Get ready for a hundred years of adventure, a hundred years of Rick and Morty things all day long forever for a hundred days, because famous ampersanded duo Rick & Morty are teaming up with the letters D&D to bring you an epic crossover the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Jetsons met the Flintstones.
Although that was one Hanna-Barbera property merging with another, so in retrospect, it doesn’t really seem all that groundbreaking now. But I mean come on, that’s the basis for a shared universe right there. Nevermind that a family of cave-dwellers would have absolutely zilch understanding of what people in the future would talk like–and probably the interchange of diseases would be disastrous. But not even Marvel has pulled off a crossover this sweet, and they’re owned by Disney which means you could be watching Captain America fighting alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi right now but you’re not.
Rick and Morty aren’t afraid of things being awesome, though, which is why you’ll be seeing a crossover comic licensed through Oni Press and IDW Publishing to make a miniseries that blends two great tastes with one another. According to an announcement from Oni Press, the series will be premiering in August 2018 and it features quite the lineup.
For one, the story is being helmed by Patrick “Reset The Kingkiller Chronicles Clock” Rothfuss and D&D comic writer Jim Zub, drawn by Troy Little–whose style really seems to have captured the look of what these two worlds would look like when they smash into each other.
This is pretty exciting stuff, Rick and Morty are known for not shying away from adventure–using the framework of whatever harrowing ordeal Rick is dragging Morty through to illustrate something about life and the same mechanics of whatever they’re going through. Whether it’s games, parties, drugs, crimes, or things like family and love–Rick and Morty hold up a peculiar lens through which you can both see the thing you love for what it really is, broken down and beautiful all at once.
But let’s get away from that for a second and talk about the team. They’re going to be delving into all of the iconic material of Dungeons and Dragons (and a few other things I’m sure). In the picture above there’s the Gelatinous Cube, a +1 Axe, a Beholder and what looks like the iconic helmet from Skyrim in the bottom right. And that’s just to get things started.
Rick has a particular affinity for messing with the most powerful creatures in the land, proving to them that he can outsmart them. The rest of the multiverse is worthless, and he’s the one that should be running everything, rightly so–so it will be interesting to see Rick and Morty come up against big names like Vecna or Orcus and tear them down, piece by piece.
We have seen Dan Harmon’s properties get mashed up with Dungeons and Dragons before:
So get ready for August.
It’s not Season 4, but, it’ll do.