While we’d never be surprised to see Morty rolling twenty-sided dice or he and his genius grandpa wreaking havoc in a D&D-like fantasy world, we were pleasantly shocked by Sunday’s announcement from C2E2 that Rick and Morty are officially crossing over with the world of Dungeons & Dragons. And you won’t believe who they got to co-write it: fan-favorite fantasy novelist Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicles) along with comic stalwart, and frequent D&D comics scribe, Jim Zub. Art duties are courtesy of Eisner-nominee Troy Little.
The four-issue limited series comes courtesy of IDW, in partnership with Oni Press, and hits shelves in August. Each issue promises multiple covers which, according to the announcement, include character sheets. Because we need official D&D stats for Rick. And Jerry. And Barbarian Summer. And how can any fan of either series not be pumped at the sight of Rick about to be smushed by a Beholder (which, as we know, is truly the best monster in D&D; dragons, shmagons).
The adventure concerns Morty asking Rick about the archetypal RPG, Dungeons & Dragons, and things going off the rails, with Rick, Morty, and the rest of the Smiths trapped in an epic quest.
“I love Rick and Morty with a powerful love, and I’ve played D&D since the 5th grade,” Rothfuss said. ” So when they approached me about writing a story with both of them together? That’s some serious you-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut butter $#!& right there. I’m in. I’m all the way in. I’m gettin’ that chocolate all up in the peanut butter. Like, deep in. All the way in. It’s going to be sticky and delicious.”
“The Dungeons & Dragons crew is letting Pat and I open a Pandora’s Box of insane adventure material and iconic creatures from the granddaddy of all tabletop role-playing games,” Zub added. “I wish I could say we’ll take good care of it, but, the simple truth is, this is Rick and Morty™ we’re talking about. No fantasy world or otherworldly plane of existence is safe.”
That’s what we’re counting on, Mr. Zub. That’s what we’re counting on. A lot of laughs, and an obnoxious send-up of D&D tropes like only Rick and Morty can do.
Images: IDW/Oni Press