Patrick Rothfuss, which though successful felt more like a guide on how Rick and Morty fans could become D&D fans with less story to it other than D&D is fun, and you should play. Where Chapter II: Enter the Painscape has decided to deep dive into an original tale, both fandoms can love.
With A Rick of the Die
So the story starts with a world obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons, it’s everywhere, and the Smith family is watching it on various TV channels. Rick, being the crude genius he is, figures out this is out of character for the universe and looks into it. Revealing that a party of Ricks former Player Characters, including, but not limited to Bardrick and Sorcerick, have banded together to take advantage of the planar alliance so the world of Dungeons & Dragons can take over the world of Paper & Paychecks, i.e. our world. Basically they’re mad at Rick for getting rid of them and want to take over the world, which is as generic as it is ridiculous, but it’s also fun.
The mixing the storytelling style of a Rick and Morty episode with the lore of Dungeons & Dragons. There are references to the previous series, but the book mostly stands on its own and doesn’t need the first one for context. I’ll never get tired of seeing D&D stuff, including Patrick Rothfuss, drawn in a Rick and Morty style. This book is precisely what it promises to be and has a fun time with the lore of both series that fans of both series can enjoy.
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5