With everyone still waiting on the rest of season 3 of the show, we can at least feed some of our Rick and Morty needs with the zany adventures contained within Rick and Morty #26. Just your average day in the Rick and Morty universe, another group of aliens has come to wage war and conquer Earth with a generous offer of twenty-four hours for all humans to kill themselves, surrender and leave, or die in the violent conquering of Earth.
Sounds like a great offer, right? Once again the president calls upon the one man who can deal with this, Rick Sanchez, who simply replies to politely tell the invaders ‘no.’ However, instead of listening to the only person on the planet with knowledge of the alien species, they decide to involve Jerry.
Yes, this goes exactly how you would think. Jerry screws it up, makes things worse, and generally does what Jerry does best. Jerry creates a bigger mess by causing a shouting match with the aliens, and why? So, he doesn’t have to mow the lawn. This causes the aliens to respond by kidnapping Beth — nice one, Jerry.
During this time Rick is mocking Morty for his science project, where Rick creates a new character that’s like a more competent blob from “boy and his blob” and names him “Drippy Boy.” Rick quickly teaches Drippy Boy that life doesn’t matter and everything he does is so insignificant that it will never make a difference. Drippy Boy is having a great birthday so far. It’s a hilarious set of panels that is just full of pure Rick cynicism. Drippy Boy is the opposite of Rick, a young kid looking at the world for opportunity and reasons, but being left brokenhearted by the general negativity around him (although Drippy Boy does get some cool shades that help finish off the character’s style, so that’s a plus).
With Beth kidnapped, Rick, Morty and Drippy Boy go onto the ship to rescue Beth and trigger the ships self-destruct sequence. As usual, nothing goes as planned and, out of time and about to be surrounded by aliens looking for blood, Drippy Boy decides to have his life mean something. In a heroic gesture, so that everyone else can escape the ship, Drippy Boy equips himself with a makeshift sword and holds off the advancing enemies. Some of his final words echo as an alternative to Ricks cynicism: ‘Make the rest of your limited days beautiful and love each other,’ but what else can you expect of a day-old, dripping purple goo ball with shades?
I’d love to see the character of Drippy Boy make an appearance in the comics again or in the show. I could easily see him being a fan favourite and with those final moments of the comic the world is once again saved by Rick, Morty and Drippy Boy. If you like the show, then you’ll enjoy the comic. The story had the same humour as the show, mixing emotion, dark humour and cynicism for a perfect blend of comedy and adventure. The art is well drawn and coloured with the use of bright colours and heavily detailed backgrounds, holding true to the show’s style and feel. It’d be near impossible to tell which is which, if a still from the show and a panel from the comic were put side by side.