A review by davidareyzaga
Adventure Time Vol. 8 by Braden Lamb, Ryan North, Christopher Hastings, Shelli Paroline, Zachary Sterling


As Adventure Time (the TV series) comes to an end, I'm glad I still have plenty of stories left to discover in the comics, but I didn't realize that the comics came with a transition too. Ryan North has become as important as Pendleton Ward to this wonderful universe, and I was scared to see him go. I'm glad to say that Christopher Hastings, the new lead writer, is amazing.

This volume is particularly great because it starts with Ryan North's last entry, and while it is not particularly epic, it is a wickedly fun episode involving Lumpy Space Princess and all the main characters, and it feels like a fitting conclusion. As soon as the story is over, Christopher Hastings comes in, and he is not messing around. Instead of going for the meta stories that characterized Ryan North, he goes for an adventure in space.

You wanna know the best part? It's a Lovecraftian story!!!! Yes, as a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft, this is beyond exciting, and it feels like a fresh new path for Finn and Jake to explore. Lovecraft-inspired themes are not that new to Adventure Time, but here it feels much more deliberate. Some panels straight up felt like pitch-perfect illustrations of scenes from The Call of Cthulhu, but with an Adventure Time coat of painting on top.

Suffice to say, I'm very excited for the next volumes and I can't wait to see where Hastings takes us. I'm kind of arriving late to the game comics-wise even though I'm up to speed on the TV show, but some things are worth waiting for, and now I have plenty of material left.