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Review: Marceline and the Scream Queens #2
Matt Demers  |  August 8, 2012

I've been enjoying the offerings of the Adventure Time comic so far, but haven't had a chance to pick up the spin-off mini series, Marceline and the Scream Queens, until now. This book, while set in the same universe, has a really different feel to it that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

Things I liked:

  • It's this different feeling that really makes me enjoy this book as a bit of a "grown up" alternative to the more kid-focused Adventure Time, and has a little bit of a better focus on character rather than plot.
  • We get to see a lot of interaction between both Princess Bubblegum and Marceline, which I'd imagine is the whole point of the book; if the point was to highlight the "Scream Queens," it didn't happen here.
  • As usual, the characters read as they would from the show; the setting, not so much (see below).
  • Faith Erin Hicks' backup story is wonderfully illustrated; her work has been especially on point lately.

Things I didn't:

  • I suppose this comes with the elimination of the two otherwise-main characters of Finna and Jake, but man this book did not feel like it had any kind of connection with anything you'd experience from the cartoon. From the other horror-themed characters to the decidedly modern settings (rock club, anyone?) it kind of felt a bit alien.
  • Which isn't to say that Adventure Time doesn't get a bit tongue-in-cheek with references once and a while, but this book basically felt like Marceline fell into some weird portal to another dimension, where things weren't as charming or interesting.
  • The shoehorning of a romance into this book felt a little unneeded, especially as a plot point to drive some character development and what feels like a space-filler for the rest of the story.
  • Both stories (main and backup) had really weak endings that kind of ended on a one-off joke, or lacked payoff. I suppose as a mini-series this is fine, but I didn't leave this book feeling particularly satisfied.

Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #2
Kaboom! Comics

The Verdict: It's hard to dissuade fans of the show from picking up anything related to Adventure Time, as there's a certain quality to the side-works that can't be understated. However, this issue fell a bit flat with me, landing it three bass chords out of five.

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