ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

So there's no real way of avoiding the sad truth; we still don't yet when we can expect the third season of the wonderful Rick and Morty, the animated sci-fi parody brainchild of Channel 101's Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon.

It's not all bad news though, because the new run of Rick and Morty's comic book series is set to arrive very soon: March 12th to be precise. Yay!

The series began its run in spring of last year with author Zac Gorman and artist CJ Cannon, but the scribe mantle is being passed now to newcomer Tom Fowler - a long time comic book illustrator (Green Arrow, Hulk: Season One, Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm) and first time author.

Writer/Illustrator Tom Fowler
Writer/Illustrator Tom Fowler

Paste Magazine had a recent sit down with Fowler to find out a little of what we can expect from the upcoming series. The full interview is here, but here's our take on the important bits.

No Pressure

Obviously the comic book series has a lot of living up to do to the material from which it takes its source, and Fowler is well aware of this. Initially unprepared for the offer to write the series his initial pitch did in fact impress Roiland and Harmon and they took him on for the job.

Since then he's not really had time to worry too much because he's been hard at work on the series, which sounds like the proper way to deal with any kind of panic situation.

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Fowler also says he's managed to "divorce [himself] of fan expectations", but he's still a little worried that the books won't be able to live up to everyone's wildest dreams.

Alternate Timelines

Amazingly enough the man writing the Rick and Morty comics hasn't yet seen all of the show itself! Yep, due to the fact that Fowler is based in Ottawa, Canada he hasn't yet seen Season 2 of the TV show due to licensing restrictions.

However this doesn't present too much of a problem due to the fact that the comics take place in an alternate timeline and so don't have to necessarily stay completely in line with what we've seen in the TV show so far.

Like the show there won't be any real overarching storylines, with everything resetting to zero at the end of each narrative arc. As Fowler says:

"I think, because we’re not the originator of the show, in the end, you still have to bring stuff back to the starting point—the old television trope of As long as you reset to one by the end of the story, you can do whatever you want."

Picking Up The Mantle

As for how Fowler's run on the series compares to his predecessor Zac Gorman, the newbie author says that he's avoided reading too much of Gorman's work as he intends to take the story in a new direction and didn't want to feel pressured or overshadowed by the "amazing" work Gorman did on the series.

Reading enough to get a feel for how the comics differ from the TV show, Fowler says that his run on the series will verge towards the darker side of the humor in Rick and Morty, and the majority of his humor comes from strange situations and ridiculous circumstances rather than throwaway jokes and one liners.

Speaking of veering towards the darker side of humor, expect to see a lot of sorrow in Fowler's run...

"Room To Be Sad"

Just as Rick and Morty Season 2 had a tendency to verge on the more serious side (Rick's character in particular - Auto Erotic Assimilation anyone?) so will the comics:

"What I love most about Rick and Morty is the characters are so well-fleshed out that they have room to be sad, and that sorrow is not cast aside by the end of an episode."

Fowler references the Cronenberg episode Rick Potion #9 with Rick and Morty having to bury their own alternative universe corpses in the back garden as an example of Roiland and Harmon's "horrific, harrowing and affecting" humor.

This is the dynamic he hopes to strike with the new series, not just a clever parody of silly sci-fi conventions but a deeper cord at what he sees as the core of Rick and Morty:

"I want to keep that sensibility in what I’m doing with Rick and Morty, because to me, that’s what’s important about the show. It’s not just a funny yuk-um-up with science. It’s something deeper, something much more human than that. People don’t get better. They get 75 percent better. That speaks to me on a personal level as much as anything else, and I’d like to keep speaking that to the audience of the book."

Well, he's got our vote.


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