KaBOOM!, 2012. 978-1608862801
Synopsis: What time is it? ADVENTURE TIME! Join Jake the Dog, Finn the Human, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, and the Ice King as they battle against the super-ugly and super-mean Lich King to prevent Earth from being swallowed up forever!
Why I picked it up: The sheer awesomeness.
Why I finished it: Well, Earth is being swallowed up in a bag of infinite space by the Lich King and it looks like we’re goners for sure, but Jake and Finn will come up with a plan! A plan that will work! Okay, really though, the story is creative and well-executed without detracting from the canon of the show. And honestly, the comics build off of the world in the TV show to give more depth to the characters we all love so much. The art is simplistic and uses basic shapes to create the characters and the setting, but what really makes it pop is the colors. Ooo is a land of a rainbow of colors and the vividness of the colors makes the story really come to life and jump off the page. I love that Paroline and Lamb have kept with the style of the show art and given it some more depth, especially with the backgrounds. I am also a huge fan of the full page character spreads and alternate covers included at the end just cause it gives it that little something extra. Overall, it’s an intriguing adventure for our favorite evil-vanquishing duo that keeps the reader entertained from the first page to the last.
Other related materials: Adventure Time, Vol. 2 by Ryan North, illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb; Adventure Time, Vol. 3 by Ryan North, illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb; Adventure Time Vol. 1: Playing With Fire Original Graphic Novel by Danielle Corsetto; Adventure Time Vol. 2 Original Graphic Novel by Danielle Corsetto, illustrated by Zach Sterling; Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens by Meredith Gran; Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake by Natasha Allegri; Tales from the Land of Ooo by Max Brallier, illustrated by Stephen Reed; The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia: Inhabitants, Lore, Spells, and Ancient Crypt Warnings of the Land of Ooo circa 19.56 B.G.E. – 501 A.G.E by Martin Olson, illustrated by Mahendra Singh and Tony Millionaire; Righteous Rules for Being Awesome by Jake Black; Bravest Warriors, Vol. 1 by Joey Comeau, illustrated by Mike Holmes; Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi