Portal-hopping multiversal explorers Rick and Morty have faced some formidable foes in their adventures over the years, but none quite so ferocious as horror legend HP Lovecraft’s amphibious Great Old One, Cthulhu.
Now, Portland-based Oni Press is injecting insane heroes into the unfathomable depths of the cosmic nightmare for the recently released “Rick and Morty vs. Cthulhu.” (opens in new tab)“Written by industry veteran Jim Jubb and filled with psychedelic artwork from illustrator Troy Little and colorist Leonard Ito, this strange four-part odyssey delivers the signature craziness and hilarity we’ve come to expect in the franchise. You can watch” “Rick on Morty” is now on Hulu (opens in new tab),
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Cthulhu, the terrifying octopus-like humanoid dragon depicted here, plays a prominent role in Lovecraft’s unsettling fantasy and was first introduced to readers in the 1928 short story “The Call of Cthulhu” and Weird Tales It was published in the magazine.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“What could be worse than an off-planet Chinese deal? Tripping through a Lovecraftian hellscape with the Smith family as they battle, uh, cosmic color sensitive and racist fish-people? This can’t be right.. .
“Welcome to the Rick Sanchez School of Actually Getting S**t Done! And that poor bastard Jerry proclaims ‘Everything smells like cinnamon and sadness’ in this Lovecraftian epic.”
“Lovecraft horror has stuck around for decades because it asks important questions like ‘Does humanity matter in the face of an unknowable unknowable universe?'” Zub said in the series’ announcement. “Rick and Morty asks equally relevant questions about ourselves, our existence, and the jerks that have created our pop culture, so I figured it was time to have that chocolate peanut butter and take a big bite.”
View our full gallery of covers for “Rick and Morty vs. Cthulhu #1” (opens in new tab),
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Originated from the warped minds of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, “Rick and Morty” debuted on The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block of adult-themed programming in December of 2013. And has exploded into a pop culture phenomenon that crosses all demographics and mediums. Season 6 of the animated science-fiction comedy just wrapped up last week and according to the creators, season 7 is already in the works.
oni Press’ “Rick and Morty vs. Cthulhu #1 (opens in new tab)followed on December 7 with attractive variant covers by Xander Cannon, Mark Ellerbee, Jim Jubb, Juliette Colas and Ryan Lee.