i have slaved away at this damn thing for 3 weeks and now im tired and regretting everything.
this is my dadsona noah and im gonna be spitting out a comic about him for god knows how long and i can only hope this hellsite likes it.
theres cult shit and i guess romantic relationships idk its gonna be fun i have a big story planned out pls follow and stick around so i know you actually want to see more. :’)
note: im not following the canon plot. the canon plot will be the base of this story but other than that expect it to be bent to get a more interesting viewpoint/adventure out of it. My ask box is open if you have questions!
The clever references from the start of last night’s Rick and Morty
The first thing you may have noticed is a certain skinny, tall, dark haired figure chasing Rick and Morty through a staircase room…
That character was based on Morpheus AKA Dream of The Endless, otherwise known as The Sandman. He is the protagonist from Neil Gaiman’s multi-award winning comic book series The Sandman.
Originally published by DC, Sandman started in late 1988 and was later published by Vertigo (which is owned by DC) Sandman tells the life story of Morpheus, the ruler of the dimension of both Dreams and Nightmares.
The most recent installment of this cult classic comic book series was a prequel that was compiled just last year into the graphic novel called Sandman: Overture. Sandman: Overture won a 2016 Hugo Award and had imagery very similar to what was in the opening of last night’s Rick and Morty.
Morpheus has certain distinct physical characteristics. He has thick, wild dark
hair and chalk white (or grey) skin. He is extremely skinny and tall. He usually wears a
black cloak or long black jacket. At his neck he often used to wear a “Dreamstone” amulet (originally a ruby though Dream’s newest incarnation wears an emerald). His eyes are entirely black except for tiny
star-like pupils that can flare when he’s emotional.
All of these distinctive traits can be found in the very character who made his brief appearance last night in the opening of Rick and Morty.
The second thing to note is the room Rick and Morty were in. It probably looked familiar to you.
That staircase room has appeared in TV and movies for decades, from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986) to Syfy’s Warehouse 13. That room is called The Escher Room and it is based on a famous optical illusion by M. C. Escher.
I strongly suspect the choosing of The Escher Room and it’s crumbling at the start of last night’s Rick and Morty was a deliberate nod to the 1986 fantasy film, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.
You will notice that The Goblin King, Jareth (Davie Bowie’s character in that picture above) bears a certain physical similarity to Morpheus. Many fans noticed this. I have been told that Neil Gaiman is big fan of both Labyrinth and David Bowie. He even originally modeled his Lucifer Morningstar (who now has a TV series on Fox and first appeared in the Sandman comics) after David Bowie.
Many fans have noted that Morpheus looks like a photo negative of Jareth from Labyrinth. Observe.
Like Morpheus, Jareth also rules his own fantastical dimension where reality bends to his will.
The fact that Morpheus is essentially “Emo Jareth “ (to quote a friend of mine) makes it easy to understand why the familiar visual of the Escher Room was chosen as it was destroyed at the end of the Rick and Morty scene, much like the version shown in the film Labyrinth crumbled around Sarah (the film’s protagonist).
Combining Morpheus with Jareth is an excellent and easy to understand idea much like when the Rick and Morty writers noticed the similarities between Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and Stephen King’s Needful Things and they merged Mr. Dark (From Something Wicked This way Comes) with the antagonist of Needful Things to create “Mr. Needful” for the episode Something Ricked This Way Comes for season one.
And for anyone wondering, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This way Comes was published before Stephen King’s Needful Things and even had a film adaptation before Needful Things did as well, though the plots were very similar.
The biggest difference was Something Wicked This way Comes dealt with a sinister carnival that offered you your heart’s desires at a terrible price and Needful Things had the antique shop like in the Rick and Morty episode. Mr. Dark was the ringmaster of the carnival in Something Wicked This Way Comes.
(A physical comparison of Mr. Dark and Rick and Morty’s Mr. Needful below in images).
As the new “Sandman-esque” cameo character was not named and has none of Jareth’s physical traits but does have all of Morpheus’ physical traits he is named Morpheus in my head unless the show decides to have him appear again later and properly names the spoof character.
PS, I would kill for a Scary Terry vs. Morpheus event of some kind. There’s fan art of Freddy Krueger vs. Morpheus, which I won’t post here because I don’t have permission from the artists who made them but it can be easily googled.