As a fan of the Adventure Time series on Cartoon Network, I’ve occasionally picked up the comic, wanting more of the show’s unique, wacky sense of humor. In my experience, the comic has usually been able to scratch that itch, it’s funny and engaging in that same way the show is, and often allows the writers to take more liberties with plots and relationships than the show can show.
While I certainly haven’t read every issue of Adventure Time, this has been one of my favorites that I have been able to read. Marceline is probably my favorite character in the show, and this issue focuses on her, which is a plus for me. This issue focuses on her relationship with her father, Hunson Abadeer (a.k.a. The Lord of Evil), which I always find amusing. In typical Hunson Abadeer form, he’s trying to get her to be more evil, but also maybe be a better dad.
The story centers around him throwing a “death day” party (the vampire version of a birthday) for his daughter, which is the culmination of a plot involving a balloon race and ice magic, all staged by Hunson and the Ice King in the interest of throwing Marcy a deathday party.
The plot is entertaining, the dialogue is funny and the art is very consistent with the show. While I’m not sure the dialogue has quite the same punch as the show, it’s still pretty enjoyable and I found this issue in particular to be a fun look at Marceline’s character and evolving relationship with her admittedly… complex father. It also had some good moments with Marceline and Bubblegum, showing how much Marceline relies on Bubblegum whenever she is emotionally conflicted or upset, and how Bubblegum can break through her usual detached immortal science dictator-vibe for Marceline’s sake.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover. It didn’t seem particularly connected to the comic within, and didn’t even feature Marceline. I prefer narrative covers, but if time doesn’t allow for one, I think it’s important to at least put the featured character of the issue somewhere on the cover. But this issue is about a death day party for Marceline and yet the cover is Finn drowning in giant gummy bears: adorable but totally irrelevant.
Overall though, for any fan of Marceline, particularly if you enjoy seeing the Necrosphere and learning about Marcy’s relationship with her father, I would definitely recommend this issue, even if you don’t normally read the Adventure Time comics. For fans of the comic, I found this issue particularly enjoyable, and don’t think you should pass it up.
Art: 5 Stars
Cover: 4 Stars
Dialogue: 4.5 Stars
Plot/Story: 5 Stars
(W) Delilah Dawson (A) Ian McGinty (CA) Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb