“Adventure Time” #7 is my first “Adventure Time” comic and it will certainly not be my last. With a primary 17-page story and two shorts (one at four-pages and one single-page), this book is simply wall-to-wall fun. In fact, it’s some of the most fun I’ve had reading a comic in a very long time.
I’ve only recently started watching the “Adventure Time” cartoon, but from what I’ve seen this book perfectly captures the sense of humor, fascinating off-the-wall concepts and innate sweetness of the cartoon, no small feat for a single comic given far fewer opportunities in these short pages than a 22-minute show.
The main ongoing story by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb is incredibly complex (time travel!) and yet completely easy and enjoyable reading. It’s got everything you could possible want from a time travel tale — a broken time machine, big errors that must be corrected, awesome upgrades and future selves — yet, the book always maintains its core sense of humor which distinguishes it pleasantly from so many other comics (and time travel stories). There’s honestly nothing not to like here. The book aims entirely for fun and hits it every time.
The second story, “Time Waits For No One,” a four-pager written and drawn by Shannon Wheeler, sticks with the time travel theme but takes a completely different (although equally amusing and enjoyable) approach. Wheeler’s art is even more pared down than the regular story, and the art has a simplicity that makes it perhaps my favorite visually of three stories. The story and script are completely amusing, but perhaps only for adults that can get the “in-jokes.”
The third story, “Lumpy Space Drama” is a single-page, six-panel tale, written and drawn by Zac Gorman. It’s the weakest of the three, but probably only because it’s just hard to tell a satisfying tale in six panels. Even as the weak link, it’s still a wonderful parody of kids today (or kids any day?), that as an adult I find hilarious and all too true. However, I’m not sure how a kid would relate to it.
“Adventure Time” is one of those great books that seems like it would be enjoyable to anyone young and old. For kids it’s full of rad (I use this word deliberately, I promise) adventures and adorable character design with popping bright colors; and for adults it’s got sharp-witted writing that can’t help but leave you smiling. “Adventure Time” is the definition of a fun and funny comic, something far too rare these days.