RICK & MORTY presents ‘Birdperson’ Graphic Novel – Review
Rick & Morty fans would be familiar with the fearsome warrior that would eventually become Rick Sanchez’s greatest pal. Though that story is hardly begging to be told nor is it something you’d would need to be explored in the Rick & Morty pantheon. Still, here we are, looking at a minor character (at best) and how he fits in the the Dan Harmonverse. Hold fast because ‘Birdperson’ isn’t a release you’ll be spilling your Szechuan sauce over to get to.
Let’s face it. Before writer Alex Firer whipped out his trusty comic writer’s pen this was always going to be an uphill battle. Navigating the nihilistic pop cultural sarcasm of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon is hardly a task you’d assign to just any comic book writer. Not only to observe the absurdist worlds that Harmon places his characters in but also the situational based comedic elements that are heavily relied upon. Playing with someone else’s toys doesn’t always work as well as we hope. No one likes to share!
Firer does find a way to bring out Birdperson’s voice in a way that makes me care more about the minor character than I cared to (after his season 1 debut). There’s a certain element of empathy that plays its part throughout the entire book. Nudging into the bully/misfit dynamics recognised in any schoolyard playground. Through Firer finding his voice I find myself caring less and less about Rick Sanchez when he finally turns up on Birdperson’s world.
Comedic writing is a hard endeavour made even harder in comic book format when you’re writing for someone else’s toys. The Rick Sanchez in this release doesn’t sing out as the lovable narcissistic scientist like his TV show counterpart. However, what Firer lacks in Rick appropriate dialogue is easy to ignore thanks to the artistic team of Fred C. Stresing, Leonardo Ito, and Crank!
Rick & Morty presents ‘Birdperson’ is a must have for the most die-hard Rick & Morty fan. Though, I would’ve preferred a Birdperson comic without Rick or Morty in it. Allowing for the character to find his own comedic narrative and fly to new heights on his own. Pun intended!