Rick and Morty comics publisher Oni Press and Dungeons & Dragons comics publisher IDW announced during C2E2 Sunday that they're teaming up for a four-issue miniseries uniting the popular Adult Swim sci-fi animated series with the most popular tabletop RPG of all time. The series will be co-written by fan favorite fantasy novelist and lifelong D&D fan Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle) and veteran comics writer Jim Zub (Dungeons & Dragons, Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man), with art by Eisner nominee Troy Little (Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).
“I love Rick and Morty with a powerful love, and I’ve played D&D since the 5th grade,” Rothfuss said in a press release. “So when they approached me about writing a story with both of them together? That’s some serious you-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut butter $#!& right there. I’m in. I’m all the way in. I’m gettin’ that chocolate all up in the peanut butter. Like, deep in. All the way in. It’s going to be sticky and delicious.”
In the miniseries, Morty comes home one day eager to learn more about how to play Dungeons & Dragons, which has become the cool new game at school. When he turns to Rick for help, one thing leads to another and ultimately the entire Smith family is sucked into the world of D&D. So, you know, just another typical Rick and Morty day.
“The Dungeons & Dragons crew is letting Pat and I open a Pandora’s Box of insane adventure material and iconic creatures from the granddaddy of all tabletop role-playing games,” Zub said. “I wish I could say we’ll take good care of it, but, the simple truth is, this is Rick and Morty we’re talking about. No fantasy world or otherworldly plane of existence is safe.”
Though no firm release date has been revealed just, IDW's announcement teases an August debut for the book, as well as variant covers that include things like D&D character sheets. We still don't know when (or technically if, though it seems likely) Rick and Morty will be back for its fourth season, but between this, Oni's ongoing Rick and Morty series, and that super weird April Fool's short, we just might have enough to tide us over.
Check out Little's first released art from the series below.