As we come to the end of the Adventure Time time-travel arc, we have to ask ourselves what makes up a satisfying conclusion. After all, I speak a lot about build and set-up for these moments, so it's only logical that we should get some pay-off as readers.
I'm happy to report that this payoff does come, and readers of the book will be really satisfied.
Things I liked:
- The whole wrap-up to this arc was wonderfully-written, and Ryan North definitely put a nice lid on it. Having Queen Bubblegum accept her fate (but still get a happy ending otherwise) make me smile. I'm not saying that every arc ending needs to be 100% good, but this is one of them that can pull it off and still seem like the story meant something. In the Adventure Time show, things can usually end on a "radical" note: this happens here, as well.
- Seeing a kiss between future Finn and Queen Bubblegum with the "when you get older, age difference doesn't matter that much" was actually pretty entertaining - even though this is a kid's book, I enjoy when writers take the time to address not-so-kid concepts.
- As usual, the writing in this book is spot-on, captures the voice of the show incredibly, and delivers on the humor.
- The backup story is beautifully illustrated, and while it's a departure from the cartoon style of the show, it's obviously got some hard work put into it. Major props to Becky Dreistadt for the amazing work.
Things I didn't:
- Not much!
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The Verdict: It's really weird when I can say that Adventure Time has a more satisfying conclusion to a story arc than most comics I'm reading elsewhere. Five hot dog princesses out of five make for a lovely reading experience, and one of the best books that come out every month.