MATHEMATICAL! For this week’s installment of the Friday Recommendation, I’m going to tell you how much I love “Adventure Time.” While today is 4/20, this recommendation has nothing to do with that. Or so I say. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Anyway, read on while I gush over the adventures of Finn and Jake, along with Marceline and the rest of the land of Oo.
If there’s one book we seem to universally love here at Multiversity, it’s Kaboom’s adaptation of the popular Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. When the show was announced as being adapted into a comic book series, I had my share of reservations. Licensed book have been some of the worst things in comics recently. From a boring adaptation of Supernatural to a confusing (at best) crossover between the Legion of Super-Heroes and the original crew of the Federation Starship Enterprise, they’ve been abysmal all around.
But then this book came along and shattered those low expectations. Matt was the first to review it, and it got the ever illusive “Perfect score” of 10.0. Walt followed, and while he didn’t give it another perfect score, gave it a solid 8.3. And that’s just those two knuckleheads.
The book wins because it’s so faithful to the series, yet it doesn’t’ get lost in translation. Every character’s voice feels like they’re straight off the screen and onto the page, from the two protagonists Finn the Human and Jake the Dog, to fan favorites Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. Even the larger than life Lumpy Space Princess has her trademark valley girl personality and inflection in her dialogue. I find it absolutely impossible to dislike any of these characters. Well, with the exception of The Lich, who is a bad guy after all.
But perhaps more importantly, this book is called “Adventure Time.” There’s a ton of adventure in the book. From the land of Oo to the inside of The Lich’s bag to Outer Space itself, they find themselves all over the place, as far as the imagination lets them go.
But even if you didn’t like the characters or the adventure, the humor and faith to the characters on the show is impeccable. The jokes are filled with the same childlike glee that has become a staple of the series onscreen and page. There are even little 4th Wall breaking comments at the bottom that allows the writer (and some might say the characters) speak directly to the reader, instead of merely telling a story. Do you need the little footnotes at the bottom? No, but where’s the fun in that?
Some might deride a book like this because it’s not adult enough for adult readers, and they might even go on about how they hate books like this, but if they don’t like this book, their soul is officially dead and they are adults. Who wants to treat comics like that anyway? Shouldn’t they be fun?
This book is a lot of fun, you should pick it up. So far there are only 3 issues out, which means you’ll only pay a grand total of $12 for the entire magical book. Check it out at your local comic shop or digital retailer!