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Rick and Morty Presents: Krombopulos Michael is the second issue of the Rick and Morty Presents comic series. It was released on June 20, 2018 by Oni Press.
Learn the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favorite Rick and Morty characters in Oni Press's new quarterly series of one-shots: RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS! In this issue, writer Mallory Ortberg (co-founder of THE TOAST) joins series artists CJ Cannon and Nick Filardi to tell the tale of KROMBOPULOS MICHAEL, the professional assassin who just loves killin'. Discover the roots of Rick's relationship with the galaxy-trotting killer with no code of ethics: children, animals, old people... it doesn't matter!
On the surface, Rick and Morty Presents: Krombopulos Michael is a one-joke comic about how much the titular krombopulos Michael likes to kill things. He repeats this statement repeatedly throughout the comic, and the comic really is about his path to killing things.
And yet, in traditional Rick and Morty fashion, the book manages to touch on something deeper. Michael is a murderous fiend, but he’s also a genuine guy with a hobby he loves more than anything else. Plus, he’s up-front with others about it. He struggles making friends because of it, and Rick did him a kindness for which Michael is eternally grateful.
Michael has a well-rounded personality despite his singular interest. There are moments where I almost felt genuine pity for this creature. He’s earnest, charming, and sometimes overbearing. Daniel Mallory Ortberg has done something strangely brilliant with this one.
CJ Cannon’s artwork recreates the Rick and Morty art style very well once again. He’s had a lot of experience doing so by now, and it shows. There are little alterations here and there to make it more suited to the still comic format as opposed to the animated format on television. Michael’s design looks great on the comic page. Nick Filardi’s color work is bright and heavily contrasting, and that suits this book excellently.
Rick and Morty Presents: Krombopulos Michael is a funny and strangely endearing portrait of the intergalactic assassin who just loves killing. The character is far more charming and sympathetic than one might predict despite the trail of bodies he leaves behind. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out tomorrow
- Krombopulos Michael
- Rick Sanchez
- Morty Smith
- Beth Smith (mentioned)
- Jerry Smith (mentioned)
- This comic conflicts with Rick and Morty Issue 34 on how Krombopulos Michael got his name.