ADVENTURE TIME #25/ Written by RYAN NORTH/ Art by DUSTIN NGYUEN, JESS FINK, JEFFREY BROWN, JIM RUGG, SHELLI PAROLINE & BRADEN LAMB/ Colors by CHRIS O’NEILL/ Letters by STEVE WANDS/ Published by KABOOM!, BOOM! STUDIOS
Adventure Time #25 marks the two-year publication anniversary of the hit Kaboom! title (published by Boom! Studios). And proving the series is still delivering quality content after all this time, this issue is not only fantastically well-constructed but will tug at your heart-strings.
Adventure Time #25 works as a stand-alone story, so whether or not you regularly collect the series this is a must-have book that’s well worth the $4.99 cover price. (Wait, did he say $4.99?!) Yes, Adventure Time #25 is more expensive than a majority of the floppies on the rack, however, it’s packed with 28 beautiful pages by an honest-to-goodness powerhouse art team. Each art style is carefully chosen and sequentially transitions nicely across an umbrella story crafted by Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, The Midas Flesh).
The scaffolding in Adventure Time #25 is truly commendable because it works in some back story that is significant to the relationships and development of a few of Ooo’s more prominent characters. This issue is more personal than previous entries. Friendships and memories span what seem like lifetimes, and for others, time passes by in a heart-beat.
North begins the book with a nod to his dinosaur-centric background before launching into the heart of the story with more familiar faces. He combines his playful and well-established grasp of the canon with an overarching narrative (and sub-narrative, for those who look under the panels) to make a statement about friendship and the importance of a treasured memory. Adventure Time #25 delivers on its promise of being a “love story that also features rad fight scenes too.”
As the plot of Adventure Time #25 treks forward, the art style changes to better represent the imagery of different plot points. Although this issue houses a substantially long list of artists, all are given the opportunity to shine true on page. The story structure is such that the transition between artists occurs naturally and allows for the dynamic personality of each artist and their feelings about Adventure Time characters to come through. Fans of each artist will thoroughly enjoy the various visual presences in this issue, and the colors by Chris O’Neill lend to the deeply intricate effort that went into each panel of the 28 page mega collaboration.
If you happen to be a fan of the Adventure Time television show but don’t buy the comics, then Adventure Time #25 may be the one exception you have to make in your budgetary decisions for the week. Go nab one of five incentive covers by the artist of your choice, or maybe add a completely new artist to your list, because this book is genuinely worth grabbing while in (one last pun) circulation.